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Pocket Pivot Review / Buyable Gap Ups
How have Pocket Pivots performed in 2011, a year that could never really catch a trend.

It is simple-minded to want to know the "performance" of pocket pivot buy points and reflects a lack of understanding of what a pocket pivot is and how it should be used. The whole point of a pocket pivot buy point is not that it is necessarily more successful than buying a clean breakout, but that it provides a potentially early entry point or a suitable add point (if it's a continuation pocket pivot) to have in your technical toolbox when seeking to initiate or build positions in leading stocks. Taking all pocket pivots and trying to measure the "performance" does not tell you anything about the usefulness of pocket pivots - pocket pivots are not an investment strategy, they are a technical tool, hence the idea that they embody some sort of aggregate "performance" is silly at best. You could buy 3 stocks on pocket pivots, 2 might not work but the third might lead to a sharp upside move in a stock, such as MCP in 2010 and 2011. The performance you would get from buying a successful pocket pivot then depends on how you handle the position from there, so is fairly independent of the pocket pivot itself.

Those who have focused on winning trends such as gold and silver earlier this year, and the very few stocks that did indeed trend, while cutting their losses quickly (as usual) if a trade was not working have done well even in a year such as 2011.

First published: 23 Dec 2011
Last updated: 19 May 2022