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May eNews + eBook Articles Update #42 - May 2012
Dear Reader,   
I really opened a can of worms for this month's monthly eNews email (so much so that it is a few days late). Over time I have accumulated some feedback, some research, and some more ideas that all need to be incorporated into the eBook Articles in the Share Market Toolbox. And when I started to do that a couple of weeks ago for the latest eNews email, I discovered there was a lot of work involved. Anyway, it's done now, and the results are described below.
One of the key things I have done is to better collate the growing archive of past eNews emails. And I now have a new eNews email archive web page in the Toolbox which lists them all, with a brief introduction to each month's topic. This will be very useful to people who are new to this, as they can step through the email from each month, and see the relevant reference materials on each topic.
Just a short note to the recently new Toolbox Members:- This eNews email is a monthly email with some pointers and tips on focused topics. You can see a quick introduction to the eNews emails here. They often include references to specific eBook Articles in my Share Market Toolbox, as well as key web pages in the free area of the Toolbox (eg. on the extensive Share Market web page). I have been writing the eBook Articles since October 2008 - that's now more than 3 whole years, and these eNews emails help you to navigate to related information.

This month's eNews email is going to all Toolbox Members as normal (a part of the Toolbox service), and to the people who have registered to receive occasional information about the Share Market. Any non-member who no longer wants to receive this material can simply unsubscribe from all topics using the SafeUnsubscribe link at the bottom - or just Update Your Profile to change the interests.
Please remember, anything mentioned here, and in the referred eBook Articles, is for general education only, and is not advice of any sort.

Please read on....  

This month's focus:
Quality preparation for
successful investing 
This month's eNews focus is on the topic of proper preparation for successful investing or trading in the markets. The central focus of this is the updated Are you Share-Market-Ready? web page. And there are some eBook (PDF) Articles.

The Share-Market-Ready web page is a detailed check list of items with links to many other resources to help us prepare for investing or trading in the markets. It is divided into several major headings including: Preparation activity, Getting ready, Risk management and money management, Pulling the trigger, and some strategies. You can print the web page check list, and then refer to it, and work through it, and tick off items as they are completed.
The eBook Articles now include a new one that gives an introduction to the Preparation topics, and some updated Articles, including a discussion of the discretionary trading approach. This is what a lot of people do when investing in the markets, and they do it without realising it. And they also don't realise that without sufficient education and preparation this approach is doomed to lead to failure (ie. to a loss of funds). And this is what actually happens to a large majority of investors/traders who plunge into the market without enough preparation.

More details on all of these topics are below, so please read on...
Recent monthly focus topics
Since starting this new format for the monthly eNews email in December 2010, I have accumulated many topic-specific discussions. Rather than list them all here (as I had been doing), it is best to refer to the latest detailed list in the eNews email archive in the Toolbox.
Quality preparation -> Success!

Links to the relevant materials this month include the following (and any Articles are also available from this public page in the Toolbox):
  • Revised Share Market Ready? web page.  
  • Article ST-2000, "Share Trading Preparation", a new single-page introduction to the bigger subject of investing and trading, outlining a sound preparation process (free to all). 
  • Article ST-2400, "Trading Style, Plans and Strategies", an updated 4-page Article now free to all, and explaining why proper planning and a strategy is so important to help protect our investment capital. Can you really afford to ignore this? 
  • Article ST-2410, "Trading Styles (and Styles Worksheet)", or the free page 1 (this is an updated 6-page Article). This Article includes a good description of key differences between an investor and a trader (as well as a reference to the Australian Tax Office definition), including a discussion about how the term trader can also be used to refer to short-term investors. Also includes a discussion about discretionary trading, and how this can lead to failure if you are not well prepared. 

There are now a total of 119 Articles in this collection of eBook Articles - a total of 510 pages of information! You can see the Master List of all Articles here (recently new or updated ones are highlighted), and the Detailed Topic Index here.

Don't forget to see the updated Table of Contents pages for all articles (see links in the side-bar at right).  

eBook (PDF) Articles - Summary 

Over the last three years I have accumulated quite a collection of eBook (PDF) Articles on three subject areas - Share Trading/Investing, Technical Analysis and BullCharts software (actually more than 500 pages of material in more than 115 articles). These Articles are invaluable for both new and experienced investors and traders. I am now writing brief monthly notes in this eNews email to highlight specific Articles on targeted topics. I am also writing new Articles and updating existing ones as required.  


For more information see:

Article front pages 
For any new readers of my Toolbox eBook Articles, there are some useful introductory Articles including an Introduction and an Overview Article for each of the three subject areas. You can see them here:
Any problems?

What if you have some sort of problem with accessing the Toolbox and any of these Articles? Or maybe the Username and Password doesn't work. If there is any problem at all, simply contact me by email or phone. The best email address for this is: Occasionally emails disappear - the system thinks they are spam, or the ISP might think they are spam. If I don't reply within a day or so, please contact me by either email address or phone.
In Closing

There is nothing secret in this email, so feel free to forward it to someone if you think they might benefit from the information, or from being a Toolbox Member. The easiest way to do this is to use the "Forward Email" link at the bottom.
I am also confident that my Toolbox Members won't be sharing their username and password with non-members. It is not fair that I spend all this time preparing the materials, and then my Toolbox Members pay money to have legitimate access, only to let some people pay nothing to read and view the details.
Please feel free to email an individual Article to others as a sample; but if they want online access to all the materials, it is pretty cheap, so they should subscribe as a Toolbox Member. There is information about Toolbox Membership in the Quick Links section at right. 
Happy to receive feedback, or suggestions for new content or improvements.
Until next month,
happy investing or trading,

Robert B. Brain
(mobile: 0438 355 910)

ps: watch out for the sharks in the ocean!  

In This Issue
Recent Topics
The eBook Articles
Articles summary
Front pages
Any Problems?

Robert is always very happy to receive feedback about the Toolbox, and the articles and weapons therein.

Please feel free to contact Robert by email or phone.

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Quick Links

Articles Master List of all eBook (pdf) Articles

Introductory information About the Articles

Detailed Topic Index

Robert's BullCharts charting software Knowledgebase
The latest
Table of Contents pages for:
Share Trading,
Technical Analysis

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