This is a trend continuation trade which uses a pause in the trend to enter the market. The J-Lo is an entry in a bull trend an Igloo is a bear trend entry. The failure of this trade is also a good indication that the trend has run out of steam.

Entry: once the PA has formed a clear curve and then makes HH-HL (J-Lo) or LL-LH (Igloo) enter on a pullback so that the SL is below the most recent H or L
Exit: stop loss is 10pts and the stop is automatically moved to entry at +10pts.
Take profits: use standard TP strategy with 50% off at 2:1 or 20pts and the rest at 5:1 (50pts)


Trading between 9:00 and 11:00 mid-Oct 2018 to end-Feb 2019. From March 2019, one of my targets is to trade this setup consistently and with the usual 10pt stops – I started trading this with 20pt stops and it’s unnecessary.
* The theoretical R includes some trades which would have been STE at 1:1 so should be reduced by 25%

 # of TradesTotal Actual PnL EUR ( %) R @ 900 risk/tradeActual Average R/winnerActual Losses # (%)Achieved =>1:1, <2:1 # (%)Achieved => 2:1 # (%)Achieved =>5:1 # (%)Achieved 10:1 +# (%)Pnl w BE at 1:1, 50% at 2:1 and 100% at 5:1 Theoretical PnL vs. Actual PnL
J-Lo and Igloo174,027 (3.67%) (+4.5R)1.64 (23%)8 (47%)5 (6%)4 (23%)1 (6%)-4+5+(2.5x4) = 11R6.5R*

Why it works

When the market makes an impulsive move it will inevitably be met with a large number of orders in the opposite direction – new trades, stops and take profits – which cause the market to reverse. If the impulsive move is supported by enough buyers or sellers to become a trending move, the reversal will be shallow and most likely short-lived because the orders against the trend are overpowered by the new entrants. Market players (algos and people) are looking at the same levels and if the level in question sees only a muted reaction – perhaps a retrace back to the 76.4% fib – that will attract new entries in the direction of the trend so that the shallow pullback becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If a J-Lo or Igloo fails, it is a good sign that there simply isn’t enough new buying or selling power for the trend to continue, at which point it makes sense to look for reversal entries.

Skills and qualities required

  • patience to wait for the trade to set up to avoid early, invalid entries
  • patience and confidence in my PA reading to use a pullback entry
  • flexibility to trade in the opposite direction if the trade fails


PA context that supports the trade

The is trade more likely to work and more likely to run if:

  • it forms around a KL
  • the trend is quite fresh with plenty of MOM
  • there is white space above and confluence and corrective action below

PA context or other factors that cancel the trade

  • a tired or confused trend
  • too many levels to trade into – although it’s fine to open the position into the KL around which the setup form

Open issues

  • is the failure of this setup a valid trade in itself or do I need to wait for a new setup?
  • is it necessary to have the SL below the low of the supporting/capping curve or is 10pts enough?


H-C-B is along the right lines but fibs often give a better entry
Unspectacular J-Lo marks the final long for the day
Failed J-Los as a setup
The power of J-Los
Reading market flow to choose the highest probability 169 fades
Using a triangle at the 169 and below a level to trade a break of it (H-C-B)
J-Los that didn’t work, but were they valid setups?
J-Lo fails and then broken triangle reversal sets up for a 7R trade
Failed J-Lo and a break-back-in trade that works
Anatomy of the 4 Jan rally (NFP day)
Fading Gap fill and building a position after a monster ON move
Impluse phase over and scalping against Neutral Zone works

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