Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits: How to Make a Living As an Independent Stock, Options, and Futures Trader


No one cares more about your money than you do. Even when usingqualified investment advisors, mutual funds, and stockbrokers,having the skills to manage and monitor your assets is vital.Therefore, whether you take complete responsibility for yourtrading and investing decisions or oversee professionals you hireto do it for you, understanding the market is one of the wisestdecisions you can make.

As founder and CEO of the highly acclaimed MarketWise.com,bestselling author David ...

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No one cares more about your money than you do. Even when usingqualified investment advisors, mutual funds, and stockbrokers,having the skills to manage and monitor your assets is vital.Therefore, whether you take complete responsibility for yourtrading and investing decisions or oversee professionals you hireto do it for you, understanding the market is one of the wisestdecisions you can make.

As founder and CEO of the highly acclaimed MarketWise.com,bestselling author David Nassar has educated and mentored thousandsof traders and investors from around the world to achieve financialfreedom and success. Filled with valuable trading insights drawnfrom Nassar's renowned MarketWise Foundational Analysis course,Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits shares the lessons of hissuccess and that of Wall Street pros—who have prospered innearly every conceivable stock market environment—and revealsthe ideas, methods, and techniques needed for successfully tradingin any market. So whether you are, or want to be, a short-termstock trader or long-term investor, the in-depth insights andproven tools contained within this book can give you thestatistical and psychological edge to beat theStreet—consistently!

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits provides you with a solidtrading and investing foundation by explaining the key aspects offundamental and technical analysis—including risk management.Unlike other trading guides that advocate a single approach totrading, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits offers a widevariety of trading strategies and instruments, and lets you tailoryour strategy to any trading time horizon.

From the basics to the complex, Nassar reveals what you need tomake it as an independent trader and investor, including:

  • The discipline of foundational analysis, a proprietary methodthat holds that only a few key variables—price, volume, time,and velocity—are needed to fully comprehend the essence ofstock (options and futures) price fluctuations
  • Chart patterns that measure market psychology—that fewpeople ever see
  • Proven proprietary technical indicators—using theMarketWise "Profiler" techniques, scanning the market for "honest"trends will immediately highlight your trading while alsoeliminating market noise
  • Profitable trading strategies and concepts—algorithmictrading with technology, pairs trading, hedging using options,momentum trading, swing trading, and short selling like a pro
  • Important trading vehicles other than stocks— E-Minicontracts, options, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

As you progress through Ordinary People, Extraordinary Profits,not only will you discover how to trade more profitably, you willalso gain the confidence to make the right decisions at the righttime to reduce risks and maximize gains—and ultimately, thisis what will make you a better trader and investor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471723998
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/4/2005
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #237
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Nassar is founder and CEO of MarketWise.com, LLC, and a pioneer in electronic trading. He has been seen on CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, and interviewed in numerous national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Forbes. Nassar is also a New York Times bestselling author.

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Table of Contents




Trade the Professional Way.

Ride the Statistical Edge . . . Like Betting Seven in Craps.

Master the Inner Game.

CHAPTER 1 Foundational Analysis.


Two Types of Analysis.

What Exactly Is Technical Analysis?

The Four-Stage Theory.

Stage 1: Accumulation.

Stage 2: Markup.

Stage 3: Distribution.

Stage 4: Decline.

Support and Resistance.

Definitions of Support and Resistance.

Once Broken, Support Tends to Act as Resistance.

Once Broken, Resistance Tends to Act as Support.

The More Often Support or Resistance Is Tested, the MoreLikely That Level Is to Fail to Hold Back Price Movement.

The Longer the Trend Has Been Neutral (Consolidating), theMore Significant the Eventual Breakout Becomes.


Trading Volume.

Moving Averages.

CHAPTER 2 Risk Management.

Discipline—The Key to Trading Success.

Discipline Perspectives.

Avoid Trading with Scared Money.

Terra Nova Trade Evaluator.

Your Goal: To Trade without Emotion.

Plan Your Trade and Trade Your Plan with Risk-Reward Ratios.

