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Short-term Stock Trading

Always wondered what it's like to trade online, but worried about the difficulty of reading stock charts? Our Stock Trading course is the answer.

34 Lessons
30th November 2019
Updated: 9th September 2020

Luckily, it’s far easier to begin trading than it was in the 90s when Wall Street and big money were the only options. Get started with our introduction to stock trading. You’ll come away feeling more confident about the task ahead, while acquiring a base knowledge of all the most important factors.

This course will teach you all the key facets of stock chart reading (also known as technical analysis). By perusing the patterns formed by individual stocks, you’ll be better equipped to know when to buy, when to hold, and when to sell. Once you’ve got the hand of chart reading, you can then move onto more sophisticated (and potentially more profitable) forms of stock trading.

Key course lessons
  • Technical Analysis: This is your introduction to reading stock charts, and the many related lessons that will follow.
  • Candlestick Charts: One of the most recognisable patterns forged by stocks, candlestick formations can signal either a potential move up or down for a stock, depending on the nature of individual candlesticks.
  • The Importance of Trading Volume: As investors, we naturally tend to fixate on stocks’ price movement, since that’s what tells us if we’re making money or losing money in an individual stock. But here’s the thing: Trading volume is just as important, since it tells us if those price moves are happening with the conviction of big-money investors, or without.
  • What Is a Base: More than a century of stock market research tells us that the best-performing stocks of all time will form bullish price consolidations called bases, right before vaulting to new highs.
Main course takeaways

After reading through all the lessons in our Stock Trading course, you’ll be fluent in many different trading concepts. Those include:

  • Knowing how to read stock charts to detect bullish and bearish patterns
  • Understanding stocks’ movements from both a long-term and short-term perspective
  • Getting to know how to wrap trading volume analysis into your stock investing research
  • Being able to assess the health of the broader stock market indexes based on factors such as moving averages
  • Learning how to become a great day trader
  • Learning how to become a great swing trader


  • Understanding of basic stock market terminologies and what they mean.
  • If you’re not confident, we suggest reading through the Stock Markets 101 course first.

Course overview

Technical Analysis

Charts & Candlesticks

Line Charts & Bar Charts

Understanding Trading Gaps

Candlestick Charts Introduction

Candlestick Reversal Patterns: Bullish vs. Bearish

Trading Patterns Introduction


Trading Strategies

Understanding Technical Analysis

Day trading

Technical Analysis Strategy Basics

Swing trading

Principles & Assumptions of Technical Analysis

Position trading


Characteristics of a Great Technical Trading Strategy


Technical Indicators

Understanding bollinger bands

Understanding Technical Indicators

Using trading oscillators

Momentum oscillators

Moving Averages

Exponential moving averages

How to use moving averages

Moving average convergence-divergence indicators

Understanding the Relative Strength Index
By Harry Atkins
Harry joined us in 2019 to lead our Editorial Team. Drawing on more than a decade writing, editing and managing high-profile content for blue chip companies, Harry’s considerable experience in the finance sector encompasses work for high street and investment banks, insurance companies and trading platforms.
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