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I don't believe any continuation of the Al Brooks discussion is warranted. It has been beaten to death here.

Since the TS review, Al was invited by FIO to verify the real world validity of his work/teachings.

He did not. I also don't believe he has any intention of doing so in the future. So the question as to whether Al Brooks is a hindsight trader or a live trader is still unknown.

Caution is advised, but then again this applies to every vendor.

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This thread reminds me of ForexFactory.
Question;

When has any trading educator ever posted their account Statement?

How does another persons trading results affect yours?

Why do you think that if some one gave you the "perfect entry" and the "perfect exit" that you would actually follow their advice? Reminder, the perfect exit will often be a loss.

If someone showed you an account statement, why would you necessarily believe it represented the majority of their trading?

I do not care about any account statement but my own.

If Al Brooks has an idea I will consider it and make my own decision.

FWIW here is one I consider a GEM. You often here people speak of trading with the House's money. Al thinks that that is bunk and I agree. The way he sees it, price ticks up while I am long, my account goes up and my risk goes up. It is my money. I have to have something at risk to have a chance of profit but the higher price goes the less likely it will keep going up. The higher it goes the more my risk goes up only two things to do to reduce risk close all or part of the long or raise the stop. Yes it is basic but I often used to really kick myself for not having a plan to manage the profit currently in a trade.

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Indecision bars, indecision bars, with a possible micro bubble climax definitely looking to buy support. But sellers may overwhelm swing, so looking to sell at resistence trigger


Failure reversal bull flag with sellers climax possible sell, but looking to buy on minor pullback of micro bubble. Indecision bars signalling continuation of reversal Points

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Indecision bars, indecision bars, with a possible micro bubble climax definitely looking to buy support. But sellers may overwhelm swing, so looking to sell at resistence trigger


Failure reversal bull flag with sellers climax possible sell, but looking to buy on minor pullback of micro bubble. Indecision bars signalling continuation of reversal Points


If you came here expecting things to be easy, I have bad news for you... there are always cases to be made for both sides of the trade.

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If you came here expecting things to be easy, I have bad news for you... there are always cases to be made for both sides of the trade.

mate i just find it real funny from Al Brooks that he tries to Palm read the financial markets. i know myself thats never gonna be so easy. therefore the sarcastic laughing.

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Brooks is a genuinely good person in this industry and is widely well regarded. He is motivated to help traders not to make money from them, he is charging $250 for a video course which would be $5000 or more anywhere else. He provides free ongoing help and daily commentary on the markets and free updates to his course.

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I tend to agree with this. I don't follow he trading style, however I have purchased his trading course as a matter of interest and I'm sure anyone else would have charged 5k for the amount of material he covers

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In the sea of bullshit called trading advice, Al Brooks is one of the very few who teaches something that actually works. So it doesn't surprise me in the least that he is the one person who is viscously attacked.

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I don't follow, why anyone providing useful ideas would be attacked?



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In the sea of bullshit called trading advice, Al Brooks is one of the very few who teaches something that actually works. So it doesn't surprise me in the least that he is the one person who is viscously attacked.


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If you'll read back you'll find that he was challenged to show he traded his own stuff successfully. He declined. 'Useful' is in the eye of the beholder and a VENDOR that's successful shouldn't have any problem showing they trade profitably. He apparently does have a problem showing it.

Personally, with all the experience I have had over the years with vendors, I don't believe any that say they trade successfully without proof.

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Initially, I just downloaded all the video material from youtube but later I have realized that $349 is a small price to pay for a quality course when there are people selling black box signals for $200/months. The course will go up on Aug 1, but I have nothing to do with them (I am no shill). As a member of the video course, you can access Al's forums and ask questions, etc that non-paying visitors cannot. Believe me, I am as skeptical of trading teachers as anyone but Al Brooks, by his own admission, was a losing trader for 10-years, he teaches that 10-years of losing taught him.
What appeals to me about his price action system is that it is simple and effective. Better than any indicator or widget you might buy for the same price as his course. The downside is you must watch hours and hours of videos, often repetitive but clear and understandable.

Do you really want proof? Then ask for tax returns! A statement from trading would not prove anything. Hedge funds lose money and then they make money. Nobody will give tax returns including Trump. There can be myriad of very good reasons to say no when someone challenges a person of AL Brook's caliber! You want proof, go somewhere else where "proof" is offered. Will you believe such "proof"? It is on you. It is infantile to argue the way you naysayers do.

