Is Stock Market Trading knowledge now required to make money or can one still just rely on buying stocks in a trend trading investing environment over the long term?

Stock Market Award A quick comment before we get to today’s topic about Stock Market Trading vs. Investing and whether one can simply succeed by buying stocks and rely on the upward trend trading bias of the stock market

I want to thank everyone who voted for Top Dog Trading in the TASC Readers Choice Awards. This is an annual awards poll conducted by “Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine” (great magazine I personally subscribe to and recommend). Awards are chosen by the readers themselves – meaning the users of the products and services.

Generally it’s huge stock market trading companies and corporations with mega- marketing budgets that win these awards. But I’m honored and humbled to say that I was graced with awards in both categories for which I qualified:

  • First runner up in the “Technical Analysis Websites” category.
  • Finalist in the “Trading Centers, Schools, Training” category.

To be given such high positions along with, and even above, massive stock market trading companies is quite an honor and I thank all of you who voted for me.


It used to be presented as common wisdom that most people should not try to time buying stocks, but rather depend on the overall upward bias of stock market trading over the years, rely on the upward trend trading historical pattern, and perhaps even dollar cost average into the market over the long term.

In recent years many people are now questioning that “common wisdom.”

We’ll examine some of those concerns in this brief video. While it certainly won’t answer all questions about stock market trading or when one should be buying stocks, it will demonstrate why the old principles of investing are being called into question by many stock traders, both amateurs and professionals, today.

Thanks for participating in this discussion and please leave your comments below.



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42 Responses to “Stock Market Trading Scandal? Things Aren’t What They Used To Be!”

  1. Steven Roehl Says:

    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Really wish that you would get rid of the gray background on your websites – makes reading the text through it very difficult. Using Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9 – your stuff should work with it.

  2. Barry Burns Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Thanks Steven. That only happens with some browsers, but my web master is working on that right now.

  3. jennifer Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    this is good overview of why the ‘long term’ perspective is so important when investing

  4. Victor H. Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the video Dr. Barry.

    Indeed the markets are very dynamic and having the education its a monster plus, I’ve been trading over 15 years and frankly the only way to stay ahead of the HFT bots its thru education.
    The latest financial crisis showed us how greedy Wall street is and we must do everything possible to protect our hard earned $$$$ while in the market.

    Thank you very much for helping the average folks.

  5. G.E. Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi Barry: while I will agree with your basic premise that we saw the same basic pattern in the 70’s, I do not beliebve that the situation is the same. Today we are in far worse economic times than we were in the 70’s,therefore I do not see us breaking out of the channel in a positive direction but it will head south or negative.

    Just my humble opinion,


  6. Baba Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hello Doc,
    Thanks for this video, we are really in a non trending mkt, no body can say we are heading south or north @ this stage. As u rightly explained personal mkt education is second to nothing, even if u going to use a professional, still need to know what is going on.

  7. Bob Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The background is a dark gray and I for one can not read you you have on the page. Can you please change it back to white?

  8. shane Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Tell your webmaster to center your website also. Must not be a master maybe a web middle. :)

  9. shane Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    works in chrome browser.

  10. Mike Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Barry Hi, the 70s saw spiralling inflation in the uk, the late 80s we had a recession with v high interest rates and negative equity in the housing market – all of which was reflected by the market. As did the dot com bubble in 2000, and the more recent banking crisis which triggered a global reaction. A 10-12 year cycle maybe, certainly history shows periods where growth slowed and the market reacted, remained uncertain during economic recovery.

    As you say, education, knowledge is all – that brings the ability to manage one’s money and invest wisely, far preferable to relying on the advice of a financial advisor or broker – been there.

    Great videos by the way !!


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  12. Ed Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Excellent video!

    Thank You Sir.



  13. Erika Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    love your opinion ,first time am looking at this congratulation also il be in touch am so unsure of the markets!need to lern so much more e.w.

  14. Verena Says:

    May 5th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Hi Barry, thanks a lot for your well thought out analysis. It leaves us folks with some hope for better times, especially for longterm investments. While it is always good to keep the longterm perspective in mind, the volatility of the recent years has shown us that trading is best done with very short time frames.

  15. N. Bragg Says:

    May 5th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Very insightful as always. Alot of times we get so myopic we forget the big picture which is very important, and then we wonder why our trades are not working out!!

  16. thavy Says:

    May 6th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Yes, when the market down we have to buy with limit and move out when we got profit…. We going on more move.
    Wanna to be trade on your program how scores am I !!

  17. Barry Burns Says:

    May 7th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hi Shane,

    Thanks for the feedback. I did, and the site is now centered.

  18. Barry Burns Says:

    May 7th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for letting me know. Each browser looks different. I contacted my web master and he has corrected the problem. Again, I appreciate the feedback.


  19. David Says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Hi Barry

    The video was very interesting. Is this the reason why we are losing all out profits!?

  20. Rachel Says:

    May 14th, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Love the music ….so soothing.

  21. George Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Hi Barry,

    I think the difference may be more the publicity (maybe its me but don’t recall the cnbc types back in 80’s) and the fear of being ripped off by the major players with gov’t assist in todays market. Be helpful to put all traders/investors on a level playing field.

    Thanks for your insights.


  22. Petter Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Very educational video! Thank you :)

  23. Patrick Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Hi Barry:

    Thank you extremely interesting

  24. J.E. Walker Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you Dr. Burns, for your contribution to my continuing efforts in market knowledge acquisition. Respectfully, J.E.W.

  25. Harry Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you for clarifying the myth with a clear exposition of logic. Very helpful.

  26. msamih Says:

    May 18th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hi Barry

    Thanks for letting me know about the videos ,this is good overview the markets are very dynamic and having the education its a monster plus, I think the volatility of the recent years has shown us that trading is best done with very short time frames.
    Great videos ,many thanks

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    May 20th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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