How to trade a ranging or consolidating market
A ranging or side-ways market is also known as a consolidating market, I personally like to use the word accumulation. They are accumulating dsicounted orders.
What is actually happening is that the biggest money are placing their orders into the market in small blocks so that they can accumulate large positions WITHOUT causing the price to rocket up or down.
All you need to do is understand how trends work and the correct way to analyse support and resistance. I teach all of this in my courses.
I have taught myself to identify how to know exactly whe the accumulation / consolidation period is over. Not many traders can do that. Effectively I can play the biggest money at their own games.