Jack Loftis has been snagging an 80-90% win rate on his ETF and option swing trades in this volatile market. Continue reading to find out how.
I’ve been using the same swing trading methodology at my website for the past 10 years.
Trading with my own funds, most years have averaged around a 2% monthly increase to my large retirement fund.
But between a dysfunctional D.C., Trade Wars, Brexit, etc., the first part of this year has challenged my discipline more than any time in recent memory.
Yet this market CAN be successfully traded.
Continue reading to see two actual examples of winning ETF trades I recently sold with my rule-based trading system.
$QQQ – Profiting from “mean reversion” method
Below is a swing trade we recently closed profitably, which demonstrates how a progressive, “mean reversion” methodology can yield 8-9 winners out of every 10 swing trades.
The daily chart of $QQQ below shows where we bought and sold $QQQ in my ETF swing trading service:
On May 8, I opened an initial position in $QQQ based on the top panel in my chart, which showed the 2-period RSI indicator oversold for several days.
Since the oversold RSI indicator coincided with $QQQ still being above its 200-day moving average, the dominant uptrend was still in place.
On May 9, this Nasdaq index ETF closed lower, so we methodically added to the position.
I typically use a 2-3-5% progression, enabling me to commit 5% of my total (large) portfolio to this trade by the end of the day.
Keep in mind that a “swing trade” is a quick trade that we hold for an average of just five days.
I only trade ETFs and leveraged ETFs, so this is much less volatile trading than when working with individual stocks.
$QQQ – Mean reversion strategy for a quick gain on a 3-day hold
After a slight bounce the next day, to make me think I was a timing genius, the bottom fell out of the market the next day.
Since $QQQ had fallen to what appeared to be a support level at $178, we made our final addition of 5% to the trade, for a total of 10% committed.
By the way, it has taken me years of seeing this process work to be willing to make this large of a trade based on these setups.
We were rewarded the next day with a bounce.
And then another spike the following day.
On the third day of the trade, the RSI-2 indicator (in my top panel) reached overbought levels, signaling it was time to exit.
The daily chart of $QQQ above shows the trade entry and exit points.
Small gains with a high win rate add up quickly
Between the two ETF swing trades, we locked in a solid profit of several percent in around 7 trading days.
Although this may seem like a small percentage win, we actually executed the trade using $TQQQ, the 3x leveraged version of $QQQ.
As such, I made a 3-4% profit on a huge dollar trade in just a few days. Put another way, I added around 0.4% to my entire net worth over several days.
Now, imagine doing this kind of trade 10 times a month — with never more than 2-3 active trades at a time.
Imagine how focused you could be on those trades.
“Why did you buy too early?”
Right about now is when I usually get the question of whether I entered this trade TOO SOON.
If only I had magically known the exact day of the reversal, I indeed could have done even better. Wish I had pre-vision!
The reason I methodically build my long trades as an ETF falls is shown by a second trade I initiated in the middle of the $TQQQ trade.
I opened a 2% initial position in $FAS (the 3x leveraged version of $XLF Financials) on May 14, which was close to the day we made the final addition to the $TQQQ trade.
$FAS immediately reversed for over a +3.4% two-day profit.
Put another way, I am greedy because I’ll take the quick small profits, as well as the larger longer-term big profits.
As long as my portfolio continues to methodically increase, I’m happy.
By the way, there is no trading during the day with my ETF and option swing trading service – all trades are made when the market closes, using Market on Close orders.
Subscribers who received my Final Trade email (one hour before the market closed) made over +4% on these two trades.
Next time we talk, I’ll point out how this works in a downtrending market or sector (using inverse ETFs).
I will also show you how the OPTION results based on these ETF setups can average +20% profit – taking into account all trades, both winners and losers.
Finally, this is a rule-driven, disciplined trading methodology — not just discretionary trading.
That means these types of results are reproducible – again and again and again.
Check my website for an example of an entire year’s worth of ETF trades and how they added to my net worth.
Options trader? Send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a 3-page discussion of the actual initial options trades I took that matched these ETF trades for the smaller accounts. Also, I’m happy to answer any questions you have. Just shoot me an e-mail.
Good trading to you!