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Trading For Dummies, 3rd Edition


A no-nonsense guide to trading wisely in any market

Savvy traders can make money in both up and down markets — and now you can, too. Trading For Dummies is for investors who are looking for a clear guide to trading stocks in any type of market. You'll get sample stock charts, position trading tips and techniques, and fresh ways to analyze trends and indicators.

  • Open the technical analysis toolbox — get a clear overview of what technical analysis is and how it lets you interpret data in a new way to make trading decisions
  • Get in the technical frame of mind — discover how to select indicators that match your personality and preference for risk, and get to know the types of profit and loss outcomes typical to each
  • Set the bar — understand how to observe price bars and take advantage of small patterns to earn cold, hard cash
  • Be trendy — use indicators to identify whether your price is trending, determine the strength of the trend, and know when the trend is at a reversal

Open the book and find:

  • How to create charts, identify patterns, and spot trends and transitions
  • Plain-English information on reading technical analysis charts
  • Details on trading exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • The types of trading platforms and charting packages available
  • Strategies for when to buy and sell stocks
  • Top ten trading survival techniques

Learn to:

  • Assume more risk, reap more benefits, and build a more aggressive portfolio
  • Grasp the latest on global markets
  • Use both technical and fundamental analyses to optimize your investing

Michael Griffis, MBA, and Lita Epstein, MBA, work closely with, offering tools, educational information, expert opinions, and support to traders who want to make more money in the stock market.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Trading 5

Chapter 1: The Ups and Downs of Trading Stocks 7

Chapter 2: Exploring Markets and Stock Exchanges 19

Chapter 3: Going for Broke(r): Discovering Brokerage Options 31

Chapter 4: Putting Your Key Business Tool to Work: The Computer 47

Part II: Reading the Fundamentals: Fundamental Analysis 63

Chapter 5: Fundamentals 101: Observing Market Behavior 65

Chapter 6: Digging Into Fundamental Analysis 83

Chapter 7: Listening to Analyst Calls 103

Part III: Reading the Charts: Technical Analysis 117

Chapter 8: Reading the Tea Leaves: Does Technical Analysis Work? 119

Chapter 9: Reading Bar Charts Is Easy (Really) 131

Chapter 10: Following Trends for Fun and Profit 151

Chapter 11: Calculating Indicators and Oscillators 167

Part IV: Developing Strategies for When to Buy and Sell Stocks 187

Chapter 12: Money Management Techniques: When to Hold 'em, When to Fold 'em 189

Chapter 13: Using Fundamental and Technical Analyses for Optimum Strategy 205

Chapter 14: Minimizing Trading Risks Using Exchange-Traded Funds 223

Chapter 15: Executing Your Trades 233

Chapter 16: Developing Your Own Powerful Trading System 251

Part V: Risk-Taker’s Paradise 269

Chapter 17: The Basics of Swing Trading 271

Chapter 18: The Basics of Day Trading 285

Chapter 19: Doing It by Derivatives 299

Chapter 20: Going Foreign (Forex) 317

Chapter 21: Trading for Others: Obtaining Trading Licenses and Certifications 333

Part VI: The Part of Tens 347

Chapter 22: More Than Ten Huge Trading Mistakes 349

Chapter 23: Ten Trading Survival Techniques 357

Index 363