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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised ed. edition (Aug. 26 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471304972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471304975
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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By definition, investors' horizons are long-term (years) and traders' are short-term. This book is aimed at the latter, obviously limiting the scope of its applicability. Noted investment manager Sperandeo explains how he traces stocks and commodities using trends, Dow Theory, Fed-watching, stop-losses, charts, and the panoply of technical analysis combined with his own wrinkles. His chief antagonists are program traders (who move billions likewise in the short-term) and the whims of the market. In the second half, Sperandeo explores the psychology of trading and the use and importance of emotional discipline. He also stresses personal success, not just financial, and presents a solid condensed explanation of real economics, scathingly destroying the wishful-thinking economics of academics and politicians. First half fascinating + second half instructive = a buy for business collections.
- Alex Wenner, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Trader Vic — Methods of a Wall Street Master

"Investment strategies from the man Barron's calls "The Ultimate Wall Street Pro" Victor Sperandeo is gifted with one of the finest minds I know. No wonder he's compiled such an amazing record of success as a money manager. Every investor can benefit from the wisdom he offers in his new book. Don't miss it!"
Paul Tudor Jones, Tudor Investment Corporation

"Here's a simple review in three steps: 1. Buy this book! 2. Read this book! 3. See step 2. For those who can't take a hint, Victor Sperandeo with T. Sullivan Brown has written a gem, a book of value for everyone in the markets, whether egghead, novice or seasoned speculator."
John Sweeney, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities

"Get Trader Vic-Methods of a Wall Street Master by Victor Sperandeo, read it over and over and you’ll never have a losing year again."
Yale Hirsch, Smart Money

"I have followed Victor Sperandeo's advice for ten years, and the results have been outstanding. This book is a must for any serious investor."
James J. Hayes, Vice President, Investments Prudential Securities Inc.

"This book covers all the important aspects of making money and integrates them into a unifying philosophy that includes economics, Federal Reserve policy, trading methods, risk, psychology, and more. It’s a philosophy everyone should understand."
T. Boone Pickens, General Partner Mesa Limited Partnership

"This book gave me a wealth of new insights into trading. Whether you’re a short-term trader or a long-term investor, you will improve your performance by following Sperandeo’s precepts."
Louis I. Margolis, Managing Director, Salomon Brothers, Inc.

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By A Customer on April 15 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm sure people will not find this review "helpful" , which is typical of the masses. They hear what they want to hear, then blank out everything else because it is threatening information. Shrug.
I am well aware of all the solid reviews on this book, so I keep thinking I've missed something in my reading. I gave the book 2 stars for content, 3 because it was [cost effective]. It is definitely well written by someone who has quite a track record in trading. The one chapter on Dow Theory, 2B, trendlines and trend reversals was the only one worth mentioning. The rest of the book is lengthy filler material. Some good, some bad, mostly "average".
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Some years ago an experienced trader introduced
me to this book. I read it and I learned many
things from it. The main topics in this book
include: Preservation of capital, consistent
profitability, technical analysis and trading
rules, etc. Trader Vic also talked about
macroeconomics and how it affects the stock
One doesn't have to agree on everything trader
Vic said in his book. And I personally believe
that the writing style could be better. The
outstanding points in this book are Mr.
Sperandeo's great insights about trading and
his very practical real-world trading strategies.
This is a book every trader should read.
Rating: 4 ½ Stars
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...gives you a "street" perspective on trading. There's some useful information in this book, but also a lot of useless information such as Sperandeo's economic theories (which are just plain nuts). If you plan on trading it's a good book to read just for the value of seeing how Sperandeo approaches it.
I've read most books on trading and this one is neither exceptional nor terrible. Take from it what you will and apply it to your own knowledge.
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Victor Sperandeo says that if there were a Hall of Fame for trading he wouldn't be in it but he sees himself as a career pro who consistently performs at an elite level year after year. In fact consistent performance is his central theme, which he says requires not only a successful approach to trading but to life itself. He delves into this in the second part of the book that is dedicated to the psychological approach. Sperandeo says that he trained a group of traders but only a few were successful, and in searching for why he discovered the most important cause was false pride associated with the 'idealised self'. I found this interesting in that paying a ton of money to be taught by any of the world's so called greatest traders isn't any guarantee of success!
His reasons for writing the book it seems is frustration with the image the world has of traders in which the unsung career pro goes unnoticed. Whatever his reasons are it is a privilege to gain an insight into the mind and methodology of a New Market Wizard.
His methods are a mixture of fundamental and technical analysis. He uses economics as a forecasting tool and says that cycle analysis actually just gets in the way. If you can understand the fundamentals of economics you can interpret government intervention in the market and profit from it.University taught economics is useless for this. All booms and busts are a result of credit expansion in an effort to lower interest rates, whereas Keynesian economics attempts to use interventionalist policy to smooth out the peaks and troughs but in fact is the predominant cause. Surplus production, savings and innovation create wealth as much for the individual as the economy on the whole. Wealth is actually consumed by government created prosperity via deficit spending.
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When I first read this book a few years ago, my reaction was one of dismay- not because I was disappointed, but because I thought Vic’s stuff was so good that I hated the thought of any other traders getting their hands on it. Sperandeo is a trader’s trader, the kind of guy who sees life as a fun challenge and would be happy to trade anything from pork bellies to pokemon cards, as long as the liquidity and profit opportunity is there. His credentials- 10 years of 70%+ returns- are top notch as well. While those returns are well in the past now as this book is a little dated, someone who is able to demonstrate ability that consistently has learned the game well enough to clean up in most any environment.
His observations on treating trading like a business are golden. The three principles (I won’t divulge them here because you really need to buy this book if you haven’t read it), are elegant and to the point. They are the cornerstone of my trading philosophy and methodology.
Sperandeo’s explanation of trends is clear and succinct, and he cuts through many misconceptions of how to draw a trendline. His 1, 2, 3 method for determining a change in trend is simple and useful- so simple and useful, in fact, that it has been co-opted, doctored up and flogged to death by a certain get rich quick huckster (many of this huckster's faithful mistakenly think 123 tops and bottoms are his personal invention- as if ...).
The 2B is a powerful and useful tool, but one that needs to be used judiciously and in line with the overall trend from what I can see.
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