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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits: How to Make a Living as an Independent Stock, Options, and Futures Trader

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits: How to Make a Living as an Independent Stock, Options, and Futures Trader

David S. Nassar

ISBN: 978-0-471-75209-7

Oct 2005

352 pages

Select type: E-Book



Well known trader, bestselling author, and founder of Marketwise Trading School, David Nassar is offering his 5-day/$3000 trading course in a comprehensive book/DVD package. Whether you're a novice or an active trader, this full course lets you benefit from the methods and expertise Nassar has perfected over the past decade. He covers everything from introductory to advanced methods, including technical analysis, charting patterns, risk management, Fibonacci, pivot strategies, swing trading, and short selling. The accompanying DVD features numerous individual lessons, downloadable charts, and a live trading feature that lets you watch as David trades his own account. Master the techniques of online day-trading with this comprehensive training product.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.




Trade the Professional Way.

Ride the Statistical Edge . . . Like Betting Seven in Craps.

Master the Inner Game.

Chapter 1: Foundational Analysis.


Two Types of Analysis.

What Exactly Is Technical Analysis?

The Four-Stage Theory.

Support and Resistance.


Trading Volume.

Moving Averages.

Chapter 2: Risk Management.

Discipline—The Key to Trading Success.

Discipline Perspectives.

Avoid Trading with Scared Money.

Terra Nova Trade Evaluator.

Your Goal: To Trade without Emotion.

Plan Your Trade and Trade Your Plan with Risk-Reward Ratios.

Setting Stops—Overview.

Avoid This Mistake.

RealTick Can Help.

Risk Management and Trading with the News.

Risk Management and Share Size.


Chapter 3:   Basic Chart Formations.

Time Frames.

Interpreting Chart Patterns.

Reversal Patterns.

Continuation Patterns.


Chapter 4: Going Short.

Finding Shorting Opportunities.

Margin Accounts.


Chapter 5: Other Trading Vehicles.

What Is an E-Mini S&P 500 Contract?

E-Mini Symbols.

Initial and Maintenance Margin Requirements.

Treatment of Settlement.

The E-Mini Contract versus the Pit-Traded Contract.

Price and Percentage Limits.

Single-Source Liquidity.

E-Mini Standard & Poor’s 500 as a Hedge.

Tax Advantages with the E-Mini.

The E-Mini Nasdaq 100.

Chicago Board of Trade Mini-Dow Futures Use $5 Multiplier.

Who Regulates Futures Trading?

Program Trading and Fair Value.

Predicting the Opening.

How to Calculate Fair Value.

What about Exchange-Traded Funds?

The QQQQs.

E-Mini Is Hard to Beat.

Put and Call Options.

A Brief History.

Puts and Calls and Standardized Options.

Shares per Option.




In-the-Money or Out-of-the-Money.

Rights versus Obligations.

Opening and Closing Transactions.

Open Interest.

Opening Rotation.

Option Positions.

Conversions, Reversals, and Synthetics.

The Greeks and Delta Value.


Chapter 6: Trading Strategies.

The Profiler’s-Systems Trading.

Pricing Puts/Calls—A Strategy You Can Use.

Chapter 7: Indicators and Oscillator.


Relative Strength Index.

ARMS Index.

Fibonacci Retracements.

Chapter 8: Traditional Pivot Analysis.

The Pivot Formula.

The Pivot in Action.

The Area between R1 and S1.

Illustrating Pivot Lines on RealTick.

Archiving Pivot Levels.

Pivotal Psychology.

Strategy and Money Management.

Lining Up Levels on Multiple Time Frames.

Trading a Confluence Zone.

Swing Trading with Confluence Areas.


Chapter 9: Planning and Staying on Track.

What Is Your Time Commitment?

How Will You Fund Your Trading Account?

What Style of Trading Will You Pursue?

What Are Your Profit Objectives?

How Will You Manage Your Profits?

Do You Evaluate All Your Trades?

Are You Keeping a Journal?


Chapter 10 Your Path to Success.

Where to Next?


Appendix: MarketWise Tools—Routes to Success.

MarketWise Web Site Resources.

Tuning to the Market Intraday.


Bibliography and Exchange Contact Information.

Exchange Contact Information.

About the DVD.