The 11600 area is a key level because it has been bought up from that point since mid December which makes it a significant range low. It is also just above the 10988 to 8656 which is the .618 area relative to the recent broader structure measured from the 5400 low.
What makes this area attractive for position trade longs? A position trade is more like an investment. It looks to capitalize on the broader trend which in these markets is still . When a short term reaction such as a panic spike occurs, and it takes price into extreme levels, this is often where the inexperienced investors get pushed out of their positions for a number of reasons.
There are two ways to go about getting into a position in a situation like this. First, you can just place a limit order at a lower price such as 11500 and see if the momentum continues to new extreme lows. The more extreme the push, the more of a chance it reverses back up. The second thing to do which is more conservative is wait for some price stability to return which can come in the form of a higher low. Waiting for stability means you will not get the best price, but momentum will be more favorable.
As far as my plan, I still have a position from 13150 that I plan to hold. I am also looking at this panic as an opportunity to add, but since momentum is extreme at the moment, I want to see if price can get inside the 10968 to 8656 zone and add more around there. If I was not long from 13150, I would look to initiate a position around current levels because in the long term, this is a buying opportunity.
In summary, now you know why I always write about locking in some profits at highs. Also be careful not to get caught up in all the hype and extreme predictions. When buying into a sell off, it has to be done with carefully thought out position sizing and NO margin. Anything is possible in these markets, and although I do not believe it will retrace back to 5K, you want to keep risk under control just in case, and fractional sizing is the best tool to achieve that kind of control. Conditions like this offer great prices for the longer term investor which is a function of the larger magnitude support levels that price is testing at the moment. Remember, when markets look their worst, that is often the best time to buy, but it has to be done in a way that always accounts for the risk.
Comments and questions welcome.