# Here’s How I Trade Reversals in the Futures Market

As I watched the movie version of Danâ€™s Brownâ€™s best-selling

novel *“The Da Vinci Code”*, I got to see a simple investing strategy that

I use every single day right up there on the big screen, Fibonacci Numbers!

O.K., Tom Hanks didnâ€™t exactly relate the use of Fibonacci Numbers back to where

to buy the September E-Mini, but the movie did show how a sequence of numbers

originally investigated in the year 1201 is relevant to so many things, from

popular culture, science, and investing.

Let me tell you a little about myself. After college graduation in 1986 I began

my futures career on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade working as a runner

on the grain floor. I progressed to doing grain market research and then began

handling client business in 1988. From that time on, I have been involved in

some capacity of futures trading system administration or management. I havenâ€™t

seen it all, but I have seen a lot. Over the years I have written articles for

Futures Magazine, and SFO Magazine. My articles have also appeared on

FutureSource.com and Bondheads.com. I currently oversee operations for an

Introducing Broker headquartered in California called Trade Center, LLC.

What I will teach you in this article is how to calculate and use Fibonacci

numbers to find support and resistance levels for the futures and stocks you

trade. I myself have found these levels to be quite useful.

**What are Fibonacci Numbers?**

First, a little background on what Fibonacci numbers are and where they came

from. In doing research for a book in 1202, mathematician Leonardo Pisano set

about to study patterns in numbers identified by another countryman named

Fibonacci, as they applied to some rabbits in his garden. The example he started

with was this: If you started with a pair of baby rabbits enclosed in the garden

and assumed that each pair of rabbits bears a new pair each month, which from

the second month on itself becomes productive, how many pairs of rabbits will be

in the garden at the end of a years time?

As the months go by in the garden, a given sequence of numbers (pairs or

rabbits) 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,â€¦occurs. Leonardo noted that the sequence is that each

number after the second 1 is equal to the sum of the two previous numbers. Thus,

1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, and so on. Now back in the garden, each month, the new

rabbit births consist of one pair born to each of the newly adult pairs plus one

pair for each of the earlier adult pairs. By reading out in the sequence to the

twelfth number you get 144 pairs.

These numbers as it turns out appear in nature over and over again. The number

of petals found on most flowers equals a Fibonacci number. An iris has 3 petals,

an aster 21, a daisy 34. Counting the beautiful spirals on a sunflower you will

find 21, 34, and 55. All are Fibonacci numbers.

Another interesting property of these numbers is that any given number is 1.618

times the preceding number. And 0.618% of the next number

34/55 = 55/89 = 144/233 = 0.618

55/34 = 89/55 = 233/144 = 1.618

One more interesting Fibonacci fact: If you take any two adjacent values and

divide each by their sum:

Fibonacci Numbers 5,8 5/13 (sum of 5 and 8) = 38.5%

8//13 (sum of 5 and 8) = 61.5%

8,13 8/21 = 38.1%

13/21 = 61.9%

Often referred to as the â€œGolden Ratioâ€ this property is the link to nature, and

in turn market prices.

Thus, the two magic numbers are 38% and 61.8%

**Putting it to work**

O.K., so we have identified Fibonacci numbers. Now what? These two numbers can

now be used for support and resistance numbers for virtually any market.

__Example # 1__

I primarily use Fibonacci numbers to determine where to buy or sell a market.

The basic thought is that all markets retrace at some point. For a market to

retrace back 38% from itâ€™s high point is sometimes known as a natural

retracement. To calculate this point we take the recent high, in this case Crude

Oil at $79 and subtract the significant low point of $59.

High â€” low = swing point

$79 – $59 = $20

To find the 38% Fibonacci Retracement point, and perhaps a golden buying

opportunity, we take the swing point value of $20 and multiply it by 0.38. This

equals $7.60. Now, subtract the swing point value from the high of $79 to get

our buy point of $71.40!

$20 X 0.38 = $7.60

$79 – $7.60 = $71.40

A major retracement is the 61.8% Fibonacci point. The process to get this buy

point is the same as above, simple substitute the 38% for the 61.8%

$79 – $59 = $20

$20 X 0.618 = $12.36

$79 – $12.36 = $66.64

I have included a chart of crude oil and drawn in the two Fibonacci numbers to

illustrate how the two might be great buying points should crude oil start to

fall. Orange represents the 38% Fibonacci number and green the 61.8%.

__Example # 2__

What about using Fibonacci points to find a selling point? All the same

principals apply, we just need to invert the numbers. Here is an example of a

declining market, coffee.

As in the first example, orange is the 38% Fibonacci number and green is the

61.8%.

Here is how they were calculated:

Recent high = 130.5

Recent low = 94.5

130.5 â€” 94.5 = 36 (swing point)

36 X .38 = 13.68 (38% Fibonacci point)

36X .618 = 22.25 (61.8% Fibonacci point)

This time we ADD the Fibonacci point to the LOW price to get our points.

94.5 + 13.68 = 108.18 (38% Fibonacci point)

94.5 = 22.25 = 116.75 (61.8% Fibonacci point)

Now we have some selling points should the market rally and retrace part of the

down move. Also note how coffee rallied to exactly the 38% retracement in August

of this year!

__Example # 3__

Now let’s look at an example of a market that has seen prices fall below the 38%

Fibonacci number already. The next key level to target is the 61.8% number. Take

a look at Heating Oil

Again, orange is the 38% and green, the 61.8%. You can see the major support

that the 38% mark provided at an area just below 2.00.

Here is how they were calculated:

Recent high = 2.175

Recent low = 1.675

2.175â€” 1.675= 0.5000 (swing point)

0.5000 X .38 = 0.1900 (38% Fibonacci point)

0.5000 X .618 = 0.3090 (61.8% Fibonacci point)

This time we subtract the Fibonacci point to the high price to get our points.

2.175 – 0.1900 = 1.985 (38% Fibonacci point)

2.175 – 0.3090 = 1.866 (61.8% Fibonacci point)

**Conclusion**

Fibonacci points are easy to calculate and use. In my opinion they are also very

powerful. Try it out on paper for a while. No matter whether it is a commodities

or stock chart, I think you will find they work for you too.

*For more information about Trade Center or to reach Scot Hicks, go to: www.tradecenterinc.com.*