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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (Dec 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007174908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071749084
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute. He is regarded as an international leader among professional trading coaches and consultants. Tharp is the author of three acclaimed books published by McGraw Hill: Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, the New York Times best-seller now in its second edition, Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina on Nov. 20 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am an active trader and have read many books on the subject. Van Tharp's are the best books. I would not recommend this particular book for a novice trader, instead try "Trade your way to financial freedom" (also by Van Tharp) and then move onto this book. I think the cost of Dr. Tharp's books should be 10x what they are, because they are one of the few books you can read a dozen times and always get something new from them. Honestly, no one should start trading without reading Van Tharp's books first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wagner on May 18 2012
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I've traded over 10 years, and this is the book I buy for my friends who are interested in trading. In my opinion, every serious trader should read "Super Trader" at least once a year.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By plume on Sept. 26 2012
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most of this book is about the psychology of trading. I got a few interesting concept about money management, but the book feel stretched to the max.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide to risk management and trader psychology Jan. 21 2011
By Steve Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the essential books you will need if you are serious about becoming a successful trader. While this book does not have systems to trade or charts with moving averages and technical indicators, it does have what is most important to becoming a successful trader. In depth information about successful trader psychology and risk management. These two elements of trading determine whether you are profitable or lose most of your money. I am an active and successful trader and I agree 100% with the principles presented in this book. Van Tharp advises to trade with a clear mind and do not allow issues in your life to creep into your trading. He gives you a web address where you can take a trader test to see what kind of trader you are. You must build a trading system that fits your personality to be successful. He covers all types of systems for traders but this book does not go into detail about specific entries and exits. Your trading system and entry are not as important as risk management and your discipline to follow your system. If you follow a tested system with a long term positive return to risk, and you stop your losses at predetermined amounts, while also letting your winners run with trailing stops, and are able to keep your ego out of your trades, you will be successful. As a new trader I never understood why books talked about these concepts so much, as a seasoned trader I know how ego and emotions can take over and you start wishing and hoping while losing your precious capital. I now understand why all the books I read years ago urged stop losses and taking them quickly when they are hit, this one principle will save you a small fortune. I really enjoyed how the author taught the concept of risk in this book through the use of 1R representing a unit of risk. He shows how to calculate whether a system is profitable and the expectancy of profits through measuring the R variables of 30 trades. Risk $200 and make $1000 you have a +5R winner. If you average +1R a trade for 30 trades you can expect to have +30R in profits which would be $6000. Very useful concept in understanding how to make a living trading.
I am one of the top reviewers of trading books here on Amazon having read over one hundred and fifty of the best trading books. I have also traded for over 10 years, and been very profitable for the last 7 years, even making profits in 2008 by staying in cash. While other reviewers have criticized Van Tharp for being a teacher instead of an active trader, I say that Van Tharp has traded in the past but his passion is teaching and running a business. I am very picky about who I take advice about trading from, wanting the credentials of a seasoned trader who has managed and traded real money. To me Van Tharp is like a Bill Walsh was in the NFL, no one criticized Bill Walsh for not getting and playing in a game, because he was so good at coaching Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Van Tharp is to trading what Bill Walsh was to the NFL, he has a passion for teaching and creating systems so super stars can go to new levels of achievement. This book is easy to read and understand and has captured tradings key principles to success, it is a must have. I highly recommend.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
What a Ride! March 27 2012
By Janie Guill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read The Complete Turtle Trader and found Van's name and trading website while researching the process. I took his online test and signed up for his newsletter. Looking back, I realize I had no clue what I was in for when I signed up for his one day trading thinking class in NC in early 2011. The instructor, Van, was an odd man; odd because he makes a lot of money yet is totally and completely relaxed about life. During the class he advised us to purchase this book AND to sign up for his Oneness Blessing Giver (OBG) class. He showed us that statistically OBG traders make more money. I did both. I am a OBG and I meditate every morning. I also read this book and, more so, did the assignments. My life has never better! My marriage has been taken to new heights because of our ability to clear away the emotional charges. My husband and I laugh out loud many times a day. In addition, my trading is successful for the same reason -- clearing emotional charges.
What is an emotional charge? Let me tell you a short story. Two monks were making their way back home. They came to a rushing river and a woman on the banks crying because she crossed the river in the morning and now, with the rains, she cannot get back across to her children. The older of the monks put the woman on his back and swam her across the river. The younger monk swam across and the monks go on their way. Two days later, as they approach their home, the younger monk says, "What do you intend to do? We are not allowed to touch a female and you carried that woman on your back." The older monk responds, "I put her down two days ago but you are still carrying her." That is an emotional charge. Carrying around a thought or incident or feeling.
If you don't want to go on a wild ride that gives you more energy, intelligence, and the ability to clearly make decisions, then skip buying and implementing the information in this book. HOWEVER, if you are wanting to succeed in life, in trading, in helping the world be a better place then buy this book and do the exercises. You will laugh, cry, and be a better person. Namaste!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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By Sailor Dunc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Two years ago, just casually surfing for an Excel spreadsheet, I stumbled onto Greg Thurman's "Trading Journal Spreadsheet". Not only had I found an exceptional spreadsheet for active trading, it led me directly to Van Tharp. Tharp's priorities are emphasized and credited as part of Thurman's multi-sheet product.

