Channelling the energy: Into parallel tracks

One of the nice things with networking at the STA’s monthly meetings is catching up with old friends and being reminded how we use different features of technical analysis.  Glyn Bradney MSTA many years ago gave a lecture at this very event outlining research he had been doing with the concept of channels.  Not conventional ones, drawn from either the highs or lows, with a parallel, but ones that attempt to capture the key energy in the market, the bands inside which most of the action takes place.  It has similarities with standard deviations around a mean regression.

Glyn plots Energy Channels, the arrows on them marking the Maximum Bull/Bear consensus, often coupled with a type of Bollinger band around the candlesticks.  Using all sorts of time frames, the shortest is usually an hourly period.  He also uses conventional trend lines, patterns, and works out Wave counts.

His chart of Lloyd’s Bank is interesting in its use of two-hourly candles.  Note the inner and outer channels with their parallel lines.  He says of this chart: ‘note the original lower definition point of the smaller channel (marked by red arrow) changes to the second black as that breaches the original line but immediately reverses.  For long term potential I quite like Lloyds. Could well be back 100% privately owned in a couple of months or so. However, right now off the 2 hourly chart that’s a clear impulsive move down from the 71.05 high. So it ought to post a top side correction and then as a minimum make a further five wave decline to the downside’.

I particularly like the clarity and colours in his charts.  The conventional black and white candles as opposed to the horrid red and green ones adopted from the stockbroking community.  The alternating pale grey and white bands in the background marking out the days on the hourly time frames.  The fact that only relevant analysis to the current issue is displayed, rather than all the workings that some people throw in for good measure.

In his words: ‘I have a very sophisticated timing model I’ve evolved and, for 5, 8 and 13 day time frames it’s sounding all the sirens and flashing red lights regarding a major top [for the S&P 500].  I look for confirmation by way of excess in the one and two day timeframes.  I’m reluctant to pull the trigger at this point.  I haven’t just put this together I’ve been running with the blue energy channels [on the weekly S&P chart] for about a year now.  OK, we’re within a smidgen of hitting the second blue channel up target. The euphoria likely takes us up to the first red channel target.  This is where the odds are very high indeed that the bulls have become exhausted, no more buyers, at least for now.  I strongly suspect the appearance of a strong black candle on the weekly chart will cause a panic.  Expect a pullback onto that middle red channel line before the final topside move unfurls.  After that, “Tin helmets on, last person out please turn out the lights!” and we’re on our way to 650 for the S&P 500’.

Perhaps the Snapchat IPO might be yet another warning to add to his armoury.



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About Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Social Psychology) Nicole Elliott has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. Whether in sales, trading or forecasting technical analysis has always been the bedrock of her thinking. Key expertise lies within all areas of treasury: foreign exchange, money markets, fixed income and commodities.

She has also added to the body of knowledge of the industry writing the first western book on Ichimoku Cloud Charts. Strong media links and a cult following are due to her prescient calls on the markets and often entertaining format.

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