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Survival Guide for Traders. How to Set Up and Organize Your Trading Business. Wiley Trading

  • ID: 2241576
  • Book
  • December 2011
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The must–have guide for anyone entering the exciting world of trading from home

"There is a Japanese proverb, ′He who is well prepared has won half the battle.′ To help you fully prepare for your battles with the market especially for new traders I can think of no better resource than my friend Bennett′s latest book Survival Guide for Traders." Steve Nison, CMT, President, Candlecharts.com; author of Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques

"Bennett McDowell is a leader in teaching traders a step–by–step approach to creating a trading business. Survival Guide for Traders is a must for all traders serious about both part–time and full–time trading. I will be adding this to my recommended reading list." Leslie Jouflas, founder of TradingLiveOnline.com

"Survival Guide for Traders is a must–read for anyone who wants to launch a home trading business.? Get great insights into what is needed to achieve real trading success by leveraging Bennett′s?many years of trading wisdom as condensed into this valuable resource." John Gromala, VP of Sales and Marketing, NinjaTrader

"Ben is an experienced trader and instructor. In this Survival Guide for Traders, he′s included a wealth of tips to make a trader more profitable, as well as aware of pitfalls to watch for." Larry McMillan, President, McMillan Analysis Corp.; author of Options as a Strategic Investment

"This book looks at all the necessary components of a trading business and shows you how you can set up for success." Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan, Editor, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities

"Bennett McDowell is an experienced guide through critical subjects like assessing your financial standing, organizing your trading business, gauging risk, and smoothing the bumps on the road to success." Stanley Dash, VP of Applied Technical Analysis, TradeStation

"Survival Guide for Traders shows traders effective ways to build a strong and lasting foundation for their careers.? Read it, re–read it, and take full advantage of the fountain of information in these pages.? This book belongs in every trader′s library as a timely and compelling guide to success." Toni Turner, from the Foreword

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Foreword xiii

by Toni Turner

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Disclaimer xxi

Introduction: Survival of the Fittest xxiii

PART I Survival Basics 1

CHAPTER 1 It s a Jungle Out There! 3

Brawn, Brains, and Technology 4

Technological and Innovation Time Line 5

Don t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight 7

Right in My Own Backyard 7

CHAPTER 2 Managing Your Money Is Serious Business 9

Trust and Financial Advisers 10

Tips on Selecting a Qualified Financial Adviser 11

So, Who Are You Going to Trust? 12

Creating Your Own Business Plan Will Strengthen Your Ability to Prosper 13

Trade, Invest, and Live within Your Means 14

CHAPTER 3 Accountability, Setting Stops, and the Rogue Factor 15

Traders Are the Ultimate Entrepreneurs and Must Be Held Accountable 16

Setting Stop–Loss Exits Is Essential 17

The Infamous Rogue Trader Named Nick Leeson 17

Watch the Rogue Trader Movie 18

Insurmountable, Large Losses Usually Start As Small Losses 19

CHAPTER 4 What s Your Net Worth? 21

Net Worth Statement 21

Creating Your Financial Profile 22

Are You Moving Forward, Falling Backward, or Standing in Place? 28

CHAPTER 5 The Life of an Entrepreneur 31

New Start–Up Businesses Have High Failure Rates 31

What Does It Take for a New Business to Succeed? 32

Small Businesses Are the Backbone of the Economy 34

Reduce Your Expenses and Increase Your Revenue 35

How to Reduce Expenses 36

A Penny Saved Is Really One and a Half Pennies Earned 38

It s All About the Revenue 39

CHAPTER 6 Understanding Financial Markets 41

Buyer and Seller Agree on Price, but They Disagree on Value 42

Buyers and Sellers and the Financial Order Flow Process 42

Types of Orders 49

Using Margin and Leverage 52

The Importance of Liquidity and Volume 53

Zero Liquidity 56

Volatility and Market Gaps 58

How Can the Bid and Ask, Spreads, Fills, and Slippage Affect Your Profits? 61

You Can Parallel Test Your Broker and Data Feeds 62

I Feel the Need for Speed 63

So Many Markets to Choose From 64

Ticker Symbols at a Glance 65

How to Choose the Best Data Feed for Your Needs 66

How to Choose the Best Broker for Your Needs 70

How to Choose the Best Front–End Platform for Your Needs 72

Manias, Panics, and Crashes 73

CHAPTER 7 Adapting to Changing Market Cycles 75

Four Major Market Cycles 75

It s All in a Name 78

Using Trend Lines to Identify Market Cycles 79

Using Elliott Wave Analysis to Identify Market Cycles 80

Pitfalls of Not Identifying Market Cycles Correctly 81

CHAPTER 8 Education and Support 83

A Few Classic Trading Books 83

Learning Styles 84

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition 85

Paper Trading Is an Essential Learning Tool 85

Do it Your Way 86

You Can Learn from Your Mistakes and Failures 87

Life Mentors, Professional Mentors, and Trading Coaches 88

CHAPTER 9 Writing a Business Plan 91

Business Plan: Blank Template 91

Front Matter: Title Page, Table of Contents, and Mission Statement 93

1. Summary 94

2. Strategy 108

3. Operations 118

4. Financials 124

Business Plan Tips 128

Part II The Financial Pie 129

CHAPTER 10 The First Slice: Trading and Investing Rules 131

Develop and Test Your System 132

Perseverance Is the Holy Grail 132

Failure Is Not an Option 133

Creating Your Trading Rules Profile 134

A Note about Day Trading versus Position Trading 138

Holding Trades Overnight and Assuming Overnight Risk 140

My Definition of Scalping 141

Sample Trading Rules to Start With 141

Combining Fundamental and Technical Signals in Your Trading Rules 142

Technical Analysis Signals 143

Fundamental Analysis Signals 146

Value Investing in a Bear Market 148

The Importance of Paper Trading 148

Set Up Multiple Brokerage Accounts to Monitor Your Trading Results 152

CHAPTER 11 The Second Slice: Scanning for Opportunities 155

Technical Scanning Techniques 156

Fundamental Scanning Techniques 157

Opportunity Is Always Abundant in the Markets 165

Stocks 165

Options 169

Futures 170

Forex 174

Exchange–Traded Funds 177

CHAPTER 12 The Third Slice: Money Management 179

What Can Money Management Do for You? 179

Three Ways to Control Risk 180

Risk Factors to Develop Your Plan Around 180

Stop–Loss Exits Can Save the Day 182

Your Survival Depends on Having a Healthy Respect for the Risk of Ruin 184

Optimal f Formula: Information Similar to the Risk of Ruin Tables 186

Comparing Optimal Equation Results to the Risk of Ruin Tables 187

The 2 Percent Risk Amount Formula 188

Using the Trade Size Formula 188

Trade Size Formula Using Leverage 189

Using the Trade Size Calculator 190

Good Record Keeping and Performance Analysis Are Essential 191

Without Risk, There Is No Opportunity . . . 192

CHAPTER 13 The Fourth Slice: Financial Psychology 193

The Trader s Mind–Set 194

Even Good Change Can Be Stressful and Emotionally Challenging 195

Looking at 15 Destructive Psychological Trading Issues and Their Causes 196

Optical Illusions Show How Our Minds Can Mislead Us 198


APPENDIX A Online Bonus Survival Guide Central 203


APPENDIX C Resources: Front–End Platforms, Brokers, Data Providers, and More 243

APPENDIX D Suggested Reading and Education 255

APPENDIX E Market Exchanges 273

Glossary 283

About the Author 307

Index 309

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