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VINE VOICEon February 15, 2008
I am a huge fan of the author of this book, Nicolas Darvas. I have used his system during bull markets with much success, returning $4000 profit per trade and $10,000 profit in one month trading an account under six figures. While he gives excellent insight in this book about some of his trading methods like finding the small companies that will benefit from a large companies new technology through suppling components, his previous books are much better. In this book (Written in 1970) the author predicts the coming boom in the over the counter market which is now known as the Nasdaq. He gives advice on coming hot industries and lays down some very good trading principles, but sadly most of his material is out dated. Buy this book to get a look at the way a master trader's mind works, but you really need his other books "How I made $2,000,000 in the stock market" and "Wall Street the other Las Vegas" to fully learn his amazing stock trading system that could make you wealthy during a bull market.
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on July 29, 1999
Best book you'll ever read on investing, if you believe that stocks should only be bought if they are going to go up. The author tells how he finally learned, through trial and error (mostly error), what distinguishing characteristics a stock that is going up posesses.
Just as important, he shows how to determine if the selection was wrong and expertly discusses the psychological struggles the mind deals with throughout the stock holding period. A MUST READ for anyone determined to consistently make money in the markets. Has helped my own investing tremendously.
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on May 24, 2013
I read Nicolas Darvas' "How I Made $2,000,000 . . ." and was so enthralled with his entertaining writing style and story telling I bought his "Las Vegas . . ." book as well. It too was written in the familiar Darvas style to which I was attracted. However, This "Over the Counter Profits" book is a departure from the writing style to which I was attracted. Perhaps it is the technical explanations which are over my head, as well as the fact that his experience comes from 1968 and I have a hard time believing that what he describes in the book still goes on in the market. Of course, after the Bernie Madoff scandal, anything is possible. Darvas eschewed penny stocks/low priced stocks in his first two books, but embraces them in this current book, explaining in the early years of his trading success he did not understand how the OTC worked, but now he does. Anyway, I gave the book 3-stars, not because there is anything inherently wrong with it's message, but because it did not meet my personal expectation, set by the quality, entertainment, and useful knowledge his first two book provided to me.
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on April 6, 2010
While everyone points to his other books, this one is exactly word for word almost William O'Neil's CANSLIM system. Here is all the emphasis on Institutional, earnings, the very predecessors of (original?) RS and EPS and all that group and industry leadership factors. It's ALL THERE!!!W.O.N. simply rephrased and added his chart patterns and cups with handles that complicate things also work about 20% only
or less in backtesting today. So how come O'Neil's book is great and the original not so, when even a kid can apply it with minor changes for today. Other new big shots are also picking NASDAQ stocks only on their websites right now in 2010 with the very same system and bragging about their random winnings now and then...
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on October 3, 2015
Great insight by author Darvas as usual. However, I would not recommend this book if you are into stocks as this book is not about stocks.
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on May 26, 2009
Having read other books by N. Darvas, I was glad to find this one still in print and able to add it to my collection. Price and delivery were excellent. As in all of Mr. Darvas's writings, the system he used may be controversal, but certainly interesting and worth noting.
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on January 23, 2011
i liked his first book, i thought i would learn something new, but mistaken, your money is better spent elsewhere
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on November 2, 2009
Darvas has a lot of useful information in terms of market timing and stock selection in his other books. This offering provides tips on purchasing over-the-counter stocks using 1970s technology and has no real usefulness today other than as historical background material.
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