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"Using Tape Reading To Improve
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Daytrading University is one of the internet's premiere online active day and swing trading training sites. A leader in active trainer education, we have been featured in, Active Trader and Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazines, the Trading Expos, and have earned numerous testimonials from both professional traders like Steve Nison and Barry Rudd, as well as from the financial media.

We teach price-action breakouts with candlestick charts, momentum tape reading and practical, advanced strategies. Our courses cover both day and swing trading strategies, for stocks, ETFs, e-minis and Forex.

Founded in 1999 by Ken Calhoun, Daytrading University has helped tens of thousands of traders worldwide. As one of the original dot-com day traders from the 1990s, Ken is a widely recognized expert in both intraday and swing trading techniques. He and colleague Steve Nison have co-produced two popular trading systems, at and together. His work with colleague Peter Bain has produced many popular Forex courses, such as .

Unlike our competitors, we actually PROVE we really trade with actual brokerage real-money P&L screencaps to show examples of some of our actual wins and stops, for years, in our forum thread here. Many educators are just "chart talkers" and don't have any proof they even really trade. We prove we really trade - another advantage.

FACT: We are the first active internet trading university using "university" in our domain name (Ken got the idea from his days of teaching MBA courses for University of Phoenix, when they first starting doing online courses back in the late 90s).

We are the ORIGINAL online-based trading "university" site. All others copied Ken's concept. For proof, check any major "whois" domain registry ( or and enter our "" or "" domains, then check the original registry date. Now enter any other trading "university" site -- ours were created long before that of any other trading "university", as Ken originated the concept, which became popular and then was widely copied. See how long people have actually been in business, compared to what they claim. Check proof. It counts.
Check "as featured in" logo references. We started doing this back in the early days, 1999, and were also copied. Just because a website says "as featured in" or "as seen in" and has famous logos on their site doesn't mean they are telling the truth about having actually been featured there. That's what I have hotlinks to actual sites we've been featured in, so you can see that were were in fact featured there. It's a shame, but many trading educators mislead about this, too. Check proof. It counts here, too.
It's unfortunate, but the trading education industry has many dishonest/phony people in it (in addition to a few authentic pros). So we strongly encourage you to do your due diligence before spending any money on anybody's trading courses, especially P&L proof.
Also check for VIDEO Testimonials from traders like we have here extensively at Daytrading University, to prove that the educator is someone that others trust, like we have from dozens of traders on our sites. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see plenty of enthusiastic traders speaking out about the quality and professionalism of our trading... (thanks)!

See why thousands of traders worldwide have trusted us for professional day and swing trading training.

Read what one of the most-respected trading industry magazine editors has to say about our course we co-produced with Steve Nison:

You'll learn my strategies using my educational materials based on my extensive actual experience in swing and day trading the markets for many years.

Our network of trading sites:
Because we have so many courses, webinars and trading resources, we initiated new sites for each of them, so that you can see detailed course information at each one. We're an innovator in the trading industry; these are all used in commerce:

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My Preferred Trading Techniques:

  • We primarily use time & sales "tape reading" patterns with breakout & gap candlestick charts.
  • Favorite technical indicators: candlestick chart patterns (hammer, shooting star, engulfing and 3-line breaks),
         Average Directional Index (ADX), micro-cup patterns Average True Range (ATR), volume breakouts
  • Breakout & gap play open-range daytrades for 2 to 20 minute roundtrips, done before 11am.
  • Swing trades using 15-day charts (stocks & ETFs) and 7-day charts (Forex) for 2-to-15 day round trip swing trades
  • Day trading with 1-minute candlestick charts (ES e-mini, equities, ETFs and Forex)
  • Tier relative strength, eg internets, semiconductors, biotechs, retail, oil and software sector plays
  • Volume breakouts in strongest-sector stocks on new 2-day high/low support/resistance
  • Key Market internal indicators including $TRINQ, $COMPQ, VIX and more
  • We look at both daily gap and breakout plays as well as a core basket of trading stocks

    Most importantly, we explain why trade entries and exits are of interest, based on TA indicators. like 2-day open range breakout patterns, 1-minute candlestick chart patterns and time & sales prints. We also use intraday reversals off support areas and breakthroughs above resistance patterns on volume.

