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Day Trading For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Day Trading For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Ann C. Logue

ISBN: 978-1-118-80808-5

Jan 2014

368 pages



In an ever-changing market, get the advantage of trading for yourself

Day trading is undoubtedly the most exciting way to make your own money. Before you begin, you need three things: patience, nerves of steel, and a well-thumbed copy of Day Trading For Dummies.

This plain-English guide shows you how day trading works, identifies its all-too-numerous pitfalls, and gets you started with an action plan. From classic and renegade strategies to the nitty-gritty of daily trading practices, it gives you the knowledge and confidence you'll need to keep a cool head, manage risk, and make decisions instantly as you buy and sell your positions.

  • Expanded coverage of day trading resources and sites available
  • Help choosing an online broker in the current market
  • New trading products
  • Updated information on SEC rules and regulations (and tax laws)
  • New investment options
  • Updated examples that reflect current market and economic conditions

Read Day Trading For Dummies and get the tips, guidance, and solid foundation you need to succeed in this thrilling, lucrative, and rewarding career!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Day Trading 5

Chapter 1: So You Want to Be a Day Trader 7

Chapter 2: Planning to Succeed As a Day Trader 23

Chapter 3: Deciding What to Trade and How to Trade It 45

Chapter 4: Defining Trading: Risk, Reward, and Timing 69

Chapter 5: Regulation and the Modern Trader 81

Part II: Exploring Popular Day-Trading Strategies 97

Chapter 6: Managing Your Money and Positions 99

Chapter 7: Technical Analysis 101 115

Chapter 8: Following Market Indicators and Tried-and-True Day-Trading Strategies 137

Chapter 9: Increasing Risk and Potential Return with Short Selling and Leverage 161

Chapter 10: Looking for Easy Profits: Navigating the Tricky World of Arbitrage and High-Frequency Trading 177

Chapter 11: All About Accounts 191

Part III: Necessities and Niceties for Successful Day Trading 205

Chapter 12: Equipping to Day Trade 207

Chapter 13: Researching Research Services 215

Chapter 14: Stress Management in the Trading Day 231

Chapter 15: Taxes for Traders 243

Chapter 16: But Did You Make Money? Testing, Tracking, and Evaluating Performance 263

Chapter 17: Day Trading for Investors 283

Part IV: The Part of Tens 295

Chapter 18: Ten Good Reasons to Day Trade 297

Chapter 19: Ten or So Good Reasons to Avoid Day Trading 303

Chapter 20: Ten Common Day-Trading Mistakes 309

Chapter 21: Ten Tested Money-Management Techniques 315

Appendix: Additional Resources for Day Traders  321

Index 329