There is a lot of bad information in the trading world and the strategy of trend following is often misinterpreted. It can be especially hard for a beginner to get to the truth and that’s why I’ve put together this trend following PDF which you can download for free.

Trend Following 101: A concise guide

If you look at a selection of price charts, it quickly becomes obvious that stock prices tend to move in particular directions – either upward or downward. Often, there is no obvious fundamental reason why this is occurring but it is. These are trends – and successful traders generate significant profits by identifying and following them.

I’ve been a student of the strategy of trend following for several years now but my journey to trend following was not straightforward.

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Contents For Trend Following 101

When I started in the markets, I was a day trader. I used to trade the FTSE 100 Index and the German Bund and I worked entirely off commissions. In other words, if I didn’t make a profit I didn’t get paid. And for several months during the financial crisis that was a very real experience.

Back then I used to look at naked price action and pivot points to try and capture profits before the day was over. Believe it or not, trading trends is not as easy as it sounds when the timeframe is a few hours or less.

My journey to trend following

It must have been around April of 2009. I wasn’t happy as a day trader. I was stressed out and I wasn’t making much money either (the two tend to go hand in hand).

But I hadn’t yet given up on trading and I was determined to find a way to make money in the markets.

I had already read just about every trading book I could get my hands on but I still didn’t have a true direction. I knew that markets had a tendency to trend, often more than anyone could predict but it wasn’t until I read an article about the top hedge fund traders of the year that a lightbulb finally went off.

I can’t remember where I saw the article or who wrote it, but what caught my eye was that the trader with the best performance of the year was none other than Bruce Kovner of Caxton Alternative Management.

I knew instantly who it was because Bruce was profiled in the original Market Wizards book by Jack Schwager, a book that remains one of the all-time classic books on trading.

Amazingly, almost 20 years since the book was first written, Bruce Kovner was still killing it in the market, making billions of dollars with simple trend following trading rules.

I went back to Market Wizards and devoured the book once more and it was there that my journey to trend following really started.

Trend Following PDF

Since then, I’ve read numerous trend following books, articles, academic papers, journals and I’ve built complete trend following strategies from scratch.

I’ve also put together a concise guide to trend following in the form of a PDF. I cover all the essential information needed to begin your very own journey to trend following. Just click the image to download:

trend following PDF book



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5 opinions

    • Matthew

    • May 11, 2015

    • 4:30 am

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    I purchased your book and subscribe to yopur website. i want to download your free book “trend Trading 101” but when i click on the image or link it asks for my e-mail address and just says you are already a member do you want to update the infomation?? How can I get the link to the book download??? Also i want to take some or all of your udemy courses… which would you recommend and in what order??

    My trading style is swing/short term holding but definitely not day trading…. I also want to learn to use options more effectively… i have Worden’s TC 2000, Ameritrade and Interactive brokers websites, also have Think or Swim but have not as yet learned to use it properly either…. are there uDemy or other courses to help me learn IB andThink or Swim??


    Matthew J Guy, MD, MedScD

    • Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for your comment, I have sent you an email with a link to download Trend Following 101.

      I’m also wondering how committed you are to swing trading? If you are dead set on swing trading, you may want to combine a systematic approach with your own discretion/skill. Most trading systems do not work on short-term timeframes once slippage and commissions are taken into account. Because of this, I believe the best approach is to combine systematic trading with discretion. Practice with a paper trading account for a period before moving cautiously into live trading. Learn charts and use a system as a base.

      Most of the strategies I teach are slightly longer term. Having said that, the How to Beat Wall Street course does include some strategies that might interest you, particularly the unusual volume strategy (1 week holding period) and the small cap discretion strategy. I also plan to update the course with more swing-type trading ideas in future lectures.

      I did actually see a swing trading course on Udemy, one that works with TC 2000. However, having taken the course, I cannot recommend it as I saw no evidence that the method is effective.

      My trend following course is more suited to medium-long term timeframes, quite simply because these are the timeframes where trend following works.

      If you want to learn options, a good free resource is Dough. Ameritrade and Interactive Brokers have plenty of free tutorials on their websites for learning the software so I doubt there is any reason not to start there.

      Another resource I recommend is Quantpedia, there are lots of good strategies on there and the site is filled with good ideas.

      Sorry if this is too much information all at once. To answer your question, I don’t think it really matters which order you take any of the courses. It’s a good idea to think carefully about your trading goals and find something that works for you.
      Why not start with my trading tools course? You can take it for free with that link so there’s nothing to lose.


    • Xantthos

    • July 17, 2015

    • 7:30 pm

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    Hi, I have send an email but I haven’t receive a link to download the book yet.
    Is it possible to send it to me?
    Thanks in advance!

    • I did not receive your email but I have sent you one.

    • John Sallis

    • October 20, 2017

    • 6:16 am

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    I subscribe to your mailing list and wanted to download your pdf Trend following 101 but I have received a reply and therefore could not take the last step?

    Coupd you assist please.
    John Salls

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