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I don't know much about Al Brooks, but wonder is his course only teaching what he has learned over the 10 years of losing? Did Al manage to become consistently profitable after, and if so, for how many years?

In most professions, experience is everything and I don't see why trading would be any different.

I can see some value in paying that fee to learn about 10 years of his mistakes, but have found that in trading the only way to learn from mistakes was to make them yourself, ideally with 1 lot micros. I guess what I'm saying is I don't think paying the fee is a work around to skip the mistakes stage and move on to the consistently profitable stage. You may end up learning about his mistakes rather than learning from them.

I've tried learning from Mack's PAT, and initially like many beginners found the promise of simple and effective price action very appealing. For a few months I thought I had it all figured out as my account balance grew. It wasn't until blowing up the account I realized there's a lot more to discretionary chart trading than price action.

Is comparing Al Brooks to Trump refusing to provide tax returns supposed to be reassuring? What about all the previous presidents that have provided their tax returns?

Hedge funds, like everyone soliciting investment, are requirement by law to provide historical returns. Not quite sure how this example fits into your narrative.


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Initially, I just downloaded all the video material from youtube but later I have realized that $349 is a small price to pay for a quality course when there are people selling black box signals for $200/months. The course will go up on Aug 1, but I have nothing to do with them (I am no shill). As a member of the video course, you can access Al's forums and ask questions, etc that non-paying visitors cannot. Believe me, I am as skeptical of trading teachers as anyone but Al Brooks, by his own admission, was a losing trader for 10-years, he teaches that 10-years of losing taught him.
What appeals to me about his price action system is that it is simple and effective. Better than any indicator or widget you might buy for the same price as his course. The downside is you must watch hours and hours of videos, often repetitive but clear and understandable.

Do you really want proof? Then ask for tax returns! A statement from trading would not prove anything. Hedge funds lose money and then they make money. Nobody will give tax returns including Trump. There can be myriad of very good reasons to say no when someone challenges a person of AL Brook's caliber! You want proof, go somewhere else where "proof" is offered. Will you believe such "proof"? It is on you. It is infantile to argue the way you naysayers do.


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Most professionals agree to the value of tape reading i.e. price action. There is no question about that! How Al teaches that is the issue, repetitious? definitely. dry, maybe a bit, long? yes, at places, comprehensive? definitely! Why he refuses to show statements is not known to me. Does that prove that he is a charlatan or fake? NO! He has the right to refuse and the skeptic has the right to buy a "proven" course with fake statements for ten times the price.

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I don't know much about Al Brooks, but wonder is his course only teaching what he has learned over the 10 years of losing? Did Al manage to become consistently profitable after, and if so, for how many years?

In most professions, experience is everything and I don't see why trading would be any different.

I can see some value in paying that fee to learn about 10 years of his mistakes, but have found that in trading the only way to learn from mistakes was to make them yourself, ideally with 1 lot micros. I guess what I'm saying is I don't think paying the fee is a work around to skip the mistakes stage and move on to the consistently profitable stage. You may end up learning about his mistakes rather than learning from them.

I've tried learning from Mack's PAT, and initially like many beginners found the promise of simple and effective price action very appealing. For a few months I thought I had it all figured out as my account balance grew. It wasn't until blowing up the account I realized there's a lot more to discretionary chart trading than price action.

Is comparing Al Brooks to Trump refusing to provide tax returns supposed to be reassuring? What about all the previous presidents that have provided their tax returns?


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I agree with you. Vendors have the right to do whatever they want, after all they are selling themselves. And prospective customers have the right to ask whatever questions they want. If there's a meeting of the minds, a deal is made.
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Most professionals agree to the value of tape reading i.e. price action. There is no question about that! How Al teaches that is the issue, repetitious? definitely. dry, maybe a bit, long? yes, at places, comprehensive? definitely! Why he refuses to show statements is not known to me. Does that prove that he is a charlatan or fake? NO! He has the right to refuse and the skeptic has the right to buy a "proven" course with fake statements for ten times the price.


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I recently purchased Al's video course and am about 75% through it. It's been interesting to dredge through this thread and read all the comments from people who seem to have little idea what his course is.

First, his course is not a system. He does not give you a set of rules cast in concrete that you are expected to execute. What he does do is give you a deep understanding of the market cycle and how to identify certain repeating patterns, so that you can use these clues to figure out what kind of market you are in (breakout, channel, trading range) and how you might trade it.

