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Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader


Evolution of a Trader

The series Evolution of a Trader explores four trading styles that people use when learning to invest in the stock market. Often, beginners enter the stock market by

1. Buying and holding on to a stock. That works well until a bear market begins. Then they try

2. Position trading. This seeks to exit positions before a significant trend change occurs.

3. Swing trading follows when traders try to catch short-term swings. Finally, people try

4. Day trading by completing their trades in a single day.

This series takes a detailed look at each of the four styles by offering numerous tips, sharing discoveries, and discussing specific trading techniques to help the reader be successful as they journey through each style.

The first book, Trading Basics, takes an in-depth look at money management, stops, support, and resistance, and offers dozens of tips every trader should know.

The second book, Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading, explains value investing and tests fundamental factors, such as book value, price-to-earnings, and price-to-sales ratios, to see how important they are to stock selection and performance. Chapters such as "How to Double Your Money," "Finding 10-Baggers," and "Trading 10-Baggers" put the fundamentals to work. Position trading introduces market timing to help remove the risk of buying and holding a stock for years.

The third book in the series, Swing and Day Trading, explains how to use chart patterns to swing and day trade. It reviews the basics, including the home office setup and the cost of day trading, and drills down into specific trading strategies such as the opening range breakout and the opening gap setup. It introduces new research on major reversal times and the time most likely to set the day's high and low. That is valuable information to a day trader.

Whether you are a novice who has never purchased a stock but wants to, or a professional money manager, these books are a necessary addition to any market enthusiast's bookshelf.

THOMAS N. BULKOWSKI is a successful investor with thirty years of experience in the stock market. He is also the author of the Wiley titles Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts, Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Trading Classic Chart Patterns, and Visual Guide to Chart Patterns. Bulkowski is also a contributor to Active Trader, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, and other publications worldwide. Before earning enough from his investments to retire from his day job at age 36, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer with Raytheon and a senior software engineer for Tandy Corporation.



Chapter 1 Introduction to Swing Trading

What is Swing Trading?

Who Should Swing Trade?

A Swinging Example

Looking Ahead

Chapter 2 Swinging Techniques

Quick Review: Support and Resistance

Trendline Trading

Trading Using Channels

The Three-Bar Net Line Setup

First Thrust Pattern for Swing Trading

Chapter 3 Swinging Chart Patterns

Which Chart Patterns Work Best for Swingers?

Trading the High and Tight Flag

HTF Trade in Insteel Industries

Fishing for Inverted and Ascending Scallops

Scallop Trading Tips

Twice is Nice: Eve & Eve Double Bottoms

Trading Eve & Eve

Top 7 Frequently Traded Chart Patterns

My Favorite Chart Patterns

Swinging Throwbacks and Pullbacks

Trading Example

CNO Throwback Entry

Measuring Swings

FTO Trade

Chapter 4 Swing Selling

Selling Ideas

Top 20 Chart Pattern Performers

Diamond Tops and Bottoms

Complex Head-and-Shoulders Tops

My 10 Favorite Sell Signals

Trading Example: The Teradyne Exit

Trading Example: Exiting Forest

Trading Example: Swinging CNO

Chapter 5 Event Pattern Setups

Common Stock Offerings Setup

Surviving a Dead-Cat Bounce

The Inverted Dead-Cat Bounce Setup

Trading Dutch Auction Tender Offers

Earnings Surprise Setup

Earnings Flag Setup

Stock Upgrades and Downgrades

Stock Splits

Setup: Trading Reverse Splits

Chapter 6 Swinging Tools and Setups

The Chart Pattern Indicator

The Swing Rule

Pump Up the Volume or Not

Selecting Winners Using Index Relative Strength

3 Swing Trading Setups

Trading Setup: Simple Moving Average Tests

The Smile and Frown Setup

Trading Smiles and Frowns

Smile and Frown Trading Tips

Chapter 7 Introduction to Day Trading

What is Day Trading?

Why Day Trade?

Is Day Trading For You?

What are the Problems of Day Trading?

Chapter 8 Day Trading Basics

Managing Expectations: How Much Can You Really Make?

Building the Home Office

Office Setup Cost

Pattern Day Trading Rules

Wash Sale Rule

8 Tips for Picking Stocks to Day Trade

Price Reversal Times Revealed!

What Time Sets Intraday High and Low?

Inside Level II Quotes

Heartbeat of the Market: Time-and-Sales Ticker

Pre-Market Checklist

After Market Analysis

Chapter 9 Opening Gap Setup

Opening Gap Test Data

Setup: Fading the Opening Gap

Sample Trade

Chapter 10 Day Trading Chart Patterns

Day Trading Double Tops

Day Trading Triple Tops

Day Trading Symmetrical Triangles

Day Trading Head-and-Shoulders Tops

Day Trading Double Bottoms

Day Trading Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms

Day Trading Triple Bottoms

Other Trading Tips

Chapter 11 Opening Range Breakout

What is Best Range Time?

The ORB Setup

Does the ORB Setup Work?

Chapter 12 Ten Horror Stories

This is a Winner, Mom. Buy It!

Three Newsletter Disasters

Three Option and Warrant Disasters

Two Missed Opportunities

The $1 Million Surprise

Chapter 13 Closing Position

Chapter 14 What We Learned

Visual Appendix of Chart Patterns


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