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The best-selling author of Tricks of the Floor Trader reveals how to hone your online trading skills and assure your future success

Trick #1: This isn't yet another day trading book.
Tricks of the Active Trader reveals the new rules of online trading. Veteran active trader Neal Weintraub puts his experience, smarts, and savvy to work for you, demystifying the complex world of computer-driven markets and providing you with more than 150 ways to improve your trading success. You'll find expert insights on trading techniques, software, and hardware you won't find in any other single source.

In straightforward, easy-to-understand language, Weintraub presents proven trading tips and tricks used by active traders that you can put to use immediately, as well as highlights the traps that can trip you up. Each tip, trick, and trap covers a basic trading rule of thumb, from “Pretend You're a Customer” and “Electronic Trading Has Trap Doors” to “If You Don't Know, Don't Fix It” and “People First, Computer Second.”

Aggressive, successful active trading requires careful planning and knowledge. Tricks of the Active Trader is your hands-on guidebook to joining the ranks of the top online traders.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071468633
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Weintraub is a former floor trader who now trades Securities and Futures through Fidelity and World-Wide Chicago. He currently teaches Fundamental Analysis, Fed Policy, and Spread Trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Weintraub's corporate experience includes MTV, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and The Chicago Board of Trade. He is the author of Tricks of the Floor Trader and The Weintraub Day Trader.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Introduction     xv
Tricks, Tips, Traps, and Prestidigitation
Why Are You Here?     3
Precious Metals Are a Must for Your Portfolio     5
Market Access: Does Faster and Cheaper Always Trump Slower and More Expensive?     9
Save {dollar}5,000 on Investment Advice     13
Always Read the Fine Print     15
Minimizing Short-Term Trading Risk: Stocks or Futures?     17
Spiders, Diamonds, and Qubes, Oh My!     19
Pump Up the Volume with Excel     21
Pretend You're a Customer     24
Pin Drop     25
No Cash? Consider a Trading Arcade, Algorithmic Trading Firm, or FX Group     26
Humility Is better than Hubris     36
If You Can't Remember 1929, Reflect on September 11     38
Is Security a Problem?     41
Don't Count on Beginner's Luck     46
Action Point     52
The Government Will Not Protect You     53
A Zebra in Lion Country     55
Keep Your Eye on the Ball     56
Meet Captain Ron and Ship's Mate Stubby     59
Insecurity Is the Enemy     61
You Look Marvelous; You Look Too Marvelous     62
Electronic Trading Has Trapdoors     64
Cramer vs. Kramer vs. Neal     67
Skipping the Fundamentals Will Cost You     69
Money for Nothing     72
Full-Service Funds, or Should I Say Funs?     75
y2 = 2px     76
Lisa Loves Russell     77
The Stock Market Does Not Owe You a Living     81
Message Boards     82
Don't Be Fooled by Randomness     87
Trading the News     88
Hardware, Operations, Software, and the Internet
Hardware Tips
The Real Commitment     93
PC Pioneers Can Be Led Astray     96
To PC or Mac, That Is the Question     98
Laptops Will Actually Grow Legs and Walk     99
Monitoring Your Trading World     101
Be a Flasher     103
Improve Your Screen Image     105
The Need for CPU Speed     107
If You Don't Know, Don't Fix It     109
Be Careful When You Back Up     112
The Abyss     114
Operations Tips
People First, Computer Second     118
Get Out of the Slow Lane     120
Avoid Spam or End Up Eating It     122
It's Not Your Father's E-Mail Anymore      124
Back Up or Find Your Back Up against the Wall     128
E-Mail Client or Webmail? With Both, You Get Eggroll     131
There Are Two Ears on That Mouse     135
Get Out of the Dark     137
Avoid Malware or Get Sick Quick     139
E-Mail Can Sink Your Trading     142
Executing the Trade without Killing It     144
The Internet Tips
The Internet Is Your Friend     147
Choose a Good ISP or Lose Your Choice     149
The Need for Connection Speed     151
Browsing for Browsers     154
Bookmark That Baby     157
Search the Web They Weave     159
Save to the Web     161
Let the Information Find You     163
Tidbits     165
Who Is That New Me?     167
Your Kingdom     170
Trader's Notebook:
Sooner or Later You Must Excel     177
Understanding the Odds     200
The Rohr Report     209
Trading Software Companies     212
Web Sites for Traders     234
If You Want to Know the Markets, Know the Reports     250
Trading Spreads     252
Free Financial Education      260
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