    Who Is This Well-Respected Trader (& Expo Speaker), Anyways?

    Ken Calhoun is President of Daytrading, and (with Steve Nison). Having provided online training to active traders from over 32 countries since 1999, he is an internationally published trader who's earned industry awards and critical acclaim from traders around the world for his professional trading systems.

    Featured in leading trade publications and events including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine, Active Trader Magazine, Moneyshow's Traders Expos,, and CBS, Ken has been a popular figure in the active trading scene for over a decade, and has co-produced two bestselling stock trading DVD systems with Steve Nison.


    Although He's a UCLA Grad and Former Corporate Quality Engineer, Discovering How To Trade Still Took Him YEARS to "Get It Right"...And Now He Trades Every Single Week
    Like Clockwork — He'll Show YOU How To Trade, Step by Step...

    Ken will tell you he made every mistake in the book (and then some) on the path to learning how to trade correctly. Now he's able to make thoughtful trade entries, thanks to meticulous testing and experimenting to find out what works best, updated for each week's markets. As a former corporate quality engineer and statistician, dozens of Fortune 500 companies (including Ford, McDonnell Douglas, Sheraton, Chevron and Rockwell International) relied on him to help them improve operations and "the numbers" as a quality management team facilitator... he took this experience to help him learn how to trade, and he's thrilled with what he's learned.

    Ken reveals new trading tips in his popular network of trading sites for active traders, so you can learn everything he's tested out with thousands of actual trades he's done.

    As an internationally published business management consultant, Ken previously trained over 31,000 people in over 147 companies worldwide. He took his profits from his successful consulting career and discovered the world of active stock trading, where he's been working to help other traders use precision, advanced trading strategies in their trades.

    Ken's Daytrading University site has been trusted by over 8,100 traders worldwide to learn how to swing and day trade stocks, and is considered a premiere resource for active traders. He has interviewed Brian Tracy, Toni Turner, Dr. Van K. Tharp, Larry Levin, Steve Nison, Kathy Lien, Boris Schlossberg, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn and others and is a popular, sought-after seminar speaker and industry figure with credibility.

    Unlike the majority of trading industry vendors (most of who can't prove they even actually trade), Ken is a genuine trader and his articles and training have helped tens of thousands of active traders worldwide since 1999, when he first founded the Daytrading University.


    Many traders lack the tools, training, discipline, and patience to be successful. Personally I believe that for myself, papertrading for the first couple of years before trying to trade live capital would have been a wise approach. We enjoy active trading, and wish you the best in your trading activities as well. Take your time to learn our methods, and best wishes for success with your trading, once you learn our advanced techniques.

    Ken is Daytrading University's founder and is a successful entrepreneur, trainer and active trader.

  •       As a UCLA and CSULB graduate (psychology) and real trader, Ken knows exactly how to coach and help you with the specific entry and exit "mechanics of the trade". You'll participate in world-class interactive trading activities with him that you need to help make your trading approach more professional.

    Fact: most trading "coaches" don't even trade, or aren't UCLA-degreed in pscyhology. Since Ken has both, he's uniquely positioned in the trading industry to be one of the more valuable resources available today for active traders.

    About Ken Calhoun:
    Having provided online training to active traders from over 32 countries, Ken is an internationally recognized trainer and is dedicated to helping traders learn precision, intelligent active trading skills. Working with Ken, traders learn how to identify support and resistance areas, trends, entries and exits for their stocks, along with hundreds of other proprietary techniques.

    Ken trains members in how to trade using 2-minute charts, sector breakouts, gaps, $TRINQ, sector trading and market indexes, and advanced time and sales/tape reading and candlestick chart pattern sector trading techniques with live market examples.

    As an internationally published business management consultant, Ken previously trained over 31,000 people from dozens of companies worldwide (including Sheraton, Chevron, Hyatt and others). He took his profits from a successful 12-year consulting career and discovered the world of active stock trading.

    A former statistical quality trainer/engineer for aerospace/defense and automotive industries, Ken holds both Bachelor's (UCLA, 1986) and Masters' (CSULB, 1991) degrees and applies a wealth of disciplined charting and applied TA chart pattern knowledge to his active trading methods.

