Favourite Books

Stock Charts For Dummies – by Greg Schnell

The easy way to get started in stock charts

Many trading and technical analysis books focus on how to use charts to make stock trading decisions, but what about how to actually build a chart? Stock Charts For Dummies reveals the important stories charts tell, and how different parameters can impact what you see on the screen. This book will explain some of the most powerful display settings that help traders understand the information in a chart to find outperformance as its beginning.

Stock Charts for Dummies will teach you how to build a visually appealing chart and add tools based on the type of trading or investing decision you’re trying to make. It will also introduce you to the pros, cons, and best practices of using three key types of charts: Candlesticks, Bar Charts, and Line Charts.

  • Build and use technical chart patterns
  •  Increase profits and minimize risk
  • Track and identify specific trends within charts

A unique guide for beginning traders and investors, Stock Charts for Dummies will help you make sense of stock charts.

Link – Stock Charts For Dummies

The New Trading for a Living: Psychology, Discipline, Trading Tools and Systems, Risk Control, Trade Management – by Alexander Elder

The best-selling trading book of all timeupdated for the new era

The New Trading for a Living updates a modern classic, popular worldwide among both private and institutional traders. This revised and expanded edition brings time-tested concepts in gear with today’s fast-moving markets, adding new studies and techniques for the modern trader.

This classic guide teaches a calm and disciplined approach to the markets. It emphasizes risk management along with self-management and provides clear rules for both. The New Trading for a Living includes templates for rating stock picks, creating trade plans, and rating your own readiness to trade. It provides the knowledge, perspective, and tools for developing your own effective trading system.

All charts in this book are new and in full color, with clear comments on rules and techniques. The clarity of this book’s language, its practical illustrations and generous sharing of the essential skills have made it a model for the industry—often imitated but never duplicated. Both new and experienced traders will appreciate its insights and the calm, systematic approach to modern markets.

The New Trading for a Living will become an even more valuable resource than the author’s previous books:

  • Overcome barriers to success and develop stronger discipline
  • Identify asymmetrical market zones, where rewards are higher and risks lower
  • Master money management as you set entries, targets and stops
  • Use a record-keeping system that will make you into your own teacher

Successful trading is based on knowledge, focus, and discipline. The New Trading for a Living will lift your trading to a higher level by sharing classic wisdom along with modern market tools.

Link – The New Trading for a Living: Psychology, Discipline, Trading Tools and Systems, Risk Control, Trade Management

The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires Paperback – by Michael W Covel

This is the true story behind Wall Street legend Richard Dennis, his disciples, the Turtles, and the trading techniques that made them millionaires.

What happens when ordinary people are taught a system to make extraordinary money? Richard Dennis made a fortune on Wall Street by investing according to a few simple rules. Convinced that great trading was a skill that could be taught to anyone, he made a bet with his partner and ran a classified ad in the Wall Street Journal looking for novices to train. His recruits, later known as the Turtles, had anything but traditional Wall Street backgrounds; they included a professional blackjack player, a pianist, and a fantasy game designer. For two weeks, Dennis taught them his investment rules and philosophy, and set them loose to start trading, each with a million dollars of his money. By the time the experiment ended, Dennis had made a hundred million dollars from his Turtles and created one killer Wall Street legend.

In an era full of slapdash investing advice and promises of hot stock tips for “the next big thing,” as popularized by pundits like Jim Cramer of Mad Money, the easy-to-follow objective rules of the TurtleTrader stand out as a sound guide for truly making the most out of your money. These rules worked—and still work today—for the Turtles, and any other investor with the desire and commitment to learn from one of the greatest investing stories of all time.

Link – The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires

How to Make Money in Stocks, A Winning System in Good Times and Bad – by William J. O’Neil

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

“The market has a simple way of whittling all excessive pride and overblown egos down to size. After all, the whole idea is to be completely objective and recognize what the marketplace is telling you, rather than try to prove that the thing you said or did yesterday or six weeks ago was right. The fastest way to take a bath in the stock market or go broke is to try to prove that you are right and the market is wrong.”William O’Neil

Anyone can learn to invest wisely with this bestselling investment system!

Through every type of market, William J. O’Neil’s national bestseller, How to Make Money in Stocks, has shown over 2 million investors the secrets to building wealth. O’Neil’s powerful CAN SLIM® Investing System, a proven 7-step process for minimizing risk and maximizing gains has influenced generations of investors.

Based on a major study of market winners from 1880 to 2009, this expandededition gives you:

  • Proven techniques for finding winning stocks before they make big price gains
  • Tips on picking the best stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs to maximize your gains
  • 100 new charts to help you spot today’s most profitable trends

PLUS strategies to help you avoid the 21 most common investor mistakes!

“I dedicated the 2004 Stock Trader’s Almanac to Bill O’Neil: His foresight,innovation, and disciplined approach to stock market investing will influence investors and traders for generations to come.” – Yale Hirsch, publisher and editor, Stock Trader’s Almanac and author of Let’s Change the World Inc.

