How to trade like the Institutions/Banks? - Selling narrative

With this post, we'll try to understand the selling narrative of the institutions and how they trap the traders on both sides. Just remember this one thing, "the market is never moved by retailers, only institutions can do that".

The only reason why the institutions sell is to buy at lower prices. Nothing more than that.

This happens in the following way:

1. Institutions initiate selling near a support level so as to create a narrative of a "Bearish trend".
2. When the narrative is set, the retailers think in the following ways:
•Longs fear for their stops below the support line
•Others wait to initiate shorts at the close below the support.

3. When the price closes below the support level, two types of orders are placed instantly. Stop losses of longs and fresh sell orders of the shorts with buy stops above the support line.
4. Longs get stopped out. These retailers are selling to institutions which acts as a discount for them.
5. Breakout shorters start shorting but their stops get taken out in the next few candles when the institutions move the price back up in the intended direction.
6. In this way, the majority of the retail longs and shorts are taken out of the market.

After the initial rally, the price returns to the demand block for the following 2 reasons:

1. To fill the pending buy orders from institutions
2. To close the shorts which the institutions initially opened so as to push the price downwards. This is also called mitigation.

After the longs get filled and the mitigation is over, the price moves back up in the original direction.

This process repeats like the clockwork. You can go and back test on any time frame. The only thing that requires skill is the identification of these phases in the live market, which obviously takes a lot of practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.

If you don’t believe in these concepts and are trading profitably using the indicators, then just ignore this post. This post is meant only for those who want to get an insight as to how the institutions work. All these concepts are real and work very much, you are free to read from Google.

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Disclaimer: This is NOT investment advice. This post is meant for learning purposes only. Invest your capital at your own risk.

Happy learning. Cheers!
Rajat Kumar Singh (@johntradingwick)

Rajat Kumar Singh,
B.Tech (Delhi Technological University)
Community Manager (IN), TradingView

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