He is upfront that there is no certainty in markets, and introduces the concept of probability and the importance of structuring trades that will have a positive expectation over many repetitions. His course is a tough slog, jam packed with scenarios and examples. Al is definitely detail oriented and makes ample use of repetition to drive home his message. If you want a quick set of trading rules then this is not the course for you. Fortunately you can watch the 100 hours of material at 1.5 or 2x speed.

I think his course, while very long, will require re-watching some of the key videos multiple times to make sure it sinks in. There are many nuances and often you are playing the percentages and might get surprised. To get good at Al's approach will require a long commitment that I can see many would balk at. Much easier to chase the next shiny indicator.

His course doesn't really give much insight into how he is trading. He does start with a brief description of his time as an MD, his losing years, his preference for trading over medicine, and his frustration with being conned by scam artists. He then mentions that things did not turn around for him until he removed all the indicators (except for his 20 ema) and concentrated on finding patterns in the price action. I get the impression that he has saved and dissected every ES chart, bar by bar for the last 25 years.

He does say several times that most traders would do well to stay away from scalping as their main approach and would do better with swing trading as you can go for 2, or 3x your risk, or more. The problem with scalping is to be profitable, you need to win 90% of your trades. A couple of bad ones will put you in the hole. Much better to go with swing trading where the probabilities are 40-60% and you can shoot for a greater than 2:1 RR.

He also says that people who are not yet consistently profitable should be trading their 'I don't care size', which for many would be 1 micro-lot.

May be I've drunk the cool-aid, but I think the course is providing me value way beyond the cost. I'm definitely more choosy about my trades and more aware of what the market is doing since I started it. It certainly won't be for everyone, especially if you don't like Al droning through a 100 hours of material in exhaustive detail. If you want to get serious about price action I don't know of anyone else who comes close though.

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I'm new to Al Brooks, I thought he was scalping, but you're saying that he's teaching swinging?
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I recently purchased Al's video course and am about 75% through it. It's been interesting to dredge through this thread and read all the comments from people who seem to have little idea what his course is.

First, his course is not a system. He does not give you a set of rules cast in concrete that you are expected to execute. What he does do is give you a deep understanding of the market cycle and how identify certain repeating patterns, so that you can use these clues to figure out what kind of market you are in (breakout, channel, trading range) and how you might trade it.

He is upfront that there is no certainty in markets, and introduces the concept of probability and the importance of structuring trades that will have a positive expectation over many repetitions. His course is a tough slog, jam packed with scenarios and examples. Al is definitely detail oriented and makes ample use of repetition to drive home his message. If you want a quick set of trading rules then this is not the course for you. Fortunately you can watch the 100 hours of material at 1.5 or 2x speed.

I think his course, while very long, will require re-watching some of the key videos multiple times to make sure it sinks in. There are many nuances and often you are playing the percentages and might get surprised. To get good at Al's approach will require a long commitment that I can see many would balk at. Much easier to chase the next shiny indicator.

His course doesn't really give much insight into how he is trading. He does start with a brief description of his time as an MD, his losing years, his preference for trading over medicine, and his frustration with being conned by scam artists. He then mentions that things did not turn around for him until he removed all the indicators (except for his 20 ema) and concentrated on finding patterns in the price action. I get the impression that he has saved and dissected every ES chart, bar by bar for the last 25 years.

He does say several times that most traders would do well to stay away from scalping as their main approach and would do better with swing trading as you can go for 2, or 3x your risk, or more. The problem with scalping is to be profitable, you need to win 90% of your trades. A couple of bad ones will put you in the hole. Much better to go with swing trading where the probabilities are 40-60% and you can shoot for a greater then 2:1 RR.

He also says that people who are not yet consistently profitable should be trading their 'I don't care size', which for many would be 1 micro-lot.

May be I've drunk the cool-aid, but I think the course is providing me value way beyond the cost. I'm definitely more choosy about my trades and more aware of what the market is doing since I started it. It certainly won't be for everyone, especially if you don't like Al droning through a 100 hours of material in exhaustive detail. If you want to get serious about price action I don't know of anyone else who comes close though.


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I'm new to Al Brooks, I thought he was scalping, but you're saying that he's teaching swinging?

All I can tell you is what I hear in the course. His recommendation is most people won't be good enough to scalp and would have a better chance of success at swing trading.

