Trade the Trader: Know Your Competition and Find Your Edge for Profitable Trading


“Active trading based on technical analysis is not for the woolly headed or the faint of heart. Quint Tatro brings a patient, measured, and highly disciplined approach to the action that sets him apart. If you trade, or are tempted to do so, you’ll benefit from Trade the Trader.

--Tim Forbes, President and COO, Forbes

“Quint Tatro’s style makes the content easy to grasp and fun to read without sacrificing ...

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“Active trading based on technical analysis is not for the woolly headed or the faint of heart. Quint Tatro brings a patient, measured, and highly disciplined approach to the action that sets him apart. If you trade, or are tempted to do so, you’ll benefit from Trade the Trader.

--Tim Forbes, President and COO, Forbes

“Quint Tatro’s style makes the content easy to grasp and fun to read without sacrificing intelligence. If you are looking for a book to get behind the curtain of the subtleties of trading, Trade the Trader is for you.”

--Guy Adami, optionMONSTER and CNBC’s Fast Money

“On Wall Street, you always want to know what the person on the other side of your trade is thinking. Now you do.

--Todd Harrison, Founder and CEO, Minyanville Media, Inc.

“In Trade the Trader an honest, authentic voice shares valuable trading lessons from an experienced professional trader always with skin in the game. Sit right next to a trading professional as he guides you through his personal trading journey.”

--Mike Bellafiore, Cofounder, SMB Capital

“Quint is a pro. He is organized, thoughtful, consistent, persistent, and very thorough. Trade the Trader confirms all my personal interactions. The book is highly organized to help any level trader get better.”

--Howard Lindzon, Founder, StockTwits and Social Leverage; creator,

“We’re living through the most emotional, confused market of the last 80 years. Trade the Trader is a must for any investor looking for a trading edge. Everyone, in other words. This is an outstanding book.”

--Jeff Macke, professional trader and television commentator

Have you realized yet that when you trade you are not just trading stocks? You’re trading against expert traders who care about only one thing: taking your money. Most traders fail miserably because they never grasp this #1 reality of trading. Successful trading takes much more than just opening an online account and learning a few basic technical analysis patterns.

In Trade the Trader, top trader and hedge fund manager Quint Tatro shows you how to build a solid strategy to win consistently in the extremely competitive world of trading, where sometimes you can’t just trade the stocks before you, but you must trade the trader who’s trading against you. You’ll master the real psychology and gamesmanship of trading and learn how to outsmart your competition at every step--from choosing target investments to knowing when to move.

  • Know your adversaries: “smart” money and “dumb”
    Beating the fools, surviving the geniuses
  • Get beyond the basics with charts and patterns
    What amateur chart readers know--and how to play several moves ahead of them
  • Plan your trade; trade your plan
    Optimize your entire trade, from entry point through exit strategy
  • Be ready if you’re wrong
    Implement the disciplined stop system that’s crucial to consistent success
  • Master the fine art of taking profits
    Expect gains, realize them, and keep them
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137067084
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Quint Tatro is President and owner of Tatro Capital, LLC, a premier fee-based investment advisory firm located in Central Kentucky. Although the firm may be located hundreds of miles from Wall Street, Quint is regarded as one of the ‘Street’s’ best technicians and has frequented such shows as CNBC’s Fast Money and Fox Business’s Happy Hour, to relay his thoughts and ideas. In addition, Quint writes columns for financial websites such as,,,, and

Financial management runs in the genes for Quint, as he comes from a family that has been involved in the financial world for more than 100 years. Long before he could ever officially be employed, he assisted his father, a 38-year veteran money manager, with various projects including research and economic forecasting. Gaining his official start in the business in 1999, Quint began as a retail broker in the family firm located in Rochester, New York. Rapidly growing his business, in 2000 he relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, and in 2003 he separated from the family firm, spreading his wings and launching Tatro Capital.

Furthering his experience and education, in 2005 Quint was given the incredible opportunity to serve as a general partner in a hedge fund located in Bradenton, Florida. During this time period, Quint assisted in the management of a $60 million fund and daily operations of the entire business. In 2007, Quint once again found himself heading back to the Blue Grass to reestablish Tatro Capital and make his now distinguished services available to the general public.

Quint hails from upstate New York but left in 1996 to attend the University of Kentucky where he graduated cum laude with a degree in finance. In 2004 he married his college sweetheart Brandie, who has left the field of physical therapy to enroll as a full-time mom raising their children.

Quint and Brandie are active members of Southland Christian Church and each posses a unique heart for missions, particularly the region of northwest Haiti.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 I’m Trading Against You 1

Chapter 2 My Story 9

Chapter 3 It's All Opportunity 19

Chapter 4 The Other Traders 25

Chapter 5 Finding Your Edge 33

Chapter 6 Timing the Entry 47

Chapter 7 Trend Lines 57

Chapter 8 The Basics Are Not Enough 77

Chapter 9 Pick Your Time Frame 85

Chapter 10 Developing Your Plan 97

Chapter 11 Determining Entry Points 109

Chapter 12 Setting Stops 125

Chapter 13 How to Trade the Trader 137

Chapter 14 Using and Controlling Risk to Your Advantage 149

Chapter 15 Taking Gains 161

Chapter 16 Reviewing the Entire Plan 173

Chapter 17 It's a Head Game 181

Chapter 18 Dealing with the Emotions 183

Chapter 19 Following the Trend 189

Chapter 20 The Blowup 195

Index 203

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