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Hi! How do I get started?

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If you are a complete beginner, you could always try some books suggested in the thread 'Some highly recommended books' from the Traders Hideout forum.

Then use google with the title, adding file : pdf without spaces at the end of the search, you'll be surprised to find many free books...Alternatively, try a library as some have suggested :-)

Some books I've found useful as a beginner include;

A random walk down wall street (general background)
The Intelligent Investor (fundamental analysis)
Master the Markets (trading basics)
Technical Analysis for Dummes (real basics)
Trade your way to Financial Freedom (physcology)
Algorithmic Trading and DMA (algo and micro market structure)
Black Swan (some warnings)
Options, Futures and Other Derivatives (a classic)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (psychology)
The Chimp Paradox (conquer yourself!)

I'm sure others can provide some good next step trading books, but I think these would give a broad overview and should be generally available via the methods outlined earlier.

Also, some books will be available as audio books. My next audio book will be Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas. Market Wizards should be available as an audio book too.

As was mentioned earlier, get a plan, decide what your goal is, how much time you want to invest, get a platform, test (sim), trade, fail, give up, start again, learn, grow, improve, fail, learn, grow, improve...

Hope that helps

Last edited by JamesSR; September 3rd, 2015 at 03:23 PM. Reason: formatting of :pdf produced smiley face
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Just to add, The Art of Science of Trading by Adam Grimes gets good reviews and you can do his course, designed for beginners, for free online at:

The Course - The Art and Science of Trading

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