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Becoming a consistently successful trader is a tough job. It's a craft that requires extensive knowledge of the marketsinvolving a whole lot more than just finding the next great trading opportunityand a process that addresses many aspects of both the market's, and your own, behavior.
Nobody understands this better than author and longtime trader Peter Brandt. During his thirty-plus years in this field, he has made every mistake possible and learned some major lessons along the way. He also developed a set of guidelines, rules, and practiceswhich he refers to as the Factor Trading Planthat direct his trading decisions.
Now, in Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader, Brandt shares the experiences he has gained trading price charts over the years, and through a real-time journalwhich spans an arbitrary time frame of 21 weeks (from December 2009 to April 2010)skillfully shows how he goes about the difficult endeavor of trading the commodity and forex markets using classical charting principles.
Divided into four comprehensive parts, this personal and unique guide clearly reveals the uncertainty and emotions that surround trading and details an effective approach towards speculation that will give you an edge. Page by page, it:
Offers a real-time, play-by-play account of Brandt's trading activitiesthe good, the bad, and the uglyduring his 21-week journey, and provides valuable insights into market analysis, trade identification and selection, and risk management
Highlights the basic building blocks of the author's Factor Trading Plan and examines how his plan continues to evolve with the markets
Emphasizes the central role risk management plays in market speculationan even more important role than market analysis or trade selection
Reveals trading as a fundamental battle to overcome your basic human emotions
And much more
Unlike most books on this subject, which try to tell you how to trade, Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader offers a rare look at the realities of this discipline and provides you with a firm understanding of what it really takes to improve your performance over the long term.
"We've all read about the high rollers who go boom and bust, but this book is different. With straightforward prose, practical knowledge and honest counsel, Peter Brandt methodically explains what no one has before: how a dedicated individual can trade for a living. If that is your destination, this is your ticket."
—Robert Prechter, Elliott Wave International
"This book is insanely great. The refreshing clarity this book brings to the table is brilliant. I think this is an amazing, excellent book, one that could help a whole new generation of traders."
—Jack Sparrow, MercenaryTrader.com
"This is the most honest trading book of the last decade. Peter tracks recent trials and tribulations on his path to success dating back to the 1980s. He shares numerous insights into the emotional and technical challenges of trading, right down to his track record over the years. His ultimate success reflects the importance of staying true to a process while still allowing flexibility to modify rules as market conditions change. Anyone desiring longevity in the business really needs to read this book."
—Linda Raschke, trader, President of LBRGroup, Inc., and coauthor of the bestselling book, Street Smarts: High Probability Short Term Trading Strategies
"Almost every book about trading for a living is either fraudulent or boring (or both). This book is neither. Not only is it a good read for anyone seriously wanting to know what trading is really like, it is also very interesting, mostly due to its real-time, diary format. As someone who has done myself what he describes, I highly recommend it."
—Robert Zellner, independent trader, former director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and former CEO,Citicorp Futures Corp.
"Trading is not what most people think it is, as you will find out in this real-life experience from Peter Brandt, a well-seasoned trader. You will learn what he looks for in trades, what tells him to hop aboard and how to get out. Well worth reading!"
—Larry Williams, author and trader, www.ireallytrade.com
"Anyone interested in trading—and not just commodity trading—is going to cherish this book. Brandt's detailed diary is like a great novel, revealing the inner life and character of a trader, revealing the kinds of inner understanding we all need if we hope to navigate an ultimately unknowable future.?Traders would do well to try to become, as individuals, more like Peter Brandt."
—Lowell Miller, President and CIO, Miller/Howard Investments, Inc., author of The Single Best Investment
"Insights, observations, and practical information gleaned from over two decades of consistently successful trading performance. A must-read for anyone wishing to enter the world of risk."
—Daniel Chesler, CMT, President, Chesler Analytics LLC
"This book is a must-read for anyone who contemplates being an effective trader.? His exquisite use of charting techniques is spot on."
—Eero Pikat, President, Barchart.com Inc.
"A great book for advanced and beginning traders! The professional trading insights that Peter shares can help traders speed up the progress of their own trading by light years."
—Glen Larson, President, TradeNavigator.com
Becuase, for me, a book with four stars is the best.
That is why this book is so good because he doesn't just say "cut your losses" but rather shows you "when I make a trade and it goes against me, this is how I exit."
This book is required reading for anyone who is serious about becoming a successful trader.
The author is honest, thorough and an excellent writer. He provides valuable advice while sharing his story. Great read for any serious trader.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written book. Just by reading the first theoretical part of the book about authors's trading style and plan you can see that he knows a lot about trading and that he... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tomas Krejza
Honestly, I bought the book thinking it was something else but I was completely blown away by it. It changed my entire view of the markets and I've been using his techniques for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Middlelo
Contains very detailed description of setups, trades, psychology etc. Just like his previous book it is well organized and contains large number of charts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Viren Balsara
One of the reviews on the back cover of this book (I read the hard copy) suggests that this book is "insanely great". This is my sentiment exactly. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sukit Chawalitakul
If you're a professional trader, his strategies and system may really help you out. I'm a long term investor, but it was very interestingPublished 9 months ago by Magical Dragon
This book contained very sage advice on being or becoming a professional trader. Although I don't use his methods (I use Elliott Waves & indicators) it was still very valuable as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alan Downe
Most books with the words "Diary of" in the title tend to be anecdotal in nature describibg the highs and lows as a trader loses or makes large sums of money. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Albert Maxwell