πŸ”΅First Analysis

Guide for beginner analysis.

Important note

There is a lot of misconception when it comes to analysis. The biggest misconception is that it's very hard to perform. Your analysis will be as hard as you make it for yourself, so do not overdo it. This beginner's guide focuses on the fundamentals of how to approach your analysis when using algorithmic trading systems. Please understand that these are all guidelines and not a guaranteed success.

Analysis paralysis is an inability to make a decision due to over-thinking a problem.

Know what to use

When performing analysis, whether it's charts or other relevant data, you should always use a dependable and known reliable source of data. In this guide, we are going to use TradingView, CoinMarketCap, and available broker (exchange) data.

Know what to look for

When using one of the reliable data sources shown in the paragraph above, you have to know exactly what to look for. In financial markets, there are a few key components to look for:

  • Volume

  • Sentiment

  • Structure

  • Correlation

Volume is one of the most important components in financial markets. Volume will tell you exactly how much money is exposed, traded, or moved inside the market. When volume is low, you can expect higher volatility because less liquidity is required to move the market. When volume is high, you can expect a more efficient and stable market because it takes a lot of liquidity to move the market. When you start trading, especially with algorithmic trading, you should avoid low volume markets as they can be unpredictable and require a far better understanding of the market. Sentiment is the psychological factor driving the market. Sentiment can be impacted by news, seasons, politics, or other high impact events every single day. When an event is of large scale, the sentiment can change and the current market trend could stall or change.

On March 12 2020 the Bitcoin price on Binance dumped over -50% in a single day. The result of the Covid pandemic which spread worldwide.

Structure is the way price portrays itself, this can be by forming a certain pattern or just simply the way price moves in markets. There are numerous ways of looking at structure, but to keep it simple one should look at structure as: is the price moving up or down? Is the price moving sideways or are we trending? This is something you should be able to identify quite easily when looking at higher timeframe charts. This is often mistaken as being too good to be true or the chart being too obvious. When using algorithmic trading strategies, one should always respect the structure the way it is displayed on the charts and never form assumptions based on speculation.

Correlation is the way how markets move together, often ignored or just as structure overlooked as too good to be true. Smaller markets tend to follow bigger markets. For example, we can look at the correlation between Bitcoin and the S&P500. Correlation is something every market participant should take into consideration while performing their analysis.

Performing your first analysis

1 - Pick your market

When picking a market, you should always choose the market you feel most comfortable with. Before analyzing a particular market, it is always recommended to do research. You can do this by reading about its history, browsing through some charts or news articles covering the market you are interested in, or asking a friend (although it's never recommended to take their advice).

Now we have picked our market, we can go to the next step.

2 - Choose your instrument(s)

For example, when looking at the cryptocurrency market, you could use CoinMarketCap to find highly liquid instruments (coins) to trade.

Now we have found our instrument, we can go to the next step.

3 - Perform chart analysis

For your chart analysis, you could use various tools. In this guide, we will be using TradingView. Here's a step-by-step guide to analyzing a market on: TradingView.

1. Locate your instrument:

2. Pick your timeframe:

3. Determine the direction/trend:

4. Identify levels of importance:

5. Look for patterns:

6. Example

Remember, the only way to gain confidence in your analysis is by exposing yourself to the real market, with real money for real experience.

Analysis and Algorithmic trading

Most algorithms, like the one shown in the picture, are static, which makes them less versatile in responding to unexpected volatility. At PinoAPI, we offer dynamic algorithms that adjust to market conditions. By adapting to the market, our algorithms increase the likelihood of generating returns and reduce the risk of drawdown during unexpected volatility. By combining the analysis from this guide with the right risk management based on your analysis, the likelihood of drawdown or liquidation can be minimized.

The PinoAPI way

At PinoAPI, we keep it simple. We determine our risk before entering a position, know exactly where we are invalidated, and never make decisions based on emotion. There are three rules every user should follow to be consistently profitable:

  • Always do your own analysis and research.

  • Assume that you may be wrong one day.

  • Always respect the risk indication over your analysis.

❝One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.❞ ~ Randy Pausch

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