Which Books should a Beginner Read?

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Old Nov 4, 2010, 5:48am   #46
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Try One Good Trade by Mike Bellafiore. It delves into stock trading but it sure is a motivating read! I started with 'Currency Trading for Dummies' though and that book was a fun way to learn all the basics.

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Old Jun 23, 2011, 10:07am   #47
 
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One Good Trade by Mike bellafiore
I'm very inspired after reading
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 4:33pm   #48
 
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This was my exact question when I began my adventure in trading. I was looking for a book which could reveal the secrets for successful trading. As I read more books and got to try some of the techniques different authors suggested, I made some and lost money. However, about two years ago, I realized I need something just more than trading techniques and systems. I realized the number one factor in my success or failure is my own psychology and emotions. To learn more about myself I stumbled upon a book called:
How to Become a Successful Trader: The Trading Personality Profile: Your Key to Maximizing Your Profit with Any System by Dr. Ned Gandevani.
It was a God sent answer to my emotional issues with trading. That is still among my top favorites and most referred book to my emotional problems with trading. To make a long story short, now I think the first thing a wannabe trader should do is to know his/her personality better. Then, one can search and learn a trading system or technique which is compatible with his/her personality. Good luck!

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Old Jun 26, 2011, 4:02am   #49
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Please note that none of the titles listed below - or their authors - produce any results doing a search on Amazon.co.uk

Book: Higher Highs & Lower Lows
Author: Mark Bremmerland
Type: Paperback
Cost: $5.95 (most major bookstores)

Book: S&R Lines
Author: Jerry Remmel Scott
Type: Paperback
Cost: $3.95 (most major bookstores)

Book: Know Thy Exit
Author: Joyce B. Swanson
Type: Paperback
Cost: $7.95 (most major bookstores)

Book: The 1000 Yard Chart Gaze
Author: Alejandro S. Braillman
Type: Hardcover
Cost: $32.95 (if you can find it) No one has seen a copy in years.


That's the best list I can come up with.

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Old Oct 13, 2011, 10:27am   #50
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For someone looking at options for the first time, I would second Natenburg (the bible for options traders) but also add Charles Cottle . . .
Options Trading: The Hidden Reality - Ri$k Doctor Guide to Position Adjustment and Hedging ("Options: Perception and Deception" & "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" revised & expanded, Printed in Color) by Charles M. Cottle
Far more examples making the theory really easy to grasp.

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Old Oct 14, 2011, 10:12am   #51
 
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A non trading specific book that will help with getting your mentality correct is called:

Talent is Over Rated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin.

Talks about how famous businessmen, sportsmen and other successful people don't necessarily start with the skills at birth, but they come from hundreds of hours and years of practise. Much like trading!

The ethics in the book will help newer traders realise that this is not something you can learn over night, in a 2 day course or even a 4 month training programme. Mastery of anything takes a very long time!

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I'm reading The Battle for Investment Survival by GM Loeb -> not for an exact trading method per se, however very helpful for ideas about how to proceed, if what you are doing stands a good chance of working in the markets based on author's experience. Does clue the reader to the importance of the basics of the business (cutting losses, concentrating, pyramiding, etc)

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Investment Psychology Explained by Martin Pring is awesome by way of mental attitudes to inculcate. God knows investment is one-half attitude.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:58pm   #54
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Day Trading For Dummies by Ann C. Logue is a great book.

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Reminisces of a Stock Operator (link in the 1st post on P1 of this thread) is great and highly entertaining, and is one for soul searching etc, but the basic messages from what I can make out, if it's going up then buy it, if it's going down then sell it. Also, he makes a very valid point that markets and positions are ALWAYS prey to govt intervention, and you can never predict what form this will take.
I cannot comment on the others.

Trading in the Zone (also linked in the 1st post) is awesome because it explains the mechanics of how markets work, how the same trading set up can sometimes fail (using an understanding of volume/orders etc and not airy fairy psycholgical stuff), and just what having 'an edge' really means in cold trading reality.

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as a direct day-trading book, Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Trader by Martin Schwartz is a great read.

other books i have found very useful in the way i approach and frame the markets have been Attacks by Erwin Rommel, Logical Chess: Move by Move: Every Move Explained by Irving Chernev, and Zen in the Art of Archery: Training the Mind and Body to Become One by Eugen Herrigel.

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Trading Currency Cross Rates Proven Trading Strategies from a Leading International Currency Trader and a Noted Expert on Futures and Options by Gary Klopfenstein and Jon Stein.

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust by John Coates

The Day Trader's Bible by Richard D. Wyckoff

Forex Price Action Scalping: an in-depth look into the field of professional scalping by Bob Volman
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 6:28am   #59
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Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships by John J. Murphy

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I'm guessing this site is predominantly for retail traders and as such, choice of reading material is discretionary. One of the benefits pro traders have is having a largely proscribed nucleus of mandatory material which is normally substantial enough to preclude the time or energy for too many forays into the wider publishing market.

Bear in mind that book written for traders, even written by traders, are largely an exercise in self-promotion and basic product marketing. Even with good intent, there is little to choose between one experts output and another’s in terms of helping develop trading skills.

I’d go further and suggest apart from the basic mechanics of market structure, price development & discovery and operational trading mechanics, most trading books work against the best interests of the reader.

The less you know about how someone else views the markets and their strategies and so forth, the better equipped you are to make decisions and accept responsibility for your own trading decisions. There are only so many things you can say about price: it’s either moving directional (trending) or not. Everything else is a unnecessary bolt-on. Unnecessary to the reader, but vital to the author/publisher to validate publishing their ‘new’ approach/methodology/system etc.

Of course, the more complex derivatives and structured trades do require detailed explanation. But then there is the argument that retail traders shouldn’t really be palying with these asset classes and derivatives anyway.
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