Through readings, class discussion, guest lecturers, anda simulated portfolio construction and class trading competition, this course will introduce students to investing and trading, with special emphasis on the field of technical analysis. The technical approach to the markets focuses largelly on the analysis of price and volume patterns as indicators of stock trends. Students will learn how to evaluate companies using internet sources and a technical analysis program. Each student will be expected to use a set of trading rules to apply to theirtrading ofa virtual $100,000 margin portfolio and to manage risk. Students will develop an accurate view of the risks of benefits of trading stocks and an appreciation of the complexities involved in the technical approach to trading stocks. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the stock market.