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Book Discussion: Reading Price Charts Bar by Bar by Al Brooks

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1) I posted pages from the book and made comments. It should be obvious to the reader that I read those pages.

2) Big Mike Trading Forum Mission statement: "We are a small community of traders with one goal: making money. If a book is misleading traders, or leading them down an unprofitable path, shouldn't someone point that out if the goal truly is "making money"?

3) I thought the topic was about reading price charts bar by bar, one thousand apologies for my misunderstanding.

4) When one reads a book, everything should be questioned rather than swallowed. Opposing views should be looked at. How else can one make profitable trading decisions?

Please do not take this post as a sign of disrespect. My only intention is to educate traders so they can make money.


This is the smallest font available. I hope no one has trouble reading it.

TRO - My comment was made in response to a post of yours which did not mention the book or any material from the book. It was one of your posts that you post over and over ("price goes up or down, ...") , and it was off-topic for this thread.

Your later posts where you read parts of the book are very interesting and I welcome them. My only comment there is to be careful because without reading all of the book, if you just take a few paragraphs they could be out of context. The book is not organized very well and I find the same information repeated and scattered throughout the book.

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I got the book on Friday and once I got going I haven't been able to put it down.

I noticed 2 Brook's style setups on CL this morning and have attached a pic. I don't know if I'm getting these exactly right but the book certainly has me looking for some new types of setups.

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Lower low after trendline break

TLB, FBO, LL
I like it. It's one from chapter 15 (best trades)
In this case it is not perfect, but close is close enough.

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TLB, FBO, LL
I like it. It's one from chapter 15 (best trades)
In this case it is not perfect, but close is close enough.

Excellent trade terratec!

After reading several times "best trades", "daytrading stocks", glossary, "first hour", and the pullback chapter, I'm now starting at the beginning again and I'm currently on signal bars and reversal bars.

This book is amazing. But very challenging. I plan to sim some brooks trades on ES today.

I think this trade from yesterday qualifies as a brooks trade. I saw the TL break and a FBO (did make a HH but due to news). I put a stop one tick under the low around 3pm and as the bar reversed it triggered.

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After reading several times "best trades", "daytrading stocks", glossary, "first hour", and the pullback chapter, I'm now starting at the beginning again and I'm currently on signal bars and reversal bars.

This book is always with me, and it looks very old...


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I think this trade from yesterday qualifies as a brooks trade. I saw the TL break and a FBO (did make a HH but due to news). I put a stop one tick under the low around 3pm and as the bar reversed it triggered.

I would say it is the same setup as I did in the last 6E trade. Just in the other direction. Great trade. Brook's comment of the FOMC day and short setup is interesting too.
I do not trade FOMC days. Wait or donate...

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I took a brooks trade on the open. There was a failed double bottom pattern.

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I was mistaken, I got 1 pt on runner and 1 pt on the scalp so 2 points total. For some reason Ninja is showing $46, not sure why.

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I took a brooks trade on the open. There was a failed double bottom pattern.

I'm going to have to read the book again to find out how he manages his stops. Had I moved my runner stop to BE I would have been taken out just before the big move. Had I kept it above the entry bar high I'd still be in. A bummer cause this looks like it may end up being the HoD.

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I read the day trading chapter for the 3rd or 4th time. is it just me or is this book really difficult to read? After 30 min I have to put it down or my head will explode.

My other comment is that I would like to see how the author would have traded each bar. As it is, it is a review bar by bar in hindsight. Often "one would wait for a second entry which occurred 2 bars later" kind of makes me suspicious. But we gotta take what we got and learn it. It's a treasure trove of information.

Here is what I reinforced today:

- you must have two reasons to take a trade (he lists them in the daytrading chapter)
- always think about what is luring in traders on the opposite site and trapping them
- think about how you could be getting trapped by the opposite side
- don't go countetrend if there is a lot of momentum. wait for the 2nd reason (TL break, failure, etc.)

I tried it yesterday but was just practicing entries and moving my stops etc. I'm not comfortable risking 2 pts to get 1 pt scalp. The runner makes up for it but right now ES has a very low range (14 pts) so runners are rare. So I'm going to set my target equal to my stop and do 1 contract and see how that goes.

Heck I will post my trades from yesterday but don't laugh. I was just fooling around.

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Quoting Cunparis: So I'm going to set my target equal to my stop and do 1 contract and see how that goes.

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