Become a Day Trader

Proven, profitable strategies you can start using today in any market, from an experienced Wall Street trader

Led by David Green View Instructor Bio See what other students are saying

Course Description

This course is for complete beginners to semi-experienced traders; there is no prior knowledge required. You’ll:

  • Learn a proven and to the point strategy that includes six different kinds of trades
  • Have the confidence and knowledge to trade on a daily basis
  • Discover how to minimize your risk with every trade
  • Speak the language of the market and trade like a professional
  • Acquire the skills you need to trade any security in any market
  • Connect with David Green and his live trading platform with our free trial period
  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive an Investopedia Academy Certificate of Completion when you finish this course

  • Financial Assistance

    Students, individuals in emerging international markets, and U.S. military may be eligible for reduced pricing. Email

Course Curriculum

  • Set your Goal for Become a Day Trader
  • Introductory video
  • Importance of Creating a Plan
  • Create Your Personalized Plan 
  • Plan Scenarios
  • Pro Trading vs. Retail Trading Accounts for Day Traders
Understanding Markets
  • Understanding Markets & Exchanges 
  • Test: Markets and Exchanges
Language Of The Stock Market
  • Limit Order, Market Order, Stop Order
  • Volume and Volatility
  • Long and Short
  • Test: Language of the Stock Market
Money Management
  • Money Management
  • Test: Money Management
David's Five Rules of Trading Psychology
  • Rule One: Do Your Own Research
  • Rule Two: Stay In You Weight Class
  • Rule Three: Pay Attention
  • Rule Four: Check Your Ego
  • Rule Five: Move On
Introduction To Technical Analysis
  • Charts & Candlesticks
  • Moving Averages 
  • Relative Strength Index 
  • Technical Analysis Review
  • Test: Technical Indicators 
Six Kinds Of Trades
  • Trend Trade: Example One
  • Trend Trade: Example Two
  • Regular Moving Average Trade: Example One
  • Regular Moving Average Trade: Example Two
  • Base Trade: Example One
  • Base Trade: Example Two
  • Consolidation Trade: Example One
  • Double Top/Double Bottom Trade: Example One
  • Double Top/Double Bottom Trade: Example Two
  • Far From Moving Average Trade: Example One
  • Far From Moving Average Trade: Example Two
  • Test: Six Kinds of Trades
Beginning To Trade
  • Getting Set Up
  • Trading The News
  • Making Trades
  • Wrap Up
  • Daily Plan
  • David Green's Watchlist

About the Instructor

David Green

David Green

David Green is a Wall Street Trader with more than 30 years of experience. His rapid success enabled him to retire before he even turned 40. David oversaw trading in some of the largest listed companies at the NYSE, including IBM, Bank of America, and Best Buy. He has been successfully training day traders since 2009, and is now rolling his curriculum online through Investopedia.

Students are Saying...

There is so much content on the internet regarding trading that it is overwhelming. Investopedia's 'Become a Day Trader Course' gave me everything I needed and the perfect basis to begin trading. I really valued David Green's emphasis on minimizing risk because this is something I haven't seen on other websites and tutorials. It's not how much you make, it's how much you keep!

Samy A. Student at HEG

Having lost a bunch of money day trading on my own self-taught knowledge, I needed a course that would provide me with a strategic and consistent way to trade. Investopedia’s ‘Become a Day Trader’ course provided significant value because I learned a proven and profitable day trading strategy.

Carter C. Engineer

I needed an entry-level understanding of the markets, and this course provided me with the crisp and clear information I was after. Most courses and sites make trading very complex, but David Green laid out his strategy in a very easy and straightforward manner. David aligned the content of the course perfectly with his day trading strategy; he could be an outstanding Business School Professor too.

Simon J. Engineer

The Become A Day Trader Course was really well done. I stepped away from trading years ago to run my own business. As I am approaching retirement, I wanted to get back into it, but needed to get my feet wet somehow. David Green’s credibility and personality was a big deal to me, he explains everything in a clear and simple way.

Greg E. Business Owner of Eco Thrift

I have an extensive educational background as I earned degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics. Still, I can say that Investopedia's 'Become a Day Trader' was one of the best courses I've ever taken. I was completely new to day trading, but now feel confident in my strategy and approach. The course was informative, concise, and David Green's teaching strategy was excellent.

Rakesh K. Semi-Retired IT Professional