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Playing for Keeps in Stocks and Futures Three Top Trading Strategies that Consistently Beat the Markets
ISBN: 0471145475     Date Published: 2002-01-04     Author(s): Tom Bierovic
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Playing for Keeps in Stocks and Futures offers traders three winning strategies for trading stocks and futures under any market condition and within any timeframe-from one minute to one month. Tom Bierovic details his newly developed trading strategies-First Prize, R2D2, and Triple Play-and shows you how to integrate them with various technical indicators and analytical techniques to create low-risk, high-reward trading opportunities. Bierovic clearly explains the development of each system, lists the rules, and provides real-world examples from a wide variety of stocks and futures in several timeframes to illustrate how and why each strategy works so well. With these lessons, youll quickly learn how to use Bierovics original strategies to enter, manage, and exit your trades profitably.

This complete guide to stock and futures trading opens with a brief introduction to price swings, impulse waves, corrective waves, and critical points and explains how the extreme and continuous variation in the duration and magnitude of price swings makes it possible for traders to speculate profitably. It also reveals the three components of a complete trading strategy-setups, entries, and exits-and how you should use them when trading with First Prize, R2D2, or Triple Play. Before entering into an in-depth discussion of these three winning trading strategies, Playing for Keeps in Stocks and Futures explains the tools used in them including: breakouts to new highs and lows, directional movement index spread (DMI spread), exponential moving averages (EMAs), Fibonacci retracement zones, Japanese candlestick charts, moving average convergence-divergence (MACD), parabolic stops, trendlines, true range and average true range (ATR).

In explaining his three new trading strategies-First Prize, R2D2, and Triple Play-Bierovic breaks down each strategy into its setup, entry, and exit components and illustrates how to implement each strategy through charts, graphs, and vivid examples from both the stock and futures markets. Most importantly, youll learn the unique qualities of each strategy and understand how the three strategies taken together can profit in any market conditions.(First Prize trades first pullbacks; R2D2 trades subsequent pullbacks; Triple Play trades trend reversals.)Take advantage of the tremendous opportunities offered to you by trading with First Prize, R2D2, and Triple Play. With these three strategies in your trading arsenal, you too will soon be playing for keeps in stocks and futures.

Tom Bierovic, President of the Synergy Trading Group, has been trading stocks and futures successfully since 1971. Tom is also a popular and respected speaker: he has presented highly rated seminars on technical analysis and trading at major conferences throughout the United States and in more than 40 countries on six continents. Futures magazine, Futures World News, and Technical Analysis of Stock & Commodities magazine have all published in-depth interviews with Tom, and he is featured in the book Real People, Real Traders by Ruggiero and Toghraie. For information on products and services offered by the Synergy Trading Group, you can contact Tom by e-mail at
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Strategies That Work, April 6, 2002 ByDiamondJag (Colorado) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Playing for Keeps in Stocks & Futures: Three Top Trading Strategies That Consistently Beat the Markets (Wiley Trading) (Hardcover) I anxiously awaited the publication of this book since I am always on the lookout for new trading ideas from Tom Bierovic. I first discovered Tom's work at one of the Futures Magazine Trading Seminars where he was a speaker. What caught my eye was the down to earth, solid, and workable trading principles he presented. I was also impressed that he had, for years, been a full time trader for his own account and was willing to share the ideas and systems that he actually used. "Playing for Keeps" is no exception. Tom lays out in detail three trading strategies that can be used in all markets and timeframes. The strategies are presented with numerous examples. I believe that with all of Tom's background in system research and development (he was head of system development for Omega Research and is currently writing a series of articles for Active Trader magazine), the fact that Tom chose these three strategies to present in his book gives me confidence that these strategies will...
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Clear and Concrete, November 18, 2003 ByAce Magee (Singapore) - See all my reviews This review is from: Playing for Keeps in Stocks & Futures: Three Top Trading Strategies That Consistently Beat the Markets (Wiley Trading) (Hardcover) First off, I'd like to say that for someone who loves technical indicators like the MACD and Parabolic Sar, I really enjoyed this book. Having read many books where technical indicators are simply described on their individual merits, it was wonderful to find a book where the author actually presented some systems in a concrete and clear manner.I'm sure you'll find this book very clearly written, with the 3 systems clearly illustrated with examples on the entry method along with a few exit methods.Before explaining his systems, the author presented some quite introductory materials on the technical indicators used - this is good and systematic, and certainly helps the beginner, but if you are an advanced trader with clear ideas of your own trading system, you may not find this book so useful.
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Simple but Good, April 2, 2002 By A Customer This review is from: Playing for Keeps in Stocks & Futures: Three Top Trading Strategies That Consistently Beat the Markets (Wiley Trading) (Hardcover) An excellent book. Most books on trading will focus on setups, focusing on entry strategies, whilst skimming over aspects of stop placements, and exits. Worst still, some books will give you setups that are completely untestable with well selected examples. This book is a very thin volume. However despite that, it is one step ahead compared to most books. It actually explains the concepts and mechanics behind three trading plans in precise details. All three ideas are testable. No, they dont always work. Only trading plans with 20/20 hindight do. What it offers is more. It emphasizes the minimal elements that are necessary for anyone in constructing a good trading plan.This is of course obvious. But not obvious enough as otherwise, there wont always be a fixed population of 90% of traders who lose money every year. A good enjoyable read.
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