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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273722093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273722090
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A quick note to short-term traders looking for an edge. Don't miss Trading Secrets by Simon Thompson" - FT 24 Jan 09

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Have you ever wondered how the top City traders make big profits from share trading? Do you know why the best investors know exactly when the market is going to rise or fall? And do you wish you could do the same?

By following 20 hard and fast rules,Trading Secrets shows you how you can make the same high returns as experienced investors and traders. Using historical, economic and technical trend analysis from the last fifty years, it identifies ways for you to capitalise on such events as the clocks going back or moving forward, religious holidays, major sporting events and even the US presidential election.

Written for both experienced investors and also those with little knowledge of the stock market, Simon Thompson’s practical investing guide offers trading strategies that you can use over the short-term or the long-term. It covers economic and stock market cycles so that you can be confident in your trading strategies, even when the market is falling.

Armed with Trading Secrets, investing will not only be enjoyable, but highly profitable too.

“Simon Thompson is arguably one of the best stock-pickers of his generation, and the consistent results produced by his strategies put professional fund managers to shame. He’s one of few financial journalists who can make investment analysis a gripping read!” 

Matthew Vincent, Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times

“He is always insightful and concise with an enviable track record of correctly identifying trends. Anyone who has listened to his advice will have weathered the downturn comfortably and will be ready to profit whatever the market conditions.”

 

Dr Stephen Barber, Head of Research, Selftrade


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Davidson on 26 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
A book focused on market timing rather than individual stock picking. The author, drawing on research from Investors Chronicle, where he is companies editor, dissects historical, technical and economic data to find lessons for future investing. The book gives valuable insight into how the stock market works, its seasonal impact, when bull and bear markets are likely to start and end, and the times of the year when it is best to buy or sell, including in specific sectors. There is a lot of focus on technical indicators. I welcome this book not because it contains the wholly grail for stock market traders (no book does) but because it provides usable trading ideas and, more importantly, a comprehensive analysis of how the stock market has reacted to events, seasonal pressures and trends, and the historical odds that they will continue to do so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Stewart on 17 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written and is done so in a very engaging style.

The book looks at the historical perfomance and trends of the main UK and US share indices around certain calendar events such as the US Presidential cycle, St Patricks Day, Yom Kippur etc , with each chapter ending with an easy to follow strategy. Given the current economic downturn, I particularly liked the way that he explained link between the average length of a bear market and how the ending of a bear market is relatively closely followed by a country coming out of recession.

Along with the statistical facts, the author attempts to also explain the underlying rationale as to why the markets have behaved in this trending manner and why it is likely they will continue to do so in the future. His one caveat of course is that in very turbulent bear markets, all statistical bets are likely to be off......so we may have to wait a year or two to put some of his strategies to the test.

All in all a very good, informative read and a book which would give stock traders of all levels some useful insights to improve their performance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dinah on 15 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Read this as a complete beginner, with no idea about investing or jargon, without even an awareness of different types of investing. Much of what he says is educational, sometimes academic (I did have to read some bits over) but the book puts a structure in place, almost a calendar for the year (which should be his next project) in which to trade. He gives important dates and times as well as research and statistics on when the market is affected by events - like the presidential cycle, or the world cup(!) many things you wouldn't imagine could affect economics. V helpful indeed, as was the market psychology information.

The most helpful tools are the strategy boxes, where he basically holds your hand and tells you how to invest/bet in a given market, what methods to use (buying shares or spreadbetting or efts or whatever) how and where to do this. Its the sort of book I expect to refer back to again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 21 Oct. 2012
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I am not really a fan of the type of trading the author suggests in this book. To me it appears to be just data mining to find correlations where none really exist. Having said that, the book is well written by a knowledgeable journalist and the data mining is well evidenced by research.

I respect the author for his trading insights in Investor's Chronicle magazine and thought the book might offer more.
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