Which Books should a Beginner Read?

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Old Dec 12, 2008, 6:43pm   #31
 
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Check these ebooks, they are free:
Diligent Trader - Free Stock Market eBooks

Or get a copy of A Beginner's Guide to Day Trading Online by Toni Turner. Very interactive book.

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Old Jun 12, 2009, 6:33am   #32
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Day Trade Online: Start Trading for a Living Today by Christopher A. Farrell

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Old Jun 17, 2009, 8:52pm   #33
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Tools and Tactics for the Master DayTrader: Battle-Tested Techniques for Day, Swing, and Position Traders by Oliver Velez and Greg Capra

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Old Jul 27, 2009, 6:38pm   #34
 
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Loved the second and third from yout list. I own the first book you mentioned, but have not read it yet.

Also, I heard good things about"Rocket science for traders" from Ehler.

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There is a more recent update to the Ehler book which is "Cybernetic analysis for stocks and futures".

Amazon.com: Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures: Cutting-Edge DSP Technology to Improve Your Trading (Wiley Trading) (9780471463078): John F. Ehlers: Books

You can find out more on his MESA site

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Old Jul 27, 2009, 7:24pm   #35
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I recommend Winning spread betting strategies: How to make money in the medium term in up, down and sideways markets: Trading Techniques for Active Investors by Malcolm Pryor, a total no-nonsense logical set of strategies for various types of market. It is presented in an almost clinical fashion, which is how trading should be approached. If you like adrenaline rushes, don't attempt trading as a career....

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 10:57am   #36
 
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"If try before you buy" is your style, then there are some ways of checking out some of the content in trading books on the web for free. These include:
1. google books (limited previews available on some books)
2. Scribd Scribd sometimes includes free e-books.

For Chart Pattern discussions, there are books by Thomas Bulkowski that attempt to provide readers with lots of backtesting on patterns. He also operates a free research web site http://thepatternsite.com/
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Old Dec 26, 2009, 12:31pm   #37
 
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Re: Which books should a beginner read?

Wealth of Nations A Selected Edition (Oxford World's Classics) by Adam Smith and Kathryn Sutherland

The herd reads trading books, this one focusses on the transfer of funds from one place to another.

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Old Mar 12, 2010, 4:57am   #38
 
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Re: Which books should a beginner read?

I am still a beginner and I have found these books most helpful:
Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians by Charles D. Kirkpatrick II CMT and Julie R. Dahlquist
The Three Skills of Top Trading: Behavioral Systems Building, Pattern Recognition, and Mental State Management by Hank Pruden

Best of luck.

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 3:36pm   #39
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I would recommend Trading for Wealth by W. Robinson

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Old Apr 1, 2010, 5:56pm   #40
 
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Re: Which books should a beginner read?

books page on www.tradingline.co.uk
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Old May 14, 2010, 6:27pm   #41
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu...No book out there can teach you how to trade, they only teach about trading(which does more harm than good IMHO). The most important thing about trading is not to lose money and the art of war gives you the frame work for that. Take care and don't despair
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Old May 14, 2010, 9:22pm   #42
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Start off with "Trading For A Living" or better "Come Into My Trading Room" by Alexander Elder focussing on the sections on the mental aspect and money management. "Way of the Turtle" by Curtis Faith will show you the importance of developing an edge and what that means. "Trade Your Way To Financial Freedom" by Van Tharp can be hard work but stick at it, some very important ideas, especially around identifying your objectives, understanding expectancy and some of the biases that will affect you.
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Old May 18, 2010, 4:59pm   #43
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Re: Which books should a beginner read?

My favourite is Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell and the Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:05pm   #44
 
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Re: Which Books should a Beginner Read?

3) Natenberg for options - a must read. Why do you think everyone spreadbets and all the pros use options ? [B]Then think why options are so poorly advertised to beginner.

Any idea, Combo?
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Old Nov 3, 2010, 4:14pm   #45
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I think a good place to start would be the following.
1. Stochastic Financial Models (Chapman & Hall/CRC Financial Mathematics Series) by Douglas Kennedy (Hardcover - Jan 19, 2010)
2. An Introduction to Financial Option Valuation: Mathematics, Stochastics and Computation by D. J. Higham (Paperback - Apr 19, 2004)
3. Random Evolutions and their Applications: New Trends (Mathematics and Its Applications) by A. V. Svishchuk (Hardcover - May 31, 2000)

OK - don't freak out too much you can skip the heavier subjects until you are ready for them. Just start reading the classic like trading in the zone and reminiscence of a stock trader. we all mostly picked up these to start with.
Good luck and remember follow the trend not the so called experts.

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