Nowadays, the stock market is no longer limited to rich global traders. Anyone can trade equities without the help of a broker. Despite this opportunity to build staggering wealth, potential investors seem to continue to stumble in the dark. Too many take the easy route of trading on advice from friends or so-called experts. These traders inevitably leave the market before they are able to create a definitive path to becoming their own stockbrokers. This book shows you how to avoid such pitfalls. It outlines what a stock is, explores the different types of securities and provides advice on the equipment and software required for successful trading. It also pinpoints strange market behaviour, investigates what causes price changes and describes how investors can develop strategies for buying and selling stocks. Indispensable to both beginners and successful investors, this book offers a clear and simple method for picking winning stocks and managing your portfolio in the short and long term.