Learn Stock Trading – 27 Steps to Success (Interactive Guide)

Liberated Stock Trader is dedicated to helping you learn stock trading and investing for your future.  There is a wealth of information available on this website and others, but where do you start?

What is your plan to learn stock trading?

My Stock Trading Plan

My Stock Trading Plan is a fun interactive guide from beginning to end, from starting to acquire the knowledge you need via training courses, books, movies, to the end, executing your trading plan and building your wealth over time.

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Step By Step Walk through of all elements of the Stock Trading Plan.

1.  Get Educated

The first step on  the path to becoming a competent stock trader is education.  There are many training courses available both free and premium training packages ranging from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.  Your training will need to encompass both Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis, read our guide to choosing a good technical analysis course.  Not only that, but you will need to build experience at stock screening and selection, portfolio and money management and the psychology of trading.

2.  Learn Stock Trading for Free

Everyone wants something for FREE.  So here it is.Free Stock Trading Academy Training Course

Liberated Stock Trader has a large Free Training Course – “The Trading Academy” with 100’s of lessons and videos.  Includes our structure 18 module “Course 101 – Understanding the Stock Market” – with an online test at the end.

3.  Get a Professional Level Stock Trading Course

Alternatives to Free Courses include courses either in person in a seminar setting or online training. The Liberated Stock Trader Book - Stock Trading Training

Often premium courses will include video lessons and email support.  Going for a premium course will typically help you learn faster and have much higher quality content, so you can save time and effort by getting the best first.
Liberated Stock Trader offers the “PRO Stock Trader Training” to enable you to gain the knowledge and confidence you need, it includes:

  • Print Edition Book & eBook
  • 16 Hours of Online Video Lessons.

4.  Get 121 Stock Trading Coaching

Need someone to talk to, go see a psychiatrist. Just Joking.

Personal Investing Coaching is a good option to help cement your existing experience and education and test out strategies and plans.  The best thing is that the training experience is usually customized to you and your needs.  For example:Personal 121 Stock Trading Coaching is the very best way to consolidate your knowledge into practical implementation of a strategy.

  • Analyze the stocks you like
  • Learn advanced concepts aligned to your trading style
  • Market direction evaluation and practice
  • Bounce your trading ideas off an expert
  • Apply advanced stock screening to find great stocks
  • Formulate your own Trading Plan

5.  Read a Great Book (or twenty)

With 1000’s of books to read, where do you start?The Top 20 Best Stock Market & Financial Books + 14 The Pro's Study

Check out our Top 20 Best Stock Market Investing Books Review.  It also includes the top 14 books that PRO Market Technical Analysts study to qualify for IFTA (International Federation of Technical Analysts) or CMT (Chartered Market Technician) Industry recognized certifications.  We have it covered from all time best sellers to academic studies.  Alternatively jump to our PRO Technical Analysis Top 14 Books

6.  Watch a Great Financial Market MovieThe Best Stock Market & Economics Movies of All Time

If you sit in front of a computer all day, and read books in bed, what do you do in your down time during the evening? Why not watch a financial thriller, stock market movie or a true story.

Sit back with your feet up and convince your partner to watch a film, perhaps the “Wolf of Wall Street”, “Boiler Room” or my favorite, “Inside Job”.   Read our Top 20 Best Stock Market & Financial Movies Review to find a great film to watch, guaranteed not to bore you…or maybe not.

7.  Listen to a Great Audio BookTop 20 Stock Market & Financial Audio Books

Bored of reading?   Have too much energy to sit down and watch a stock trading movie.  Why not listen to a great book while commuting or gardening or out walking the dog.

Our Top 20 Best Stock Market & Finance Audio Books Review has some cracking listens, such as the highly rated “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis or “The Quants” by Scott Patterson.  Fill your day with learning whilst not being chained to your desk.

8.  Choose your Stock Trading Analysis Tools

As with many thing in the connected world you will have access to cost free offerings for Stock Chart Analysis.  There are some very respectable free offerings, but is you want real power and extended functionality then the premium offerings are the right choice.

