MAP Waves 6 – Putting lines to pivots

Again from my older work. Originally published 9 MAY 2012

So let us revisit the basic basic EW practical lesson 1 - what lines to draw and what information we can derive from them to establish with probable potential pivots target areas which meet EW wave validation criteria.

I will only present 1 pivot scale (Dark Blue). RETROSPECTIVELY THIS IS EASY but hopefully we will end up with reasonable target areas at the end, with probabilities of possible outcomes so that it is possible to set trading and bail out parameters in order to control our PANIC behavior and do risk reward assessments!
I colour code my pivot scales and lines to match to ease the interpretation of the picture when working on multiple time scales. Purple pivot 2 is also blue pivot -5. Purple Pivot 3 is also blue pivot 5.and in between you can see blue pivots 1 through 4. Those of you familiar with Elliot’s work will recognize these as extensions. Below I have numbered these pivots o the scales we will be looking at.
61Draw line 1 between pivots -4 and -5. Draw lines 2 and 3 once pivot 1 is made as shown below.


From these 3 lines we can now get target areas and limits as we have frequencies of blue waves in 2 directions! Our trading range so that we do not panic until below pivot 1and parallel 2. If prices move outside this area then there is a 80% probability we do not have a matching pivot scale and so we have established our emergency strategy – Bail Out parameters!

Draw the parallels as shown and they give you a wealth of information!

Parallel 1 gives us the normal wave target where it intersects parallel 2. It also is a support and resistance line, in this case very much a support line. If its support is pierced there is NO NEED TO PANIC – why – because your emergency strategy is set out above and it is trading with its expected range, which is now further reduced by parallel 3! A break outside parallel 3 means there is a 80% probability pivot 2 has been made and if we do not have a clear sub-pivot count should get us to re-evaluate our pivot selection up and down 1 scale due to the Law of Alteration! Once pivot 2 is confirmed we can modify our wave frequency by modifying parallels 1 and 2 by leaving their origin and making their second point our latest pivot – in this case blue 2 as shown below.

We now have a clearly defined trend channel in which prices can move without us panicing! We also know from MAP Analysis Parts 1 and 2 that there is a 50% chance of expecting an extension in wave 3. We also know from MAP Analysis Part 3 that depending on when waves of different frequencies interact that the law of alteration comes in as the waves can vary from 0.125 to 1.875 times their normal frequency. So for simplification let us just use 0 and 2 times.
Our normal trading range is between support line 4 and parallel 4, as far up as we can ride this (assuming of course we went long at pivot 2. If you are conservative you may have waited for confirmation until pivot 1 was broken but the rules say greater than or equal so technically pivot 3 is on the table at any point from there on!!)
If we draw a parallel of 5, at once and twice its frequency as described above we get our normal wave and alternative wave target lines. In addition I have added a green support line which before prices reach parallel 5 very likely is sub pivot 2 as we are in a wave 3. This now is a support line for the first level subwave and is reducing our expected trading range for pivot 3 but as a subwave is in we can expect parallel 5 to be exceeded. We would expect further subwaves to trade within the green parallels and on a break of the green support line that pivot 3 is most likely in!
66Once pivot 3 is in then we modify line again so pivot 1 to 3 and its parallel to 2 and parallel 5 to pivot 3 as shown below to give us our pivot 4 target and trading limits!


Also as we are looking for pivot 5 – which in Part 2 we saw wave 5 has an equal probability of extensions as wave 1, we use this as our starting probable pivot 5 area as shown below. We have this frequency from our fork used for parallel 5 and draw parallel 7 between pivots 4 and 4 and slide this to the intersection of the fork (wave or cycle) to give our target for pivot 5 which is also the next pivot on the next greater scale as shown below, and again we could draw in our alternate wave target as we previously did but because it has the same probability of subwaves as wave 1 if the wave count would not look probable at that point I would add it..
An extremely high probability trend change line is the 0to4 trend line. Once this is broken the there is over a 80% chance that a new trend has started. So as you can see the 0-4 trend line has narrowed our trading range again and depending on the pivot scale you are trading you might be using this as one of your trend break tools – so if you were trading daily pivots you would use this as one of your short signals in conjunction with applying the same techniques one pivot scale down.
So what are my current trading parameters?

