TechniTrader "Use Dark Pool Chart Patterns for Higher Profits" by Martha Stokes CMT

Calculate the Cost of Trading when Determining Profits

To use Dark Pools Chart Patterns for higher profits, is an area of Technical Analysis that has not made its way into most stock market books, articles, and information available on the internet. The reason why Dark Pool technical patterns aka footprints are not yet part of the Technical Analysis standard of teaching, is that these are NEW chart candlestick patterns.

Dark Pools did not exist in the 1980’s, 1990’s, or early 2000’s decades. These are relatively new trading venues for the giant Institutions who demanded obscurity, due to the rise of the High Frequency Trading Firms in the mid 2000 decade after the switch from fractions to decimals. Basically High Frequency Trading Firms morphed out of the Small Order Execution System Bandits, during the rouge Floor Traders era.

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Nearly all large and giant lots are transacted nowadays on the hidden Alternative Trading System venues called Dark Pools, which are used by giant Institutions. However what can not be hidden, is their easy to identify candlestick footprints on stock charts.
There are many different types of Dark Pool footprints that the giant Institutions leave on charts, due to their preferred professional order types.

One of the more common candlestick footprints happening is the “Basing Bottom Formation,” which is a brand new type of bottom. In order to use Dark Pool Chart Patterns for higher profits, the key element in this pattern is to identify the Dark Pool Quiet Accumulation and enter early before the stock runs up.

See a chart example below of a Basing Bottom Formation caused by Institutions buying using Dark Pools.
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However, early entry can be problematic if a trader is using Price and Time Indicators, as well as both Momentum and Price Oscillators. You may get an early crossover, but then the stock moves sideways up and down in a choppy pattern which causes whipsaw exits and losses. 

Another problem getting in early is that many Retail Traders wait and wait for signals from Momentum Indicators, which gets them into the stock very late in the run. This means instead of a high profit trade, the Retail Trader takes a meager profit. The Retail Traders Market Participant Group includes those who have learned to trade from home.

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True profit is one big part of trading that most Retail Traders fail to include in their profit evaluation. How to calculate the true cost of your trading is considering more than just the cost of Charting Software, Broker fees and charges, and possibly subscriptions to Newsletters.
To accurately calculate whether a trade is profitable or not, you must also include ALL of the normal business expenses for Trading as a Business. 

Trading as a Business includes the following:

1. You MUST pay yourself something for your time. How much could you make an hour, working for a corporation in your field of expertise or your degree? That is the minimum amount you should use as a base for trading expense as an hourly wage.

2. You must also include the average losses. You must take an average of your losses each month and divide it into your trades per month, and subtract that loss from your profits of every profitable trade.

3. Other expenses include your computer, printer, and other hardware depreciation. 

4. In addition there is the office space in your home, electricity, internet, phone, and office expenses such as paper, pens, and journals. 

5. Finally add up the cost of time attending webinars, the reading articles, and also if you pay a paper trading simulator fee.


If you did an accurate calculation of your true trading costs, you would find that taking a .25 cent profit on a 100-1000 share trade is not at all profitable. You are actuality losing money every time you trade. So learning how to enter a stock trade earlier based on recognizing a Dark Pool Buy Zone™ is crucial, and can turn your trading into a career.

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Martha Stokes CMT
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