The four stages of the market

Know what to look for and you should be able to recognise market tops/bottoms as they are in the process of forming.

Although you may not be able to pick the exact top of the market or the exact bottom of the market, through observation we have learned that the market cycles through a set of four stages. By observing the evolution of these stages you will be able to recognise a top or bottom of the market as it is in the process of forming.

Please note: the four stages of the market are discussed in great detail in Module 6 of our Options Mentoring course.

The four stages of the market

The four stages of the market

Stage 1: Accumulation
Stage 2: Mark up
Stage 3: Distribution
Stage 4: Counter trend

What each stage of the market means

Stage 1 Accumulation

During the accumulation phase you should be busy looking for trades and analysing the stocks on your watch list.

Stage 2 Mark up

During this phase you want to be in a trade and manage your trade well.

Stage 3 Distribution

The market moves sideways. You should be taking profits or preparing to do so soon.

Stage 4 Counter trend

We get out of the market and sit back until we reach another accumulation phase (stage 1)

Understanding these stages is important for the timing of your trades. Watch the following example to learn how to recognise the potential development of stage 3!