The Right Way to Make Trading Less Difficult

It’s Thursday, Daily Direction readers!

If you’re a subscriber to my Daily Direction email, you’ll notice numerous important indicators down the right-hand column as you read this newsletter.

These simple symbols offer a quick snapshot of how our selected futures market performed for the day.

Daily Direction’s purpose is to provide you with the knowledge you need to execute profitable transactions. And the key to my approach is to keep things as simple as possible.

That is why these indicators are so significant when developing a market trading strategy.

This particular lesson focuses on the basics of each indicator icon to help you understand what they represent and how you may utilize them in your daily trading setup.

The Daily Indicators

The daily timeframe allows us to see the overall direction for a futures market at a day-to-day level:

Green Up Arrow: Indicates that the overall direction for the daily timeframe is up. That means the price movement is currently positive. The market is making higher highs and higher lows. We can expect money-making opportunities in the long term.

Red Down Arrow: This means the general direction for the daily timeframe is down. We’re likely to hold off on making long-term trades as we wait for the market to pivot back toward a positive direction.

The one-hour timeframe gives us an hourly snapshot of a market’s price movement. We use the one-hour timeframe chart to plan our entries:

Green Up Arrow: The current short-term trend as revealed in the one-hour timeframe chart is up. The price of the market continues to track upward, giving us confidence that we can find opportunities to buy the market and make profitable trades.

Red Down Arrow: Our one-hour timeframe chart reveals that the short-term direction for the market is down. This could be due to a retracement (temporary price dip) or a total reversal in the market. This is when we should be cautious with our entry strategy.The Bottom Line Indicators:

The Bottom Line portion of our Daily Direction indicator section gives an overall review of whether the market has made a solid U-turn toward a bullish run or down to a bearish sell-off:

Green Up U-turn: The market has U-turned from a previous sell-off/retracement and is preparing to make a bullish run into a buy zone. We should prepare our entry strategy and look for opportunities to buy the market.

Red Down U-Turn: Indicates the market has started a sell-off from a previous bullish rally and is headed down to a new low price. It’s best to wait and see how low the market will go before examining our buying options.

Neutral: This indicator tells us that the market is currently not in a position to U-turn. It’s either trading sideways, in a solid bullish run, or still finishing out a bearish sell-off. This is a good time to focus on our current position within the market.

These indicators work best when combined with my full analysis in each of my Daily Direction articles, as they correspond with the market we’re currently following. 

They allow you, the reader, to quickly assess the overall direction of the futures markets we trade without having to follow complicated charts and graphs. I hope this informative article helped you better understand how my newsletter works. Be sure to check out my other free resources on futures trading!

Josh Martinez

Josh Martinez

Josh Martinez is an elite Analyst who’s been actively trading the financial markets since 2011. He’s known as one the leading innovative traders in this industry due to his his cutting-edge strategies.

Josh first burst into the scene when he took an initial deposit investment of $500 and turned into over $39,000 in just under 2 years.
Josh’s trading articles have been featured in Your Trading Edge, The FX Street, Trader Planet, Forex Crunch, Trading Pub, and

In addition to trading, Joshua has also trained thousands of traders worldwide. His strategies and systems have helped others find success in the market

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