The bear market has changed our way of looking at the financial markets forever. We discovered that no one but the Mint is printing money, and that consistent returns require a lot of hard work. It's no surprise these tough times have led to a renewed interest in swing trading. After all, futures traders have been using its powerful techniques in both up and down markets for decades.

Swing trading has broad appeal. Investors can use it to salvage their returns in tough markets. Institutions can use it to overcome natural flaws in fundamental analysis. And you can use it to trade through all market conditions. But where do you start? A great place is my evening newsletter,

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I scan thousands of stocks each day to find the best short-term opportunities in all markets. These become trade setups, which tell you what to expect in the coming days. When a setup hits a well-defined trigger, you enter a position, or wait for a better one to come along. Setups can be long trades or short sales. What better time to learn effective short-selling than right now?

Each setup has a market pattern that "expects" price to move in a certain way. In other words, you enter a position with clear money management rules and wait for the market to move in your direction. It's as simple as that.

What's Behind Swing Trading

Swing trading relies on technical analysis and does not require thumbing through company reports or

Securities and Exchange Commission

filings. In fact, you need to know very little about the company you're trading. One of the secrets of this trading style is multiple time-frame analysis. Wonderful things happen when you drop down and look at setups in lower time dimensions. They expose new patterns, new obstacles and even safe harbors. Combine two or three different time frames, and great trades appear like magic.

But these techniques also come with a stern warning. You have to focus on risk management and let profits take care of themselves. This means taking measured moves out of the market, and going on to the next trade. It also means cutting your losses and never marrying a position.

Swing trading is a profitable discipline for those willing to do their homework.

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Alan Farley is a professional trader and author of

The Master Swing Trader

. Farley also runs a Web site called

HardRightEdge.com, an online resource for trading education, technical analysis and short-term investment strategies. At the time of publication, Farley did not have any positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Farley appreciates your feedback and invites you to send it to

Alan.Farley@TheStreet.com.

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