This first volume builds a foundation of knowledge in a comprehensive body of literature on trading-to prepare novices to become professional traders. This book starts with the absolute basics of stock markets as a precursor to more advanced global trading methods in the next two volumes. The aim is to set out to demystify the myths about stock markets, and ultimately remove the enigma that has been bestowed on the industry. The author includes an overview of how stockbroking works, establishing the link between the various departments and how these interact. Novice traders will find sections on Wall Street rules, age-old axioms and how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes interesting and also a warning that trading is not a game. The latter section includes an outline of portfolio management theory and practice.