Monday, February 01, 2010

SID [シド], Shougen, and a Creative Moment


I'm currently working on a trading framework; it is rule-based, but not mechanical.

It looks across varying time periods and calculates the probabilities of hitting upside and downside price targets for each of the periods, given the volatility of each period.

It calculates money flows for each of the time periods to gauge trending and shifts in trending.

It scans the time periods for a particular setup in which concentrated buying against a selling trend fails to take out an upside target or concentrated selling against a buying trend fails to take out a downside target.

It enters the market in the direction of the trend after the failed countertrend movement, with the price targets as potential exits.

The time periods vary from intraday to multi-day, creating diversification by time frame.

The framework came to mind while I was listening to the song and watching the video "Shougen" by a group called SID (シド , above).

Shougen means "testimony".

The song is taken from a Japanese novel in which a married woman has an affair and kills her lover in an act of ultimate love. She is tried in court; the song is her defiant testimony that she acted for reasons others can't understand. A full translation is here.

I wish I understood the creative process better. All I know is that the "testimony" triggered the thought that, instead of trading setups within a time frame, it makes sense to trade time frames across a single setup.

By normal trading standards, it's the wrong thing to do, but, like the woman on trial, I'm convinced of its rightness.


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2 comments:

The blogger said...

My trading improves if I read Pynchon the night before. Something about exposing yourself to creative energy -- you get outside the conventional limitations.

Markus said...

Brett,

are you sure the song triggerd something or could it not be that something came up to your mind during listening the song - both not being related?
Anyway, what you describe is a bit my way of trading. One instrument, two set-ups (retracement in a trending mkt, support/restistance in a range bound mkt. over 3-4 timeframes intraday. And I am not the only one trading like this. As always, it is all about how you transfer your rules into real markets (and how you manage risk and yourself).
Enjoyed your books.

Cheers,
Markus