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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: TradingMarkets; 1st edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981923909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981923901
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Connors has years of trading experience and has once again put that experience to paper with this book. I was just a few pages into it when his message hit home. As a result, I have already improved my methods to become better at what I do. --Michael Kahn, CMT, Columnist for Barrons Online, Editor, Quick Takes Pro newsletter

Short Term Trading Strategies That Work is a worthwhile book to read if you're a short term trader. It is simple and relies on respectable tested research. It can only add money to your net worth. --Victor Sperandeo, CEO and President of Alpha Financial Technologies LLC; Profiled in The New Market Wizards

You'll keep this book on your trading desk at all times because the quantified strategies presented have a very high probability of success. --Kevin Haggerty, former Head of Trading for Fidelity Capital Markets --Kevin Haggerty, former Head of Trading for Fidelity Capital Markets

Short Term Trading Strategies That Work is a worthwhile book to read if you're a short term trader. It is simple and relies on respectable tested research. It can only add money to your net worth. --Victor Sperandeo, CEO and President of Alpha Financial Technologies LLC; Profiled in The New Market Wizards

You'll keep this book on your trading desk at all times because the quantified strategies presented have a very high probability of success. --Kevin Haggerty, former Head of Trading for Fidelity Capital Markets --Kevin Haggerty, former Head of Trading for Fidelity Capital Markets

About the Author

Larry Connors, CEO and founder of TradingMarkets.com Mr. Connors has over 26 years of experience working in the financial markets industry. He started his career in 1982 at Merrill Lynch and later moved on to become a Vice President with Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette. In addition to his role as CEO of The Connors Group, Mr. Connors serves as a Managing Partner of Connors Capital, a private investment and financial markets research firm.

Mr. Connors has authored top-selling books on market strategies and volatility trading, including How Markets Really Work, Street Smarts (with Linda Raschke), and Investment Secrets of a Hedge Fund Manager. Street Smarts has recently been selected by Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities magazine as one of The Classics for trading books written in the past century. His books have been translated into German, Italian and Japanese.

Mr. Connors' opinions and insights have been featured or quoted in: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron's, Bloomberg TV & Radio, Dow Jones Newswire, Yahoo! Finance, E-Trade Financial Daily, Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, and others. Mr. Connors has been a featured speaker at a number of major investment conferences over the past decade.

Cesar Alvarez is Director of Research for Connors Research LLC. Previously Mr. Alvarez was a senior designer of Excel, helping Microsoft further create and build-out Excel. For the past 8 years Cesar has been a professional market researcher.

Mr. Alvarez has been at the forefront of stock market research, having developed a number of successful trading systems now used by numerous investors and fund managers in the United States and internationally. He is also co-author of Short-Term Trading Strategies That Work.

Cesar attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1989 and his Masters of Science in Computer Science in 1990.

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Customer Reviews

This book is not worth the paper it would be printed on.
andre laymond
This book contains numerous stock and ETF strategies that, in my opinion, are worth thousands of dollars to any trader who will spend them to learn learning them.
PositiveLogic
This information can be used effectively in developing your own strategies for entering and exiting any trade as the author correctly points out.
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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Yariv on January 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a no-nonsense, very well written trading strategies book, with statistical back-tracing to support its claims.

There are two major messages in the book, and anything else in the book rotates around these claims:
1. Always Trust long term momentum (never buy the market when it is below its 200 days moving average) and
2. Buy short-term lows, sell short-term highs.

That's all.

I did test the statistical results and did get results that are consistent with the book. But as it is always the case, back-tracing is not a proof for future results, no matter how good the past results are.

A problem which I found with the statistical analysis, is that it completely ignores risk factors, such as standard deviation and the Sharpe ratio and also, their is no evidence for the robustness of the strategies and their susceptibility to small parametric changes.

The book is pretty close in its contents to the corresponding website:
[...] which caused me to feel that the $50 spent on this book aren't justified.

Summary:
Pros:
- Very well written.
- Clear reading. Easy to implement the strategies.
- Substantial statistical backing of each and every strategy.

