How to trade: A weekly class for beginners

Our trading professionals at the Trading Strategy Desk® will conduct a 4-week virtual classroom course with a small group of investors who would like to learn the basics of creating and executing a trading strategy.

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This class will cover the key components of creating and managing a trading plan, including: research and analysis, placing trades, and planning an exit strategy.

July 2020

Session Date and time

Week 1: What to trade?
The introductory session will cover the benefits and drawbacks of trading both stocks and ETFs, as well as some of the characteristics that are used to identify these investment types. We will also cover the components of a trading plan and how that fits into your overall portfolio objectives .

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Monday, July 6, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 2: Research and analysis
This week will focus on differentiating between fundamental and technical analysis, and how we can use these methods to find securities that may fit into your trading plan.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Monday, July 13, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade
This session will move us from idea generation into trade execution as we teach you how to place a trade. We will walk you through the various selections you will have to make on the trade ticket, as well as how to status or change your orders once placed.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Monday, July 20, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 4: Managing risk and creating an exit strategy
In the final part of the series, we will discuss the importance of planning your exit strategies in advance and show you various methods that can be used to help manage risk on your trades.

Monday, July 27, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET

Presenter

Nicholas Delisse, CFA®Nicholas Delisse, CFA®, joined Fidelity in May 2012. He has been a part of Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk® since June 2014. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63), a Registered Options Principal (Series 4), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®). Nicholas graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Economics.


August 2020

Session Date and time

Week 1: What to trade?
The introductory session will cover the benefits and drawbacks of trading both stocks and ETFs, as well as some of the characteristics that are used to identify these investment types. We will also cover the components of a trading plan and how that fits into your overall portfolio objectives .

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Friday, August 7, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 2: Research and analysis
This week will focus on differentiating between fundamental and technical analysis, and how we can use these methods to find securities that may fit into your trading plan.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Friday, August 14, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade
This session will move us from idea generation into trade execution as we teach you how to place a trade. We will walk you through the various selections you will have to make on the trade ticket, as well as how to status or change your orders once placed.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Friday, August 21, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 4: Managing risk and creating an exit strategy
In the final part of the series, we will discuss the importance of planning your exit strategies in advance and show you various methods that can be used to help manage risk on your trades.

Friday, August 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Presenter

Colin Songer Colin Songer joined Fidelity in November 2005. Since then he has been providing support and helping to educate Fidelity's clients on several topics including fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and option strategies. Colin has been part of Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk® since February 2014. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63) and a Registered Options Principal (Series 4).


September 2020

Session Date and time

Week 1: What to trade?
The introductory session will cover the benefits and drawbacks of trading both stocks and ETFs, as well as some of the characteristics that are used to identify these investment types. We will also cover the components of a trading plan and how that fits into your overall portfolio objectives .

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 2: Research and analysis
This week will focus on differentiating between fundamental and technical analysis, and how we can use these methods to find securities that may fit into your trading plan.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade
This session will move us from idea generation into trade execution as we teach you how to place a trade. We will walk you through the various selections you will have to make on the trade ticket, as well as how to status or change your orders once placed.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 4: Managing risk and creating an exit strategy
In the final part of the series, we will discuss the importance of planning your exit strategies in advance and show you various methods that can be used to help manage risk on your trades.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenter

Sam Shore Sam Shore joined Fidelity in 2010 to provide trading support for Fidelity's clients. Since 2014, he has been a part of Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk®, helping investors with personalized coaching to aid in development and implementation of stock and/or option based trading strategies. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63) and a Registered Options Principal (Series 4). Sam graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations.