Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

by Edwin Lefevre

in Books / Classics, People

First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest speculators ever. Reminiscences remains the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever written. Generations of investors have found that it has more to teach them about themselves and other investors than years of experience in the market. This is a timeless tale that will enrich the lives - and portfolios - of today's investors as it has those of generations past.

Publish date: 2012-02-09

Isbn: 0471059706

Ranked #2 of 172 Books



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Mar 15, 2017

Valuable lessons!

Excellent book

Helped equip me with the right mindset of accepting losses as a business cost becuase "the market will do what it does"

Also teaches the value of "going with the direction of the market" as well as easy explanations of other principles such as price movement, lines of least resistance and"double pressure"
It also provides a demonstration of the value of remaining determined and believing in your edge

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Oct 29, 2014

Don't call yourself a trader unless you have read this book

The biggest thing I learned from the book was that even the greats blew out accounts and that I need to always protect capital and stash it away when times are good away from the market. Timeless classic

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Apr 14, 2014

Timeless Classic

You owe it to yourself to buy this book! What are you waiting for...

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Dec 01, 2012

Great Trading Book to learn from

A must have especiall for the short pyramiding trader

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Nov 26, 2012

Great book

This is masterpice that every trader needs to read.

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Apr 12, 2012


The best and most useful trading book there is. Bar none.

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Oct 28, 2011

The Greatest Trading Book Ever Written

Not much more to be said. If you are serious about trading, you must read this book. 10 out of 10.

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Aug 25, 2011

Great book

Edwin Lefevre's "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" is a "fictionalized" memoir of the real-life trader Jesse Livermore - considered by some the greatest stock trader of all-time. Working in the early twentieth century, Livermore started from nothing and built multi-million dollar wealth multiple times, only to repeatedly lose it. Livermore was so respected and feared during his era that rumors of his trades would create and destroy fortunes on Wall Street. In this book, written in 1922, Livermore tells the

This book is not a full memoir of his life and instead focuses only on his "business." He only refers to his wife or personal life as it relates to his investing; for example, in one case, one executive "used" his wife by dropping some insider information to her over dinner in an effort to encourage Livermore to trade in that company. Livermore did, but - as someone who didn't believe in buying on tips - her instead shorted that company. Still, because he never focused on his personal life and rarely on his personal feelings, I was shocked to later read that Livermore killed himself twenty years later and had had four wives.

This book is full of "trading" (not investing") advice. Is any of his advice relevant today? While his techniques may not work for the modern trader, much can still be learned from this book. He says it best when he says that, although cadets at West Point need not study archery as practiced by the ancients, "Weapons change, but strategy remains strategy, on the New York Stock Exchange as on the battlefield.... `The principles of successful stock speculation are based on the supposition that people will in the future will continue to make the mistakes that they have made in the past.'"

"Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" is written in a very matter-of-fact style that is easy to read. It is a very interesting book to read and a window on another era. Still, many of the lessons and strategies are still useful for the modern trader.

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Apr 24, 2011

If you don't enjoy reading this then trading is probably not for you!

I have read this book so many times it is a true classic so many gems in there and wonderfully written.

I don't agree with everything he said as I think as I have heard said before he learnt how to make money but never learnt how to keep it and don't reckon much to his money management!

But as a genral book on how the market works you just can't beat it.

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Mar 16, 2011

Required reading, IMHO

In my opinion, a required reading by wannabe traders as well as seasoned ones. This book made clear to me the importance of risk management. Without it even the best trader in the world will go broke!

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