HOW WAS W. D. GANN REALLY TRADING?
Welcome to Arcanum Market Research, the home of the complete unpublished trading methods of legendary trader W. D. Gann. In 1909 the senior Wyckoff wrote about Gann once making 286 trades in 25 days- 264 were profitable! Do you think he accomplished this by information you can find in a book from a gift shop?
W. D. Gann brought us 3 types of squares to use to corner market activity: Permanent Squares, Master Squares, and Magic Squares. A 'Permanent Square' is proprietary to each stock or market, and remains constant through that market's life. 'Master Squares' run through many markets, and are built from natural cycles. Below we demonstrate techniques from the Permanent Square.
The truth is W. D. Gann’s real, unpublished market strategies and techniques bear little resemblance to the simple rearrangements of information in Gann’s books. The ‘knock offs’ saturate the internet.
Maybe you have even gone down the guru rabbit trail and spent thousands on imitation Gann. The pattern is mostly the same- some obscure guru off the beaten path without market credential, experience, or references. Your initiation is getting charged a few thousand for basic lessons of filler information. Then, if you prove worthy, tens of thousands more for the ‘real beef.’ Typically, these advanced secrets are vague, subjective premises lacking objective rules and consistent back-testing.
Each of W. D. Gann’s market strategies and techniques illustrated and described on this site has been drawn out from W. D. Gann’s public and non-public material. Then it undergoes rigorous scrutiny, getting back-tested exceeding industry standards.
But more than getting the techniques the way Gann did them, he had a particular use for each method. If you get the calculation for the technique right but use it incorrectly, chances are it will be of little use to you.
For example, in his Mechanical Method of trading soybeans, he used an odd method of price squaring to determine and predict pullback prices. His use of this technique in this way was unique to trading soybeans with this method. Gann then used the ‘time periods’ unique to this trading system to put an ‘expiration’ of a couple days on each pullback price prediction.
For more, our "W. D. Gann: Magic In The Markets" Training encompasses the entire catalogue of Gann’s unpublished market methods and techniques.
If you are new to this site and our work, a good starting point might be Gann’s stand-alone market strategies like his Mechanical Method and Gann Swing Method.