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Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom [Hardcover]

Van Tharp
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Dec 13 2006 007147871X 978-0071478717 2

The bestselling holy grail of trading information-now brought completely up to date to give traders an edge in the marketplace

“Sound trading advice and lots of ideas you can use to develop your own trading methodology.”-Jack Schwager, author of Market Wizards and The New Market Wizards

This trading masterpiece has been fully updated to address all the concerns of today's market environment. With substantial new material, this second edition features Tharp's new 17-step trading model. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom also addresses reward to risk multiples, as well as insightful new interviews with top traders, and features updated examples and charts.

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Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., is an internationally known consultant and coach to traders and investors, as well as the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute. He is the author of multiple bestselling books on trading and investing, including Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading. Tharp is a highly sought-after speaker who develops courses and seminars for large banks and trading firms around the world. He has published numerous articles and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Barron's Market Week, and Investors Business Daily.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...for mature audiences Dec 10 2009
After having put many Years into developing a very specific Swing Trading System myself for the Forex Market ... Van K's book has encapsulated two specific areas that I needed ... into words. 1) The Six Keys to a Great Trading System (derived from interviewing many successful Traders) and 2) Position Sizing (not for the faint of Heart). Aside from all of the other necessary elements ... like conceptualization to understanding R multiples ... Tharp has set out thee Model for System building by defining and explaining what is necessary to grasp a hold of in Your thinking process beforehand ... step by step. I would have to say that this book is for those who have already committed themselves into this arena. If You consider yourself apart of the mature audience (have already lost a Trading Account or two) and haven't given up and are seriously working on Your own specific System ... then get this book. Tharp is deceptively simple in his purposeful yet thorough way of explanation. I suppose this comes from years of teaching Traders the "How To's" of the Game. The Holy Grail lies within You and Tharp gets You believing it again ... if You've already got at least an intermediate foundation of resolve and experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading For Every Trader Nov. 16 2009
In addition to Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management by Dr. Alexander Elder, Van K. Tharp's "Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom" should be required reading for any trader entering the business, or for current traders that are looking to sharpen their arsenal of trading strategies. The topics covered in this book are key to mastering the art of trading, and should be reviewed by every serious trader. Very few trading books out there go into detail about specific topics such as risk management and position sizing. This is what makes Van K. Tharp's book essential and a must have for every trader's library.
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Great book! This has completely changed the way that I view success in trading for the better. This has helped me to start to develop my own trading plan and system. The risk management and R multiple stuff is key. I knew risk management was key but did not understand how to put it all together until now. I also knew that a system was important, but didn't know where to start in creating and evaluating one. This has really opened my eyes and given me a solid foundation for the rest of my trading life. Not a novice book, but a great intermediate book. I recommend to all intermediate traders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No further comment Oct. 23 2013
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No further comment,In my view no one should be required to comment one way or the other.This comment stands for 17 of the 18 purchases to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dry textbook but has some gems. Feb. 17 2007
By Patrick Doucette - Published on
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I am rating this book 4 stars (higher than it deserves) since it will get you to examine your trading ideas objectively and because it has key ideas that every trader must know. That being said, I must make the following points:

1) The book is unedited. You will read sentences similar to the following: "In this chapter we will look at a key strategy and then add it to what you read in the previous chapter and then later in the next chapter you will remember what you read four chapters ago, and add it chapter 8." Then there will be a sidebar that repeats this verbatim. The entire book could be written in a concise powerful 100 pager that would be an instant classic and sell a zillion copies. Instead, sadly, it will collect dust on shelves everywhere and look impressive in your library but not be read.

2) Key content is held back. You have to read fifty pages of nothing to get one sentence of value and then only a snippet of detail is given. Van Tharp is either too scared to commit his ideas to paper or wants to keep content available for his seminars or workshops (read high priced seminars & workshops).

To sum up: a dry, painful and depressing read; but one you must make to go to the head of the class and pass the exam.

If you want to pretend you read it, just say the following at your next cocktail party. "Yeah, position sizing is important. You can have a profitable system and still lose money like Van Tharp talks about in his book." That's it, I just just saved you 20 hours of reading torture; please send me a check in the mail.
64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Wallets Traders (and buy a different book) Feb. 6 2007
By Barbara Rose - Published on
The book starts off with "the holy grail" analogy that most traders search for, with Joseph Campbell quoted to eloquently lure you in (that gets you nowhere) and then goes on to pitch to YOU - hooked from the title, to find that perfect strategy for "Financial Freedom" only to end up reading a sales pitch, followed by some more inner searching, that TRULY DO NOT help you with "Trading Your Way to Financial Freedom."

What burns me about this book is that there are people who will be suckered into buying every "home study course" "weekend workshop" (for two grand) "CD Series" and it's a domino effect when you're promised to learn what the title says, and that is NEVER DELIVERED!

Here are some quotes written by the author - you're smart, judge for yourself:

"I am not a full-time trader. I do manage my company's retirement funds, but I'm a full-time coach for traders and there is a big difference. If I were a full-time trader, that's all I'd be doing."

(Well, in my humble opinion, then what is the REAL MOTIVE for this book???)

