How to Day Trade for a Living: A Beginner’s Guide to Trading Tools and Tactics, Money Management, Discipline and Trading Psychology
In How to Day Trade for a Living, Andrew Aziz describes the fundamentals of day trading, explain how day trading is different from other styles of trading and investment, and elaborate on important trading strategies that many traders use every day. He has kept the book short so you can actually finish reading it and not get bored by the middle.
In this book, I explain the fundamentals of day trading and how day trading is different from other styles of trading and investing. In the process, I also describe important trading strategies that many traders use each day. This book is deliberately short so readers will actually finish reading it and not get bored halfway through and put it to one side. We are all distracted by Internet diversions, emails, Facebook or Instagram notifications, or the dozens of other apps that we have on our smartphones or tablets. Therefore, this book is concise and it is practical.
If you are a beginner trader, this book will equip you with an understanding of where to start, how to start, what to expect from day trading, and how you can develop your own strategy. Simply reading this book will not make you a profitable trader. Profits in trading do not come from reading one or two books, but, as I will explain later, profits can come with practice, the right tools and software, and proper ongoing education. I have included at the back of this latest edition of my book a handy and helpful glossary of the most common terms you will come across in day trading. If, as you are reading this book, you come across a term or phrase that you don’t recall the meaning of, please go and have a look at its definition in the glossary. I’ve used easy to understand language to explain the “lingo” of day traders.
Intermediate traders may benefit from this book’s overview of some of the classic strategies that the majority of retail traders use effectively. If you don’t consider yourself a novice trader, then you may wish to jump ahead and start reading at Chapter 7 for an overview of the most important day trading strategies. However, I encourage you to skim through the earlier chapters as well. Becoming a consistently profitable trader will not require you to master complicated new trading strategies every day. The strategies in Chapter 7 are the ones that traders have used for over a decade. They have worked so far and need to be mastered. Work on simple well-known strategies, but adjust them over time to complement your own personality and whatever the current market conditions are. Success in trading is not a revolution, it is an evolution.
In my opinion, the most important lesson that you can learn from reading this book is that you will not get rich quickly by day trading. Day trading is not similar to gambling or playing the lottery. This is the most important misconception that people have about day trading and I hope you will come to the same conclusion after reading this book. Day trading looks deceptively easy. Brokers do not normally release customer statistics to the public but, in Massachusetts, a state court did order the release of the records of financial brokers. Those records indicated that after six months of trading, only 16% of day traders actually made money. It is very easy to be one of those 84% of traders who are losing money.
- How Day Trading Works
- Risk and Account Management
- How to Find Stocks for Trades
- Tools and Platforms
- Introduction to Candlesticks
- Most Important Day Trading Strategies
- Step-by-Step to a Successful Trade
- Next Steps for Beginner Traders
- Andrew’s 11 Rules of Day Trading