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Thomas Bulkowski’s successful investment activities allowed him to retire at age 36. He is an internationally known author and trader with 30+ years of stock market experience and widely regarded as a leading expert on chart patterns. He may be reached at

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Chart Patterns: After the Buy
Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition book.
Trading Basics: Evolution of a Trader book.
Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.
Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.
Visual Guide to Chart Patterns book.
Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition book.

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Market
Industrials (^DJI):
Transports (^DJT):
Utilities (^DJU):
Nasdaq (^IXIC):
S&P500 (^GSPC):
As of 09/20/2017
22,413 41.79 0.2%
9,654 147.29 1.5%
732 -5.08 -0.7%
6,456 -5.28 -0.1%
2,508 1.59 0.1%
YTD
13.4%
6.8%
10.9%
19.9%
12.0%
Tom's Targets    Overview: 09/14/2017
22,450 or 21,500 by 10/01/2017
9,750 or 9,200 by 10/01/2017
775 or 730 by 10/01/2017
6,650 or 6,200 by 10/01/2017
2,600 or 2,425 by 10/01/2017

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My book, Trading BasicsTrading Basics: Evolution of a Trader book., is the first book in the series, "Evolution of a Trader" and the three describe the four types of trading styles, from buy-and-hold to day trading. If you want to learn how to trade or invest, consider buying a copy of the series. The books are sold individually...

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I received an email asking, "When should I quit my job and trade full time?"

My answer is this: When you make as much or more money trading than you do at your day job, then consider trading for a living.

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You can trade part time using 1) setups that have a conditional order to enter the trade, and to exit -- use a 2) stop loss order or a 3) target order. If you have those three components, then you don't need to follow the markets full time. Evaluate the markets before and as they open, and then place your order(s). Near the close, check on how you did. If any setup triggered and the trade remains opened, close it out regardless of whether or not you show a profit.

Here are additional suggestions. Keep your day job...

  • If you don't have those types of mechanical trading setups;
  • If you can't follow your setups without deviating;
  • If you can't pull the trigger by exiting any setup before the close. A day trade is a day trade. No exceptions;
  • If you don't have enough money to live on (cover all expenses, including vacations, and luxuries like food) for months (6 months to a year is a good start but 2 years is better. If you have to find a job after burning through your trading capital, then it could take a long time before you're employed again). This does not include your trading capital.
  • If you intend to use your entire trading capital for day trading. Diversify. Only a portion of your trading capital should be used for day trading (say, 25%). Split the rest into other types of trading or investing, like swing or position trading and have money in long term plays (buy and hold, bonds, money market funds, and so on).

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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