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You could have no prior trading experience and still be part of Alan Northcott s targeted readership... The Complete Guide to Investing in Short Term Trading, a modest paperback, packs abundant information within 285 pages, and much of it is beyond the novice level. Because it does invite the uninitiated to come aboard, either as full or part time traders, there s some well-covered ground, such as fundamental vs. technical analysis and the psychology of fear and greed...Northcott offers solid advice on prudently testing mechanical systems, emphasizing the importance of walking forward in virgin data. All major trading styles are examined, from momentum and counter-trending to pullback and volatility strategies, day-trading vs. longer-term trading vs. swing trading and so on. Such market facets aren t that new, any more than any of the other technical indicators Northcott presents. Rarely, though, has the subject matter been imparted in such a readable and thoughtful fashion. --Art Collins, author of Beating the Financial Futures Market and co-founder of the Trireme Capital hedge fund

About the Author

Alan Northcott is a successful financial author and trading educator, having been writing in the sector for some years. He has ten conventionally published books which were completed with Atlantic Publishing, and more recently has self published four more. In addition to the books published under his name, Northcott has ghostwritten several other books and regularly contributes articles and other writing for a variety of print and online clients. Other facets of his life have included being a professional engineer, radio broadcaster, farmer, karaoke jockey, and wedding officiant, along with other pursuits. He and his wife live in Florida, and they share their house with many dogs and cats. They have three children living on three different continents, and two grandchildren. Originating from England, Northcott was educated at Eltham College in London and obtained his degree from the University of Surrey, also in England. He immigrated with his wife to America in 1992. His engineering career spanned more than 30 years, on both sides of the Atlantic, and recent years have found him living a more diverse, fulfilling lifestyle. He offers a free newsletter on various related and unrelated topics. You can e-mail him directly at alannorthcott@msn.com for more details."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160138002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601380029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll start off with the positives: this book does give a good basic overview of basic short-term trading timelines and styles, and it frequently reminds the reader of several key rules for trading success (for example, developing a consistent trading methodology that emphasizes discipline over emotion). The profiles of successful traders also provide some pithy advice from people with varying backgrounds and perspectives. That said, after reading through the entire book, I find that it leaves a lot to be desired. My main complaint is that despite its claim to being a "complete guide" to trading, the book only covers fundamental and technical analysis at a very superficial level. Beyond that level, the book's best advice is "buy some trading software and figure it out." While it's true that you ultimately need to practice the concepts yourself to really apply them effectively, a few diagrams or concrete examples in the book would go a long way toward helping readers digest the ideas being discussed. [...]

Bottom line: you can use this book if you are an absolute novice looking for a very high-level overview of analysis principles and trading techniques. Otherwise, I'd recommend looking elsewhere for more detail and sophistication.
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Just reading through the table of contents may seem daunting for this incredibly detailed and well broken-down text. But don't put it back on the shelves simply because of information overload! This book claims to be a complete guide to investing, and it takes that claim seriously. The strength of this book, in my opinion, is its variety of voice. Technically, it has one author. But between the covers are numerous interviews and personal stories on success and failure of stock market trades- not fictional scenarios, but real anecdotes from real (and often well known) `expert' traders. There is also the layman's approach to it all, with a glossary of terms and handy information `bullets' in the back of each chapter (in case the words were making your head spin). The author also does not cushion us readers with false hope or any sugar-coated lies about ease and success- which, as a beginning stock trader, I greatly appreciate. So, although it may take you weeks to fully comprehend the mass of information here, stick with it. Because, as we all know, playing the market is based on education, not luck, and so if you're a beginner in short term trading you should do your best to educate yourself fully. And this book should be a part of that education.
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I wish I had read this book years ago -- I may have been able to react more appropriately (ie: I wouldn't have tuned out, or my eyes wouldn't have crossed) when my husband raved about a stock that he had just sold at a profit, or another one that he was watching as CNBC pundits argued in the background. I'd go into the "huh? zone" because I didn't understand what he was talking about when he referred to futures, options, puts and calls. All I vaguely knew was that a stock going up in price was a good thing, and you buy low and sell high. So, while I'm not planning to do any short term trading, this book gave me a better understanding of trading in terms that I could understand.

I sailed through the first several chapters in which Northcott went over the basics: supply and demand, global influences, the mindset of a trader, the differences between the markets and exchanges, placing orders, the types of traders, economic indicators and the tools that are needed to be a trader. Northcott's cheat sheet at the end of each chapter offers a quick look at the chapter in the form of "success bullets" and "words to know" that I found helpful and invaluable to someone using this as a reference book. I did start to get into the "huh? zone" around Chapter 8 when Northcott went into the nitty-gritty world of charting, and I found my reading slowing down as I stumbled over candlestick charts and support, resistance and continuation patterns. His lesson on indicators (ie. Moving Average Convergence/Divergence indicator and the Stochastic Oscillator) go into a detail that should make this book required reading for the beginning trader.

The next several chapters aren't a quick read - in fact, they'll take several re-readings and a highlighter.
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This book is a very basic book about trading. If you have traded for 3 months or more, many of things pointed out in this book, you will already know.

I've read many books about trading. This quite possibly might be the worst one of the bunch. Its very basic. Things that were covered, full service, web based and direct access brokers. Most of the major indicators were covered by the author. This information can be found anywhere on the web.

As I was reading this book, I kept waiting for the author to get into the nuts and bolts about short term trading. I waited and it never came. This book is very "generalized".

I gave it one star on the review but would have gave it a 1/2 star if I had that option. I would ask for a refund, if I could.
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This is an excellent choice for anyone that is looking for a book to start out with and learn the basics of trading. The author does an excellent job touching on every topic you will need in trading, some of these are: how greed and fear factor into the markets, how the markets operate, the differences between swing traders, position traders and day traders, the different kinds of orders that can be placed, market or limit, stop order or limit stop order, trading using fundamental analysis vs. technical analysis, and the importance of money management in trading, along with the importance of building a trading system that fits your personality and gives you an edge over the markets.
While experienced traders will get very little out of this book, it is a nice refresher on the psychology of trading and the importance of following your own stock trading system and following your own rules. I rank this book as 5 stars and a must have for traders just starting out, it is a great stepping stone to more advanced books from Alexander Elder and William O'Neal.
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