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Multiple Time Frame Trading

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Those with the best of intentions may unintentionally mislead you here. I would proceed with caution even at a great forum such as (formerly BMT).
Price moves in fractals, so a pattern will show up in a 1 min chart before it does in a 5 min. If you are a price pattern trader, higher timeframes give a better feel for market structure and long term support and resistance. That alone is a good reason to have higher timeframe charts on during daytrading. Using samller timeframes charts for entries keeps stops tight and high timeframe perspective keeps you in the trade longer. As a result, you accomplish two critical ideas in trading...small stops and a longer target perspective.
The choice of timeframes depend on your capitization, trading style, instrument etc.. This is where the discussion gets tricky. I recommend internalizing one instrument and timeframe first. 30 min into 5 min into a smaller tick/ range for entries. The rest depends on your hardwork and developing your beliefs. No one else can help you here.
Good luck!

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Time frames are just another tool on your belt. Just like moving averages, oscillators and other indicators. All of those items do one thing only - they provide a different way to "read" the market.

I think viewing the price action on different time frames can be implemented into any strategy with positive outcomes.

I use 1 Minute and 4 Range charts to look for a good place to enter a momentum. Once the position is profitable, I watch a 10 Range chart to get an idea of where I should consider taking profit.

For me, the benefits of using multiple time frames are clear and simple, I get better entries and exits.

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keep it simple stupid . you should be using a time frame 3 to 5 times larger than your executing in. so if your executing on a 3 min. chart you should be using a 15 min. chart for trend lines , s and r zones , fib levels ..ect ect ...

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