Trading in 2021: What Worked and What Didn’t

by | Dec 22, 2021

Don’t try to close the book on 2021 just yet — there’s plenty to learn still. 

Make sure to take ALL the lessons from the market. Here’s my best advice… 

  1. Get a notebook or some means to track trades and notes.
  2. Record information that sparks your interest or fits into the puzzle for you.
  3. Review your notes often.

It’s three simple steps. But it can help you start to connect the dots. Then over time, the learning process goes faster.

I’ll share examples. Let’s look at some of my notes from 2021. 

The Year Kicked Off With a Hot Market

Not much of a surprise here. Lesson #1: Most years begin pretty bullish.

It was due to a lot of reasons like… 

That’s why it’s so important to start preparing now. The new year is on its way, and with it comes volatility. Learn how to survive in dangerous markets. That’s how you profit.

In early 2021, my favorite pattern worked pretty frequently… 

And the panic dip buy pattern was consistent for my mentor, Tim Sykes.

Be ready for hot markets. Learn from as many trading mentors as it takes. We’re here to help!

Slow Summer Trading

This also isn’t much of a surprise.

The summer months are traditionally slower for U.S. markets. That wasn’t the case back in 2020, but that was a special year.

If you’re hoping to become a professional day trader — I have a tip that’ll help you out…

Work your butt off when it’s cold outside and learn to take time off when it’s warm.

In slow markets like most summers, I have to step away from the computer to stop myself from trading.

It’s taught me to slow down and appreciate the small things.

I got to spend a lot of time with my family during the summer of 2021. I’m so grateful for that. Trading allows me to choose my own schedule and focus on what I love most.

A lot of my top patterns stopped working mid-year… 

  • Gap-and-crap reversal
  • Multi-day breakout
  • Dip buy
  • Overnight swing

Again, not much of a surprise. But it’s important to take note and plan accordingly for the future.

A Bit Laggy in the End

This holiday season I was expecting a bit more. Usually, consumer spending picks up and we see a few strong runners.

But I can explain this… 

  • Pressure from inflation. The U.S. is sitting just above 6%.
  • Variant news. New viruses cause unease for consumers and producers alike.
  • Over-extended market. The rebound from lockdown lows was impressive. It has to pull back at some point.

Due to a lack of solid patterns, I’m studying some new ones. Lately, I’m interested in low-risk and high-reward swing positions. The idea is… 

That’s just the bare bones of the idea. But I’m always trying to learn new strategies. Speaking of which… 

Here’s how I’m ramping up my trading — will you join me?

Now is the time to study hard!

Stop putting it off,

Roland Wolf

Editor, The Wolf’s Den

About Roland

Originally from Arizona, Roland started trading after a career-ending ankle injury forced him to quit pro soccer. After a few years of hard work, he managed to turn $4,000 into over $1.2 million.

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