This was the picture then:
There’s a clear A-B-C form to the rally, confirming it as a counter-trend move. And at 1.5720, the A wave height is equal to that of the C wave.
And at the 1.57 level, the market had touched the resistance provided by my upper tramline. This was a terrific trade set-up low risk. Protective stops could be placed just above the upper tramline in case the rally extended.
And we must always allow for the (reduced) possibility that the rally could extend further. If the wave A = wave C equality did not hold, then the next common relationship is for wave C to be 1.618 times wave A.
But here, the market did turn and when I left it on Friday, I had a confirming five waves down on the 15-minute chart, and was looking for an A-B-C bounce.
This was the chart then:
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So how did my best guess work out?
Yes, I did get my push up to the Fibonacci 38% level, and the market overshot that and made it to the 50% level, where it was turned back.
However, my idea was correct for an A-B-C counter-trend rally to confirm the trend was now down.
Good risk/reward on offer
So I had my litmus test of ‘five down, three up’ established. Shortly thereafter, the market went on to make new lows for the move.
So, if we are in a downtrend, where is my first major target?
My lower tramline is my target. That is where I think the next major support lies.
There is chart support as well as tramline support, so this will be a tough barrier to break through.
Being short around 1.5650 – and assuming my target is hit – would provide me a profit of around 250 pips with the original risk of about 40 pips.
In the meantime, stops can be lowered to break-even.
When I can find trades with this generous level of reward/risk, I don’t hesitate to take them!
I have noticed a similar pattern in another currency cross that I follow – the USD/JPY.
Take a look at the hourly chart of USD/JPY:
I have a similar tramline pair where the upper tramline has a lovely prior pivot point (PPP), as in the GBP/USD. In fact, it has three PPPs (red arrows), making this tramline a secure line of resistance.
And sure enough, last week, when the market rallied to the 99 level, it hit a brick wall and rapidly retreated down to the lower tramline in haste.
Now the market is testing the support provided by the lower tramline, so that a short trade near the upper line would be in profit by around 200 pips already.
Look out for these set-ups because they offer great trades with high reward/risk ratios.• If you’re a new reader, or need a reminder about some of the methods I refer to in my trades, then do have a look at my introductory videos:
• The essentials of tramline trading
• Advanced tramline trading
• An introduction to Elliott wave theory
• Advanced trading with Elliott waves
• Trading with Fibonacci levels
• Trading with 'momentum'
• Putting it all together
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