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How Legendary Traders Made Millions: Profiting From the Investment Strategies of the Gretest Traders of All time Paperback – March 23, 2006


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Learn from the greats how to net big profits in bull, bear and non-trending markets alike

Legendary stock trader William O'Neil once described the stock market as "a maddeningly contrary beast." For him, the greatest traders are those who move with the market and not against it. In How Legendary Traders Made Millions, award-winning investment author and historian John Boik tells you how O'Neil and other legendary traders rode "the beast" to fortune through booms and busts alike--and how you can too.

Boik profiles eight of the greatest traders of all time, focusing on the historic trades and strategies behind the legends. With the help of exclusive Investor's Business Daily charts and data, he explores, decade by decade, how the market behaved over the past century, and how each trader took advantage of distinct market situations. And he gives you the specifics on dozens of important trades, described against the backdrop of the economic, political, and market environments in which each trader's strategy flourished.

Learn from the likes of Bernard Baruch, Jesse Livermore, Gerald Loeb, Richard Wyckoff, and Jim Roppel how to:

  • Use historical patters to read today's market cycles
  • Predict individual stock performance based on emerging trends
  • Spot key pivot points in market tops and bottoms
  • Discover the best time to buy individual stocks based on emerging trends
  • Know when to sell stocks to lock in profits

The first book to put the strategies of history's top traders in one place, How Legendary Traders Made Millions is your guide to riding the beast to outstanding profits.

About the Author

John Boik is a controller and market historian. His previous book, Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time was chosen by Barron's as one of the best 25 books of 2004. Please visit his website at www.johnboik.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071468226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071468220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author of three market books published by McGraw-Hill, Lessons From the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time was chosen by Barron's as one of the top 25 Best Books of 2004. A former stockbroker and currently a financial controller, his second book was released in April 2006 titled How Legendary Traders Made Millions. In the fall of 2007 his highly anticipated third title Monster Stocks will be released.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is laid out in decades. Each chapter covers 10 years starting from 1897 to the time to writing. Boik summarizes each decade in about 20 pages or so (about economy and how the legenardy traders did). Each chapter uses the same template and same wording which made it difficult to read and at times I thought I was reading the previous chapter. Boik also promotes his first book way too many times throughout. We get it!!! You have another book. So why 3 stars instead of 1? There are few good words of wisdom about trading.
I would recommend skipping this book (unless you want a summary) and read some of the classics:

The Battle for Investment Survival - Gerald Loeb
How to Make Money in Stocks - William o'Neil
How I Made Two Million Dollars in the Stock Market - Nicolas Darvas
Baruch: My Own story - Benard Baruch

The above traders are the featured traders in Boik's book so it would be better to get it straight from the source.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
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This book is an excellent history book that will also teach you how to trade stocks. The book covers the stock markets actions decade by decade for the entire twentieth century up to 2006. At the same time he explains what the great stock traders who lived at that time did in the market. He covers all the bear and bull markets and what caused them. I agree with him on the traders he covers, Livermore, Baruch, Loeb, William O' Neal, Nicholas Darvas, Jack Dreyfus, and Jim Roppel. (I would include Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch since the mutual fund manager Dreyfus was included). Every trader included became a millionaire off the market. You better to study? The author recaps at the kind all the similar characteristics that made these men so successful. Here are some of the similarities they all had:
1. Only trade in a bull market. Know the market trend.
2. Make your own decisions do not be influenced by others.
3. Learn from market history.
4. By stocks that have strong fundamentals that are leaders in their industry.
5. Buy more of a stock on the way up not down.
6. Buy stocks at 52 week highs breaking out of correct basing patterns.
7. Cut losses short let winners run.
I would also study William O'Neal's books and read Investors Business Daily if you want to be a successful trader or investor. It is all you will need. I really became successful trading stocks when I started following the principles in the books written by these authors.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Upticken on May 1, 2006
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This book shows in detail what it takes to go from inconsistent looser to consistent winner with real life examples spanning 100 years. Chapters 8- 12 are the best, detailing Willian O'Neil and Jim Roppel, giving many never before released information on O'Neil and how he made hundreds of millions using CANSLIM. The book shows how CANSLIM was developed, refined and successful over 100 years. With Roppel you get an inside look at the trials and tribulations necessary to make the system work. Very uplifting. The last chapter summarizes the traits all the greats possessed that helped them consistently blow away the market over 100 years. It also gives detailed market responses to every major market moving event, like the Cuban Missile crisis, rising and falling interest rates, G.D.P., and inflation. This is an indispensable reference for any serious investor. The new Market Wizards.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Muetterties on January 27, 2008
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I read the Battle for Investment Survival, by Gerald Loeb, back in the mid-seventies. It is THE all-time classic on successful investing in stocks.

This book springboards off of that type of investing philosphy and adds to it with the advice of other great traders.

The last few chapters get a bit focused on O'Niel and Roppel, but I think it was because the author had more access to info about them. It stars getting a bit self-serving toward the CAN SLIM method and Investors Business Daily.

All in all, it is well worth the price. I have already seen more success as a result of reading it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ServantofGod on October 5, 2008
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I rated the author's previous book "Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time" a four star and titled my review as "A shortcut to must reads about the best stock traders ever". To my disappointment, this latter one is so similar to that. The addition of three more legends (but with relatively less coverage) just didnt help. I felt strongly of being cheated. Even worse, the first one is much better. I would suggest potential buyers to get that instead of this.
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