Best of all after other signs of weakness. Forget the rest, they are largely prone to misfires and late confirmation. Imho.
I think I still like VSA (in my case TG), but stopped using it after being unable to force myself to keep doing all the filtering needed. I'm sure there are many more able practitioners who can do it and give it a much better account.
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Good to hear you're learning/using VSA. It takes time and effort, but well worth the effort. Ratfink is right about ND but as he points out it is critical that you are looking for it AFTER a sign of weakness. This is where a good grasp of the Wyckoff schematic gives you a context to help analyse market structure against which you then analyse order flow through price volume and time. For what it's worth I think Test bars are one of the most important to learn to recognize and evaluate. The CM is constantly testing and probing the market for supply and demand.
A couple of other things to bear in mind:-
Springs fail in down-trends and the carollary being Up-thrusts fail in up-trends - both are probes by the CM looking for supply/demand.
Don't sell/buy the first break/reversal in the trend - the potential supply/demand needs to be tested and confirmed first.
Once established a trend can continue on low volume, especially an up-trend which is the market's natural bias. In the case of an up-trend it is simply a lack of supply in the market. The lack of strong demand will eventually cause the CM to shake the market out though.
When you have the time, learn PnF charting. It will help in evaluating targets and thus calculataing risk-reward.
Good luck with the VSA!
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