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What are the differences between trading and gambling?

Many people think that trading is similar to gambling. Is this really the case?

For example, let’s take a look at Black Jack. If you start with $10,000 gambling capital, placing bets of $100 per hand and play 100 hands per day, how long will you last? In the game of Black Jack, with Las Vegas Strip rules, a casino has a built-in advantage of 1.5% over the player in the long run. That means that on average, a player will lose $1.5 per any $100 he bets with. After 100 hands, on average he’ll be down $150. Starting with a capital of $10,000 a player would last about 67 gambling days. That is very similar to the previously described trading scenario. In such case I would choose gambling because at least I would be losing my money in a more pleasant environment.

I chose Black Jack for our example because it is the only casino game in which it is possible for a skilled player to increase his odds to such extent as to be able to beat the House in the long run. A skilled counter can obtain advantage of up to 1.5% per hand over the House in the long run. That means that such a player playing 100 hands per day and average hand being $100 could double his gambling capital of $10,000 in less than 50 days. Similar odds apply to trading stocks, with more potential for profit and less chances for being kicked out of a casino. In order to make it work for you, we’ll need to get the odds on your side. Now lets look at how we can extract as much profits from our trades as possible.

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10% Of Traders Go Bankrupt

I was thinking about an article I read some time ago that 90% of traders who ever trade lose their account and that 10% actually go bankrupt. If the first number doesn’t scare you then the second definitely should.

Why is it then that there is such a large number of traders failing? It is not because they are stupid; in fact most traders have an above average IQ and are above average in most categories such as education and income. So why do they fail?

Lack of trading education!

By education I don’t just mean learning how RSI works or drawing lines on a chart. I mean thoroughly educating yourself in all aspects of your chosen profession. Educating yourself on the correct psychological approach to the market! Educating yourself in the correct risk management techniques relative to your account size. Educating yourself in the correct entry and exit methods for the trading style that suits you.

This, my friend, is where I hope to be of some help. I don’t have all the answers nor do I profess to be some kind of guru but I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

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Moving Average Convergence Divergence ( MACD ) Charts

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence charts, or MACD charts for short, are a technical indicator that is derived from the more simple moving average.

The MACD charts are oscillating indicators, meaning that they move above and below a centerline or zero point. As with other oscillating and momentum indicators, a very high value indicates that the stock is overbought and will likely drop soon. Conversely, a consistently low value indicates that the stock is oversold and is likely to climb.


The MACD charts are based on 3 exponential moving averages, or EMA. These averages can be of any period, though the most common combination, and the one we will focus on, are the 12-26-9 MACD charts.

There are 2 parts to the MACD. We will focus first on the first part, which is based on the stock’s 12-Day and 26-Day EMA. The 12-Day EMA is the faster EMA while the 26-Day is slower.

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Selecting a good Stock Trading Software

There are so many different stock trading software packages on the market that you could try a different one, every day of the year, and never run the same one twice.

Many trading professionals use some type of stock trading software to keep their emotions in check and to enable them to focus on their stock trading strategy while avoiding the effects of fear and greed.

Depending upon the program that you choose, stock trading software can help you in the following areas:

* Identify Channel Breakouts

* Generate high probability mechanical buy/sell signals

* Control your dollar risk

* Forecast new tops and bottoms with great accuracy

* Reveal trading trends for any time frame

* Timing Bands to forecast the dates/times for the next cycle high, and cycle low.

* Curb your tendencies toward Fear and Greed

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What Is Stock Trading and How Does It Work?

First a stock is a share in the ownership of a company. Stock represents a claim on the company’s assets and earnings. As you acquire more stock, your ownership stake in the company becomes greater. Whether you say shares, equity, or stock, it all means the same thing.

Stock trading is done at an exchange, which are places where buyers and sellers meet and decide on a price. Some exchanges are physical locations where transactions are carried out on a trading floor. The other type of exchange is a virtual kind, composed of a network of computers where stock trading is done electronically.

A stock market is nothing more than a super-sophisticated farmers market linking buyers and sellers. You can use a broker for stock trading who act as a “market maker” for various stocks. They may match up buyers and sellers directly but also maintain an inventory of stocks to sell to other stock trading parties.

If you are new to investing online, don’t put your entire life savings into an online account. Start with a smaller sum, which will be easier to handle and keep track of. Once you feel confident, you can then decide to add more money to your investing online account.

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