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For a concept as simple as "buy and sell," trading stocks has gathered an air of near-impenetrable mystique. There's a special jargon involved, obscure techniques, and insider knowledge which all exists in what seems to be a rarified, ultra-exclusive environment. We get the sense that Wall Street is less a street than a (10-foot thick, 100-foot high) wall. Certainly the trillions of dollars changing hands - at the speed of light - every day do nothing to put the beginner's mind at ease.