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The Age of Supply and Demand

Sam Seiden
Online Trading Academy, Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer

When using supply and demand to identify turning points in a market, a question that comes up often is, “How far back should I look for a supply and demand level?” The proper answer is this: Look back as far as you need to in order to find “fresh” demand and supply. The key word is fresh as those represent the highest probability turning points. At those points, you have the highest amount of unfilled buy and sell orders. The definition of fresh is beyond the scope of this piece but that’s ok.

Since the OTA Supply/Demand Grid began March 1, 2012, our Supply and Demand service has identified the turning points in some of the major markets much of the time. We produce these levels and release them each weekday very early in the morning. The reason for the consistency is that we are focused only on bank and financial institution demand and supply, nothing else. In other words, the levels that you see on the grid below are “fresh” demand and supply. Having this information as an income trader or longer term investor is key.

Supply Demand Grid 9/10/15 – USDJPY

how to find fresh supply and demand levels

Notice the demand level above. To the left of it, price struggled moving higher and declined from that area a couple times. Then, price finally moved past that level leaving a fresh demand zone (yellow shaded area). In other words, the supply demand equation at that level flipped. The very next day, price declined back to that level (circled area) and rallied, offering OTA grid members a low risk, high reward and high probability buying opportunity. The question many students had was: “How was that level found given that the last time price had been there was over a day ago?” While I don’t have room to explain it in full here, we can explore some points of interest in hopes that the information will help take your trading to the next level.

Sometimes, when price is far out on the curve, we look back months and years to find fresh levels. When we looked back, we looked for the picture on the chart that represented fresh demand, and there it was. It also had all our “Odds Enhancers” associated with it which made it a key level. I am not suggesting that all the same buyers who bought at that level 2 days earlier are still sitting there with buy orders, though some likely are, that’s not the case.  What the chart does however is show us the aggregate supply and demand equation at each price point in a market.

Supply Demand Grid 8/11/15 – USDJPY

supply and demand grid

In this next example we had to look back almost 2 months to identify the fresh supply level that met our Odd Enhancer criteria. As you can see on the chart, price rallied up to that level (circled area) and collapsed as it should. This offered our students/traders a low risk, very high reward and extremely high probability shorting opportunity. This one created a few more email questions from students asking: “Are supply and demand levels from a long time ago any good?” The answer is yes, yes, yes… In fact, these are some of my favorites. The reason is this… Think about it, the fact that price is revisiting a supply or demand level from so long ago means by definition, “price” is way out on the supply and demand curve, extremely high or low. This means levels in these areas are going to carry strong odds of working and have huge profit zones. I find it so interesting that most people are not comfortable entering positions in markets at extremes and instead want to trade in the middle. All the best odds and biggest profit zones are out at the extremes.

The point of this piece is not to impress you, but more importantly to impress upon you two very important things:

Free Trading Workshop1) The key to knowing where market prices are going to turn in advance and also where prices are going to go with a very high degree of accuracy means knowing exactly what institution/bank demand and supply looks like on a price chart in any market and any time frame. This is our focus in the XLT and Mastermind Community where the Supply/Demand grid is found.

2) Understand that supply and demand levels created long ago can serve to be very strong levels. The fact that they were created long ago is not a bad thing, it’s actually a positive for those reasons.

Hope this was helpful, have a great day.

Sam Seiden – sseiden@tradingacademy.com

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