To the outsider the City is still something of a mystery. Independent traders and investors may study the financial pages and log on to websites to read about the markets, yet what they find there will generally give them little concept of the realities of City business. The hard truth is that independent traders are up against dealers with more information, professional investors with greater financial clout, and investment banks and hedge funds with more powerful systems, all of which can leave the odds stacked against them and puts them a few crucial steps behind in their trades. The Street-Smart Trader will help level the playing field. Ian Lyall - an experienced financial journalist - provides an insider's view on the big issues, garnered from candid interviews with experienced City figures. He delves into key areas, including: press coverage of the markets, the reports of financial analysts, and the activities of hedge funds. He encourages readers to question what they think they know and shows how the insights he provides can be used to help traders make more successful, profitable trades in the future.