Setting Stops—Overview.

Overall Protective Stop Guidelines.

Protective Stops and Trading Time Frames.

Percentage of Price Stops.

Time Stops.

Avoid This Mistake.

RealTick® Can Help.

Risk Management and Trading with the News.

Risk Management and Share Size.


CHAPTER 3 Basic Chart Formations.

Time Frames.

Weekly Charts.

Daily Charts.

Intraday Charts.

Sixty-Minute Charts.

Ten-Minute Charts.

Interpreting Chart Patterns.

Reversal Patterns.

Head and Shoulders Chart Formation.

Long Base and Saucer Formations.

Saucer Bottoms and Tops.

Cup and Handle Formation.

Bull and Bear Traps.

Continuation Patterns.

Rectangle (Box).

Flags and Pennants.



CHAPTER 4 Going Short.

Finding Shorting Opportunities.

Price/Earnings Ratio Imbalance.

Gap Openings.

The Loaded Spring.

Day-Trading “Tape Resistance”.

The Short Squeeze (Be Cautious).

Margin Accounts.

The Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation T.

Opening a Margin Account.

Calculating Initial Requirements.

Excess Equity.

Calculating Maintenance Requirements.

Minimum Maintenance Requirements.

Change in Market Value.

Short Sales and Margin Requirements.

NASD/NYSE Minimum Deposit on Short Sales.

Margin Maintenance Calls on Short Sales.



CHAPTER 5 Other Trading Vehicles.

What Is an E-Mini S&P 500 Contract?

E-Mini Symbols.

Initial and Maintenance Margin Requirements.

Treatment of Settlement.

The E-Mini Contract versus the Pit-Traded Contract.

Price and Percentage Limits.

Single-Source Liquidity.

E-Mini Standard & Poor’s 500 as a Hedge.

Tax Advantages with the E-Mini.

The E-Mini Nasdaq 100.

Chicago Board of Trade Mini-Dow Futures Use $5Multiplier.

Who Regulates Futures Trading?

Program Trading and Fair Value.

Predicting the Opening.

How to Calculate Fair Value.

What about Exchange-Traded Funds?

The QQQQs.

E-Mini Is Hard to Beat.

Put and Call Options.

A Brief History.

Puts and Calls and Standardized Options.

Shares per Option.




In-the-Money or Out-of-the-Money.

Rights versus Obligations.

Opening and Closing Transactions.

Open Interest.

Opening Rotation.

Option Positions.

Long Stock.

Short Stock.

Long Call.

Short Call.

Long Put.

Short Put.

Conversions, Reversals, and Synthetics.

The Greeks and Delta Value.

Position Delta.


Position Gamma.

Long/Positive Gamma.

Short/Negative Gamma.





CHAPTER 6 Trading Strategies.

The Profiler’s-Systems Trading.

Pricing Puts/Calls—A Strategy You Can Use.

CHAPTER 7 Indicators and Oscillator.



Relative Strength Index.

ARMS Index.

Using the TRIN.

Fibonacci Retracements.

CHAPTER 8 Traditional Pivot Analysis.

The Pivot Formula.

The Pivot in Action.

Calculating Pivots.

Choosing the Right Data for Calculations. 

The Area between R1 and S1.

Illustrating Pivot Lines on RealTick.

Archiving Pivot Levels.

Pivotal Psychology.

Paper Trading.

Strategy and Money Management.

Lining Up Levels on Multiple Time Frames.

Trading a Confluence Zone.

Swing Trading with Confluence Areas.


CHAPTER 9 Planning and Staying on Track.

What Is Your Time Commitment?

How Will You Fund Your Trading Account?

What Style of Trading Will You Pursue?

What Are Your Profit Objectives?

How Will You Manage Your Profits?

Do You Evaluate All Your Trades?

Are You Keeping a Journal?


CHAPTER 10 Your Path to Success.

Where to Next?


Appendix: MarketWise Tools—Routes to Success.

MarketWise Web Site Resources.

Tuning to the Market Intraday.


Bibliography and Exchange Contact Information .

Exchange Contact Information.


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