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on October 14, 2003
I'm not a trader. I'm not an investor either. But someday I hope to be. I'm glad that I read this book first.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering an entry into trading, whether or not you plan on investing long term, short term, swing or day trading you'll gain some valuable information here. I think the most important point the author makes in the book is that trading or investing is often a game of the mind. The mind of the individual trader. It's you against you.
Then it's you against the other guy.
It's so obvious, but often forgotten, that when someone is selling something someone else is buying it and visa versa. Think about that. Whenever one guy sells a stock, some other guy thinks he's wrong and is buying it...
Also interesting in this book is the history. For any interested in a little bit of stock market history, this book coupled with a book called "The Screwing of the Average Man", will give some great insights into how much the general public is often played for a sucker.
Don't be a sucker, read this book and take to heart the strong advice on how not to lose.
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on August 1, 2002
Looking back on my trading career, I am grateful to have read this book when I did. It helped me frame my reactions to market moves and understand what to expect when I started trading, otherwise I would have torn my hair out a long time ago. It presents in a compelling anecdotal style what you can come to expect as a professional trader. The ups, the downs, the doldrums during vacation times, the market panic, etc. I recommend it to anyone who wants to begin trading. When you are done with that, then I recommend you check out a market timing book like Connors VIX Reversals and a simple, effective trading strategy like the One Day Breakout Method. These two books alone will help you make a lot of money in the markets. Take it from me and the thousands of dollars I lost before I decided to make my trading life less complicated.
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on July 13, 2003
I wish I had read this book fifteen years ago. It is the fictional account of the great stock speculator Jesse Livermore. The author presents his life starting from the bucket shops through his great gains and losses on the actual stock and commodities markets. There are so many pearls of wisdom in this book that can be gleaned by the typical (loser)investor that the book will probably pay for itself by avoiding the first bad trade. I am only giving it four stars because it is dated, but the psycholgy and behaviours has not chnaged since then, so it is still valuable for today.
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on February 8, 2003
So what can you learn from the story of a trader who lived decades ago? Well not much practically ... but the lessons of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator deal mostly in the psychological aspects of trading, contrarian points of view etc.
These days I would not recommend anyone look at this book for practical advice. There are a lot of other excellent source out there. I use a great program at
But if you are looking for an entertaining story about trading in days gone by .. then this is it.
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on March 3, 2003
Upon first read you are shocked at the uncanny similarities of yesteryear's financial markets and today's financial markets.
On second read you simply find the book quaint. This book holds a unique bible like quality for the financial industry as a whole. On those merits it is a very good read, although slow going in some parts.
I appreciate the book for what it is, a snapshot into the past, but find many more modern books more helpful in my trading decisions.
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on April 13, 1998
Reminiscences was a very interesting book and a nice change from more technical or even psychologically oriented ones. I would never recommend it as the first book on trading you should grab, however. Much of the insight would be lost on you unless you had at least given some blood to the markets. One thing that makes the book so great is that the reader gets to see examples of why the old trading maxims are what they are by the way they in which they are used.
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on March 25, 2004
It is amazing that with all the advancement in technology during this era, the basics of trading remain the same: fear and greed, supply and demand. I found this book enlightening in that it sheds light to human behavior and psychology of trading. If you're looking to find a mechanical system that tells you when and what to buy, go elsewhere. This book though, is a must read for anyone who wants to start trading stocks. I enjoyed it a lot.
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on November 28, 2002
Well here we are. So you know what I think about Reminiscenseces of a Stock Operator. The guys good, probably born with 80% LADY LUCK. But you and me, the average GI JOE is born with 49% Luck. Shooting for that 51%. Working from 9 to 5. You really have to dig deep to get anything out of this book. Basically the guys a lone wolf and he keeps it that way. There are some good points, even the expert can get "psyched-out."
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on November 17, 1997
reminiscences of a stock operator is an intersting book which talks a lot about the market patterns and behavior and how a young boy was able to capture many of the big moves. the book was recommended by a lot of traders and everyone i have told to read it really enjoyed it. read an live it!
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on December 6, 1999
In this book I enjoyed the psychological side of the stock market (greed end fear). I enjoyed the historical perspective too, for instance the author explained the stockmarket evolution during World War One. This book gives you a lot of advice for your own trading.
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