9.  Free Stock Analysis Charting Tools

Free Online Stock Charts - Top 10
Free Online Stock Charts – Top 10

They may not have all the bells and whistles compared to their “Pay For” competitors, but they are good for starters and will not put a dent in your wallet (or purse).
Read our review of the 10 Best Free Stock Charting Services on the Web. Spend some time playing with them and getting a picture of what you need before selecting a premium package.

10.  Premium Stock Market Analysis Software

You are now progressing your knowledge and experience in the market and realize that there are key feature you need for your stock trading analysis, such as Back-testing, powerful charts, specific indicators, real-time data and streaming news… but which packages are the best for you?The Best Stock Market Analysis Software Programs

We sorted through the many high quality (and low quality) Stock Analysis Software vendors to bring you our in depth review of the Top 10 Stock Market Analysis Software Programs.
It’s the best review on the Web (but I would say that wouldn’t I)

11. Prepare your Strategy

How will you approach the market?
What will you invest in?
When will you invest & why?stock market investing strategy

You need to form a consolidated stock trading strategy blueprint.

There certainly is a lot to consider when building out your investing strategy.  There are core questions such as should you use a day trading strategy versus a buy and hold strategy.  Is Value investing like Warren Buffet for you or is the more time and nerve intensive swing trading more your style.

What is certain is that you will need to be able to spot and avoid stock market crashes and be able to establish your trading rules based on your stock trading style.  Also advanced traders will want to ensure there system is back tested, meaning it has worked in the past.  Finally if you are trading the earning announcements or your stocks are susceptible to news based price swings you may want to choose a real-time high quality news provider.

12.  Avoid Stock Market Crashes

How to Avoid the Next Stock Market Crash - eBook & Video Training
How to Avoid the Next Stock Market Crash – eBook & Video Training

Ensure you have a strategy to avoid the next stock market crash.

A stock market crash is an unfortunate and historically inevitable part of trading, as are tsunamis to the natural world.  Just like tsunamis, stock market crashes devastate those involved.

Prepare yourself for the next market crash by understanding the triggers and warnings that can be seen through technical analysis.

“How to avoid the next stock market crash” is the latest publication from Liberated Stock Trader, this book will help you protect your investments.

Published Feature in Stocks & Commodities Magazine

13.  Establish your Trade Rules

What chart indicators will you use? Under what conditions will you buy a stock? When will you sell a stock? Why did you buy the stock and are those reasons still true?

10 Steps to build a stock trading system
10 Steps to build a stock market trading system

So many questions here are some answers.

These are all known as the trader rules.  If you establish your criteria for buying, holding and selling a stock, before you buy it, then it can help to take the emotion out of a trade.  Read 10 Steps to a professional stock market system.  Emotions are your worst enemy, you must treat your investment decisions with a dose of logic not a slice of gut feel.  This is when back-testing comes to the rescue.

14.  Perform a Stock Trading System Back-Test

You may understand your reasons for a particular trade, but over the long term does your hypothesis make money?

An untested hypothesis is not worth the paper (or screen) it is written on.

This is what is called back-testing. An example of back-testing is the Stock Market Crash Detector.  This system is focused on trying to predict a stock market crash.  There are numerous elements.  Stock price fluctuations & price versus specific indicators.  While system back-testing is time consuming it helps you understand which of the many indicators, such as Relative Strength Index (RSI), Balance of Power (BOP), Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), actually work in a real world environment in the past.

While past performance is no indicators of future performance, you can see statistically over thousands of trades what has worked and has not worked.  If you want back-testing – read our Top 10 Stock Market Software Review and look at the section Systems & Back-Testing Score to find a suitable product.

15.  Select News Sources

“Roll Up, Roll Up, Read All About It”Learn Stock Trading - Stock Market News

If you want to stay in touch with Macro or Micro Economic Events you will need a good source of news.  Trading the news is a strategy some people adopt.  Read this excerpt from the Liberated Stock Trader PRO Book about “How to trade the news” and it will become clear why you might need an advanced source of investing real-time news and opinion.  The are many good sources of news for you to look at including Reuters,  Bloomberg & Investors Business Daily

If you trade the news, you will want news delivered real-time and that might cost.

