MOST DIFFICULT trading Conditions since 2011

by | Oct 20, 2023

I’ve been trading since 2003.


And if you’re a position (swing trader , medium term) trader, you’ll know there comes a time where the markets flow in a difficult range…

There are two types of markets when it comes to strategies.

Favourable and Unfavourable.

Right now, I don’t mean to speak for everyone else, but I believe the markets are in an unfavourable territory for medium term traders.

Initially, I was blaming the JSE ALSI 40 (South African) index.

  • I blamed the Load Shedding (cutting of electricity)


  • Incompetency of the government providing sufficient water and services


  • I blamed us being downgraded to grey (which has pushed out Foreign direct investments).


  • I blamed the low liquidity and volume and the blame game kept going on…

But then I realised something even more problematic.


This horrible market environment has not only been for the JSE ALSI 40…

It’s been for the ASX (Australia), CAC40 (France), DAX (Germany) and even UK 100 (FTSE 100)

And I’m sure there are a lot more stock markets that have had this tight and ongoing range…

So, what market environment are we in at the moment.

It’s not going up so it’s not the Mark-up phase
It’s not going down so it’s not the Mark-down phase

We can either call it Accumulation or Distribution, but it’s been moving in a sideways range for over a year.

So clearly we are in a larger market environment, which is known as the capitulation stage.

The volumes are low worldwide, the prices are erratic and volatile.

Many traders and investors are holding tight onto their money and not even dabbling into these markets at the moment.

How long will this last?

Well in 2011, it lasted two years.

And right now, we are not seeing any strong signs of change yet…

So what do we do?

Well I don’t have the holy grail nor some incredible points.

But I can share what I’m doing during these timultuous times…

1. I’ve reduced my risk to 0.5% to 1% per trade (Instead of 2%).

2. I’m always hedging with Longs and Shorts

3. I’m trading other markets (Forex, Indices and intraday trades which is banking our income nicely with Premium MATI Trader).

4. The drawdown isn’t bad so I haven’t halted trading

5. I’ve come to terms that this is the new normal for the next year or too.

The bad times will come to an end and you will profit handsomely SOON. 

The trick is to protect your portfolio and manage your money so you don’t lose any money…

  • During this time MOST traders will quit.

  • Most traders will give up.

  • 98% of traders will look to something else…

The traders that weather through this and continue to trade with sheer will and passion, will succeed, will grow their accounts.


And once you overcome this which sends your portfolio to new all time highs, you will for the first time feel that you can achive this venture.

Achieve your financial freedom and nothing after this will make you feel doubt with trading again…

This is the ultimate test. And ONLY you can pass it, if you have the power and will to persevere….

Trust me it’s worth it and very rewarding in the end

Trade well, live free.

Timon Rossolimos
Founder, MATI Trader




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