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  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070647623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070647626
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claude Jollet on Jan. 24 2004
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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 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
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...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 By kiwi_trader on 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 By caron demers on 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 By John Doe on 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 on July 15 1999
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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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