Best book about trading
Like Muhammed Ali, this book is undisputedly the greatest. A true & timeless classic that will endure for as long as people speculate, "Reminiscences" is to trading what Sophia Loren was to curves or Raquel Welch was to breasts...and then some. It really does require genuine market experience and multiple re-readings to gain the full benefit of the invaluable insights from this incredible book. Livermore was almost certainly the greatest natural talent in the entire history of trading - if he played basketball, he would probably make Michael Jordan look like a clueless 5'6" sophomore klutz. But unlike sport, trading requires discipline as well as talent, and Livermore was chronically deficient in the former. That he blew out multi-million dollar fortunes (back in the days when a million dollars meant something) repeatedly, and then came back with a few thousand and managed to run it up to millions again within a couple of years, not just once but several times, just goes to show what a unique trader he truly was.
So is this book going to help your trading, or is it just a fascinating look at a trading legend? Well, lots of professional traders have cited this as the most influential book on trading they ever read (see the laudatory comments in "Market Wizards"), and I can only second that opinion. There is really great discussion of trading techniques, such as the usefullness of adding to a position as the market confirms your original idea, how to trade in big size, how to read the tape to determine the market's underlying strength or weakness, etc. There are also great psychological insights - it is obvious that Livermore was a very introspective and perceptive man, at least in respect to his ability to trade.
In some ways this is a melancholy book - one can only imagine how much wealth Livermore would have possessed if he had been able to exercise even an ounce of discipline. Any pro trader who reads this book will see the man for what he is - a one-off whose like we will not see for many a year. The man makes current gurus George Soros and Warren Buffett look like a bunch of clueless high school students.
"Prices are never too high to begin buying or too low to begin selling."
"Always sell what shows you a loss and keep what shows you a profit."
"There is nothing like losing all you have in the world for teaching you what not to do."
"Millions come easier to a trader after he learns how to trade, than hundreds did in his days of ignorance"
This book is full of such timeless wisdom. Feast on it, and die disgustingly rich.
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