The monthly charts aren’t saying anything. Charts can’t speak remember? It’s up to us to take the behavior of the market and come up with our own interpretations of what is going on. There is no easy way to do this, just a lot of wrong ways. To help us continue to stay on the right side of the market, we always need to reevaluate the circumstances and come at it from all sorts of different angles. Usually we try and do that by incorporating International Indexes and Intermarket relationships into our process. Time, however, is probably the best tool we have in order to accomplish this. Using multiple timeframes throughout my process is the best way I know how to identify the direction of the primary trend. It’s hard to miss it when you’re consistently using Daily, Weekly and in this case, Monthly charts in your approach.
I have a lot of Monthly charts, as you can imagine. But the truth is that for this particular segment I try and focus on the message of the charts as a group. This exercise also really helps point out certain trends that you may have missed had you only gone back 5-10 years. These monthly candlesticks also tend to tell a story. So there are a lot of benefits in reviewing monthly charts at least once a, well month, because those are the only times they change. Even if you’re not a professional, going through monthly candles once a quarter is probably a good idea. I encourage everyone to incorporate this somehow into their process.
Here are some of the things that stand out to me in the this Monthly Candlestick Review: [Read more…]