How to Get Started Swing Trading Stocks is an introductory guide for new traders looking to get active in the stock market.
We start right at the basics, defining what exactly swing trading is, why someone would want to do it, and all of the important high-level resources and knowledge a trader should have in order to succeed.
Below the video, should you want to jump to the points that are of most interest to you, there is a list of the key topics discussed and the time in which they appear in the video. Want to head to the sites or resources mentioned? No worries, those are down there too.
This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide, rather a lightweight overview of what I consider some of the most important topics worth digging into deeper.
What is swing trading?
(1:10) I define swing trading as an active approach to trading the markets where the planned holding time of the trade extends beyond a day (overnight) and the goal is to capture a single leg (swing) in a stock’s trend.
Why choose swing trading?
(3:39) There are lots of benefits of swing trading, but the primary reason for choosing this style, is to be active in the market without needing to stare at charts and screens all day.
What’s needed to swing trade?
(6:30) There are only two things you need to pursue any style of trading.
Discretionary trading capital, and these are not funds that you may need to pay bills with next week.
A low cost broker to place your trades through, and one that provides you with the research and accessibility that you desire.
What knowledge is required to swing trade?
(18:32) There’s a lot that goes into successful trading, but there are four key areas I recommend for further research and development when starting out:
- Learn how to read a chart.
- Risk management.
- Have an edge (strategy).
- Accumulate screen time (experience).
How to get started swing trading stocks
Resources and Links
- Robinhood – Free trades!
- Scottrade – Offers more tools and research than Robinhood, but costly commissions.
- Interactive Brokers – Professional broker with competitive commissions.
- Finviz – free stock scanning tool for research and idea generation.
- Stockcharts – free and premium scanning tool for research, trade ideas, breadth analysis and much more.
- Worden TC2000 – my favorite screener, a bit more advanced, but powerful and customizable. This is an affiliate link that kicks back a small percentage of sales back to me, but also gives you a discount on the full retail price.
- Al Brooks Price Action Trading Ranges
- Al Brooks Price Action Trends
- Al Brooks Price Action Reversals
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- How Moving Averages Can Simplify Your Trading
- How To Emerge From A Trading Drawdown
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Thanks for reading and good luck in your journey as a swing trader.