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Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom Hardcover – December 13, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0071478717 ISBN-10: 007147871X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

The book includes some great trading systems.
The author repeats the same ideas over and over and I found very little meat in this book.
Jet Murphy
This book is a work of art,a must read for any serious trader.
Ronald Howard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Doucette on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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71 of 82 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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59 of 72 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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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By fabric on September 16, 2009
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This book came to me as great recommendation from several places . Compared with the posh title I thought this should be something spectacular . However , expectations are one thing , the facts another.
1.The reader may get a little confused at the beginning due to the overcomplicated language used by the author . Then at some point readers (at least some ) will start to realize that the author has tremendous potential of overcomplicating simple stuff and oversimplifying complex things.
2.The reader will have difficulties understanding what this book is about. Is it about traders as the posh title suggests? Or is it about investors ? and what kind of them ? short -term , long -term , value , growth ?The author just tried to pack in the book as much things as possible no matter what's the relevance of the material . How can a book that is supposedly about trading talk about W. Buffett? What has Buffett to do with trading for crise sake? How can you afford to talk such nonesense like value trading and so on...At the end the rEader will understand one thing- THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT TRADING .
3.The book is full of generalizations , contradictions and especially REPETITIONS. I will not delve into specific examples here but believe me you will read throughout the book all the same things and concepts served in different ways and talked with strange language . It looks like the author's aim was to make the book as thick as possible .
4.How can a guy that is not trading himself be one of the best trading coaches and write books about trading ? Only this question can arise plausible suspicion . I would never buy a book from people who are not traders themselves.
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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