peter amaralMy name is Peter Amaral. I own this website and I am also the developer, programmer of SwingMasterChartist/OptionsMasterChartist, the swing trading software that is featured on many of these pages and in the trading blog.

I also own the Tradingfives.com website, which is about the technical analysis aspects of stock trading and has been online since 1999. I have written three ebooks about some of the more esoteric approaches to technical stock trading. So I’ve been at this for a while.

In my former life, if you would, I was a lawyer. I worked with a boutique investment banking firm and in my own practice with small companies to help them “go public” and to comply with their SEC reporting requirements. During those years I got to know many stock and futures traders, chartists, stock brokers and trading advisers. I found what they did fascinating. That is where my interest in swing trading comes from.

Along the way I have read dozens of books on technical analysis techniques and different stock trading strategies and systems. I also learned how to write computer code. I put the two together and the result is the swing trading software you see on these pages, which, it seems, is forever a work in progress.

I did not discover how to predict the future. I did not turn $1,000 into $1,000,000 in two years. I did learn that you can know a whole lot about technical analysis and still make a ton of stupid mistakes stock trading that can cost you serious amounts of real money and more than a little emotional capital.

The best way to learn something, and maybe eventually even become very good at it, is to explain what you are doing to others. I do not have all the answers, but over the years I have learned how to ask some of the right questions.

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