Traders using price-based indicators or hoping to trade breakouts when a support or resistance level is breached will frequently enter a buy or sell position at the very high or low price, watch uncomfortably as price fails to progress in the direction they hoped for then as price falls back, exit their position at a loss. At the time they entered their position and price failed to advance, they became Trapped Traders with no option than to exit their position before their loss became unbearable.
By observing traded volume, we can see whether a move through a price level is supported by favourable buying/selling power. In the cases when it is not, the Trapped Traders indicator shows us when we have a buying or selling imbalance at the top or bottom of a price bar but price has fallen back from the level where the traders entered and we can expect these Trapped Traders to quickly exit their positions for a loss, driving price further away.
This indicator can be used in conjunction with many other emoji trading Order Flow Suite indicators including Unfinished Business, POC at Extreme, POC near Extreme, Ratio Display and Delta Divergence to uncover low-risk trade entry locations.