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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.com (May 28 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9562914534
  • ISBN-13: 978-9562914536
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Before emigrating to America, Darvas studied economics at the University of Budapest. Arriving in the US in 1951, Darvas trained with his half-sister, Julia, to be a ballroom dancer, becoming extremely succesful and touring the world by 1956. He discovered investing in 1952, when a Toronto nightclub, unable to pay him in cash, instead paid him with shares. It was on a two-year tour of the world that he initially developed his 'Darvas Box' method of screening stocks - a method of picking stocks based on the stock's price and volume - and later went on to refine this to remove any human element from his trading to susbtantial success. Nicolas Darvas is regarded as one of the best traders in the history of the market and his method, whilst complicated and difficult to master, has been rigorously tested and has been found to be one of the best trading systems yet developed.


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By A Customer on April 6 1999
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As an older book for making money in the stock market, it is worth reading today for a few reasons. First, it reinforces the point that it is more important to avoid losses than to strive for gains. Darvas includes his rules for limiting losses. Second, this investing theory is oriented toward active, moving, growth stocks. With increasing volatility in the market, most stocks go through cycles, taking even many of the former value plays into a "growth cycle" arena for part of the year. Third, many people shy away from buying on margin, and maybe they should, but here is one philosophy for buying on margin that takes some of the risk out. This book would have been better if there were more details on what, how and when to do what is described. Other books since then have addressed these issues. One of the real problems that investors face is The Disbelief Stall: The idea that they won't really make money in the stock market. That leads to behaviors and bad decisions that reinforce that idea. Then based on those few experiences, they fall in to The Misconceptions Stall: That they may lose on each trade. That leads to The Procrastination Stall: Not getting out in time and incurring more losses. To learn more about these stalls that get in the way of being successful, you should also read THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION. Books like HOW I MADE $2,000,000 IN THE STOCK MARKET, HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN STOCKS, and the new books on E-trading help to break The Communications Stall and explain what to do, how to do it, and which investing style is comfortable for you based on each individual's objectives. With the right information, you will find your 2,000 percent or $2,000,000 solutions!
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I doubt doing the things he actually did to make his money would work today. But thankfully he documents all the mistakes he made before hitting it big.
Those mistakes would still be mistakes likely to cost an investor a lot of money. What he got right is much less important than what he got wrong.
Study the errors!!
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This is probably my favorite book on maneuvering in the stock market. If you read William O'neill's "How to make Money in Stocks", which is also excellent, you will find he uses and expands upon many of Darvas' principles. O'neill also lists it as one of his top ten must reads on the stock market. Darvas' rules for cutting losses have helped me to limit my losses from 2 to 5 percent on average. I have avoided some serious losses from time to time(some up to 75 percent) by using Darvas' principles and cutting my losses quickly and have avoided avery market downturn in the last two years. While everyone was in distress about the '98 bear market, I was comfortably on the sidelines with my funds in cash thanks to this wonderful book. If more stars were available to rate this book, I surely would have given them. By the way, they're out of print, but if you can get Darvas' other books, "Wall Street-The Other Las Vegas" and "You Can Still Make it the Market", these are other followups that are just as good as "How I Made $2,000,000" and will really drive the points of his methods home.
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I hestated to buy this book at first because it didn't seem too 'revelant' - Darvas was trading stocks back in the days of telegrams and newspaper quotes! But once started reading, I find it as a portrait of Darvas' journey of trading into a millionaire almost like an autobiography. He simply shared his story of investing back in the days, without trying to promote himself and without sounding like a guru. I find his strategies relevant enough to apply to even today's overflowing information on stocks. It doesn't teach you how to read candle charts or steps to build a winning portfolio, but it does give you the direction and simple-enough strategy on how to handle your own stock trading. Darvas is an artist, and this is reflected in his writing too.
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the theory of "boxes" was enunciated by jesse livermore in the book "reminiscences of a stock operator" about 40 yrs before darvas published his book. livermore used it in the early part of the 20th century to amass millions. darvas may have stumbled on the theory independently, and i believe such a methodology can work. my only reservation is that the book itself is written in the same way i would write a book if i wanted to create a fictional account of how i "made $2,000,000". there's just something about the organization of the book and the writing style that doesn't ring true. it's too "neat".

neverthless, the system is valid, and, although the author didn't use it this way, it can be used to short stocks in bear markets, too, by selling weak stocks as they fall through the bottom of their boxes and placing buy stops just above the tops of new boxes.

the book does a good job of describing the system. in reading some of the negative reviews, i believe these people haven't quite grasped what darvas was trying to say. but it is all here.
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By A Customer on Oct. 24 2003
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This is a nice little motivational book. Darvas went from an absolute novice who knew nothing about stocks to a millionaire in a short period of time. He basically stumbled upon simple price/volume technical analysis without realizing it. The lesson to be learned here is unemotional discipline, which Darvas clearly points out that he did not have at times and shows you the disasterous results. His trades are followed in detail along with the mindset that went along with each one. Surprisingly he really didn't diversify that much. There are no groundbreaking techniques here, but it is a fun read.
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