Casey’s #1 Beginner’s Guide to Trading: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Beginner’s Guide to Trading!!!

If you’re new to trading, this episode is a great place to start. Casey Stubbs provides a beginner’s guide to trading in financial markets. Starting with a definition of trading and its evolution over time, he explores different types of trading, including stock, crypto, futures, options, forex, and algo trading.

Casey emphasizes the importance of having a plan and a strategy, managing risk, and avoiding treating the markets like a casino. He provides a step-by-step guide for beginners, including studying potential trading strategies and using a demo account or starting with a small dollar account to practice.

With a focus on hard work and discipline, he highlights the potential for wealth creation and freedom in trading. This episode provides a solid foundation for those interested in trading, with key takeaways to start their trading journey with confidence.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

  1. Trading involves buying and selling financial instruments in financial markets to make a profit.
  2. There are different types of trading, including stock, crypto, futures, options, forex, and algo trading.
  3. Having a plan and a strategy is crucial in trading, and beginners should avoid treating the markets like a casino.
  4. Managing risk is essential in trading, and beginners should consider starting with a demo account or a small dollar account.
  5. While trading can lead to wealth creation and  lifestyle freedom, it requires hard work, discipline, and continuous learning.

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History of Trading

Trading has a long and dynamic history that dates back thousands of years. One of the earliest forms of trading was the exchange of goods and services between individuals in ancient civilizations. As societies developed, they began to create markets for trading goods and services, including agricultural products, textiles, and precious metals. One of the earliest examples of organized trading dates back to around 2000 BC in Mesopotamia, where grain futures were traded. These futures contracts allowed farmers to lock in prices for their crops before they were harvested, providing a level of financial stability.

Over the centuries, trading evolved and expanded across the globe, with traders using various means to conduct transactions. In the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company issued the first company shares to raise capital, leading to the creation of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. This marked the beginning of formalized stock trading.

Definition of Trading 

Trading financial instruments refer to buying and selling assets in financial markets such as stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and derivatives. The main goal of trading financial instruments is to earn a profit by purchasing an asset at a lower price and selling it at a higher price, or by selling an asset at a higher price and buying it back at a lower price.

In financial markets, traders can engage in various types of trading activities, including day trading, swing trading, position trading, and algorithmic trading. Day trading involves buying and selling securities within the same day, while swing trading typically involves holding positions for several days to a few weeks. Position trading involves holding positions for an extended period, usually months or years. Algorithmic trading involves using computer algorithms to execute trades automatically based on predefined criteria.

Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is a method of analyzing financial markets and predicting price movements by studying historical price and volume data using charts and other technical indicators. The aim of technical analysis is to identify patterns, trends, and support and resistance levels in asset prices that can be used to predict future price movements.

Technical analysts believe that all relevant information about an asset is reflected in its price and volume data and that market trends and patterns tend to repeat themselves over time. Technical analysts use a variety of tools and techniques, including chart patterns, moving averages, trend lines, and momentum indicators, to analyze price data and make trading decisions.

Chart patterns are visual representations of price movements that can help identify trend reversals or continuations. Moving averages smooth out price fluctuations and help identify the direction of a trend. Trend lines are diagonal lines drawn on a chart that connect significant price points and indicate the direction of a trend. Momentum indicators measure the rate of price changes and can help identify overbought or oversold conditions in the market.

Technical analysis is often used in conjunction with fundamental analysis, which focuses on analyzing economic and financial factors that affect asset prices. Together, these two methods can provide traders with a comprehensive understanding of the market and help them make informed trading decisions.

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Developing a Trading Strategy

Developing a trading strategy is a crucial step toward becoming a successful trader. Determine what kind of trader you want to be: Before you can develop a trading strategy, it’s important to determine what kind of trader you want to be. This will help you choose the right trading instruments, time frames, and strategies. Some traders prefer to trade short-term and aim to profit from short price movements, while others prefer long-term trading and hold positions for months or years.

Identify your trading goals. It’s important to identify your trading goals, including your financial goals, risk tolerance, and desired return on investment (ROI). This will help you choose the right trading instruments and strategies that align with your goals.

Choose a trading instrument. Once you have identified your trading goals, it’s important to choose a trading instrument that aligns with your goals. There are many trading instruments available, including stocks, currencies, commodities, and derivatives. You should choose a trading instrument that you are familiar with and have a good understanding of.

Analyze the market. It’s important to analyze the market and identify potential trading opportunities. This can be done using technical analysis, fundamental analysis, or a combination of both. You should identify key levels of support and resistance, trends, and patterns that can help you make informed trading decisions.

Options Trading

There are two types of options: call options and put options. A call option gives the buyer the right to buy an underlying asset at a specified price, while a put option gives the buyer the right to sell an underlying asset at a specified price. The specified price is known as the strike price, and the specified period of time is known as the expiration date.

The buyer of an option pays a premium to the seller of the option for the right to buy or sell the underlying asset at the strike price. The seller of the option is obligated to sell or buy the underlying asset if the buyer decides to exercise the option. If the buyer does not exercise the option before the expiration date, the option expires worthless and the buyer loses the premium paid.

Options are commonly used by traders and investors to hedge against potential losses or to speculate on the direction of the underlying asset’s price movement. Trading options can be complex and risky, and it’s important to have a solid understanding of the underlying asset and the options market before trading.


Resources & People Mentioned: 

Cathie Wood, ARK Hedge Funds

Trading Strategy Guides



Chicago Options Exchange 

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Disclaimer: Trading carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to invest you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment. Therefore, you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange trading, and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts.

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Disclaimer: Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest in foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. No information or opinion contained on this site should be taken as a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any currency, equity or other financial instruments or services. Past performance is no indication or guarantee of future performance.

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