How to understand swing trading, and be successful

Understanding Swing Trading – How To Get Started

There are many ways to play the markets. Some HODL, others prefer day trading, some even do scalping. And then there are the swing traders. 

Understanding how to swing trading crypto, or any financial market, is a great way to profit from market movements without the need to stay glued to the charts. Technically you can carry a swing trade for a few days, to a week, even a month or more.

As such, this form of investing is very popular with casual crypto or FX traders. You can identify a stock or coin that you think will gain, place your order and go about your life.

So how does swing trading work? And is it the right approach for you?

What is swing trading?

Swing Trading is a broad term that merely means holding a trade for a longer period of time than a day as price increases or decreases from one point to another. 

When swing trading crypto, you might identify a potential move and you want to capitalise on this. But, it might take a week, maybe even a month to play out. 

So, once you’ve set your buy order, you then identify where to place your sell and sit back and wait.

That’s the theory anyways. So how do you do successful swing trading in crypto?

How to identity swing trading opportunities

Often traders will swing trade within a range. This means that they will have done their analysis and identified that the price is going to move between clearly defined resistance and support levels over a certain period of time.

The trader will typically enter when price holds a support level. This means that the price has either gone up and is holding above a certain price or has gone down and stopped, held and reversed at a certain price.

They will then enter the trade and ride the price action upwards until the potential resistance that they have identified. This is known as going long.

Alternatively traders will enter on the rejection of a resistance (a price high point) and ride the downward momentum until the next support. This is a practice known as shorting.

Another swing trading tactic would be to enter a position after the start of a new macro (higher time frame such as daily or weekly) trend. Whether that is an upward or downward trend it doesn’t matter. The object is to ride the trend until it’s invalidated. 

We’ll discuss how to define a trend and it’s invalidation in another article.

As a swing trader you could also be identifying patterns such as cup and handles, flags, falling wedges and many more. Each of these patterns have clear triggers to buy or sell (depending whether you’re long or short) and have easily calculable targets.

The higher the time frame the patterns occur in, the longer they take to form which generally gives them a higher reliability of playing out. However, the trick is to wait for the clearly defined triggers which confirm the likelihood of the move. 

Successful swing trading techniques

A successful swing trader’s greatest attribute is patience. 

Rather than jumping into a position because the pattern looks like it will complete,  you wait for confirmation. If you don’t get confirmation you don’t take the trade. 

Being disciplined and setting out clear criteria for each trade’s entry and exit is what makes for a consistently successful swing trading strategy. 

Whether you prefer swing trading ranges, trends, patterns or a combination of them all you will never be successful without proper risk management and clear invalidation points. 

If you can’t protect your initial capital you will soon run out of money to trade with.  

If price reaches your invalidation point or stop loss then take the loss and walk away. There are plenty more trades to take. 

The last thing you want to be doing is holding a trade deep into loss territory in the hopes it reverses. This is why you define a clear point where the trade idea is invalidated and you cut it for a small loss. 

The invalidation point is defined by support or resistance levels being lost and the price moving in the other direction to your plan.

Practice makes perfect (or better at least)

When it comes to understanding how to swing trade crypto, practice is key. You can do this in a number of ways, such as with a dummy account, with small amounts of money or on paper.

A good practice to get into is to keep a journal of your potential and actual trades. 

Write down what you’re seeing, what a good entry trigger would be, where the invalidation would be. You can also work out what the potential risk to reward of the trade is and then watch it play out. 

Paper trading even for advanced traders is a good way of outlining the potential trade and whether it’s even worth taking. Even if you don’t take the trade it’s good practice and a way of further developing your overall strategy.

Swing trading examples

Let’s take a look at some examples of how to swing trade crypto movements, their entries, targets and invalidations. 

Example one – short price movement

Our first swing trade example is a short trade between the range high and low with BTC/USD on the 4hr time frame. 

Swing trading BTC on a 4 hour chart

As you can see price had been in an uptrend towards the range high area. However, upon reaching that region the movement stalled, eventually falling below the 39630.86 support it was trying to consolidate along. 

