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Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom Hardcover – Dec 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070647623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070647626
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is clearly written and makes generous use of practical examples and models...The principles he [Tharp] promotes for traders, if followed closely, can be applied to a wide group of investors." (Ticker Magazine 1999-06-17)

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Your own strengths, style, and personality­­and the steps found in this book­­can revitalize your trading program!

Praise for Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom:

"While I can't promise you financial freedom, I can promise you a book filled with sound trading advice and lots of ideas you can use to develop your own trading methodology. And, if you don't think that's enough, then you really need this book."­­Jack Schwager, author of Market Wizards and The New Market Wizards

"Van's book gets directly to the heart of what it takes to be a successful trader. It's the best book I've read on trading successfully; not fluff or hype like so many others."­­Tom Basso, President, Trendstat Capital Management, Inc.

"I've read hundreds of books about trading and this is one of the three best EVER WRITTEN. It's straightforward and to the point. Van clearly cuts through the appeal to wishful thinking, instead stressing psychological preparedness, expectancy, and money management. Moreover, he shows clear methods, with simple entry techniques, to push your equity to the moon. It's a great book!"­­Rolf Sigrist, President, Sigrist AG

"Van Tharp's new book...[is] full of new ideas and approaches to developing an individualized trading system; it teaches the principles that are necessary to make you a great trader. The trading public owes Dr. Tharp a debt of gratitude for this insightful masterpiece." -Edward Dobson, President, Traders Press, Inc.

Van Tharp "...cuts right to the essence of professional trading: how to develop winning attitudes and approaches; how to forget trading for accuracy and trade for expectancy; how to master position sizing. If you intend to trade, you'd better know what's in this book."­­Ed Seykota, professional trader

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Faith on Dec 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
Multiple negative reviews are really annoying. Please stop babbling on about how you hate this book.
You must be from a competitor or you would't waste so much time talkinga about a book you don't like. It's less than $30 dollars for goodness sake. Stop whining.
And quit talking about Phd level research. Academia in finance is just now starting to realize that humans don't behave rationally in markets, give me a break. Any academic who talks about trading is invariably talking about something he doesn't understand.
This book is excellent. I know. I personally have made over $30 million trading futures and the major principles in my own trading are all contained in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 14 2001
Format: Hardcover
Execellent coverage of the 10 parts of trading system design: 1) Market Selection, 2) Market Direction, 3) Setups, 4) Market entry, 5) Protective stops, 6) Market re-entry, 7) Taking profits, 8) Position sizing, 9) Portfolio selection, 10) Multiple systems.

I was so impressed with the book that I attended Tharp's $2,000 Advanced System Development Workshop. This book covers 90% of what was in that workshop. The other 10% is in Tharp's other book, Financial Freedom through Electronic Day Trading. The 10 parts of trading system design were not covered at any additional depth or clarity in the workshop. In fact, the books cover a lot more material. Just buy the books and read them several times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beverly on Oct. 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me state that I am not a trader and know just a little bit about it. I am interested in learning, however, leading me to try this book out as it has received some good reviews here at Amazon. Much of it was way over my head and too confusing to do me any good. But some of the information was very good and very understandable and for that information I felt my investment in terms of both time and money was well spent with this work.
One of the things the author says near the end of the book is that it will take four or five readings for some of the information to sink in. And that's for people who actually know the topic to begin with. I can understand why; trading seems so easy when looked at from a distance, just buy low and sell high, hey, anyone can be a millionaire! Of course it isn't so easy and most people end up losing money or at least not making enough to justify the time spent.
I think the most important and helpful part of this book is the teaching on what many call "money management" (often erroneously); that the author refers to as "position sizing." This topic is part of investing that many over look.
I understood and appreciated this subject from the days (long past) that I used to enjoy both the ponies and blackjack. Position sizing in both these pursuits is vital and understanding why you don't sit at the $5 blackjack table with only $40 bucks, you go to the $2 table or get more money, is the same understanding you need when figuring out how much to "bet" when making trades in the stock market relative to your overall investment size (simply put "what percentage is at risk?") If you sit at the blackjack table with $40 and bet $5, you are risking too much with one "trade."
The other helpful part was how to look at "expectancy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gene lab on Sept. 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit the reading was a little intense, but once you understand the guidelines, these concepts can be applied in developing a successful trading system. I use some of these techniques in trading for my clients', yes I'm a broker based in LA (amazing a broker with a trading system, yes we do exist...LOL). This book has to be read in accordance with the following books. To get a better understanding of what Dr. Tharp is saying.

Reminisces of a stock operator by Edwin Lefèvre
Market Wizards by Jack Schwagger
By reading these books along with Tharp's book you have to get visualizations on what it takes to trade, the psychological aspect, market knowledge, and mathematical (algorithms) concepts. If this combination can't be understood than the people who brought this book and gave it poor ratings will continue to fail in the markets like the other 90 percent of investors or speculators who don't have a system in place. I always tell my clients not to treat trading as a hobby; a hobby is what you throw money at to satisfy certain emotions, but to treat this as a business where cash is your inventory. Strict rules and discipline are required to run a successful business, and this book enforces this ideology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Shkodra on Feb. 4 2002
Format: Hardcover
...and yet I think this is one of the best trading books around. Not that it brings many new trading ideas, but it makes you see somewhat familiar things from a different perspective, which, I think, is rather good. One of the best topics is certainly the psychological side, the one about trying to master the market and trim the psychological bias, but there are other sections that I read more carefully and more times than the others, like money and risk management, the risk-expectancy "R-multiple" theory being very interesting indeed.
Van Tharp's book is surely not recommended for the novice traders, but if you think you need to read at least a dozen of trading books in order to enhance your chances of being successful, this book is certainly one of them.
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