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Trading Realities: The Truth, the Lies, and the Hype In-Between

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For the first time, a look at the universal market dynamics critical to any profitable investment strategy and relevant to all asset classes.

  • Includes discussions of critical global economic forces and the interrelationships among different financial markets - fixed income, stocks, commodities, foreign exchange, etc.
  • How to collect the information that really matters, and then use it to make better investment decisions.
  • Addresses specific mistakes made by virtually all investors regardless of their level of expertise.
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    • Copyright 2011
    • Dimensions: 5-3/8" x 8"
    • Pages: 272
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-707009-8
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-707009-1
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    • ISBN-10: 0-13-256525-0
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-256525-7

    Trading Realities teaches investors and traders the universal, basic principles that apply to every financial market: stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign exchange, futures, options, and beyond. Writing for beginners and experienced investors alike, successful trader and author Jeff Augen illuminates key issues that are often mentioned but rarely fully understood: issues such as leverage, liquidity, market trends, risk, valuation, interest rates, and the impact of news and events. Most important, he shows how to apply this knowledge to trade and invest far more profitably. Augen focuses on the massive forces that really move financial markets: the market dynamics that are fundamental to your success, regardless of your investment strategies or the asset classes you choose. You'll learn how to value markets in absolute terms (e.g. constant currency), rank investment vehicles according to risk; assess the real impact of leverage and the true meaning of trends; interpret the flow of money between markets; and much more. Augen shows how to identify and collect the information that matters most (and ignore the information that doesn't matter). Once you have the facts you need, you'll learn how to use those facts to gain a clear advantage: one that you can sustain through any market environment.

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    Table of Contents

    Preface     xiii

    First Principles     1

    Chapter 1: Global Economic Forces and the Average Investor     5

    Chapter 2: The Harsh Realities of the Marketplace     23

    Chapter 3: Betting with the House     49

    Chapter 4: Identifying Trends     63

    Chapter 5: A New Era     117

    Chapter 6: The Importance of Volatility     155

    Chapter 7: Strategies for a New Market     175

    Appendix A: Options Primer     225

    Index     251

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