Appendix A

List of Exchanges

The following is a list of major securities exchanges and their websites:
The American Stock Exchange (AMEX)
Home of over 350 exchange traded funds.
Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE)
Largest options market.
Chicago Board of Trade
One of the oldest commodities exchanges.
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Futures market.
The Nasdaq (Nasdaq)
An all-electronic exchange that is rapidly growing.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
The most prestigious and largest exchange.

Nonprofit Government Websites

The following websites offer regulatory or educational resources for traders.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Polices the securities dealers.
The Institute for Financial Markets
Nonprofit educational resource.
Internal Revenue Service
The Investor’s Clearinghouse
Good source of educational material.
The National Futures Association
Self-regulatory futures association.
The Securities and Exchange Commission
Chief federal regulatory of the securities markets.
U.S. Savings Bonds
Information about U.S. Savings Bonds.
U.S. Treasury
Sells U.S. Treasury bonds, notes, and bills.

Investing Resources

Internet sites with resources for traders:
The single best source of information on interest rates for investments.
Investing terms and tutorials.
One of the most valuable investing resources.
Yahoo! Finance
An investing site full of free information.

Charting Software

These websites are excellent resources for charting.
Offers a variety of charting packages.
Comprehensive, third-party charting software.

Financial Software

This software will help you keep track of your business or prepare your taxes.
Microsoft Money
Personal financial software that helps you organize your money.
Personal financial software that helps you organize your money.
A personal tax-preparation software program.
A personal tax-preparation software program.

List of Electronic Communications Networks (ECNs)

Electronic communications networks (ECNs) provide another way for active traders to execute trades. Some of the more prominent ones include:
BATs Trading ECN
Direct Edge ECN

Market Makers

When you are looking at Level II prices, it may be helpful to know what market makers are lining up on either side of the trade. You can find a complete list of market makers and their four-letter symbols at:

Online Broker Sites

Here are some sites for some of the top-rated online brokers:
Charles Schwab
Muriel Siebert
TD Ameritrade
Wells Fargo

Advanced Trading Platforms

If you are going to do short-term trading, you will want and need a direct access provider, also known as a direct access broker. These brokers provide advanced trading platforms and connect you directly to the market.
Here are some for your consideration:
CyberTrader (now part of Charles Schwab)
Interactive Brokers

Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is a complicated subject, but there are numerous resources on the Internet and in books to help you learn this important form of analysis.


The following websites will help you understand and use the tools of technical analysis (some of the site will include links to other sites for even more information):
Candlesticks and Oscillators for Successful Swing Trades
Technical Analysis: The Basic Assumptions


The following books on technical analysis may be helpful in the learning process:
Achelis, Steven B. Technical Analysis from A to Z, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Murphy, John J. Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall Press, 1999.
Tinghino, Mark. Technical Analysis Tools: Creating a Profitable Trading System. New York, NY: Bloomberg Press, 2008.
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