    Born and raised in Southern California (Long Beach), and having traveled internationally to provide training. Personal interests include golfing, martial arts, tactical shooting, fine dining, listening to jazz (Brubeck, Ellington, Coltrane, Bird, Miles, Sinatra, Sade) and 60's tv and movies.

    Ken is a big fan of Steve Nison, Earl Nightingale and Brian Tracy.

    An active trading life can be good - the best part is getting all the positive emails from all the traders around the world.

    Plus, see our Traders' Secrets 7 DVD site for our comprehensive bestselling multi-DVD seminar system for active traders, and the popular 14-DVD Stock Trading Success System site (with video preview clips).


    BONUS FREE AUDIO: How To Use Trading Webinars — professional tips for active traders, 27 minutes, 49Mb: keep this recording as my gift, recorded LIVE by Ken Calhoun:

    Trader "Success Stories" and Testimonials: Plus, see all the 152+ trader testimonials about my online course
    These are some of the many customer satisfaction testimonials we've earned over the years (thanks!). No claims of performance
    nor profitability are being made in any of these; all comments are individual experiences; "generally expected customer
    results are that all traders incur trading losses and most are not profitable", as trading is a high-risk, speculative activity.


    Sent in March 29th:

    I have been studying under Ken for the past 4 years and the improvement in my trading knowledge and skills has been VERY significant. I look back on when I began trying to do this on my own and I have to just laugh how I had no idea what I was doing. Ken taught me so many valuable things - how to scan for worthwhile stocks, position sizing, tape reading, precise entry and exit points,gap and technical analysis etc etc - too many to list here. His honesty, knowledge and training ability are unsurpassed in this industry. His professionally done webinars are priced very competitively, packed with excellent trading lessons, recorded in high quality Blu-Ray, and I constantly find myself going back and reviewing them over and over again. And he takes time to answer your questions.

    Trading is very difficult. I think what I like about Ken the most is he is a straight shooter. And whether you are a beginner or an advanced trader, Ken's experience as a real trader will certainly help improve your knowledge and give you a better edge to be successful. Thanks Ken!!    - Bud S.



    From Mark K., sent in July 2014 for our Trading The Open live trading room and other courses:

    "I appreciate all of the time and training you make available at such reasonable prices to help make us better and more insightful traders. I have learned a lot through all of the courses I have had with you. I especially appreciate the explanations of your thought process as you make your evaluations and suggested entry and exit targets. These have helped me the most...If there is one thing that amazes me it is that your methods have stood the test of time.." - Mark K.


    From Michael P., sent in June 2014 for our Trading The Open live trading room:

    Thank you so much for calling and talking to my wife yesterday. I was, and still am, sick.
    I want you to know how much I have appreciated your teachings - you go way beyond what anyone else does - you care about your students, and that is very apparent and so very important!... For now, I wish you the very best and thank you for so generously sharing your wealth of knowledge with your students (me, in particular) in TTO and in the various courses I've taken from you..." - Michael P.


    From Larry D., sent in June 2014

    “You put your reputation on the line by providing entry and exit points. Larry D.


    From Lenny C, sent in June 2014

    Besides the quality of training and the knowledge that I have learned including: Day Trading, Price Action Mastery, Breakout Mastery, Transform Your Trading and several others. I like your honesty, especially during Trading The Open, realizing that this is much more difficult than it looks. I have seen other trading rooms and there is a reason why I have been a member for so long. For me repetition is what works , watching for the last year or so has definitely helped me alot. I also like the off beat comments about women and nightclubs because I can relate to them. I silently chuckle about when trying to decide what stock to trade, " the hot woman with the red dress" , comparing it to a poor looking stock to trade. In general your professionalism is what sets the tone for me, followed up with consistency of accurate calls on a daily basis... Thank You, Lenny C


    From Theodora A., sent in June 2014

    It's hard to pick just one thing I like best about you Ken. You give excellent value with your teaching. You explain your subjects clearly, are easily understood, you are encouraging and have proven over and over again that you know what you're talking about. You ARE a real trader who enjoys and wants to help others become successful traders. You invite feedback and questions from your students. I have learned a great deal from your solid teaching. Thank you, Theodora A.