16.  Choose an Investment Vehicle

Why does Wall Street call them vehicles?  Well perhaps they want it to sound complex, or perhaps it is a reference to the transportation of your money to another destination.  But when you think about it, Vehicle is a good analogy.  Stock Investments can be seen as a car, some stocks are Lamborghini’s (fast and exciting yet inefficient) while others are a Toyota Prius (practical, not pretty but safe).

Binary Options & Contracts for Difference are like riding a “Ducati Panigale R” – a great rush, requiring huge amounts of concentration and ultimately extremely risky.

Exchange Trades Funds (ETF’s) are like a Bus.  They are cheap, reliable and ultimately get you to where you want to go without any effort on your part.  The ETF Bus, is a good place to be, you never have to worry about beating the market, you are always performing at the market, with the minimum of effort and minimum of Tax implications.  The book Unshakable by Tony Robbins lays out this argument beautifully.

Stock Options are fairly complex calculations based on time and price, perhaps could be called a Segway… although I may be taking it too far now.

17. Trading Stocks vs Exchange Traded FundsWhich Investment Vehicles should you Choose? Stocks versus ETF's

If you pick the right stocks your returns can be excellent. But picking the best at the right time can be extremely challenging.

What about Index Tracking Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)?  What are they, how are do they compare?

Read the Pro’s and Con’s of Stocks versus ETF’s here.

18.  Trading Stock OptionsTop 10 Tops for Stock Options Success- Learn Stock Trading

Options were designed as risk protection but they can be used for profiting greatly.  Providing you focus intensely on strategy and execution. There are 2 books in our Top 20 Stock Market Investing Books Review focused on leaning Stock Options, “Getting Started In Options” by Michael C. Thomsett & “The Bible of Options Strategies” by Guy Cohen.  Both I consider compulsory reading before you enter the fray.

In addition to these books read our Top 10 tips for options success.

19. Trading in Binary Options and Contracts for Difference (CFD’s)

Both Binary Options and Contracts for difference are strictly for advanced investors and involve elevated levels of risk.  If you want to take your money for a ride on the Ducati Panigale  Superbike, then this dangerous and risky path is for you.

Be careful here and don’t blow up your future investment pot.

20.  Choosing a Broker

Do you live in the past, or in the future?

The past, where access to the stock market was limited to a Stock Broker, who would call you on the phone and convince you that the latest hot stock was worth investing in and you would believe him. (see the film Boiler Room in this Movie list)

The future is the world we live now, whereby you can research thousands of stocks, instantly see news and earnings and see the past performance of a company then execute your trades online for a minimal cost.

21.  Discount BrokersDiscount Broker Review - Tradestation

As a Liberated Stock Trader you realize that you need to be in control of your own decisions.  Choosing a broker means selecting those that minimize cost and enable good market access.
Read our review of our recommended discount broker  or a new arrival TC2000 Brokerage that combines Award Winning Stock Analysis Software with in Chart Trading

22.  Advisory Brokers

Make no mistake, advisory brokers make money when you execute a trade.  This means they will always be recommending that you sell a particular stock and buy another one.  They make most of their money on the trade costs and not on the profit, because the transaction cost is guaranteed and the future profit of a particular investment is not.
Your best interests are irrelevant to them.  Make your own decisions and minimize your costs with a discount broker.
There are no recommendations for further reading here.

23.  Execute your Trading Plan

Investing is a business not a hobby.

Continual Improvement and adaptation is key to success.  All of these factors are covered in our Liberated Stock Trader PRO Training

24.  Review Market Trends and Direction

The direction of the market will overall dictate the direction of your individual investment.

That is a “FACT”.

Although, some companies are so large, like Facebook, Amazon, Apple & Microsoft that their direction might influence the direction of the market, at least for a short period of time.

When there is a market collapse, all stocks fall, even the good ones.

When there is a rampant bull market even the worst stocks rise.