Investor’s Business Daily has provided a quarter-century of great financial journalism and investing strategies.” – David Callaway, editor-in-chief, MarketWatch

How to Make Money in Stocks is a classic. Any investor serious about making money in the market ought to read it.” – Larry Kudlow, host, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”

Link – How to Make Money in Stocks, A Winning System in Good Times and Bad

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars – by Jim Paul

Jim Paul’s meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all―his fortune, his reputation, and his job―in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul’s disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

This book―winner of a 2014 Axiom Business Book award gold medal―begins with the unbroken string of successes that helped Paul achieve a jet-setting lifestyle and land a key spot with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It then describes the circumstances leading up to Paul’s $1.6 million loss and the essential lessons he learned from it―primarily that, although there are as many ways to make money in the markets as there are people participating in them, all losses come from the same few sources.

Investors lose money in the markets either because of errors in their analysis or because of psychological barriers preventing the application of analysis. While all analytical methods have some validity and make allowances for instances in which they do not work, psychological factors can keep an investor in a losing position, causing him to abandon one method for another in order to rationalize the decisions already made. Paul and Moynihan’s cautionary tale includes strategies for avoiding loss tied to a simple framework for understanding, accepting, and dodging the dangers of investing, trading, and speculating.

Link – What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications – by John J. Murphy

One of the Bibles of Technical Analysis, this book is also prerequisite reading for any serious or professional technical analyst. This outstanding reference has already taught thousands of traders the concepts of technical analysis and their application in the futures and stock markets. Covering the latest developments in computer technology, technical tools, and indicators, the second edition features new material on candlestick charting, intermarket relationships, stocks and stock rotation, plus state-of-the-art examples and figures. From how to read charts to understanding indicators and the crucial role technical analysis plays in investing, readers gain a thorough and accessible overview of the field of technical analysis, with a special emphasis on futures markets. Revised and expanded for the demands of today’s financial world, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in tracking and analyzing market behavior.

Link – Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator – by Edwin LefÚvre

“Although Reminiscences…was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer’s frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.”
Worth magazine

“The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefèvre, first published in 1923.”
The Seattle Times

“After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites.”
Kenneth L. FisherForbes

“A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced.”
William O’Neil, founder and Chairman, Investor’s Business Daily

“Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular and in print eighty years on.”
GQ magazine

First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever. Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life—and your portfolio.

Link – Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – by Malcolm Gladwell

In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within.

“We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.”

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” 

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police.

“Often a sign of expertise is noticing what doesn’t happen.”

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Link – Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Bollinger on Bollinger Bands – by John Bollinger

John Bollinger is a giant in today’s trading community. His Bollinger Bands sharpen the sensitivity of fixed indicators, allowing them to more precisely reflect a market’s volatility. By more accurately indicating the existing market environment, they are seen by many as today’s standard—and most reliable—tool for plotting expected price action.

Now, in Bollinger on Bollinger Bands, Bollinger himself explains how to use this extraordinary technique to compare price and indicator action and make sound, sensible, and profitable trading decisions.

Concise, straightforward, and filled with instructive charts and graphs, this remarkable book will be essential reading for all serious traders, regardless of market. Bollinger includes his simple system for implementation, and techniques for combining bands and indicators.

LINK – Bollinger on Bollinger Bands

Trading with Ichimoku Clouds: The Essential Guide to Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Technical Analysis – by Manesh Patel

The essential guide to today’s hottest technical indicator-the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo cloud chart

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo is a technical system that illustrates support and resistance values in a simplified form and is considered an extension of the very popular candlestick charting system. In fact, the system was built on the idea that at “one glance” you should be able to determine whether an instrument is in equilibrium (consolidation) or out of equilibrium (trending).

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Trading with Ichimoku Clouds offers a solid foundation in this discipline as well as its technical strategies. It shows you how to create and implement a trading plan based on this approach that can easily be tailored to your trading style.

  • First available U.S. publication on this hot trading trend
  • Reveals how Ichimoku Clouds work in both bullish and bearish markets
  • Highlights how these strategies can easily be adopted for stocks, futures, bonds, and other vehicles
  • Works with all timeframes and all tradable instruments

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, Trading with Ichimoku Clouds will help you implement a proven strategy designed to capture trends that maximize profits and minimize losses. Furthermore, the user will be taken step by step through the entire decision-making process of trading an instrument for two years (back test).

LINK – Trading with Ichimoku Clouds: The Essential Guide to Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Technical Analysis

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds – Financial edition by Charles Mackay

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

First published in 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is often cited as the best book ever written about market psychology. This Harriman House edition includes Charles Mackay’s account of the three infamous financial manias – John Law’s Mississipi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble, and Tulipomania. Between the three of them, these historic episodes confirm that greed and fear have always been the driving forces of financial markets, and, furthermore, that being sensible and clever is no defence against the mesmeric allure of a popular craze with the wind behind it. In writing the history of the great financial manias, Charles Mackay proved himself a master chronicler of social as well as financial history. Blessed with a cast of characters that covered all the vices, gifted a passage of events which was inevitably heading for disaster, and with the benefit of hindsight, he produced a record that is at once a riveting thriller and absorbing historical document. A century and a half later, it is as vibrant and lurid as the day it was written. For modern-day investors, still reeling from the dotcom crash, the moral of the popular manias scarcely needs spelling out. When the next stock market bubble comes along, as it surely will, you are advised to recall the plight of some of the unfortunates on these pages, and avoid getting dragged under the wheels of the careering bandwagon yourself.

Link – Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: Financial edition

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