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Day trade online
Farrell, Christopher A., 1973-
Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HG4515.95 .F367 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The explosive growth and low cost of online trading has created a new class of investor who can now make a living buying and selling stocks over the Internet in a way that was once reserved for Wall Street's most powerful brokerage firms and investment banks. While technology has made entering the "major leagues" easy, staying in is not. Before taking to the fast-paced, high-risk playing field, it's absolutely essential that you have a firm grasp of the rules and a solid game plan. Day Trade Online is the play book novice competitors need to become strong contenders. Written by seasoned practitioner Christopher Farrell, it is a one-stop, step-by-step overview of how to make a successful living, whether full- or part-time, trading via the Internet.
Day trading can be quite lucrative, but only if you know what you are doing. As Farrell points out: "Trading for a living is hard. Trading for a living over the Internet is even harder. There are many challenges and obstacles that confront you. Venturing into this jungle unprepared is a recipe for disaster." This straightforward guide provides the head start and heads up necessary to thrive as an Internet day trader, covering everything from the dangers and pitfalls of trading online to an in-depth analysis of which trading techniques work and which don't.
Day Trade Online presents inside information on the strategies of top trading firms, including the most secretive, misunderstood, and profitable function on Wall Street: exploiting the bid-ask spread. Along with complete details on this rarely revealed methodology, you'll learn about: The tools needed to get started in online trading. Trading on the NYSE and NASDAQ. Which stocks to trade - and which to avoid. Beating the specialists and the market makers at their own game. The dangers and pitfalls of online brokers.
Most importantly, you will learn to look at ten different stocks and pinpoint which one to trade, when, at what price, and why. With the right know-how, you will then be able to apply this knowledge to every single stock that you screen.
Written for the day trader, by a day trader, this is indispensable reading for anyone looking to join an increasingly popular - and profitable - arena.
"I see the ads on television. Open an account and your first trade is free. Trade as many shares as you'd like for one flat fee. Free real-time quotes. Free market research. Trade stocks. Trade options. With the click of a mouse. It's that easy. Anyone can do it . . . I think back on my time on Wall Street. Does the little guy really have a chance?" - from Day Trade Online.
Yes. You do have a chance - a tremendous opportunity to day trade online. But only if you are prepared. Only if you know what you are getting into. In Day Trade Online, a successful online day trader walks you through the ins and outs of day trading online, and provides you with everything you need to get started and be successful. This step-by-step guide will show you: How to choose and use online brokers. How to set up an online account. What equipment you will need and what it will cost. How much capital you need. What stocks to trade, when to trade them, when to stay out of the game. How to trade on margin - safely and profitably. The day trader's secret weapon - a strategy for your trades.
Be prepared. Get Day Trade Online for the tools, tips, and strategies you need to thrive as an Internet day trader. Don't make your first trade without it!

Author Notes

Christopher A. Farrell heads Farrell Asset Management, LLC and is founder of the Farrell Preferred Stock Arbitrage Fund, LP, a hedge fund. Since starting his own firm in 1997, Chris has traded over 15,000,000 shares of stock over the Internet, producing a 65% annual return for his investment fund in its first year. Before going out on his own, Chris was a trader on the preferred stock desk at Gruntal and Company LLC on Wall Street, and began his career as a bond trader at Olde Financial in Detroit. Chris lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction--Swimming with the Sharksp. 1
Section I The World of the Day Traderp. 7
Chapter 1. The Baptism by Fire: Preparing the Uninitiated for Their First Tradep. 9
Chapter 2. The Golden Age of Internet Day Tradingp. 13
Section II Introduction to Day Tradingp. 25
Chapter 3. Trading 101: The Mind-Set of an Online Day Traderp. 27
Chapter 4. The Day Trader's Arsenal: Choosing and Using Online Brokers, Real-Time Quote Systems, and the Home Officep. 38
Chapter 5. Considerations for Quitting Your Job and Trading for a Livingp. 49
Section III How to Beat Wall Street at Its Own Gamep. 59
Chapter 6. Price Takers versus Price Makersp. 61
Chapter 7. The Day Trader's Crystal Ball: Understanding the Bid-Ask Spreadp. 74
Chapter 8. The Role of the Specialist on the New York Stock Exchangep. 96
Section IV Trading For Teenies: Taking Food out of the Specialist's Mouthp. 125
Chapter 9. The Day Trader's Secret Weapon: Exploiting the Bid-Ask Spreadp. 127
Chapter 10. Prospecting for Gold in the Land of 1/16sp. 148
Section V Trading the Momentum--Dow Stocks, Nasdaq, and Event-Driven Tradingp. 175
Chapter 11. The Momentum Gamep. 177
Chapter 12. Riding the Market's Momentump. 189
Chapter 13. A Day Trader's Ticket to the Poorhouse: How I Managed to Lose $12,000 in Less than 24 Hoursp. 220
Indexp. 233