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Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made Over 18,000% in the Stock Market

Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made Over 18,000% in the Stock Market

Gil Morales , Chris Kacher

ISBN: 978-0-470-88675-5

Aug 2010

384 pages



How two former traders of William J. O'Neil + Company made mad money using O'Neil's trading strategies, and how you can, too

From the successes and failures of two William O'Neil insiders, Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made Over 18,000% in the Stock Market in 7 Years is a detailed look at how to trade using William O'Neil's proven strategies and what it was like working side-by-side with Bill O'Neil. Under various market conditions, the authors document their trades, including the set ups, buy, add, and sell points for their winners. Then, they turn the magnifying glass on themselves to analyze their mistakes, including how much they cost them, how they reacted, and what they learned.

  • Presents sub-strategies for buying pocket pivots and gap-ups
  • Includes a market direction timing model, as well as updated tools for selling stocks short
  • Provides an "inside view" of the authors' experiences as proprietary, internal portfolio managers at William O'Neil + Company, Inc. from 1997-2005

Detailing technical information and the trading psychology that has worked so well for them, Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple breaks down what every savvy money manager, trader and investor needs to know to profit enormously in today’s stock market.




CHAPTER 1 The Evolution of Excellence: The O’Neil Trading Method.

Preparation, Study, and Practice.

Buy Expensive—Not Cheap—Stocks.

Averaging Down.

Cutting Losses Quickly.

Taking Profits Too Soon—Letting Your Winners Run.

Position Concentration.

Dealing in Big Stocks and Institutional Sponsorship.

Chart Patterns.

Pivotal Points versus Pivot Points.

Timing the Market: When to Be In, When to Be Out.

Emotions and Predictions.

Listening to Opinions, News, and Tips.


The O'Neil Approach: Techno-Fundamentalism.


CHAPTER 2 How Chris Kacher Made Over 18,000 Percent in the Stock Market Over Seven Years.

Gaining a Foothold in the Business.

1996—"Y2K" Stocks Put Me Over the Top.

1997—Keeping Profits during the Asian Contagion.

1998—Demoralization Sets In Just Before the Market Takes Off.

1999—The Bubble Expands.

2000—The Bubble Bursts.

2001—A Lesson in Shorting.

2002 to Present—Choppy, Sideways Markets and the Birth of the Pocket Pivot.

CHAPTER 3 How Gil Morales Made Over 11,000 Percent in the Stock Market.

A Rocky Start Turns Golden.

Climbing on Board the Rocket Ride.

Joining the 1,000 Percent Club.

Oracle Bubbles Up.

Patience and a Watchful Eye.

Cleared for Take-Off.

Verisign: The "Spice in the Soup".

Sitting Not Thinking.

Closing In on the Top.

The Theme of Success.

The Secret Ingredients.

CHAPTER 4 Failing Forward.

The Psychology of Success Lies in Taming the Ego.

Learning from Our Mistakes.

Problems, Situations, and Solutions.


CHAPTER 5 Tricks of the Trade.

Dr. K's Laboratory: The Pocket Pivot Advantage.

Characteristics of Pocket Pivots.

Definition of a Pocket Pivot Buy Point.

Pocket Pivots and Standard Breakout Buy Points.

Buying "in the Pocket".

Bottom-Fishing with Pocket Pivots.

Continuation Pocket Pivots: Using the 10-Day Moving Average.

Improper or "Do Not Buy" Pocket Pivot Points.

Using Moving Averages as Sell Guides.

Dr. K's Laboratory: Buying Gap-Ups in Leading Stocks.

Selling Techniques Using the 10-Day and 50-Day Moving Averages.

Putting It All Together.


CHAPTER 6 Riding the Bear Wave: Timely Tools for Selling Stocks Short.

The Golden Rules of Short-Selling.

Short-Sale Set-Ups.

Shorting Rocket Stocks.


CHAPTER 7 Dr. K's Market Direction Model.

Timing the Market.

Chart Examples.

Stealing the Model's Secrets.

Timing Model FAQ.


CHAPTER 8 Our Bill of Commandments.


Surviving by Keeping Ego in Check.

The First Commandment.

The Second Commandment.

The Third Commandment.

The Fourth Commandment.

The Fifth Commandment.

The Sixth Commandment.

The Seventh Commandment.

The Eighth Commandment.

The Ninth Commandment.

The Tenth Commandment.


CHAPTER 9 In the Trenches with Bill O'Neil.



The Great Bear of 2001–2002.

2003–2005 Bull Market.


CHAPTER 10 Trading Is Life; Life Is Trading.

Ed Seykota: Teaching a Technique That Has Helped Traders around the World.

Eckhart Tolle: Helping People Achieve Inner Peace and Greater Fulfillment, a Prerequisite to Optimized Trading and Living.

Esther Hicks: Teacher of the Law of Attraction.

Jack Canfield: Seminal Works on Personal Optimization.

Psychological Checklist: Questions to Ask Yourself.

Parallels between Teachings.

In Conclusion.

APPENDIX Dr. K's Top 50 Wall Street Books.

About the Authors.