Stock Trading - An Introduction To Stock Trading Systems & Strategies
By Larry Schade

A lot of stock traders will tell you that a stock trading strategy is very often said to be the same as a stock trading system that is designed to be used and traded in the stock market. But a stock trading strategy does involve a complete system that includes not only entry and exit rules, but stock selection, risk control and money management. For the technical stock trader, the technical approach to a stock trading strategy is based mainly on price action. The "bottom-up" stock trading strategy is the most popular fundamental method employed by analysts. You should always remember that a good stock trading strategy is both simple and practical. Once the set of rules and guidelines that make the overall stock trading strategy have been identified and followed by a stock trader, the trader must remember to remain open-minded so that the trading strategy can be fine tuned and adjusted to new conditions in the stock market.
When trading stocks using technical analysis, your trading plan will specify the conditions and requirements for entering and exiting trades. A good stock trading strategy will specify the optimum number of shares to be trade at a given time. Money management is at the heart of a good stock trading strategy. Stock traders who use a good solid stock trading strategy know and understand that money management is the absolute key to continued growth in their trading account. For this reason the money management component of a stock trading system has often been called "the golden rule to stock trading".
No matter which stock trading strategies you use and trade remember to: stay unemotional and never invest with money you need for rent, the mortgage, bills, or food. By analyzing your habits and behaviors, you can greatly improve your stock trading strategy. Poor stock trading strategy behaviors are usually caused by uncontrolled emotional reactions, while others are just simply the result of bad stock trading habits. Your trading goal is to make your stock trading strategy systematic, logical and habitual at all times. By studying and looking closely at market conditions to determine the current trend for the market, a successful trader is then able to prepare the best stock trading strategy to be used for the following day. Armed with this market information and his trading plan in hand, the trader is less likely to be influenced by uncontrolled emotions. By being completely aware of your trading and by continually working to improve your stock trading strategy, you will soon develop and find the set of behaviors that will make trading success a habit for you.
Stock screening is a basic stock trading strategy and tool that involves the trader screening the entire universe of securities for potentially favorable stocks for trading. Some traders like to use moving averages in their stock screening. For example, the trader may be looking for stocks that are in an uptrend and are above their 200 day and 50 day moving averages. The use of moving averages in a trading strategy is very simple and this technique is most suited to markets and stocks which trend well. While other stock traders look for stocks that are ready to breakout from a pullback.
A word about Market Equilibrium follows. It is said to be obtained when the market price of a stock or security represents the average intrinsic estimates of all traders and investors. While the term Market Efficiency means that the more efficient the market is, then the greater the degree that stock or security price reflect all the information available which may influence the price of the stock or security.
If your stock trading strategy is not suited to short-term market conditions; you should quickly adapt your strategy, and if necessary, do not trade. Short term trading combined with long term stock investing should be part of your trading plan if you want to build wealth while trading stocks.

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About the Author: Written by Larry Schade of http://www.TradelikeThePros.com and http://www.DowTrend.com on the topic of Stock Trading Systems and Strategies.