"For more information about business planning, I strongly recommend our business planning CD series."

(Excuse me; are we trying to SELL something here?)

"What are your five biggest sources of internal conflict?. . . If you know the answer, just list all of your sources of conflict. You don't have to limit it to five. For each source of conflict, identify the part of you that is involved (see book three of the Peak Performance Course to learn more about parts) and what it's positive intention is for you."

(rakes you over the coals with "the Peak Performance Course" adds some psychobabble and then another sales pitch below with some more quotes to get you going in circles)

"If you cannot think of five sources of internal conflict, then answer the fol¬lowing questions, and you'll probably find lots.

What's your financial freedom number? If you don't know, why not? If you do know, what steps have you taken to move toward financial freedom? If the answer is none, why not? Do you want financial freedom? And if you don't know anything about financial freedom, then read the first section of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom."


"First and foremost, I just want traders to know that it isn't hard to create a system that will generate 80R, which is 80% a year (if you risk 1%). The important part to realize is that every mistake that you make can cost you 2R, and your profits can just slip away. So the ultimate goal is to make as few mistakes as possible."


"If you create a good system and do not make mistakes, you can make a decent living trading."

(Are you convinced now?)

Bottom line: There is no "holy grail" or "perfect" market strategy - trade for the love of it, leverage and diversify to keep your sanity and peace of mind. All this book does is try to sell you more products and services, the one thing it does NOT do is what the title says, and that is ENTIRELY MISLEADING - and THAT is what I"m so steamed about.

My personal book recommendations in the financial arena are: "Think and Grow Rich in Sixteen Lessons" by Napoleon Hill along with an updated version of the original "Think and Grow Rich" also by Napoleon Hill. Both are available here on Amazon.
57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not lead you to financial freedom Jan. 6 2007
By Eric Everhard - Published on
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I bought this book based on the positive reviews, but found it to be disappointing. The author's writing style is difficult to read and he contradicts himself. He tries to appeal to a large audience by illustrating how some successful investors/traders (e.g. Warren Buffett) will do things. However some of these superstar investors implement strategies that are the antithesis of what Tharp is trying to promote. For example, Buffett never uses stops nor position sizing. He skims through some areas superficially. If you want to find out more, you need purchase additional products on his website. At the end of the day even Tharp has had only limited success in his teachings. Forget it and save your money.
42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NUTS AND BOLTS MISSING Sept. 2 2007
By RayGUN - Published on
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Great theory, a stock that goes up 15 points will cover losses of 14 stocks that go down 1 point so control your losses and come out 1 point ahead. No practical information on how to set up a trading system, only generalizations. This is the same book this guy wrote 10 years ago.
Great suggestions like be like Warren Buffet. Don't waste your money.
35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a trading book . It's useless babble Sept. 16 2009
By fabric - Published on
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This book came to me as great recommendation from several places . Compared with the posh title I thought this should be something spectacular . However , expectations are one thing , the facts another.
1.The reader may get a little confused at the beginning due to the overcomplicated language used by the author . Then at some point readers (at least some ) will start to realize that the author has tremendous potential of overcomplicating simple stuff and oversimplifying complex things.
2.The reader will have difficulties understanding what this book is about. Is it about traders as the posh title suggests? Or is it about investors ? and what kind of them ? short -term , long -term , value , growth ?The author just tried to pack in the book as much things as possible no matter what's the relevance of the material . How can a book that is supposedly about trading talk about W. Buffett? What has Buffett to do with trading for crise sake? How can you afford to talk such nonesense like value trading and so on...At the end the rEader will understand one thing- THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT TRADING .
3.The book is full of generalizations , contradictions and especially REPETITIONS. I will not delve into specific examples here but believe me you will read throughout the book all the same things and concepts served in different ways and talked with strange language . It looks like the author's aim was to make the book as thick as possible .
4.How can a guy that is not trading himself be one of the best trading coaches and write books about trading ? Only this question can arise plausible suspicion . I would never buy a book from people who are not traders themselves.
5 .Instead of wasting money and time on books written buy people whose only goal is to market their products people should start buying books from real traders . I would recommend reading some of Alexander Elder's which are top -notch books for trading .
6.The author is trying to sell all his products throughout this book . You will often stumble upon a statement which will announce something like this: If you want to know more buy my Excuse me are we writing a seriuos book or an advertisment pamphlet?
7.I know people pay a lot of money to trading coaches and thing like this . Would I trust this guy with my money ? Hell , no. What is going to teach me when he's not a trader ? Answer to that question before you put some serious money down the line .
8.The most annoying thing in the book (except everything aforementioned) is the always - to - be -right approach of the author . He will tell you how a trader came to him , he told him what to do but he didn't listen to him and failed and lost all of his money . How instructive!
9.Most of the paper is USELESS BABBLE .
10. Here is the iceberg -at the end of the book the author makes the stunning conclusion that everybody has to read his book at least 4-5 times. Is this guy nuts or is he really believing himself that his book is so great?
11.Judging by the reviews It's NO Wonder Why so Many Lose Money in the Markets
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