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Share Attack: 80 great tips to survive and thrive as a trader

Book Description

80 must-read tips and techniques to get you started in trading Trading shares can make you rich - but it's not risk-free. You need years of experience to navigate the dangers and seize the best opportunities at the right time. Malcolm Stacey has done the hard work for you: he's learned how to be successful through years of his own experience and countless conversations with top traders. Now he's ready to share this knowledge and give you a head start. Probably Britain's best-known shares blogger, Malcolm has traded from his armchair for nearly 30 years. He's gone through it all, from frothy bull market bubbles to crunching crashes. As a BBC business reporter, he interviewed some of the most successful share traders in the world who revealed to him their top-secret strategies and tips. He's also spoken to countless business leaders to learn what makes a good company - the kind you want to be backing. In Share Attack, he distils all of this into 80 vital trading tips and techniques that you can put into practice right now. Filled with insight and experience, Share Attack is a trading book with teeth - a fascinating beginner's guide for those who want to start trading more actively. It's fast-moving and entertaining - and packed with years of techniques, tricks and red flags. You'll learn from Malcolm's early mistakes and benefit from his successes. Malcolm can't guarantee to make you rich by trading shares, but you can give yourself a much-needed edge by learning the top secrets of those who've done it all before. It's time for the Share Attack!

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Disclaimer
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
  6. Journey to the Centre of the Earth’s Wealth
  7. Getting Down to It
    1. You’ll need some cash to get started
    2. Choosing a broker
    3. A suggestion for your first trades
    4. Don’t let ’em get you in the spread
    5. Is it gambling?
    6. Greed and fear
    7. Pop goes the psychology
    8. How much to trade – safely
    9. Be a chirpy contrarian
    10. Picking growers
    11. The number one investing rule
    12. What to look for in a company
    13. Free expert help
    14. The magic PE
    15. Good timing
    16. My easy way to value a company
    17. Three layers of the trading cake
    18. Checking your choices
    19. The importance of earnings
    20. Beware the competition
    21. Companies which corner the market
    22. Spiders in company websites
    23. Necessity versus luxury
    24. Don’t grab the cutlery
    25. Buying FTSE 100 shares
    26. When to sell
    27. Delicious dividends
    28. Overenthusiastic research and development
    29. Your stop-loss system
    30. The wonder of the steady riser
    31. Recovery shares
    32. How to be disloyal
    33. Following the Footsie leader
    34. The trend of individual shares
    35. Channel hopping
    36. Stick-in-the-muds
    37. The golden triangle
    38. Have no regrets
    39. An unbreakable high point
    40. Let’s get sentimental
    41. Read all you can
    42. Good news bulls and bad news bears
    43. Directors must have a stake
    44. When fewer shares are traded
    45. The pros and cons of penny shares
    46. When swing’s the thing
    47. Don’t touch these companies
    48. Take advantage of reporting day
    49. How often to trade
    50. Shareholders versus pros and hacks
    51. Don’t always trust the news
    52. Can I turn professional?
    53. Tasty targets
    54. Riding the cycle path
    55. Use your eyes
    56. The boon of profit-taking
    57. Hang-ups you need to overcome
    58. Don’t be dejected about a falling Footsie
    59. The right time of day
    60. Bottom-fishing
    61. Reading annual reports – the easy way
    62. Data feed
    63. Have I the right to hold you?
    64. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s IPO we go
    65. Perks and freebies
    66. Cut them off
    67. You can’t beat a beta
    68. The most tip top, top cats?
    69. Don’t understand it? Then don’t buy
    70. Uncharted waters
    71. Leave value investing to the experts
    72. The sector section
    73. Make it nicer with an ISA
    74. A trade for all seasons
    75. The great chase
    76. Weddings made in heaven – and hell
    77. Train your mind to behave itself
    78. Don’t fear your broker
    79. Don’t give share tips to your friends
    80. Inconvenient company announcements
    81. The falling pound
    82. Ten reasons to sleep well as shares fall
    83. Make your mates interested
    84. It’s not just about profit
    85. A final list of rules and hints never to forget
    86. The oldest lessons of them all
    87. Now all’s said and done