Hello, a friend of mine told me that Tecnical analisis is the way the market makers can know what the retailers will do, so if you want to have an edge on the market you have to trade the compression periods. Here his argumentation: Mainstream TA was created to deceive the masses into having a false sense of control, for the sole purpose of providing liquidity to smart money. The way to beat smart money is to trade a game they aren’t trying to win, compression. Smart money only cares about trend, their order flow creates trend. Periods of compression are natural in the markets as trend breaks down into temporary “noise.” Identify the subtle direction of compression and you’ve got yourself a very real trading edge. --------------------------------- my questions: 1) their order flow creates trend why the whales's order flow creates trend? Can someone explain me this sentence please? In an easy way to understand (maybe with example, please)? Identify the subtle direction of compression and you’ve got yourself a very real trading edge. how? How to identify it's going to be in compression and in which direction?