Darryl Morley is a well known and respected newspaper columnist and professional trader, who is a former stockbroker. He has been wrote his avidly followed Day Trader column on trading and technical analysis for the Melbourne Herald Sun and the Hobart Mercury for over 20 years.

Darryl is likely unique, in that he actually writes about his own trades, his reasoning for selecting or rejecting certain stocks, how he sets his targets, his stops, his exit strategies. He’s also not shy about staying out of the market if the signals are not right and explaining why. This is very different from most talking heads, who are not dealing with their own money.

New columns are updated to this site every week.

These columns are written and published as a chronicle of Darryl’s trading. Any information provided is of an educational nature only. Please note that we are NOT a stock tipping service, either through the newspaper column nor through the workshops. Our hope is that by watching and learning from Darryl’s trading technique, you can start to learn to take control of your own finances, which we believe is especially relevant in today’s turbulent market.

Day Trader column for February 2 - 2016

In last week’s column I commented that the three market indices (All Ords, ASX/S&P 200 and the SPI contract) had all formed reversals to the upside on the weekly chart. Those reversals followed through last week and they all formed weekly pivot points to the upside. A weekly pivot point being a close for the week above the high of the week which formed the lowest low of the move down.


Day Trader column for January 19 - 2016

It looks as though the optimism I was seeing three weeks ago when the All Ords closed above the downtrend which had been in place for the past twelve months was misplaced. I said at the time I would want to see a retest of the downtrend line on the daily chart to confirm the break. However, the daily just whistled on down and found no support at the line.


Day Trader column for January 12 - 2016

Despite the fact last week saw our market have its biggest one week fall in several years, the value of our modest portfolio actually moved up by a couple of hundred dollars for the week. Only two stocks had small losses for the week. More on that in a moment.


Day Trader column for January 5 - 2016

I will start this column by wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Day Trader column for December 22 - 2015

Our market made a new low for the move down last week as the All Ords spiked down below the critical 5,000 level to 4,964 last Tuesday, only to rebound the following day and closed the week at 5,156. However, Friday’s price action was a reversal to the downside after the two strong up days, so we can expect another move down or at least some consolidation this week.


Day Trader column for December 8 - 2015

Still no weekly pivot point to the upside, although it did start to look encouraging last Tuesday with the big daily move up. However on the weekly chart, last week was still only a small move down and well within the range of the move up three weeks ago.


Day Trader column for December 15 - 2015

Our market is not looking like it wants to give everyone a Christmas treat and run up into Christmas and the New Year at the moment. Checking the chart for the market indices over the past five years shows the market running up from mid-December to the New Year.


Day Trader column for December 1 - 2015

Monday of last week the market actually closed above the weekly high of the previous week but then came off and fell for two days before stabilising around 5,250 on the All Ords on Thursday and Friday. On the weekly chart this showed up as a small range at the top of the previous weeks expanded range.


Day Trader column for November 24 - 2015

On the weekly chart all the indices had a reversal pattern to the upside last week, but because they all made lower lows on Monday (making last week the lowest low of the move down since the weekly pivot point to the downside) we will have to wait and see if the momentum carries through this week and we get a weekly pivot point to the upside.


Day Trader column for November 17 - 2015

In last weeks column I said the indications were we could see the market reverse the move down but that was not to be and instead we saw it move down and form a weekly pivot point to the downside on the All Ords, the ASX/S&P 200 and the SPI contract.