Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork

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Day trading for income using three strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork offers potential for quick profits.

Income investors may be unfamiliar with the Andrews’ Pitchfork strategies but that is no reason to avoid learning how these techniques may pay off for traders. Andrews’ Pitchfork strategies may sound a bit strange, but the three key strategies have been taught to option traders who earned income much faster than by purchasing shares in a stock, then waiting to receive a dividend for three months or a year.

Invented by Alan Andrews, the technical indicator of trendlines that bear his name can help day traders to identify income opportunities, as well as what are known as “swing” possibilities.


Andrews’ Pitchfork strategies can help to assess overall cycles that affect spot price activity. Day traders may be able to time their activity to buy during brief dips and sell profitably amid upticks.

Sherpa Says Day Trade for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork

“The Andrews Pitchfork is one of the only predictive tools available to market technicians,” said Ahren Stephens, co-leader of the Trading Room and Pick of the Day advisory services. “It is an incredibly versatile tool that originated in the golden age of technical analysis in the early 20th century.”

Ahren Stephens co-heads of Pick of the Day and the Trading Room.

Roger Babson, an entrepreneur, market forecaster and later a politician, began studying markets at an early age. After Babson’s oldest sister, Edith, drowned during the 1880s in the Annisquam River in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he sought to understand gravity.

Thus, Babson created the Gravity Research Foundation in 1960 to give awards to essays on gravity-related topics. Generally, Andrews’ Pitchfork is based on the work of Sir Isaac Newton. The famed Newtonian law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction came into play to create Andrews’ Pitchfork to help plot trend lines on financial charts, rather than hand-draw Action Reaction sets, Stephens explained.

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Kennedy Clan

During the Depression period of the late 1920s and early 1930s, Andrews managed money for Joseph Kennedy, a prominent political family patriarch, producing more than $450 million in the stock market crash of 1929. Today, that $450 million would be worth billions of dollars, Stephens continued.


Andrews ended up working at the University of Miami and developed the Action Reaction course. When he launched his course at the university, the line of students seeking to take it was so long it wrapped around the block.

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: SPY Secrets

“Let’s make trading simple by implementing the three secrets of Andrew’s Pitchfork to help you generate income and gains on a regular basis,” Stephens said. “In our Trading Room service, we have two master sherpa traders leading their customers to the top of the mountain by helping them lock in their profits regularly. By adding some simple secrets of Dr. Alan Andrews, the famed market technician and trader, you can find your way on the road to trading for income.”

The three secrets of using Andrews’ Median Line, previously called the Normal Line by Babson, were unveiled by Stephens during his presentation at the Money Show/Traders Expo event in Las Vegas last February. Stephens told me the audience seemed especially attentive.

The word pivot also is integral in understanding the first secret of the Andrews’ Pitchfork, Stephens said. The following description should be illuminating.

By identifying the major pivots on that chart, a trader can find possible turning points in the future by using the Andrews’ Pitchfork tool, Stephens said. He and senior partner Hugh Grossman avoid complication by typically trading only options in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), a fund that seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index.

Hugh Grossman leads DayTradeSpy’s Trading Room.

The S&P 500 Index tracks a diversified group of large-cap U.S. stocks across all 11 Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) sectors. CICS also has 25 industry groups, 74 industries and 163 sub-industries into which the S&P uses to categorize all major public companies.

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Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Pivots

If an investor can think of ABC, the person can find the pivots that will allow one to forecast the probable path of the price of any stock or commodity, explained Stephens, who added that the technique is used when he instructs subscribers in the Trading Room advisory service.

“Many people in our Trading Room want to know how we come up with our amazing predictions in our crystal ball,” Stephens told me. “And the answer is we use tools that can find the probable path of the price.”

For starters, define the major highs and lows on higher time frames, Stephens said. By examining the pivots and market structure on higher timeframes, a trader can significantly improve his or her outlook, he continued.

Look at the time frame every day when first checking charts, Stephens said. Then identify the major trend and look for income-producing trades, whether short-term or long-term. The daily time frame is where most of the larger traders and institutions trade for the longer term. For investors buying stocks and wanting to hold, this is a great place to start, he added.


Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Secret 2 

Andrews’ Pitchfork Secret #2 is to trade in the direction of the trend for enhanced profitability. That may sound easy, but it requires identifying a trend and knowing when to buy or sell.

“The old axiom, ‘the trend is your friend,’ is tried and true,” Stephens said. “We also like to think of the Andrews’ Pitchfork as your friend because it is one of the very few predictive tools using math and physics that can help you both enter and exit trades in the trend’s direction, as well as find possible turning points as they happen if you’re already in a trade.”

