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Profitable Day and Swing Trading: Using Price / Volume Surges and Pattern Recognition to Catch Big Moves in the Stock Market, + Website by Harry Boxer

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CHAPTER 1

My Journey as a Trader

When I was in my early teens, I became intrigued by the stock market, how and why it moved, and how I could possibly analyze or gauge those movements to benefit financially. I was constantly scouring the newspapers for unusual stock movements using closing prices and wondered how could I use that information in an organized manner for profitable investing.

My big aha moment came a couple of years later when I met a cranky old stockbroker named Hank Greenstein. During the summers in the early 1960s, my parents rented a bungalow in a bungalow colony at Greenwood Lake in upstate New York (quite typical of many Jewish families during that period). Hank was a neighbor in that colony, and I had several conversations with him about the market and investing after I heard he was a stockbroker. One day after Hank and I talked for a while about investing, he said, “Young man, you are very bright and inquisitive and tuned in to the market in a way I have never seen in a young man.” He then said to me, “Come over to my place. I want to show you something related to investing I think you’ll be very interested in.” Hank proceeded to show me something he created by hand called stock charts on graphic chart paper. He literally would add a vertical line or bar to the graph each day showing the high, low, and last closing price. That was certainly a painstaking process, indeed, requiring patience for the patterns to develop over a period of time until they became ...

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