Trading

Trading is done by a person who buys and sells various financial instruments

These financial instruments include commodity futures, bonds, stocks and Today Stock Market 3s Tradingderivatives.  I have been trading profitably for a living for about 25 years.  But I have had my ups and downs and consider trading a kind of financial blood sport.   These are articles I have written about trading and my experiences that I hope will help aspiring traders.

Trading Articles By Robert Buran:

Big Trading - Yes I have done some big trading.  In fact I have traded many RobertBuran1 Tradingmillions of dollars.  I started my trading career with just $6,000 and even wrote a book about that memorable but modest start.  But I got off to a fast start and my success and writings attracted some attention.  With respect to big trading I initially traded overseas markets, Europe and Asia, for Linda Bradford Rashke (LBR Group) with around 35 million dollars and later I traded a US stock account of several million dollars for a gentleman living in Germany for several years.  So in spite of my modest beginning as a trader I am very familiar with big trading, large positions and big money in the markets. Read the whole article

Stock Investors s TradingStock Investors – Stock Investors, a psychologist’s perspective: Stock Investors come and all sizes, shapes, styles and colors!  And some stock investors are very successful and some are not so successful.  How does the psychological profile of these two groups differ?   Before I became a professional trader I was a psychologist.  And so naturally I am not just interested in the obvious attributes of stock investors; I am also interested in the psychology of different investors and what really makes them tick.  Read the whole article

Rule of the Screw Small TradingStock Market Price – If you are going trade stocks you are going to have to understand stock market price, how stock market price changes, and in short, what moves the stock market.  My ideas about stock market price are unique and so let me expound a little on this subject.The Rule of the Screw: Stock Market Price must move in such a manner so as to Frustrate, undermine and defeat the best interests of the majority of market players. According to this rule of stock market price movement the majority cannot make money in the stock market.   Read the Whole Article

stock trading stop lossThumb TradingStop Loss Order – It may sound like trading heresy, but I think stops are not as important as many traders think.   There is a lot of nonsense written about trading, but one of the more amusing things I have read is about the importance of “loving your stops”.  Read the Whole Article

Flash Crash3Thumb TradingFlash  Crash – The Day the Machines of Wall Street Took Over. This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper.  -The Hollow Men (1925) T.S. Eliot The poet T. S. Eliot had his own prophetic ideas about how the world might end but scientists have recently seriously speculated on what kind of events could wipe mankind from the universe.  On May 6, 2010 the financial world saw the entire US equity market collapse, and recover, in about 20 minutes.  Never in the history of US markets had price dropped so low and so fast.  On May 6, the day of  the Flash Crash”, more than 19 billion shares were traded across multiple markets and investors lost billions. Read the Whole Article

How to Trade s TradingHow to Trade -   In this article I will disclose fully a critical theory of stock market behavior.  And I will debunk “The Atomic-Bomb- Instruction-Book theory” of market behavior.  And finally I will disclose fully, highly profitable programmable stock trading systems along with an explanation of the theory that makes them profitable.  This article is a must for any frustrated small stock investor. Read the Whole Article

In and Out Trading s TradingIn and Out Trading – I call In and Out Trading short term stock trading and I have been using this strategy for the better part of 25 years.  I hold trades two to three days and do not day trade.  Although conventional wisdom would have that in and out trading is risky I would argue quite to the contrary.  I believe that In and Out Trading reduces risk by limiting the time that a trader is exposed to adverse market action.  This article examines In and Out Trading and the relative effectiveness of long term vs. short term strategies for trading stock markets.  The article introduces an entirely original concept I call  “margin efficiency” to explain how relatively simple short term, in and out trading systems can realize high levels of profit while at the same time reducing risk. Read the Whole Article

Finding Hot Stocks sm TradingFinding Hot Stocks to Build a Hot Stock Trading Portfolio   You need a good trading system, but that is only half the battle; you also need a good stock trading portfolio and be skilled at finding hot stocks.   I do not like day trading stocks.  But I am short term stock trader and I DO like In and Out Trading Read the Whole Article

Simple Stock Trading sm TradingSimple Stock Trading is the key to making the big money.  The randomness of short term stock behavior can only be tamed with simple trading systems using very limited parameters; trading and making money is easier than you think.  KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.You have probably heard of KISS, “keep it simple stupid”.  When it comes to stock trading no advice could be better. Read the Whole Article

