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Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom [Hardcover]

Van K. Tharp
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Dec 1 1998

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

"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.

"The trading public owes Dr. Tharp a debt of gratitude for this insightful masterpiece." -Edward Dobson, President, Traders Press, Inc.


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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock if off you Twit from Portugal 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true must-read book Jan. 24 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a system trader. I wish I had stumbled on this title BEFORE beginning to trade. I would certainly have saved myself a lot of time in designing a system that suited my personnality and goals. I found most of what this book brings by trial and error. Costly and agravating to say the least. I recommend this book to anyone whith a true desire to learn how to trade, and why, be they novices or pros (tired or disenchanted ... ;-)) Do yourself a favor: get this book and read it to understand ... not to find a magic recipe. The answer to trading success lies entirely within yourself. You bring discipline and determination to the table. This book gives you the basic tools to set you off in the right direction and make it happen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book which only a few will understand. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A serious book with a less serious title... 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book about systems ... May 16 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is not a book about writing systems or discretionary trading. For that area seek out books by Stridsman, Kaufman, Lebeau and Hill.
Its a book about the most important elements of trading - managing yourself and your money.
Read this book before you risk your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor content Oct. 12 2000
Format:Hardcover
I learnt much more reading books from Ralph Vince and Chuck LeBeau. This book is all about theory... If you like philosophy... If you don't, read Joe Krutsinger's books for instance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best I've Ever Read March 21 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book changed my life.
If you trade, then this book is the Light and the Way. I have traded and studied the markets for many years, but not until after reading this book was I able to form a clear, lucid picture of WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR SUCCESSFUL TRADING. Once you understand the importance of Psychology, Exits, and Position Sizing - all brilliantly covered here - then you will be on your way to success in the markets.
This book will set you free from the oppressive chains of Newsletters, Advisory Services, Tout Sheets, etc. The impact of the study on Random Entry is truly liberating, and that section alone is worth the price of admission.
If you read this book carefully, it will forever change your views on trading and the markets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By TonyD
Format:Hardcover
Trade your way to Fiancial Freedom is an absolutely transcending book on the stock market that leads you into an incredible amount of information that remains terribly succinct. Dr. Tharp introduces the idea that the "holy grail" of the market, is not in some secret book somewhere that's hidden and only given to "professionals", but the holy grail is inside yourself. Despite this reasonable truth, it still can be a long journey to find that in yourself and you're likely to return jaded without the aid of this book.
Dr. Tharp takes professionals in different areas of the market (from T.A. to Arbitrage) to elucidate points continuously throughout the book to give you an idea of what could be best for you. He foreshadows his ideas of position sizing until the very last chapter, which is the only spot where position sizing, TRUE position sizing, is going to make sense. If you're not using some sort of conscious position sizing, and Tharp warns that many have a misconception of position sizing initally anyways, you could be cutting yourself out of tremendous profits.
I recommend this book to anyone investing or considering investing. I'm almost sure it will teach most any knowledgeable (and novice) trader a number of things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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Published 16 days ago by flpcn
1.0 out of 5 stars where's the success?
I bought and read it. So where's the success? I mean the author's success as trader? I pay to see his trading statements for the last 15 years. Got to be audited statements. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read - but superficial
This book introduces the reader to the importance of position sizes exit strategies , and risk management. These are all important aspects. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by sdam
1.0 out of 5 stars a joke
If the author knows it all why doesn't he trade? If I knew it all about trading I wouldn't do anything else and I certainly wouldn't teach it ... Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read.
A truly great book. Practical. Well written. I came away with more knowledge I can actually apply from this book than anything else I've read. Not for beginners. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Futuredave
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Trading Book
The book is very well written and covers material that is important to new and/or experienced traders. The information I've learned by far exceeds the price of the book. Read more
Published on April 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Trading with a Different Perspective
This book focuses on 4 things: (1) Be Open Minded (2) Focus on Exit Strategies (3) Positive Expectancy (4) Create your own system by studying other people's systems. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic view of the market
This is an excellent book that provides the reader with a realistic view of the market and how to trade it. He points out the important things that help make you successful. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by "ltolisano"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Worth the read
Like my title says, I thought this was a good book. It deals more with money management and risk than with stock picking. I am glad I purchased the book.
Published on Jan. 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, but lot's of hard reading
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
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