It's possible that he is scalping in his personal trading, I don't know. I imagine with his encyclopedic knowledge of price action, he might be one of the few that could pull it off consistently. But that would be speculation on my part.

He does say that scalping can be more stress inducing than swing trading.

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I'm new to Al Brooks, I thought he was scalping, but you're saying that he's teaching swinging?

You've mentioned Mack in posts before, I believe. Mack has a somewhat cut-down, simplified version of Brooks, taking a few things out without the rest. (This is not meant as a knock against Mack, and there are traders here who use his methods and swear by them. Just a comparative comment, as a point of reference.)

By most people's definition, Brooks is "scalping," that is, taking short-term trades, many in a day. By Brooks' definitions, he does both scalps (very short-term and for smaller profits) and swings (larger expected profits.) It's a matter of word definition and usage. He never holds overnight, so that is not swinging by some definitions.

One crucial point is that it is impossible to understand Brooks, in my opinion, without understanding his views on "context," the larger picture of what is going on at any one time. It is common for people to read Brooks looking for signals and particular trade entries and miss the contextual part, which is what he thinks lets you see whether a given trade has potential or not in the first place.

I'm not trying to encapsulate Brooks here, a difficult operation, just clarify your question about scalping, according to Brooks, and to make the point about context.

My view is that people often want to read Brooks for signals, then try things like "second entries" where second entries are not reasonable in terms of the context, and give up on it. Some do get into it the way Brooks intended (or the way I think he intended anyway), and some of them succeed as traders. A few people here on FIO have been successful with Brooks -- one who comes to mind is @Pa Dax, who has a journal here (although he is posting much less to it now.)

It is also true that Brooks can be a difficult read. I have read (or actually tried to read) several of his books, and I did take the trading course. It is comprehensive in terms of his method, and it can be maddening in terms of his obsessive detail. I think I have posted in this thread at some point and don't want to repeat that now. It will require an effort, and there is a lot in it. Otherwise, it is up to the trader what they can get out of it, and out of Brooks generally. It would be a good idea to review some of his webinars on this site, and in fact there is one scheduled for Tuesday, 7/28/20, tomorrow, at 4:30. Webinars are always recorded for later viewing.

I don't use Brooks' method, by the way, and honestly it's partly because I never quite understood it. This is probably at least in part due to my own failings (certainly my own lack of patience -- did I mention that he can be a hard read? ), and in part because everyone has their own basic outlook, and mine, while sometimes aligned with Brooks, is not always. A given person might or might not find it clicks for them, as is true for a lot of things.

A long response, when I didn't really mean to say much, but I"m like that sometimes.

Anyone who wants to see Brooks' method being used daily, and successfully, might want to check out @Pa Dax's journal, here:



I have found reading his journal rewarding, and a good illustration of the fact that many methods, often totally different, can work just fine in the hands of traders who have mastered how to make them work, for them. The "for them" part is always crucial, in my view. It has also been interesting to see it evolve over time, as any good trader's naturally would.

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Anyone who wants to see Brooks' method being used daily, and successfully, might want to check out @Pa Dax's journal, here:



I have found reading his journal rewarding, and a good illustration of the fact that many methods, often totally different, can work just fine in the hands of traders who have mastered how to make them work, for them. The "for them" part is always crucial, in my view. It has also been interesting to see it evolve over time, as any good trader's naturally would.

Bob.

Thanks for the mention Bob - and indeed. there should be postings in my journal on how I approached trading price action. The key is to understand price action so that you can see and take signals and trades yourself. I believe that is what Al is teaching more than when this happens, do this. It's all about seeing what price tries to do. Don't want to criticize someone who is trying to make an effort but let's say it like this: even if I mastered it, I could never be profitable with Mack.

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Thanks for the mention Bob - and indeed. there should be postings in my journal on how I approached trading price action. The key is to understand price action so that you can see and take signals and trades yourself. I believe that is what Al is teaching more than when this happens, do this. It's all about seeing what price tries to do. Don't want to criticize someone who is trying to make an effort but let's say it like this: even if I mastered it, I could never be profitable with Mack.

Different strokes for different folks.

I've seen people who have done well with Mack. With that said, I would prefer Brooks to Mack also, but then, I can't trade the Brooks way myself, either.

It's what clicks for you. Some methods probably won't work for anyone, but I think that many will work for some traders and not others. What we bring to the party is part of the equation, and a big part sometimes.