Even though the support was lost it still didn’t provide confirmation for a short entry. 

The confirmation for the trade came when price rebounded towards what was the previous support (the higher green line) and rejected. 

This confirmed that area as resistance.

You could now comfortably enter a short position with invalidation above the range high region. In this instance your first target would be the middle of the range (middle green line) where you may take some profits. 

Even if you didn’t take profits you would certainly move your stop loss down to the 37950 region to secure a 4.24% profit regardless of what happens.

Your main target in this trade would be the top of the range low region at 30113.37 (bottom green line) which would give you a 24% profit over the space of 5 days. 

Example 2 – long trade

Let’s look at another example.

This is a long trade and an example of the start of a new macro trend. Pictured we have BTC/USD on the 1 day time frame.

Swing trading long on daily Bitcoin chart

As you can see, the price had gained, stayed above the support then crashed and technically lost the daily bullish structure. 

The price then tries to come back above the resistance on the yellow line, which looks like it might be a short opportunity.

But rather than collapsing further, the price created a higher low and consolidated. It then reclaimed the yellow line resistance as support (circled area). 

It’s at this point you could comfortably open a long position with your stop loss below the 10865 level (purple line). 

The first target for this swing trade would be the top of the next resistance or white line at 12473 which would give you an 11.54% gain. 

However, seeing the strength of the move upwards, rather than take profits, you would move your stop loss up to just below the 12473 area taking advantage of the momentum.

In this case that move ran up to just below the previous all-time high, around 19400 depending on the exchange, before invalidating. If you had let the trade run to 19400 then you would have enjoyed a 73.48% profit over the course of 39 days. 

Is swing trading right for you?

As you can see swing trading in volatile assets such as cryptocurrency can be a highly lucrative practice. 

The important things to remember is to identify clear triggers for the trade and keep clear invalidation levels to minimise loss in the event the trade doesn’t go to plan. 

There’s a saying ‘plan your trade and trade your plan’. In other words you’ve made a plan with confirmation triggers and invalidation, so stick with it.

Above all patience is absolutely key to being a successful swing trader.

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  8. Whether you believe in God or not, this message is a “must-read”!

    All throughout time, we can see how we have been carefully conditioned coming to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that Jesus foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

    In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles–Revelation 19:20) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

    These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate both places, or one–not one OR the other!

    This is where it comes together. It is amazing how accurate the Bible is concerning the implantable RFID microchip. This is information from someone named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip:

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, criminal record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”

    Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    You can read more about it here–and to also understand the mystery behind the number 666: https://2RUTH.ORG

    The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.'”

    Great hope is in our midst, and is coming in a mighty way–the greatest revival for Jesus in the history of the world where we will see the most souls come to Him of all tribes, tongues, nations, and peoples (Rev. 7:9-10); for we have this promise in God’s Word in the midst of these dark times:

    “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years (not literal–rather a spiritual label for time spent in eternity); and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while (when the Antichrist and false prophet will rise up and God will test the world).” (Revelation 20:1-3)

    “The coming of the lawless one (the Antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)”

    Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still involved in politics?

    So what about his name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.

    Jesus states in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

    The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)

    In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:

    “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”

    In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)

    In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”

    When Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall as lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, and I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.

    Malie and Natasha are the names of Obama’s daughters. If we write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. If we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we would get “I am Satan”. Chance? I do not believe so!

    Obama’s campaign logo when he ran as President of the United States in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are awaiting called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.

    “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'” (Revelation 14:6-7)

    Why have the words of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close (the Quran about 110 languages)? Because the same Spirit of God (YHVH) who created all people likewise transcends all people; therefore the power of His Word is not limited by people; while all other religions are man-made, therefore they tend to primarily stay within their own culture. The same God who speaks to all people through His creation of the heavens and earth that draws all people around the world likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has written in our hearts, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood with His last word’s on the cross crying out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), where God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death; now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man walking in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom of God in John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.

    Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Jesus says,

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

    “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8)

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