The Swing Traders Bible: Strategies to Profit from Market Volatility


Some of the best traders in the world avoid taking anovercomplicated view of the markets. To truly prosper, many of themtry to keep things simple and look at the fundamentals, economics,and technicals at play as they make their moves. Swingtrading—which involves taking short-term positions inanticipation of quick market movements over a series of days orweeks—is a straightforward approach to trading that allows youto make sense of today's markets as well as perceive and ...

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Some of the best traders in the world avoid taking anovercomplicated view of the markets. To truly prosper, many of themtry to keep things simple and look at the fundamentals, economics,and technicals at play as they make their moves. Swingtrading—which involves taking short-term positions inanticipation of quick market movements over a series of days orweeks—is a straightforward approach to trading that allows youto make sense of today's markets as well as perceive and profitfrom volatility.

Authors Matthew McCall and Mark Whistler—both of whom workwithin financial markets professionally—know that swingtrading can be a rewarding endeavor for those with patience,rock-solid money management skills, and a wide repertoire of provenstrategies. Now, with The Swing Trader's Bible, they share theirextensive experiences in this field with you and reveal how to usespecific strategies, along with fundamental and technical analysis,to uncover incredibly profitable swing trading opportunities.

This reliable resource opens with a detailed discussion of theThree Rules of Profitability, which includes developing a stop-lossplan before entering a trade, following a few commonsensefundamentals, and understanding the basics of technical analysis.After this important introduction, McCall and Whistler detail morethan a dozen swing trading strategies that will help you enter andexit positions more successfully as well as improve the bottom lineof your portfolio.

Along the way, you'll become familiar with:

  • How to swing trade a market sell-off through short stock andInverse ETFs strategies
  • The Tier II play, in which small-cap stocks "follow the lead" oflarger-cap stocks in similar industries
  • Piggyback strategies—using ETFs and mutual funds—thatallow you to choose from stocks that have clear buying momentum
  • How bull and bear spreads—one of many swing trading optionstrategies discussed throughout the book—can help youcapitalize on both upward and downward movements in stocks
  • And much more

Based on both larger market ideas and micro technicaloccurrences, the strategies outlined throughout these pages willallow you to enter markets with confidence and exit with profits.However, to make the most of these strategies, you must remember tostep back from the masses—as well as your emotions—andevaluate the bigger picture of every trade idea, headline, andmarket paradigm. If you're able to do this, there's nothingstopping you from turning your financial dreams into reality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470308264
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #386
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,570,575
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew McCall, MBA, is founder and President of PennFinancial Group LLC, an investment advisory company that providessophisticated advice to individual investors using the firm'sproprietary research model. He publishes two newsletters: TheETF Bulletin and The PFG Bulletin, both of which providebuy/sell recommendations for individual stocks and ETFs. McCall hasbeen quoted in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek,SmartMoney, and the Christian Science Monitor. Heregularly writes for and has appeared on CNBC,Bloomberg, and BNN. McCall can now be found on Fox Business Networkas a guest co-host as well as a regular contributor on Fox NewsChannel's number-one-rated business block on Saturday mornings.

Mark Whistler is the Senior Market Strategist, while also heading the Forex Force tradingservice. He is the founder of and is also acolumnist for and Whistler haswritten two books, Trade with Passion and Purpose andTrading Pairs, both published by Wiley. In addition, he alsocoauthored Profit from China and Profit from Uranium,both published by Investment U/Wiley. Whistler also occasionallyappears on CNBC. As a Forex expert, Whistler presents educationaltrading Webinars through twice each week.

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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1 Determining Your Trading Style.

Why Swing Trading is a Better Alternative to Day Trading.

How to Successfully Implement Winning Trades.

CHAPTER 2 The First Rule of Profitability: Stop Loss.

The End Should Always Come First.

Occasionally Unforeseen Disaster Strikes.

Hard Stops as a Profit Tool.

Using Trailing Stops to Increase Profitability.

CHAPTER 3 The Second Rule of Profitability: CommonsenseFundamentals.

Careful with ETFs, Indexes, and Option Valuation.

Common Sense is King.

Ratios Matter.

Exuberance is Never Fundamental Common Sense.

CHAPTER 4 The Third Rule of Profitability: TechnicalAnalysis.

What is Technical Analysis?

The Basic Chart.

Introduction to Basic Technical Analysis Indicators.

The Importance of Technical Analysis.

A Beacon in the Night: The Chart is Your First Alert.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.

CHAPTER 5 Strategy 1: Take the Trends to Pieces.

Note on Fundamentals and Trend Trading.

Riding the Envelopes.

Profits through Pitchforks.

CHAPTER 6 Strategy 2: The RSI Indicator.

Choosing an RSI Setting.

RSI Swing Trading Strategies.

Implementing the RSI Strategies Step by Step.

Bringing It All Together.

CHAPTER 7 Strategy 3: MACD and Stochastic.

Understanding MACD.

Swing Trading Strategies Using the MACD.


How to Trade the Stochastic.

CHAPTER 8 Strategy 4: The Tier II Play.

Follow the Leader.

Market Cap in Tiers.

Example in Action.

What to Look Out for: Hidden Correlations.

Where to Find Tier II Plays.

CHAPTER 9 Strategy 5: ETF Sector Rotation.

Asset Class Money Rotation.

Market Cycles.

Short-Term Sector Rotation.

Dow Theory.

CHAPTER 10 Strategy 6: The Macro-to-Micro Play.

Step-by-Step Macro-to-Micro Approach for Swing Traders.

The Daily Macro-to-Micro Trade Strategy.

CHAPTER 11 Strategy 7: Profit from ExuberancePremium.

Technicals Tell a Ton.

Identifying Exuberance Premium.

Technical Entry and Risk Management.

CHAPTER 12 Strategy 8: Japanese Candlestick Charts.

Single Candlestick Patterns.

Wrapping Up Candlesticks.

CHAPTER 13 Strategy 9: Option Primer and LEAPOptions.

Brief Explanation of Options.

Puts and Calls.

LEAP Options.

CHAPTER 14 Strategy 10: Piggyback Strategy Using ETFs andMutual Funds.

Finding International Swing Trade Ideas.

Piggybacking Mutual Funds.

CHAPTER 15 Strategy 11: Scanning for Swing TradeIdeas.

Establishing a Daily Scan List.

CHAPTER 16 Strategy 12: Swing Trading a MarketSell-Off.

Shorting Stocks: Profit When the Market is Falling.

Introducing Short ETFs.

CHAPTER 17 Strategy 13: Swing Trading the Megatrends.

Why Trade a Megatrend?

How to Trade a Megatrend.

Current Megatrends.

The Next Major Megatrend.

CHAPTER 18 Strategy 14: Return on Assets and Return onEquity.

Balance Sheet and Income Statement.

Return on Assets.

Return on Equity.

CHAPTER 19 Strategy 15: Covered Call Options.

What is a Covered Call?

Buying Stocks at a Discount.

Deep in the Money.

CHAPTER 20 Strategy 16: Straddles as a Profit Tool.

Consolidation is Key.


CHAPTER 21 Strategy 17: Bull and Bear Spreads.

Spreads: The Nuts and Bolts.

Spreads in Action.

Last Words.




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