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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stock Investing Fast-Track by Ken Little

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The Traps of Trading—Your Biggest Risk

Market timing may be the two most dangerous words in investing, especially when practiced by beginners. Market timing is the strategy of attempting to predict future price movements through use of various fundamental and technical analysis tools. At its best, market timing is a risky business for professional investors. The real danger exists for beginners who are tempted by what looks like easy money. All you have to do is buy a stock today and sell it tomorrow for a “gut feeling it was going up.” Yes, this happens every once in a while, but somebody has to win the lottery, too (here’s a hint: it won’t be you or me).

Professional traders use highly sophisticated trading techniques driven by computer programs ...

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