Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader

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This final installment of Evolution of a Traderintroduces the two most popular short-term trading approaches:swing trading and day trading.

The first part of Swing and Day Trading pioneers swingtrading using trendlines, channels, and two patterns, the three-barnet line and first thrust. Following that, Bulkowski offersstep-by-step coverage of an array of swing trading strategies,tools, and techniques. You'll learn the basics of how to time yourentries and exits, how to calculate...

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This final installment of Evolution of a Traderintroduces the two most popular short-term trading approaches:swing trading and day trading.

The first part of Swing and Day Trading pioneers swingtrading using trendlines, channels, and two patterns, the three-barnet line and first thrust. Following that, Bulkowski offersstep-by-step coverage of an array of swing trading strategies,tools, and techniques. You'll learn the basics of how to time yourentries and exits, how to calculate price targets, how to read andprofit from event patterns (including Bulkowski's favorite, the"inverted dead cat bounce"), and several trading setups, detailed,and tested.

In the remaining chapters, Bulkowski digs into the white-knuckleworld of day trading. He starts by exploring the psychology of daytrading and helps you decide if you're temperamentally andfinancially suited for it. He discusses what's involved in settingup a day-trading home office, reviews the rules for day traders(pattern day trading and wash sales), how to pick stocks to trade,and discusses new research on the most common reversal times of theday including discoveries of when stocks reach their intraday highsand lows. A pre-market checklist serves as guidance for tradingplans.

He researches the opening gap setup, discusses common intradaychart patterns and how to profit from them, describes the openingrange breakout setup, and completes the book with ten horrorstories that will make you think twice about using leverage.

Bulkowski's work sets an example for how financial books shouldbe written. He doesn't just repeat what others have said. Rather,he investigates and researches his facts before teaching the readerin an entertaining and informative style that is accessible forbeginners and professionals.

Whether you're just dipping a toe in the swing or day tradingwaters or you're a veteran of a thousand trades, Swing and DayTrading: Evolution of a Trader is one resource you cannotafford to be without.

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“The three books in this series were written for peopleunfamiliar with the inner workings of the stock market, but willstill curl the toes of professionals, too.  Research is usedto prove the ideas discussed, but is presented in an easy tounderstand and light-hearted manner.  You will find the booksto be as entertaining as they are informative and packed withmoneymaking tips and ideas.  Use the ideas presented here tohone your trading style and improve your success.  Whether youare a novice who has never purchased a stock but wants to, or aprofessional money manager who trades daily, these books are anecessary addition to any market enthusiast’sbookshelf.”
Alan Battista, Stockineer.com Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118464229
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #601
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 643,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS N. BULKOWSKI is a successful investor with thirtyyears of experience in the stock market. He is also the author ofthe Wiley titles Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts,Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Getting Started in Chart Patterns,Trading Classic Chart Patterns, and Visual Guide to ChartPatterns. Bulkowski is also a contributor to Active Trader,Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, and otherpublications worldwide. Before earning enough from his investmentsto retire from his day job at age 36, Bulkowski was a hardwaredesign engineer with Raytheon and a senior software engineer forTandy Corporation.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv


What Is Swing Trading? 1

Who Should Swing Trade? 2

A Swinging Example 3

Looking Ahead 5


Quick Review: Support and Resistance 8

Trendline Trading 9

Trading Using Channels 15

The Three-Bar Net Line Setup 17

First Thrust Pattern for Swing Trading 26


Which Chart Patterns Work Best for Swingers? 32

Trading the High and Tight Flag 33

HTF Trade in Insteel Industries 40

Fishing for Inverted and Ascending Scallops 42

Scallop Trading Tips 43

Twice Is Nice: Eve & Eve Double Bottoms 44

Trading Eve & Eve 46

Top Seven Frequently Traded Chart Patterns 47

My Favorite Chart Patterns 53

Swinging Throwbacks and Pullbacks 56

Trading Example 59

CNO Throwback Entry 60

Measuring Swings 62

FTO Trade 64


Selling Ideas 70

Top 20 Chart Pattern Performers 71

Diamond Tops and Bottoms 73

Complex Head-and-Shoulders Top 77

The Eight Best Exit Signs 80

Ten Favorite Sell Signals 84

Trading Example: The Teradyne Exit 90

Trading Example: Exiting Forest 92

Trading Example: Swinging CNO 94


Common Stock Offerings Setup 97

Surviving a Dead-Cat Bounce 102

The Inverted Dead-Cat Bounce Setup 106

Trading Dutch Auction Tender Offers 108

Earnings Surprise Setup 111

Earnings Flag Setup 118

Stock Upgrades and Downgrades 120

Stock Splits 125

Setup: Trading Reverse Splits 129


The Chart Pattern Indicator 133

The Swing Rule 137

Pump Up the Volume or Not 142

Selecting Winners Using Index Relative Strength 145

Three Swing Trading Setups 147

Trading Setup: Simple Moving Average Tests 157

The Smile and Frown Setup 158

Trading Smiles and Frowns 160

Smile and Frown Trading Tips 162


What Is Day Trading? 169

Why Day Trade? 169

Is Day Trading for You? 170

What Are the Problems of Day Trading? 172


Managing Expectations: How Much Can You Really Make? 178

Building the Home Office 179

Office Setup Cost 184

Pattern Day Trading Rules 185

Wash Sale Rule 186

Eight Tips for Picking Stocks to Day Trade 187

Price Reversal Times Revealed! 191

What Time Sets Intraday High and Low? 193

Inside Level II Quotes 195

Heartbeat of the Market: Time-and-Sales Ticker 197

Pre-Market Checklist 198

After-Market Analysis 199


Opening Gap Test Data 204

Setup: Fading the Opening Gap 204

Sample Trade 217


Day Trading Double Tops 221

Day Trading Triple Tops 225

Day Trading Symmetrical Triangles 226

Day Trading Head-and-Shoulders Tops 228

Day Trading Double Bottoms 229

Day Trading Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms 231

Day Trading Triple Bottoms 232

Other Trading Tips 233


What Is Best Range Time? 238

The ORB Setup 241

Does the ORB Setup Work? 247


This is a Winner, Mom. Buy it! 251

Three Newsletter Disasters 252

Three Option and Warrant Disasters 254

Two Missed Opportunities 257

The $1 Million Surprise 260



Visual Appendix of Chart Patterns 277

Bibliography 283

About the Author 287

Index 289

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    I have read a number of investment books. Many are convoluted wi

    I have read a number of investment books. Many are convoluted with unnecessary information. They are written as get rich schemes. This is a very technical book by Mr. Bulkowski. He does an excellent job at explaining all of the details from his studies. This is perfection at its best. My wife will read it also. Investing isn't easy, and he doesn't claim it to be. I recommend this to anyone wanting to get the proper knowledge to be a successful trader.


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