gambling or trading... need to start...

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by RandyJ, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. RandyJ


    I know absolutely nothing about trading/stocks/etc. I have little idea of what they are talking about when the t.v. news gives the latest stock market reports... However, I feel confident that I'm not stupid enough to waste my time going to a "teach me to trade" free seminar in the big city... Obviously, it would be only a high priced bad experience... I'd rather learn from intelligent, meaningful people who are not trying to rip me off and who's only interest is to take all of my money. I realize that there are expenses in everything we do...but there are reasonable expectations here....
    My really serious question is... How is trading done? Who or where do I buy stocks? Do I buy directly from a company or do give someone a pile of money and tell them to buy me something with it? I think it's more like I give money to someone, tell them I want to buy something, and they give it to some guy/gal who buys it for me? Then what happens? How do I know I have anything for my money? When I get it ... how do I get rid of it when I'm ready to sell?
    I understand the idea of indicators, leading and lagging markets and am pretty good with the principles of economics. I have a little money but not enough to do much with... maybe enough to get out of town but not enough to live on without working for a significant amount of time. I could go to Tunica, MS and gamble then I might win a few dollars or lose it all... that's basically what I've been told about the stock market.. but I think that if I keep my expenses in control then I won't lose in the stock market (or not lose it ALL).... so, guys/gals, where do I start? I'm kind of interested in looking at the history of agricultural futures and its relationship to weather patterns as well as other factors which can affect market prices... the same with minerals and a few other items.... any pointers on where to go to trade, how to make a trade, and good reading on what's going on and why it's going on... would greatly be appreciated!!!!!
  2. u askin' for really basic things...i suggest u to read everythin' u come across in this board and use the search function to find answers to your questions; it's a long shot but u gotta do it if u are a mkt virgin lookin' to enter this biz.
  3. 4xxxx


    If you are interested in the following the agriculturals then a good place to start would be the website. The Chicago board of trade just started listing the ag products side by side....electronic / with the pit and the volume has started out strong and is increasing. More of a supply/demand type relationship and a different set of variables effect the ags than say bonds, currencies or stocks ( individual or equity indicies) etc.

    Start getting some info on the products first , then it is a matter of finding how and where you can deal which will surely depend on how much money you have to oplay with. I have no idea how the margining works or your ability to leverage trade this market but otheres might be able to help when as your questions start to get more specific.

    Good luck
  4. I read the first sentence of the OP's post... my response is:


    lol, that is, Google!

    Also, if your totally new to the stock market and how they work.

    I liked "The Stock Market Course" by George A. Fontanills.

    Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas is good once you get past the basics and start trading.

    Research..... it will pay off, having others do stuff for you, probably will lead to you paying for one of those rip off sites and crap.