So, what is the lesson?

You can use DOW Theory to assess market direction using the major indices. here is also another example of Dow Theory. Dow Theory is discussed in depth in the PRO training.  You can even use Ichimoku Clouds to try to predict market direction.

25.  Analyze and Improve Your System’s Performance

So you have a system and it works.  It is good practice to always check, back-test and continually try to improve it.  But make sure that a change to your system is an improvement and does not increase risk and reduce reward.

26.  Building Wealth & CompoundingLearn Stock Trading - Building Wealth & Compounding

So you have done the hard work, you have learned, you have your preferred analysis software, you have built your rules and you are executing them.

How do you become a millionaire?

What percent return can you expect?

How long will it take?

All these questions and more are answered in our Guide to becoming a Stock Market Millionaire.  This is covered in more depth in the PRO Training

27.  Enjoy Life

Who am I to tell you how to enjoy life – no one that’s who.Enjoying Life - Golf

How you enjoy life is all down to you.  Money is not everything, wealth is a matter of perspective.

You are rich if you have a family that loves you, a dog that loves you, a partner you have a connection with, or even if you have contentment in your heart.

I wish for you to be healthy, wealthy and wise.

Big Bonus – Learn Stock Trading Plan – Free Lessons

The wealth of investing lessons at Liberated Stock Trader are available to you now.  The lessons below form the foundation of the Trading Academy Free Training Course.  You can also register for our Trading Academy FREE & get Course 101 – Introduction to the Stock Market and take an end of course test.

Trading Academy FREE – Stock Market Investing Course Tutorials Syllabus

1st Grade – Introduction to Trading

The place to start your learning stock trading experience.

2nd Grade – The Big PictureInside the Traders Mind - Stock Market Psychology

3rd Grade – Fundamentals Made Easy

4th Grade – Stock Screening

10 Powerful Stock Charting Insights

5th Grade – Chart Reading Made Easy

Complete the Trading Academy Free and take the Course 101 Test + Download 3 eBooks  by registering as a student – without paying a single cent.

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6th Grade – Chart Indicators are your Friends

  • Market Breadth – The Advance Decline Line
  • Chapter 8 – ROC Rate of Change Indicator
  • Using the Ichimoku Cloud to forecast the market direction.
  • Using Fibonacci Retracement S&P 500
  • 1. Moving Averages – A Powerful yet simple Indicator. Learn Stock Trading
  • 2. Volume – Volume Indicator. Learn Stock trading
  • 3. MACD – Indicator. Learn Stock Trading
  • 4. Stochastic Indicator. Learn Stock Trading
  • 5. Relative Strength Index, how strong is your trend ? Learn Stock Trading

7th Grade – Investment Strategy for Beginners

  • 10 Steps to build a great stock market trading system
  • Chapter 11 – How to trade the News!
  • 1. Is buying Stocks as simple as buying a car? Learn Stock Trading
  • 2. What Type of investor are you?
  • 3. What are your Goals?
  • 4. How to make a Million Dollars in the Stock Market

8th Grade – Trading Psychology

  • Inside the Traders Mind
  • 9th Grade – Making the Trade
  • Knowing when not to buy.
  • Patience is the companion of wisdom!
  • Assessing Market Direction is critical before buying a Stock !
  • How many Stocks should I own ?
  • Tracking your Trades. Learn Stock Trading

10th Grade – The Best Tools

  • Stock Info – Get Great Information on Stocks Online
  • Podcast Update – Liberated Stock Trader PRO Training Introduction Released
  • The single way to make money in the Stock Market.
  • Stock Market Training Podcast Released
  • Tools Review – The Top 10 Best Stock Charting Tools on the Web
  • tc2000 Telechart 2007 Review, Stock Charting and Screening.
  • Tracking your Trades. Learn Stock Trading
  • Stock Screener Review – Finding Stocks Using Stock Screening.


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  1. Thanks so much Barry. I really appreciate the stuff you have compiled for me. Please allow me a day or two to go through it and perhaps come out with a plan. Thanks again.


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