Trading System and Trading Strategy sm TradingTrading System and Trading Strategy What is the difference between a trading system and a trading strategy? This is the curious story of how government regulation, over a decade ago, changed the use and meaning or the words trading systems and trading strategies. On the Google search engine nearly 1,000 people per month type in the words Automated Trading Strategies.   For me this phrase brings a smile to my face because I do not believe you can automate a strategy..  Let me tell you why.  Read the Whole Article

Stock Trading Signals sm TradingTrading Signals  A trading signal must be mathematical and precise in nature.  A trading signal must be programmable into a computer so the computer and not the trader can track the relevant markets and alert the trader to when the trading signal has been hit.  This allows the trader to diversify and to trade many markets simultaneously.  Finally the trading signal must be of such a nature that it can be tested in all kinds of markets and in all kinds of market environments to establish its accuracy and validity. Read the Whole Article

Trading 13 TradingTrade the System – I am always telling trader wannabes to just trade the system.  Sometimes I think that either they are deaf or must not understand my English.  Few people seem to be able to understand the importance of trading the system.  And to that observation I might add it would seem that few people can or want to work at home for five to eight years in order to make one million dollars. I am serious. Read the Whole Article

trading 14 TradingHow do you get Rich? – Trading $10,000 into a small fortune is clearly the ultimate challenge.  But regardless I am a little uncomfortable writing this article because it sounds a little sleazy.  But this is not about selling snake oil.   I am just trying to give some practical advise based on my personal experience. Read the Whole Article

trading 15 TradingTrading Tips – Turn Your Stock Trading Hot with Normal Distribution Theory.  If you are looking for stock market trading tips let me give you one from a place that will surprise you, my college statistics book.  Yes, normal distribution patterns, taken from a dry statistics text book, may help you turn your trading hot.  I have been trading for nearly 25 years and consider any year that I do not make at least a 50 percent return on my investment a bad year. But I am cautious and I do not take big risks. So how can I have my cake and eat it too?  Read the Whole Article

trading 16 TradingComputer Trading – What I am really saying is that using a computer and an effective mechanical trading system to make consistent real money in the stock market is the only way to go.  Your brain, no matter how brilliant you think it is, cannot do it.  Your brain cannot follow enough markets plus data and process that data fast enough.  But the greatest problem that the human brain has when competing` with computer stock trading programs is that the human brain is infected with the most nefarious of viruses, human emotions.Read the Whole Article

trading 17 Trading Manual Trading – If you want to go with full automation you are just going to have to accept a small amount of slippage for every trade.  But if you like to sit in front of the computers as I do watching markets and writing and reading, you may want to try something else. The solution that I have worked out over years of trial and error is something I call MANUAL TRADING or MANUAL ORDER EXECUTION. I still use a computer online order placement system to do this manual order execution. But I call it manual trading because I DO NOT place resting orders with my broker that allow him to play around with my orders and to execute those orders to HIS advantage. Read the Whole Article

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I am a trading system pro and have been trading markets and have been involved with trading system development and the programming of trading system software for 25 years. "Today Stock Market" is my opportunity to share with you some of my trading experience while discussing stock market news and giving my daily stock market update.
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  1. Dear Trader Bob
    I always see your posts on stocktwits, and finally found my way to your site, you seem to be very good at what you do so i’d like to ask you kindly for some advice.
    I have had this burning desire to get into trading for a long time now and i never quite know how to start. Ya see, i have this hang up with quitting my job and going “all in” trading, and i’m having a hard time learning the ropes working my day job (excuse?).
    I know the bare minimum about trading, i buy and hold longer term stuff for our 401ks and sell when i think i’ve gotten a decent return and thats about it. Other than that i read forums for hours at a time to try to understand the basics. Tried downloading the ninjatrader platform to mess with it and i can’t get a chart up.
    Anyway, I have 3 daughters, and a wife to take care of, so thats definitely a huge factor as to why i don’t just jump in..
    So, between the two of us, we have about 25k in our ira and 401k accounts. (one is etrade, the other is self directed 401k through hewitt) A couple grand cash, and a house that is payed for worth about 130k (i could borrow against it i’m sure). Oh, and we’re both in our early 30’s if that is a consideration.
    So really what i guess i’m asking is how should i go about getting started, and is going all in at this point as foolish as it sounds?

    Thanks much Bob

    Dan

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