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Basics of Trading Course

An introduction to the basic concepts needed to trade any market.

Module 1: Technical Analysis Basics

Introduction to Technical Analysis
Dow Theory and Trends
Dow Theory, Part II
Types of Charts
Support & Resistance
Multi-Time Frame Analysis

Module 2: Chart Patterns

Double Top and Double Bottom
Trading the Double Top and Double Bottom
The Head and Shoulders Pattern
Trading the Head and Shoulders Pattern
The Rising and Falling Wedge Pattern
Trading the Rising and Falling Wedge
The Flag and Pennant Patterns
Trading the Flag and Pennant
Triangle Charting Patterns
Trading Triangle Chart Patterns

Module 3: Technical Indicators

An Introduction to Technical Indicators
The Moving Average
Trading With Moving Averages
Trading With the MACD
The Relative Strength Index
The Stochastic Oscillator
Bollinger Bands
The Average Directional Index
The Parabolic SAR

Module 4: Candlestick Chart Formations

An Introduction to Candlesticks
The Spinning Top and Doji
The Bullish and Bearish Engulfing Formations
The Hammer and Hanging Man
The Morning and Evening Star
The Inverted Hammer and Shooting Star

Module 5: The Psychology of Trading

The Most Important Aspect of Trading
Why Traders Hold Losing Positions
Two Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Trading Account
Following the Sheep to Slaughter
Why Traders Cut Profits Too Soon
How to Lock in Profits with Trailing Stops

Full Course on Trading Psychology

Module 6: Money Management

Setting Realistic Profit Expectations
Learn to Protect Capital First
Determining Your Initial Stop Level
Setting Stops Using Volatility
Up Your Chances for Profit When Setting Stops
How to Guard Your Stops
Incorporating Indicators in Stop Placement

Module 7: Position Sizing

Position Sizing Separates the Winners
The Problem With Fixed Position Sizes
Martingale and Anti-Martingale Approaches
% Risk Sizing Method
% Volatility Position Sizing Method

Module 8: Intro to Fundamental Analysis

Intro to Fundamentals and the US Economy
Components of the US Economy, Part 1
Components of the US Economy, Part 2
Fiscal Policy and The Business Cycle
Why Interest Rates Move Markets, Part 1
Why Interest Rates Move Markets, Part 2
An Introduction to the Federal Reserve
How the Federal Reserve Moves Interest Rates
When the Federal Reserve Moves Interest Rates
How the Fed Signals Policy Changes Beforehand

Module 9: Economic Releases that Move the Markets

What Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Means to Traders
Trading the News - The Components of GDP
Trading the News: Non Farm Payrolls (NFP's)
Trading the News: Retail Sales
How to Interpret the ISM Manufacturing Index
How to Interpret the Producer Price Index (PPI)
How to Interpret the Consumer Price Index
How to Interpret the Existing Home Sales Number
How to Interpret the Consumer Confidence Index
How to Interpret the Index of Leading Economic Indicators

Module 10: Pulling It All Together

An Introduction to Day Trading
An Introduction to Swing Trading
Swing Trading Introduction, #2
An Introduction to Position Trading
10 Components of a Trading Journal
7 Things Your Trading Journal Should Tell You
The 20 Components of a Successful Trading Plan
The 5 Basic Steps to Becoming a Successful Trader

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