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The Complete Guide to Investing In Short Term Trading: How to Earn High Rates of Returns Safely Paperback – February 28, 2008
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well rounded book, good read and quite useful. I would recommend this as the book to read for people looking at an intro to short term investing, doesnt go into too many details... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Bakerking31
I love this book!! I originally checked it out from my local library. I ended up checking it out over and over because I wanted to keep reading it and reviewing the information. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by BusyMom
NOT WHAT I WAs EXPECTING. TO MUCH ABOUT SUBJECTS THAT DIDN'T INTEREST ME. COVERED TOO MUCH STUFF. MOST OF WHICH I'D NEVER TRADE IN.Published on October 13, 2012 by willywow
I still consider myself a beginner at short term trading. i have read a lot of books that go into great detail on certain topics that go way over my head and i end up simply... Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by Mac0904
Besides having a ridiculously long title, this is really not a complete guide to short term trading. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by M. Henry
Firstly, let me say this: short term trading is how Wall Street gets free money from regular people who buy books like 'Short Term Trading'. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by bayridgeguy
This book was written in plain English and contained enough information for me to get started trading. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by acannon
The author is very wordy and the book is about the rudimentary basics such as PC specs like how much RAM you need, what is a bar chart, what are the major exchanges, etc. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Jim