Plus, keep in mind, the trend is your friend “until it ends,” Stephens continued. Andrews’ Pitchfork helps to find starting and ending points.  For greater returns from trades, follow a trend-following approach in the markets, he added.

“Knowing the direction of the trend will help you understand and correctly forecast and trade the probable path of the price,” Stephens said. “Are we making higher highs and higher lows? Are we making lower highs and lower lows?

“By identifying and marking the correct larger timeframe direction, specifically the Daily and 240-minute trend direction, you are able to catch the momentum of larger traders and institutions and have the wind at your back to help push you to greater profits.”

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Secret 3

Andrews Pitchfork Secret #3 is to enter at the test and retest to gain the best entry, but exit at extremes, Stephens advised. To maximize gains, the goal is to let winning trades run, but keep losses small, Stephens advised.

“To utilize the best entries, you need to draw a fork that can contain the price,” Stephens said. “After a test of a median line, whether it’s the lower parallel, the upper parallel, or the middle median line, you need to determine if the price is going to hold that area and continue running in the trend.”

When the price continues in the trend, a trader can maximize profits by following the price to the next median line on the chart, Stephens said.

“This is where the test and retest of the Median Line comes in,” Stephens explained. “When the price hits a level of support and rises, this is a test. When the price hits the area again, this is a retest.”

The same principle applies with a diagonal line. When the price tests and retests, that indicates a chance to board a virtual “elevator to profits,” Stephens counseled.


By exiting at price extremes, a trader can leverage the laws of physics and market structure to maximize gains and minimize your losses, Stephens said.

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Elevator Ride

“Think of it this way,” Stephens opined. “When you are wandering around the mall, eventually you have seen everything you want to see and want to go to the next level. You need an elevator to get you to the next floor.”

When investing in the markets, the catalyst could be a news event, a geopolitical event, an earnings release, etc., Stephens continued.

“You need this to move the price from level 1 to level 2,” Stephens told me. “It is the same thing with the Andrews’ Pitchfork as well. When you have found a catalyst and an entry on a retest of the fork, the elevator will take you to the next level of profits.”

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Workshop

Grossman, who launched DayTradeSpy’s Trading Room, teams up with Stephens to offer their Ultimate Training Workshop to help people day trade profitably. They created a set of training videos based on a live event held a few months ago, teaching everything they thought would help day traders.

“No stone is left unturned,” Grossman said. “If you have never traded options before, this is what you need. Even if you are a seasoned trader, the nuances, tips, tricks and traps you will pick up from this series of 11 sessions, each roughly an hour and a half in length, will benefit you immensely.”

The two investment gurus share “deep in the trenches” experience with concepts that cannot be found anywhere else, Grossman said. Topics include setting up Schwab (formerly TD Ameritrade) Think or Swim charts to visualize patterns, identifying key indicators and strategies, “repairing trades,” money management and more, he added.

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Q&A

Stephens provides a deep-dive analysis that can answer many questions in the Q&A section of the Ultimate Training Workshop, Grossman said.

“It’s all there,” Grossman advised. “Of course, there may be other updated information only available through our trading room sessions, but the Ultimate Training Workshop will provide you the launch pad you need to get started day trading SPY options.”

The videos are available for at least six months, and they can be viewed as often as desired during that time period, Grossman said. Take advantage of 40+ combined years of market participation by signing up for the UltimateTraining Workshop,” he added.

“Fast forward, pause and rewind,” Grossman continued. “We recommend going through them at least once completely, even if you are an experienced trader.”

Day Trading for Income Using Three Strategies of Andrews’ Pitchfork: Scalping


The duo also use a scalping strategy that involves buying ‘at the money’ options, Grossman told me.

“I like to buy 30 to 100 contracts, investing up to $20,000 per trade, depending on expiration dates,” Grossman said. “While it sounds like a high-risk trade, and it could be, by using our proven indicators, we minimize the risk. We make our gains quickly and, of course, see a prompt return of our capital in the process.

“I generally earn $500 to $1,000 on such trades. Repeating the process delivers several thousand dollars before most of corporate America takes its first coffee break.”

Mounting Geopolitical Risk

Geopolitical risk is mounting amid escalating wars and threats worldwide.  Such risks may develop further interest in day trading to avoid longer-term investments that can backfire.

Under the direction of President Joe Biden, America’s Department of Defense (DoD) unexpectedly announced on Tuesday, March 12, that it would give up to $300 million in additional military aid to Ukraine. The assistance comes at a critical time during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2021, as waning supplies of military equipment forced Ukrainian soldiers to retreat from key places that they had retaken from the aggressors during its counteroffensive in the past year.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think-tank, estimated that Russia’s artillery was firing at five times the rate of Ukraine’s rapidly shrinking capacity to fire back at the attackers.