What a blessing. Tharp harps on concepts that all who sail the markets need to get their brains and wallets more firmly anchored to. The mathematics of risk control, measuring results in risk multiples. Position Sizing. Positive Expectancy, how to calculate your payoff ratio. While everybody now pays lip service to these concepts, Tharp has given himself an exhaustive grounding in them (note for example his "Definitive Guide to Position Sizing").

The usual jacket writer's trite phrase about making "Consistent Profits in Good and Bad Markets", while gag worthy should not hold you back. Nor should the fact that there are no eureka methodologies or set-ups "revealed" here. In fact some of the concrete anecdotal examples are a bit sketchy, exposed it would seem to draw-downs too large for most of our stomachs. But there is sound advice on getting your bearings and adjusting your sails to the market environment, avoiding common mystakes, as well as nice basics on just getting organized.

Also given MUCH emphasis, in anything by Tharp (and SO many others), is psychology. I am not drawn to over navel gazing myself (I always find too much fluff). However psychology and emotions do play such pivotable roles in BOTH price and individual performance, anyone mad enough to ignore them certainly DOES need therapy!

The book stands on it's own, at least as a sound basic primer. This is important as some coaching promoters use their books like movie trailers. They get you all excited but if you want to find out how the bloody-heck the plane actually lands like that you have to step up to the box office. Coach Tharp, to be sure, does offer expensive courses and workshops. What is free however is his follow up newsletter. By signing up, his operation gets to advertise the former while you get generous further articles and sometimes quite timely tips on the latter.

All in all, this is an entertainingly written, "must heed" book by a deservedly influential, super author.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Roadmap to Success Jan. 20 2011
By Ali Moin Afshari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a roadmap to becoming a successful trader, this is the book to read. Through reading it, you will learn a little about yourself and a lot about what you need to do. I would have probably saved two years worth of research, going to useless seminars, and the like if this book was available when I started my journey to become a trader. This book will not turn you into a super trader but will show you the way. In fact, you will need to read many more books to become one. Think of it as a small consulting fee you pay to get the best advice possible, which saves you a lot of money by preventing you from trading when you do not know you are not a trader yet.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A book on psychology with virtually no actionable ideas Jan. 23 2014
By Simon Spurgeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reading the title of this book, I was expecting to learn some new trading techniques to become a super trader in any market. Having been burnt before buying Mark Douglas’s book “trading in the Zone” just to find it is all psychology; I decided to look through the Table of Contents carefully. I found one chapter about developing a trading system, so I opted to check the book out at a local bookstore. What I found is that this book is mainly a psychology book and the chapter on a trading system and is quite general in nature, describing the elements of system development with little if any actionable ideas. I found only one slightly useful idea which is used by the author to show the benefit of a disciplined, low risk approach. This is what the author calls “R” or risk unit and is nothing more than the ratio of risk to reward and the author uses this to demonstrate that a low risk approach executed multiple times will give a better result than a high risk approach executed once.
As an example a 5R risk of making $1000 by investing $200 in a trade is not as good over the long term as investing the $200 in a 1R risk 30 times leading to a $6000 profit. That is if your return is $200 on a $200 investment, you need to invest 30 times to get $6000. Pretty obvious to me!
The weakness in this example demonstrates the weakness in this book. How likely can you execute 30 winning trades with 100% profit with no losses if you do not have a profitable trading system? As I said this book provides no actionable information to develop, refine or improve a trading system.
Based on my experience, there is nothing like the confidence you get by having a winning trading system. Scoring one profit after another with few losses will transform you into a confident profitable trader, more than any psychology book can. This is why I look for actionable ideas to continuously improve my own trading system


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