Good to hear from you.

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By most people's definition, Brooks is "scalping," that is, taking short-term trades, many in a day. By Brooks' definitions, he does both scalps (very short-term and for smaller profits) and swings (larger expected profits.) It's a matter of word definition and usage. He never holds overnight, so that is not swinging by some definitions.
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One crucial point is that it is impossible to understand Brooks, in my opinion, without understanding his views on "context," the larger picture of what is going on at any one time. It is common for people to read Brooks looking for signals and particular trade entries and miss the contextual part, which is what he thinks lets you see whether a given trade has potential or not in the first place.
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Bob,

I agree with your comments. Context is key for Al and he uses it to determine the type of trade that's feasible, if any.

It's also true that in his terminology, an Emini swing trade would be completed by the end of a day's session. He's mentioned that when he does take longer term trades he uses options.

I know that several people have mentioned that Mack's PAT is Al Lite. I'm not so sure, from the couple of free videos of Mack I've seen on YouTube, I can't find much that looks like Al's teaching.

-Toad

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Thanks for the mention Bob - and indeed. there should be postings in my journal on how I approached trading price action. The key is to understand price action so that you can see and take signals and trades yourself. I believe that is what Al is teaching more than when this happens, do this. It's all about seeing what price tries to do. Don't want to criticize someone who is trying to make an effort but let's say it like this: even if I mastered it, I could never be profitable with Mack.

I really understand Mack's teachings but I was/am not comfortable with his RR. Sometimes I traded 3 to 1 or more (or less, it is how you see it ;-). And although I believe you can trade his method profitable, it is not me, even if I consider myself as a scalper (i.e. at least 1 to 1 and short -timed positions).

As for the topic: Al Brooks does not share his account statements but what does it matter?

His course is so comprehensive for little money. Even if you master just one setup you can be profitable (on any timeframe).

With every course it is the same. It is YOU that has to check the method, the facts, the work. Check out Pa Dax's work for that matter!

In the end ,it is all about patience and not let your monkeybrain out.

Happy trading y'all!

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I really understand Mack's teachings but I was/am not comfortable with his RR. Sometimes I traded 3 to 1 or more (or less, it is how you see it ;-). And although I believe you can trade his method profitable, it is not me, even if I consider myself as a scalper (i.e. at least 1 to 1 and short -timed positions).

As for the topic: Al Brooks does not share his account statements but what does it matter?

His course is so comprehensive for little money. Even if you master just one setup you can be profitable (on any timeframe).

With every course it is the same. It is YOU that has to check the method, the facts, the work. Check out Pa Dax's work for that matter!

In the end ,it is all about patience and not let your monkeybrain out.

Happy trading y'all!

Beske

Couldn't agree more with you there @beske. I think that Mack's trading has no merit and certainly shouldn't be considered Price Action trading. His approach makes no sense to me at all and frankly, I don't think it's profitable. I don't want to accuse him of anything so that's all I'm going to say about it.

As for Brooks, fully agree with @beske. If you have a book on how to become a rocket scientist, then not everyone who reads the book will become a rocket scientist. However, all rocket scientists will have read the book. There is no easy way and study material should activate someone to go and study.

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Just wanted to add my review.

I should preface by saying I don't care whether any educator does live trades, or shows their statements. Their trade performance is in no way reflective of mine or anyone elses and completely discounts the psychological factor, so frankly it's irrelevant. If a course teaches me something useful, then it's worth it.

I bought this course purely to learn about market context with the intention of combining it with some other setups. With other educators (Mack included), I always felt blind. They teach setups, and just tell you to wait until you get a good signal, but don't delve deeply into the behaviour of the bulls and bears and how price got there. Thanks to Brooks I can understand how price got there, who's in control and the rough probabilities of a trade. All this gives me much more confidence with trades.


Pros
  • Very good at teaching market context
  • Lot's of different setups
  • Emphasizes probability

Cons
  • Extremely boring. I've lost count of the number of times I've fallen asleep to the videos.
  • Way too long, could probably condense the course by two thirds and you'd learn the same amount
  • Lot's of different setups - If you're prone to overtrading, need to be extremely disciplined to not just trade anything and scale in
  • Trade examples are lacking

I've had to supplement the course with reading through @Pa Dax journal for trade examples. Found the journal immensely helpful to refine my entries and exits.

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