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About the Author

Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., is an internationally known consultant and coach to traders and investors, as well as the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute. He is the author of multiple bestselling books on trading and investing, including Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading. Tharp is a highly sought-after speaker who develops courses and seminars for large banks and trading firms around the world. He has published numerous articles and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Barron's Market Week, and Investors Business Daily.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp stands out as an international leader in the industry. Helping others become the best trader or investor they can be has been Tharp's mission since 1982. Dr. Tharp offers unique learning strategies, and his techniques for producing great traders are some of the most effective in the field. Over the years, Tharp has helped people overcome problems with system development, trading psychology and success-related issues like self-sabotage. He is the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute, dedicated to offering high-quality education products and services for traders and investors around the globe. Learn more about his work at

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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Doucette on February 17, 2007
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I am rating this book 4 stars (higher than it deserves) since it will get you to examine your trading ideas objectively and because it has key ideas that every trader must know. That being said, I must make the following points:

1) The book is unedited. You will read sentences similar to the following: "In this chapter we will look at a key strategy and then add it to what you read in the previous chapter and then later in the next chapter you will remember what you read four chapters ago, and add it chapter 8." Then there will be a sidebar that repeats this verbatim. The entire book could be written in a concise powerful 100 pager that would be an instant classic and sell a zillion copies. Instead, sadly, it will collect dust on shelves everywhere and look impressive in your library but not be read.

2) Key content is held back. You have to read fifty pages of nothing to get one sentence of value and then only a snippet of detail is given. Van Tharp is either too scared to commit his ideas to paper or wants to keep content available for his seminars or workshops (read high priced seminars & workshops).

To sum up: a dry, painful and depressing read; but one you must make to go to the head of the class and pass the exam.

If you want to pretend you read it, just say the following at your next cocktail party. "Yeah, position sizing is important. You can have a profitable system and still lose money like Van Tharp talks about in his book." That's it, I just just saved you 20 hours of reading torture; please send me a check in the mail.
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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on February 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book starts off with "the holy grail" analogy that most traders search for, with Joseph Campbell quoted to eloquently lure you in (that gets you nowhere) and then goes on to pitch to YOU - hooked from the title, to find that perfect strategy for "Financial Freedom" only to end up reading a sales pitch, followed by some more inner searching, that TRULY DO NOT help you with "Trading Your Way to Financial Freedom."

What burns me about this book is that there are people who will be suckered into buying every "home study course" "weekend workshop" (for two grand) "CD Series" and it's a domino effect when you're promised to learn what the title says, and that is NEVER DELIVERED!

Here are some quotes written by the author - you're smart, judge for yourself:

"I am not a full-time trader. I do manage my company's retirement funds, but I'm a full-time coach for traders and there is a big difference. If I were a full-time trader, that's all I'd be doing."

(Well, in my humble opinion, then what is the REAL MOTIVE for this book???)

"For more information about business planning, I strongly recommend our business planning CD series."

(Excuse me; are we trying to SELL something here?)

"What are your five biggest sources of internal conflict?. . . If you know the answer, just list all of your sources of conflict. You don't have to limit it to five. For each source of conflict, identify the part of you that is involved (see book three of the Peak Performance Course to learn more about parts) and what it's positive intention is for you.
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Eric Everhard on January 6, 2007
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I bought this book based on the positive reviews, but found it to be disappointing. The author's writing style is difficult to read and he contradicts himself. He tries to appeal to a large audience by illustrating how some successful investors/traders (e.g. Warren Buffett) will do things. However some of these superstar investors implement strategies that are the antithesis of what Tharp is trying to promote. For example, Buffett never uses stops nor position sizing. He skims through some areas superficially. If you want to find out more, you need purchase additional products on his website. At the end of the day even Tharp has had only limited success in his teachings. Forget it and save your money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim McDaniel on July 12, 2008
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I'm of the opinion that reviews on stock trading books depend more on degree on the experience and outlook of the reviewer more than the book. At times this makes it difficult to figure whether a book is going to be relevant to me. So I'll describe myself a bit.

I have been investing in stocks for many years using the stock picks from one or two good sources. It's been a way to build retirement income in my spare time. I've been moderately successful, but nothing to brag about. In the past few years I've been gradually becoming more active in trading, making many trades a month and recently many per week. I'm considering trading as a living or at least a part-time income.

I've studied fundamental and technical analysis through literature, webs sites, some books, newsletters, and my broker's courses, though I don't pretend to be even close to being any sort of expert. Tharp's book is the first time I've seen what I would consider a fundamental "text book" on trading. It's not a book on how to pick stocks or entry points though the subjects are discussed in the context of an overall system.

Tharp has created a paradigm shift in my thinking. He walks you through all the elements of a successful trading system, including how to define and measure one and how to think about trading. He asks questions and gives practical examples so you get the ideas and the importance of the issues. He's careful to work through examples and explain himself better than any financial book I've read so far, though he does not explain some technical analysis terms. But they aren't necessary to getting the value of the book (and give you some good topics for your own research). I've been at it long enough to realize that he's pretty thorough in the issues he wants you to consider.
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