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Trading for Dummies [Paperback]

Michael Griffis , Lita Epstein
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22 May 2009
Making informed trading decisions regardless of the market′s condition Savvy traders can make money in both up and down markets. Trading For Dummies , Second Edition is for investors at all levels who are looking for a clear guide to successfully trading stocks in any type of market. It is also for investors who have experience trading and who are looking for new, proven methods to enhance the profitability of their investments. This no–nonsense guide presents a proven system for analyzing stocks, trends, and indicators and setting a buy–and–sell range beforehand to decrease risk in any type of market. It stresses the practice of position trading, conducting technical analysis on a company and its performance, and research methods that enable the trader to strategically select both an entry and exit point before a stock is even purchased. This updated guide features updated stock charts, position trading tips and techniques, and fresh ways to analyze trends and indicators.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470438401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470438404
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now updated — your guide to trading success regardless of the market! Want to make smarter trading decisions? This strategy–packed, no–nonsense guide presents a proven system for analyzing stocks, trends, and indicators and setting a buy–and–sell range beforehand to decrease your risk in both up and down markets. You′ll discover the benefits of position trading, conduct technical analysis, and research your entry and exit points before you even purchase your stock. Build your trading toolbox — know the markets and exchanges, find a broker, set up your brokerage account, and determine your computer/Internet needs Explore position trading — discover the benefit of executing trades in and out of positions and holding positions for various lengths of time, depending on trends Find value in fundamental analysis — observe market behavior, understand economic indicators, find critical information in financial statements, and make the most of analysts Take on technical analysis — build and read charts, identify trends, recognize bull and bear patterns, and differentiate between stocks that are range bound and ones that are trending Develop strategies for buying and selling — know your risks, gather key info through analysis to build your optimum trading strategy, and develop your own powerful trading system Jump into the deep end — from swing and day trading to derivatives and foreign currency, get the basics of these riskier forms of trading Open the book and find: The ins and outs of trading stocks Fresh ways to analyze trends and indicators Updated stock charts and Web sites Position trading tips and techniques Step–by–step instructions for building and reading charts Key money management techniques Warnings about frauds and scams Top ten trading survival techniques Huge trading mistakes to avoid at all costs

About the Author

Michael Griffis , MBA, is an active stock broker. He writes extensively about investing and marketing, benefiting clients in the banking, and brokerage industries. Lita Epstein , MBA, has written more than 25 books to help readers understand the complex worlds of money and finance, including Bookkeeping For Dummies and Reading Financial Reports For Dummies .

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5.0 out of 5 stars FuriousTWolf 7 April 2011
I found this book to be very useful it's quite an easy read as all the dummies books are. Reading this book gives you a very good idea as to which direction you want to go in investing. If your new to investing and haven't read any books yet I would recommend that you read Investing in Shares for Dummies first then make this your second read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Of limited use 12 Oct 2011
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As a small time amateur trader myself I bought this book to get an understanding of how more professional individual traders operate and it has certainly given me a good basis of background information on that. However, despite their assertions to the contrary, the writers seem quite involved with Technical Analysis and systemic methods of slightly controversial short term speculation and entry and exit strategies which may not suit every investor and certainly not me. Maybe that is after all how most traders operate.
I suppose I was looking for more detail and knowledge than I have on the study of company fundamentals, picking good stocks, how individual stock prices in different sectors relate to overall market conditions and how to cope with that. In short, how does one invest with a good solid long term strategy? Some aspects of all this were covered, but not in any great depth.
Overall a useful guide to what other traders are doing and thinking in the markets and for me a view from a very different angle. Be advised that the book is very much based on American trading and markets, but of course a lot of that stuff is international these days anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Position Trading 25 Aug 2005
By PhysicsTrader - Published on
Let me first state -- this is not a book for day traders! Although there are chapters on both swing and day trading, the authors concentrate on position trading. Hence, they include several chapters on fundamental analysis and focus on slower signalling indicators. Now, that's out of the way...

The book is well-written, with the not-too-serious yet informative style that hallmarks a good "Dummies" book. The organisation is top notch, and the authors re-iterate tactics they have previously covered when doing so provides a good learning example. There is a limited amount of technical analysis, with the primary focus on patterns (breakout and continuation) and simple indicators--moving averages, MACD, relative strength, e.g.

As with most "Dummies" books, you are not by any means an expert on the topic when you finish. However, I believe the reader, having paid close attention, will have a good grasp of the concepts he or she will need to trade, and that this book provides a good introduction and foundation for further research in the field.

I give the book 5 stars for well accomplishing the authors' stated purpose, but caution that, if you are looking for a book on short-term trading, you could be disappointed. That having been said, I think it makes a fine base for further reading into such trading. Your mileage may vary.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foundation for the beginning trader 5 Jan 2007
By Oz Man - Published on
Trading for Dummies is an excellent book for anyone interested in starting to trade stocks. This book really kept me wanting to read on and on because every section was filled with plenty of information. The way the chapters are arranged were very good in that you don't have to be going back and forth to understand the whole concept. One thing I noticed was that this book is for someone who wants to be a position trader as opposed to a day trader, which is good because that is what I want to do. For someone who knows absolutely nothing about how the stock market works, this book is an excellent read. Overall I give it the full five stars.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 14 April 2006
By Ron Gonzalez - Published on
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IMHO The reason the "for dummies" brand has been successfull aside from the catchy name, is the actual content and material of the books themselves.

This book has been a great read for some one like myself that already had an idea of what investing entails, but that does not preclude total beginners with no idea from gaining an immense amount of great information from this book.

It is written in plain language and is a great place for a beginner to start his journey.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for those who want to make money 4 Aug 2006
By Brian D - Published on
Great book. Covers all the bases, including fundamental and technicals. I have read a few of the other Dummies books on investing and all were well written. This book is for those who want to make money, not just buy and hold and hope for the best. I learned more about trading/investing with the Dummies series than 4 years of college majoring in finance. And yes, I have made money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good start up books 17 Feb 2008
By Christopher M. Knigga - Published on
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The book is very fundamental but I need this anyway. This book provides clarifications on the basic of trading. You will find terminologies quickly that you will need for trading which is very helpful to me. Don't expect this book to show you how to make money but to understand how trading works.
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