Wyckoff advised retail traders to try to play the market game as the Composite Man played it. In fact, he even claimed that it doesn’t matter if market moves “are real or artificial; that is, the result of actual buying and selling by the public and bona fide investors or artificial buying and selling by larger operators.” (The Richard D. Wyckoff Method of Trading and Investing in Stocks, section 9M, p. 2)
Based on his years of observations of the market activities of large operators, Wyckoff taught that:
- The Composite Man carefully plans, executes and concludes his campaigns.
- The Composite Man attracts the public to buy a stock in which he has already accumulated a sizeable line of shares by making many transactions involving a large number of shares, in effect advertising his stock by creating the appearance of a “broad market.”
- One must study individual stock charts with the purpose of judging the behavior of the stock and the motives of those large operators who dominate it.
- With study and practice, one can acquire the ability to interpret the motives behind the action that a chart portrays. Wyckoff and his associates believed that if one could understand the market behavior of the Composite Man, one could identify many trading and investment opportunities early enough to profit from them.
Just as important has been Cem Karsan. The 19th I mapped out in this chart of a buy the dip trend:
was originally identified by Cem since 2020 as the Fed pumping stimulus (liquidity) into the markets. The Fed stimulus creates a well fed Gary (ape).
Gary is what people in vol markets refer to as how the majority of market markers are positioned for . If a majority of MMs are long vol (well fed ape) it makes it harder for the underlying structure of the market to break down (corrections). Karsan identified this cycle of (dips) as a result of end of MM and HF 20 day cycles. With so much liquidity in the stock markets right now a well fed gary creates a pinning effect in major indexes for expiring contracts /hedging cycles.
Gamestop is one of the OG short squeezes and the effects of these cycles/phases are clear in the charts now. There are several posts on popular subreddits related to these phases/cycles going back to the original short squeeze in Jan.