    From Domingo M., sent in June 2014

    You're an excellent teacher and I've learned a lot from your videos. Your "Transform Your Trading" series was just what I needed to begin recognizing and correcting my bad habits, and start thinking like a professional trader. You work super hard for your students. I emailed a question at night on a holiday not expecting a response until after the long weekend. Not only did I get a response within minutes, but it was directly from you! I was so surprised! Your accessibility and quick response left quite an impression. Domingo M.


    From Michael P., sent in May 2014

    "Your trading room is absolutely outstanding and the most professional I have been in to date. I subscribed to your room in order to get a glimpse into how professional day trading is executed...I have been a member in two other trading rooms and yours is the absolute best" Michael P.


    From Michael C., sent in March

    You really have gone above and beyond in responding to my product shipping e-mail.  THANK YOU for the personal attention.  I AM IMPRESSED!!   I didn't mean to tie you up but i appreciate the follow up.. Doing stuff over the internet is so scary cause you usually get no response and can never get to a live body.  Anyways - learned a lot from the ADX webinar, hope there is even more info on the ADX Mastery Disc. I am really looking forward to your teaching, as I need to restore my confidence as I have made every rookie mistake possible and then some!  Can't make the webinar tonight but will watch it later.  Anticipating much success going forward with your and Steve's teachings. Thanks again,  Michael C.


    From Rex M., sent in April for our Trading The Open live trading room:

    "Thanks Ken for a great webinar on trading the open!! This will definitely help my trading."
    Rex M.


    From Richard B., sent in April 21 for our Trading The Open live trading room:

    "This was the second Daytrading University webinar that I've attended and it was again full of excellent step-by-step practical advice that I've started using already. Ken was extremely professional and generous with the Q&A session at the and I get the feeling that he genuinely  cares about his trainees learning and becoming better traders. Well-worth the investment, what I learned has more than paid for the cost of the training within a couple of days already." Richard B.


    From Henry G., Singapore, sent in July 14 for our Trade Mapping webinar training series:

    " Ken is a fantastic teacher who is full of energy and willingness to share. He is also a very good trader as he demonstrates with live trading, unlike other "gurus" who show you from charts of past trades. Ken is also my most trusted teacher because he never ignore my emails for help. In fact, I lost all my video files from one of his course because of a hard disk failure and when I asked him if I could download the whole course from one year ago, he immediately gave me links to the files I needed. He is a very generous guy who treats his students with care and always doing his best to help them do well in their trades. I highly recommend Ken Calhoun to anyone looking for help in learning how to trade better." Henry G.


    From David A, sent in January 27, 2014 for my training:

    "“I wanted ken to know his day trading class is better than any one I have attended and his trading room is also the best instruction I have seen. I am attending his up coming scanning class and that is where I need to learn more. How to make a short list of stocks to trade. How does Ken come up with his short list in the trading room. Thanks”
    David A..


    From RM, sent in January 18, 2014 for my training:

    "“Thanks Ken and just to let you know my trading is turning around for the 1st time since I discovered you and your strategies. Thanks again”
    Robert M.


    From Robert C, sent in February 2014:

    "“I have been a fan of yours for more than ten years...I have recently purchased both the Swing Trading and Scanning training sessions and continue to learn from these excellent training sessions.  I consider you to be the very best at what you do. You are both entertaining and an outstanding instructor at the same time.

    I have learned a great deal from you over the years and hope to successfully apply these skills as time permits. Thank you again for all that you do. You seem to really care about your members...Keep up the good work….you are the hardest working man I know in this business. Your success is well deserved. I would be proud to work with a man of your caliber. " - Robert C. ”.

    Plus, see another 102 testimonials on the bestselling System page that I co-produced with Steve Nison. It's important to make sure that whomever you're buying educational materials from has lots of video and other testimonials, so that you can see how satisfied other traders are.

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    Founder of the popular Daytrading University network of sites, Ken's been trusted by traders worldwide since 1999. A regular MoneyShow Traders' Expo speaker, and author of articles in Active Trader and Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazines, his training reaches tens of thousands of traders. An actual trader, Ken uses a variety of precision tactics to trade his accounts and to teach traders how to trade. Traders value his training because it's professional, focused and shows step-by-step specific strategies.