With a lack of replacement funds available to replenish DoD inventories, the Biden administration had paused Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) packages since December 2023. The DoD subsequently identified contract savings from previously appropriated supplemental funding that can be used to replace its equipment stocks. The move offers a short-term stop gap, but it is “nowhere near enough” to meet Ukraine’s battlefield needs, according to the DoD.

“Without supplemental funding, DoD will remain hard-pressed to meet Ukraine’s capability requirements at a time when Russia is pressing its attacks against Ukrainian forces and cities,” the DoD added.

New Supplies for Ukraine

The equipment worth up to $300 million encompassed in this announcement include:

  • Stinger anti-aircraft missiles;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • 155mm artillery rounds, including High Explosive and Dual Purpose Improved Cluster Munitions rounds;
  • 105mm artillery rounds;
  • AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  • Additional rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • Demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing; and
  • Spare parts, maintenance and other ancillary equipment.

“U.S. leadership is essential to sustaining the historic efforts of some 50 allies and partners from around the globe that have committed more than $87 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its unprovoked, full-scale invasion in February 2022 – a war of choice that continues to undermine global security and stability,” according to the DoD. “Security assistance for Ukraine remains a smart investment in our national security. It deters potential aggression elsewhere in the world, while strengthening our defense industrial base and creating highly skilled jobs for the American people.”

U.S. Congressional leaders have been not found a compromise that would protect America’s southern border to win support from House Republicans to provide fresh funding of $95.3 billion mainly for Ukraine and Israel. The bi-partisan bill previously passed the U.S. Senate.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has stated his top priorities are to secure the southern border of the United States and to fund the operation of the U.S. government. Extra time to seek a solution was gained last week with passage of short-term funding to avoid a default on the country’s debt.

Sweden Strengthens NATO as 32nd Member

With the addition of Sweden to NATO on May 7, the organization now has 32 member nations. The addition makes the alliance more united, determined and dynamic than ever, President Biden said.

“NATO will continue to stand for freedom and democracy for generations to come,” President Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to hosting all 32 Allies for the 75th Anniversary NATO Summit this summer in Washington, D.C.”

President Putin’s surprise attack of Ukraine with Russian forces more than two years ago has caused him to send continuing waves of soldiers into battle as human sacrifices to gain land that is within the sovereign borders of its neighboring nation. The invasion, which President Putin still calls a “special military operation,” shows no signs of waning. Russian political opposition leader Alexei Navalny was imprisoned by Putin and transferred to an Artic prison where he died suddenly on Feb. 16 under mysterious circumstances after appearing in good health at a court hearing the day before.

Navalny’s burial on Friday, March 1, drew thousands of mourners. With Navalny dead, Putin has no opposition to becoming elected to a new term has Russia’s president during its election taking place this weekend.

Navalny’s family claims their loved one was fatally poisoned at the arctic prison with a nerve agent on Putin’s orders.

Geopolitical Risk Mounts in the Middle East

The Middle East remains a powder keg with Hamas militants and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) engaged in a war that reportedly has led to more than 31,100 deaths in Gaza alone. The war began on Oct. 7 when Hamas fighters invaded southern Israel in a murderous assault that reportedly killed 1,163. Other barbarous acts included rapes, torture and the abduction of at least 250 others.

Israel responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels used in attacks against its civilians and to pursue the perpetrators of the Oct. 7 butchery. IDF officials report that hundreds of its soldiers have been killed in Gaza during its military response.

A week-long truce in late November led to Hamas freeing more than 100 Israeli and foreign hostages in exchange for Israel releasing about 240 Palestinian prisoners. However, talks aimed at securing the release of additional hostages have not produced results.


President Biden recently approved and initiated a humanitarian air drop of relief supplies and plans to build a temporary port to provide additional aid for Palestinians in Gaza. Roughly 130 hostages abducted on Oct. 7 by Hamas remain trapped there, but Israeli officials say about a quarter of them are believed to be dead.

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Paul Dykewicz,, is a respected, award-winning journalist who has written for Dow Jones, the Wall Street JournalInvestor’s Business DailyUSA Today, the Journal of Commerce, Crain Communications, Seeking Alpha, Guru Focus and other publications and websites. Paul can be followed on Twitter @PaulDykewicz, and is the editor and a columnist at and He also serves as editorial director of Eagle Financial Publications in Washington, D.C., where he edits monthly investment newsletters, time-sensitive trading alerts, free weekly e-letters and other investment reports.

Paul is the author of an inspirational book, “Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame’s Championship Chaplain,” with a foreword by former national championship-winning football coach Lou Holtz. In addition, Paul serves as a commentator about investing, economics, business news, politics and motivational guidance. 

Paul earned a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to two terms as president of its Finance Club. He earlier received a master’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where he was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society. Paul received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focusing on political science, business and economics.

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