Once pivot 5 is in we start the process again! Below I have added the D13TL (trend line from daily – purple pivots 1 to 3 as well as its parallel..(Also shown are alternate targets for -1 and D-1)
With the blue pivots I have shown alternative and normal wave counts. – BOTH ARE VALID AT THIS POINT as those of you who read Part 3 know this BECAUSE OF THE LAW OF ALTERATION.
A break below the lower purple cycle (parallel or normal) line has a 20% probability and would be bearish but due to the law of alteration if daily wave 1 was an alternate simple wave then this may be a complex wave 4 so we would draw an equidistant purple parallel below the lower one as our alternate support line, and that is a valid possibility BEFORE we have a wave count failure which would occur with a break below D2 of 5366.50.
So is the world over yet? No. Is it possible we are facing abyss. Yes. How probable is it? From part 2 Daily waves have a 0% failure and 4H waves have a 20% failure – BUT THAT IS ONLY BASED ON THE LAST 20 YEARS DATA AND THIS POINT IN TIME AS THOSE OF YOU WHO READ ALL THE PARTS KNOW – So no elephants in the room... yet!
Technically using my daily pivots on the indices I follow, they show we need to make 1 more high after this correction is over to put in wave 5 on the daily pivot scale which completes wave 5 on the monthly pivot scale which is when it is going to get scary.
So 80% probability of QE3 because the fundamentals don’t justify a rising market and politicians WILL NOT change their behavior of doing anything to keep their positions of power – history will repeat itself unless we start to learn from it!

9 Responses to MAP Waves 6 – Putting lines to pivots

  1. ssank says:

    This is very interesting, but the part about estimating pivot 5 is not at all clear.
    We have this frequency [do you mean angle and distance?] from our fork used for parallel 5 and draw parallel 7 between pivots 4 and 4 [huh?] and slide this to the intersection of the fork (wave or cycle) [intersection with what?] give our target for pivot 5

    • Marc says:

      Amplitude = top to bottom, frequency = top to top, or bottom to bottom if no other data available.

      • ssank says:

        ok, so what that sentence seems to be saying is, we take line 5 and parallel 5, slide them up so line 5 passes through pivot 3, then from the point where parallel 5 intersects line 6, we draw a parallel to pivots 3-4. Since there has been no mention of forks so far, it is confusing to suddenly find we had used a fork earlier. It only makes sense after reading part 7.

  2. Evi says:

    Hi Marc, reading through all your theory material – have to say, I love it and your writings on the WEC forum make a lot more sense now. Just on this page “MAP Waves 6 – putting lines to pivots” it’s pretty cool how you start with a blank chart (ok, retroperspective chart but still showing your thinking processs) and describe how to get to your trendlines and how to get confirmation for when new pivots are in. Cool stuff. will read on, digest the info and try to draw some charts, P, TL too 🙂

    • Marc says:

      Just about to post……. MAP WAVE ANALYSIS – The Seven Basic Wave Shapes…….

      Slowly work through it! Honestly I did not realise how much is still in my head……..

      Next one is the idiots guide to fractal waves – I think I know how to explain them in under a minute 🙂

      • Evi says:

        You got me really interested here… Also your GC trade/strategy I like. Makes all a lot of sense to me. Still fighting with combining the fractial waves on your charts. With fighting I mean to see/spot them right away.

        Question: Fractal Waves and Wave Shapes that you posted seems password protected. My normal login pw did not work. Any reason for that? Also earlier it looked like you posted a webinar on the 19th of march that was also pw protected?

        FYI: I work with tradingview charts, nice thing there is that if you post an idea/prediction, you have a play button so you see how the trade worked out. What charting sofware are you working with?

        Best, Evi

        • Marc says:

          Using eSignal but Market Analyst are doing the tool for me. In theory if they can do it you just slide the mouse to any future date and it sorts the cyclical SR by fractal – highlights to the left if you want to see where it came from and / or to the right to see where it goes. Same time it will give pivotal support from confirmations actual highs and lows vs MA numbers but sorted to fractal rather than MA where it is a shit load and not easy to know which ones are important. Will pm you the password.

  3. Mitesh says:

    You are showing how to created the dashed lines with small dashes here. Is it different from the MLs created via pitchfork using the 3 pivot points?

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