Cons:
- Too expensive: very similar to the web site
- Statistical analysis does not cover risk aspects
- Poor coverage for short and market neutral strategies
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By PositiveLogic TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am mostly a short-term trader so I buy every book I can find on the subject in search of something that will help to improve my performance. As my wife can attest...I am usually disappointed and throw them into a storage box in our den so I can sell them on eBay. Most of it is pure garbage either written by people who don't trade or who are guessing about what works merely because it looks good in back testing.

On the other hand, Larry Connors' new book on Short Term Strategies is sitting in a place of honor on my book shelf along with the small handful of books that have truly helped me in my trading over the past 20 years. What I appreciate about Larry's research is that he doesn't just look at pretty patterns on a chart. Instead, he finds edges that hardly anybody in the trading world or financial media knows about and builds strategies with simple rules that any trader can apply.

This book contains numerous stock and ETF strategies that, in my opinion, are worth thousands of dollars to any trader who will spend them to learn learning them.

Do you want to improve your trading? In my opinion this book will help you get there.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kuhr on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For a novice to investing, the very slim book might appear to be a letdown. Lacking experince they may not know what they have in their hands. But for the experienced trader looking for an edge or a refinement to an entry, this book is well worth it's money. Unfortunatley, the author hints at the power of combining strategies and personalizing them, but he provides few examples to guide novices. The experinced trader will take the presented "edges" and back test them on a platform like TD Ameritrade's Strategy Desk or MetaStock, and they will find they are able to verify the value of the disclosed strategies. What is presented in this book is very powerful, but it is one of many parts of the process to become a better trader. I personally have found great value in the RSI work and the simple Double 7's strategy. My first small 100 share test trade paid for the book more than three times over.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hit The Bid on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
About a year ago, I decided (either boldly or foolishly) to set a goal for myself to become a full-time trader. The stress of my job was getting to me. To reach my goal, I absorbed every trading book I could get my hands on and took a number of high priced courses ranging $3,500 to $10000. After about eight months into my journey, I was experiencing only spotty success in my endeavor and I was getting frustrated.

No...I'm not going to say that "Short Term Trading Strategies That Work" was the magical turning point. But I will say that reading it and applying it enabled me see the following:

1) My success in trading cannot be based on me trying to subjectively interpret patterns on chart. Through this book I found that it was possible to trade using crystal clear, unambiguous rules.

2) Being profitable on a daily or weekly basis does not require a complicated methodology. Mr. Connors strategies are surprisingly simply and they are brilliant in their simplicity. I could teach them to my 12-year daughter.

3) I don't have shoot myself in the foot because of errors cause by my emotions. With this book there is no interpretation and there is no wiggle room for me second-guessing the clearly presented rules.

To sum it up, while this book played a big part in helping me to trades stocks and ETFs successfully, from a bigger picture standpoint, it also helped me to understand that process of trading successfully no different from excelling at a sport. You learn the technique and practice it over and over again. It's not complicated at all.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ripping Yarns on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and Connors' newer one on ETFs, which covers some of the same ground and a few new elements. The techniques are easy to understand and easy to program into your analysis program.

First, I tested the techniques in a practice account and had reasonable results: there were more winners than losers, although the average profit per winner was less than cited in the books. No problem with that... I would just need to trade often.

I back-tested on a portfolio of about 300 US and Canadian ETFs and about 100 Canadian stocks. On a risk/return ratio, US ETFs much outperformed Canadian ETFs - I don't know why. The Canadian stocks had high RR ratios, although drawdowns could be dramatic.

When I took the techniques to live trading, running daily scans on 8 of Connors and Alvarez's pullback techniques, I again had modest success... for a while.

When the correction kicked in at the end of April 2010, the pullback techniques all started firing a blizzard of buy signals, so many it was hard to weed through them to pick buys. But this was no pullback, it was a full-fledged correction (that's still going on as I write this). Having taken the advice in the books that stops would dampen performance, I then got to experience the queasy ride right through where stops would normally be placed. Steady on, I told myself. Prices have been trending up for a year and are all safely above the 200 day SMA. There has to be a bounce here sometime soon. It's June 8 today, there's still plenty of fresh blood on the floor, I'm down more than I'm comfortable with and there's no bounce in sight.

These techniques therefore have shown me in my own lost dollars that they have two serious failings.

First, no stops.
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