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An Introduction to Trading in the Financial Markets: Trading, Markets, Instruments, and Processes by R. Tee Williams

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Preface

This book is the second in a set of books that address the trading markets. We use the term “trading markets” because that is the most general term we can find for the portion of the financial markets sometimes imprecisely referred to as the “securities markets.” (We explain these distinctions later when we describe instruments in Part 3.) The focus here is on the activities of investing, trading, market mechanisms, the instruments traded, and the processes required to make the markets work.

We begin our investigation by examining how differences in investment strategy and style create different types of trading decisions, orders, and market choices. With this as a background, we explore trading first by defining some common concepts ...

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