Appendix A
Resources

List of Exchanges

The following is a list of major securities exchanges and their websites:
The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) www.amex.com
Home of over 350 exchange traded funds.
Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) www.cboe.com
Largest options market.
Chicago Board of Trade www.cbot.com
One of the oldest commodities exchanges.
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) www.cme.com
Futures market.
The Nasdaq (Nasdaq) www.nasdaq.com
An all-electronic exchange that is rapidly growing.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) www.nyse.com
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) www.finra.org
Polices the securities dealers.
The Institute for Financial Markets www.theifm.org
Nonprofit educational resource.
Internal Revenue Service www.IRS.gov
Taxes.
The Investor’s Clearinghouse www.investoreducation.org
Good source of educational material.
The National Futures Association www.nfa.futures.org
Self-regulatory futures association.
The Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov/investor.shtml
Chief federal regulatory of the securities markets.
U.S. Savings Bonds www.savingsbonds.gov
Information about U.S. Savings Bonds.
U.S. Treasury www.treasury.gov
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 www.yahoo.com
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 www.microsoft.com
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 www.batstrading.com
Direct Edge ECN www.directedge.com

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 www.schwab.com
Muriel Siebert www.siebertnet.com
TD Ameritrade www.tdameritrade.com
Wells Fargo www.wellsfargo.com

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) www.cybertrader.com
Interactive Brokers www.interactivebrokers.com

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.

Websites

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 www.investopedia.com/articles/trading/06/swingtrades.asp
MetaStock www.equis.com
Technical Analysis: The Basic Assumptions www.investopedia.com/university/technical/techanalysis1.asp

Books

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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