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OPS, an Odds Enhancer

I wanted to discuss an issue I see often with new traders in our classes.  Many new traders feel they need to make as many trades as they can in order to be successful.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, trading is all about finding the trades with the highest probability of success.  If I asked you to place a Rs. 100 wager on one of two games of chance, which would you choose?

If you chose Game A, after 10 tries, chances are you would be even, (Rs.100 wager lost on all games and only one Rs. 1000 win).  After 10 tries with Game B, you would profit Rs. 1000, Rs1000 wager lost on all games but Rs. 2000 won).  The market offers us the same choices daily.  We can try for a big payout with low probabilities or play only the high probability trades that will allow us to make consistent money in the markets.

This brings me to the OPS.  OPS stands for the Opening Price Signal.  The opening price signal is simple.  Look at the current price for your stock and see if it is higher or lower than the first trade (opening price) of the day.  If the current price is higher than approximately 0.25% above the opening price, then the OPS is positive and you should be focused on taking long positions only as they will have a higher probability of success.  If the current price is lower than the opening price by at least 0.25%, then you have negative OPS and should focus on good short entries for high probability.

In our Professional Trader courses, we focus on identifying the impulsive and corrective environments in our securities.  I am not going to go into detail in identifying them here, I can’t give away all the goodies here, come to the class!  We want to trade in the direction of the impulse and therefore will have the markets move in our favor further and faster.  Trading in the direction of the correction could be profitable for an experienced trader, but beginners will take losses as the market shifts rapidly back to the impulse.

Let’s look at an example:

Here we see that the Nifty and Sensex are both showing negative OPS.  Since the markets were negative, the higher probability for our trades is to trade short for that day on stocks that are weak.  Infosys is following the Nifty with negative OPS while BPCL has a positive OPS.  Trading stocks that have the same OPS as their related market index will also increase probabilities and gains.

You should wait until after the two morning reversals to see the smoothed trends and to determine the OPS.  If you are not sure of the reversal times, visit one of our centers and take the Pro Trader class as this and many other trading necessities are discussed in detail.  Remember, there is no prize for the person who makes the most trades.  You only make profit by taking winning trades and minimizing your losses on the losers.  Trade with high probabilities and you will increase your chances for success.  Once you have more trading experience and platform experience, you may want to take counter trend trades, but is there really any reason to take the risk?  Stick with the OPS for success!

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