Where to Begin

Long Term, Short Term, Swing, Day Trading?

How do you develop the skills to become a good trader? How do you maintain those skills?

Those are difficult questions to answer. Whether you have been trading for several years or just getting started, it's important to understand the markets and to keep your trading sharp. We don't suggest that the only road to success is the one Larry recommends below. However, many of his students have been successful following a logical sequence in futures trading education.

How I Began...

I stumbled around like a drunk in the dark during the first three years of my trading. I had read all the books out there, tried all the techniques... but was getting no place. It was not until I met Bill Meehan, that it all came together for me. Bill explained to me that the big money was made by having small positions in big moves. Bill, a former member of the Chicago Board Of Trade, taught me the importance of fundamentals, and how to determine when the market was ready for a substantial up or down move.

Once you know that, it is just a question of timing as to when to get in, out, and protecting yourself as best you can against large losing trades using stops and targets. By the way, it took me about 10 years to get good at this.

Shorter-Term Trading...

Once I started to become proficient at the longer-term set up trades, I was able to focus on swing trade. My average length in a trade went from a few weeks (or months) to a few days. This form of trading is for people that are active, but probably still have jobs or careers. It was the second phase of my education as a trader.

Day Trading...

Day trading is the dream of most would-be traders. They see themselves wearing their pajamas, sitting in front of their computer screens making money. I will be the first to tell you those dreams will turn into nightmares. There is nothing more difficult than day trading. It is the most physically and mentally challenging thing you can possibly do in the marketplace.Yet, this is where most traders begin! Fools rush in where only wise men fear to trade. I can show you how to become day trader... I finally learned to do it in 1987 after trading for some 25 years.

I can save you a lot of time and a lot of aggravation. Frankly, however, I don't want to teach it to you until you have the basics under your belt. To be a good day trader, you have to understand the all important aspects of money management, risk control market, fluctuations, your own personality, how you handle the fear, and how quickly you can react to a situation... There are just so many things that need to be ingrained in you before you start day trading. There are no black box success systems to day trading.

So now you know how I got to be where I am... it was a distinct path from confusion to creating a career. Order came into my life once I understood the longer-term fundamental workings of the markets, then understood the technical structure of the marketplace... And, finally understanding what causes short-term swings.

As I see it there is a logical sequence that all traders who are successful make. That's why the Larry Williams University starts with the basics and moves forward. It's no different than building a house. You need a foundation and the foundation of successful trading comes from understanding the marketplace. It does not come from day trading. Day trading is the last thing on our list, not the first thing. If you try to do it the other way around... you will be back to the Larry Williams University to learn the truth of trading.

Many people struggle with being successful stock, futures and commodity traders. I am here to share with you my 56 years of experience. My goal is to help you overcome the problems between you and success.

I don't think you will find any other educators with more real trading experience. After being a commodities and stock trader for more than 56 years... I've developed my personal approaches to the markets. I use my own tools.

I have been an educator for just about as long as I've been a trader. My degree is in Journalism from the University of Oregon and thus I've been a writing most of my life.

Because I Really Trade, at times hundreds of futures contracts in a week, I understand what you are going through.

Perhaps you want to learn how to trade or maybe you want to learn how to improve your trading.

I've been there myself. I can relate to you as a short term trader, a long term trader, a day trader, a Forex trader, a swing trader, etc. - I've traded them all.

If you are like I used to be or if you are new to futures trading, I know what you want. You want trading indicators and trading systems that have been tested. I use trading indicators and trading techniques that are easy to follow...for stocks, futures and the Forex. These indicators has stood the test of time, many going back to the 1960s.


If you are looking to learn how to trade futures and commodities, need a new futures trading course to continue your trading education, or need a stock trading and investing course, then my trading school - the Larry Williams University is for you. In my online futures and commodities courses and home study stock investing course, I teach you exactly how I trade futures & commodities and invest in stocks. In the Summer of 2019 we released our new futures and commodities course. I'm very excited about that.

You are welcome to browse around and see what's here. Kick the tires, slam the doors, have some fun!

I hope you can profit from my good and bad experiences, as well as my 50 years of research. Not sure I've seen it all. I still learn a new thing or two! Above all, I know this is risky! Most of the so called hot shots today were not even born when I began... I'm still here, still trading the markets.

If you are new to the world of trading...

First, let me welcome you to futures trading and tip my hat to you venturing where most people are afraid to go!  The world of trading futures is a strange one with many myths about instant wealth, and losses.  There is a great deal to learn.

Futures and commodities are not like stocks. We don't have shares, we have futures contracts... We can control $100,000 of a commodity for as little as $3,000, without any interest charges on the $97,000 by using leverage. But, with leverage comes additional risks. That knife cuts both ways. Commissions are low and commodities are real. They go up and down because people must have wheat, corn, gold, crude oil, etc.  There are no Stock market "Enron Games" played here.

Google my name. You'll find lots of people wanting to teach to you trade futures and commodities like me or claim they trade like me. Lots of people with lots of claims.

A quick tour of the net will expose you to many offers of instant wealth and easy money.  I'll be the first to tell you it is just not that way. Don't fall for the hype. Like any other profession or business it takes knowledge and skill to do well. I can teach you how to trade. I can teach you the trading skills and techniques you need. I don't just give you the trading tool box, I give you the trading tools as well, as my students will tell you.

I think there are 3 steps for a person new to futures and commodities trading.

1) Learn the basics of how to trade, Can you tell if a futures market is ready for a big move? My course answers this, showing you my approach to position.  No day trading here; you can have a job and still do this spending maybe 30 minutes a day.  This is what I think most people should be doing.

2) Swing trading. No day trading yet. Look to get in and out of a trade in 3 to 5 days. But, I caution you, this is not where you begin. You need to know, and have traded, the basics first.

3) Short term trading.  OK, you want to day trade? This is the final step --- but I will tell you it is the hardest, the most difficult, and the riskiest way to trade.  It is the dream of so many, to day trade, but it is usually a nightmare.  I don't think you are ready for day trading until you have been trading for at least a year or more.

When I teach people how to day trade I put my own hard cash at risk, so you can really see how it works. I have traded $1,000,000 in front of students. Day trading is not for most people. All the Forex and day trading stories that you have read about (making fortunes) are hustles. Please be very careful; use your common sense. Trading stocks, futures or Forex is very risky please read the disclaimers we have posted all over this site.

If you have already begun to trade futures and commodities...

If you are not yet making money, what do you do? Go back to the basics! My bet is that you have not learned what moves markets... you have looked at charts and indicators, but those things (Technical Analysis) by and large are mumbo-jumbo, which is why you are not making money.  Just because you have been trading futures and commodities does not mean you know what is really going on.

Can I help you? I sure think so... I suspect I've trained more traders than anyone else in this business.

Help yourself to my site, feel free to browse around here. Check out all the free stuff. My intention has been to create a site with ongoing value as well as what most people has described as the best educational products available... and at a reasonable price.

If you want to learn what makes markets move and how to trade, then I'm your guy..


- Larry Williams

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