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Overview

Takes meetings and conferences to the next level.

The bestselling book in its category, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting and Event Planning has been fully updated and expanded. Readers will learn all they need to know about budget planning, negotiating for meeting space and food, room setup, and more. This guide gives the inside story on arranging a stellar event—on time and on budget!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592574322
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Craven and Lynn Johnson Golabowski together have over 45 years of experience in the hotel sales and meeting planning industries. Both are past presidents of the Wisconsin chapter of Meeting Professionals International, as well as partners in their own meeting planning company.
D'Etta Waldoch, CMP, has 26 years of experience in meeting planning. She is director of International Programs for a transplant research institute and president of an independent meeting planning firm.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 A Day at a Time 1
1 What Is Day Trading? 3
Starting at the Beginning: A Few Definitions 4
What a Day Trader Really Does 5
What Makes It All Possible 7
Is Day Trading a Good Thing? 8
Trading as Part of an Investing Strategy 10
To Trade or Not to Trade 11
2 Day Trading Makes a Comeback-Again 15
The State of Trading Today 15
A New Revolution, an Old Idea 19
The Information Revolution 23
New Rules, New Tools 25
3 What It Takes to Be a Trader 29
What It Takes to Be a Trader 30
Trading Styles 32
The Pure Dealer 33
The Momentum Trader 34
The Range Trader 35
Pattern Trader 36
The Cubicle Trader 37
How Much Can a Day Trader Make? 38
The Right Stuff 38
Initial Investments 41
4 What Day Traders Trade 45
What Makes It Good to Trade 45
Trading Stocks 48
Options, Explained 49
About Trading Options 52
Trading Futures 54
It Makes Sense to Start with Stocks 56
5 Regulation and Taxes 57
The Regulatory View 58
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 58
The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) 59
The Bottom Line for Traders 62
Time Out for Taxes 62
Part 2 A Trip to the Markets 67
6 Trading Places: The NYSE 69
A Star Is Born: A Brief History of the NYSE 70
Who Gets Listed on the NYSE 72
How the NYSE Works 73
The Role of the Specialist 74
Other Exchange Floors 78
The Trader's View of the NYSE 79
Executing the Trade 80
Is the NYSE Trader-Friendly? 82
7 Trading Places: The NASDAQ 85
The NASDAQ 86
Market Makers 87
The Nuts and Bolts of NASDAQ 90
NASDAQ Trading Systems 92
SuperMontage 93
SOES 93
ECN: A New Trading Network 95
Anatomy of a Trade 97
8 Trading Places: Commodities and Futures 99
Why Trade Commodities and Futures? 100
What Is a "Future"? 101
Futures Exchanges 102
Kinds of Futures 102
Who Trades Futures and Why? 105
Quoting and Trading Futures 106
A Futures Trading Window 107
Futures Order Types 108
Margin in Futures Trading 109
Common Trading Strategies 111
Evaluating the Trade 112
The Commitment of Traders Report 114
Short Selling 115
Spreading 115
Trading Currencies 116
Futures Trading Pitfalls 117
Part 3 Tools of the Trade 119
9 Staying Informed 121
What Do We Mean By "Information"? 122
Selection Criteria 123
Information Sources by Price 126
Free or Nearly Free 126
$10-$25 Per Month 131
Expensive: Advanced Information Platforms 133
Very Expensive: Analysis Software 135
Very Expensive: Specialized Day Trading Resources 135
10 Buying and Selling 137
More Than Just Buy and Sell 138
Order Timing 138
Special Conditions 138
Order Pricing 139
Canceling or Changing Orders 145
Selling Short 146
After-Hours Trading 148
11 Using Margin 151
What Is Margin? 152
Terms and Conditions 152
Minimum Maintenance Requirement 154
Why Use Margin? 156
What Does Margin Cost? 156
The Margin Call 158
Should a Trader Use Margin? 159
12 Online Brokers 161
What Is an Online Broker? 162
Online Broker Features 163
Active Trader Add-ons and Features 168
Hybrid Platforms 170
Choosing an Online Broker 171
13 Advanced Trading Platforms 175
What Makes Advanced Platforms "Advanced" 176
Advanced Platform Technology 177
The Complete Picture 177
Information Tools 178
Trading Tools 187
Choosing a Platform 189
Trader Qualifications 192
List of Providers 192
Part 4 Reading Market Action 195
14 Market Cycles and Behavior 197
Market Timing 198
The Market Almanac 198
Investment Calendar 200
Company Reports 202
Gauging Market Direction 202
Sentiment Indicators 204
The Shape of the Day 205
Sectors and Sector Performance 206
Exchange Traded Funds 208
15 Using the Level II Screen 211
The Level II Concept: A Short Review 212
By Way of Example 213
Reviewing Market Maker Action 215
Customizable Features 217
A "Live" Look at Level II 219
Getting Used to Level II 223
16 Basic Technical Analysis Tools 225
What Is Technical Analysis? 226
Using Technical Analysis 227
Types of Technical Analysis 229
Channel Analysis 230
Pattern Analysis 234
Trend Analysis 239
Oscillators 240
A Few Thoughts About Technical Analysis 242
17 Candlestick Charting 245
What Are Candlestick Charts? 246
Single Candle Patterns 248
Double Candle Patterns 251
Multiple Candle Patterns 255
Looking at a Real Chart 257
Part 5 Developing Your Own Trading Style 259
18 The Day Trader's Playbook 261
Deciding What to Trade 262
Trading Styles Reviewed 264
The Pure Dealer 265
Momentum Trading 268
Trading Gaps 270
Big Players: The Hammer and the Ax 271
Momentum Trading Pitfalls 272
Range Trading 273
Short Selling 276
19 Developing Good Trading Habits 281
Trading Is a Business 282
Core Habits 283
Tactical and Practical Considerations 284
Managing Your Money 287
Risk Management 287
Money Management 289
If You Prefer: Bad Habits to Avoid 291
20 Trading at the Speed of Thought 295
A Bigger Picture 296
The Trader's Trifecta 297
About Risk 297
Turning Experience into Learning 299
Getting Started 300
Paper Trading 301
Training Your Brain 302
The Future of Day Trading 303
Appendixes
A Trading Terms 305
B Market Maker and ECN Symbols 313
Index 319
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    Now you know why they call it Idiot's guide. Its not the best. Wish they had a no star rating.

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