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Trading from Your Gut: How to Use Right Brain Instinct & Left Brain Smarts to Become a Master Trader [Hardcover]

Curtis Faith
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Book Description

December 12, 2009 0137047681 978-0137047680 1
Book annotation not available for this title.
Title: Trading from Your Gut
Author: Faith, Curtis M.
Publisher: Pearson P T R
Publication Date: 2009/12/18
Number of Pages: 202
Binding Type: HARDCOVER
Library of Congress: 2009037199

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“For all those who wonder if the powers of right brain thinking could apply to the trends-and-charts universe of stock and options trading, Curtis Faith has their answer. InTrading from Your Gut, Faith taps brain research, neurological models, and the wisdom of experience to provide a roadmap for decision making in a new era of volatility.”

-Daniel H. Pink, author ofA Whole New MindandDrive


“I consider a book to be worth reading if it helps me develop a major paradigm shift. The section in this book about how to train your brain to help you become an intuitive trader blew me away and gave some fantastic ideas that will significantly help traders learn to trade better. For me, that kind of idea-generating inspiration is what makesTrading from Your Guta great trading book.”

-Van K. Tharp, bestselling author ofTrade Your Way to Financial FreedomandSuper Trader


“…with the skill of both a trained psychoanalyst and market pro, Curtis Faith'sTrading from Your Gutexamines the human instinct behind our investment decisions. Because we are too often our own worst enemy in the markets, this is a unique and thoughtful guide to overcoming the biggest hurdle of financial success...ourselves.”

-Jonathan Hoenig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC and Fox News contributor


“Curtis Faith's new bookTrading from Your Gut…takes the insights derived from psychology, marries them to cogent observations by master traders like George Soros, and then superimposes them onto a series of analysis-based theories to deliver a cogent trading plan.”

-David Stevenson,Financial Times“Adventurous Investor” columnist


“…With the encouragement of this book, you will learn to listen to both your intuition and your intellect to become a more complete trader, giving yourself the edge for success.”

-Alan Northcott, author ofThe Complete Guide to Investing In Short Term Trading




Legendary traders like Jesse Livermore, George Soros, Richard Dennis, and Steven Cohen use their full range of powers that encompass both instinct and analysis. That's how they made their fortunes-and that's how you can, too. InTrading from Your Gut, Curtis Faith, renowned trader and author of the global bestsellerWay of the Turtle, reveals why human intuition is an amazingly powerful trading tool, capable of processing thousands of inputs almost instantaneously. Faith teaches you how to harness, sharpen, train, and trust your instincts and to trade smarter with your whole mind.


Just as important, you'll learn when not to trust your gut-and how to complement your intuition with systematic analysis.


You've got a left brain: analytical and rational. You've got a right brain: intuitive and holistic. Use them both to make better trades, and more money!


“Whole Mind” trading: the best of discretionary and system approaches

How winning traders use analysis and disciplined intuition together


How to profit from other traders' “Wrong Brain Thinking”

Understand other traders, without acting like them


How to provide a firm intellectual framework for your trades

What successful traders have discovered about the market's structure and laws


The unique value of intuition in swing trading

Use your intuition to trade patterns that computer technology can't recognize



About the Author

Curtis Faith is author of the bestselling book Way of the Turtle, which has sold 70,000 copies and has been translated into nine languages. In his early 20s, Faith earned more than $30 million as a member of the legendary Chicago trading group, the Turtles, a renowned group that started as a bet between founders Richard Dennis and William Eckhardt.


Drawing from his unique experience as an original Turtle and as a successful entrepreneur–having founded several software and high-tech startups–Faith has developed a “whole mind” approach that gives traders at all skill levels the tools to become master traders. Combining insights on trading psychology, managing risk, and trading methods, Faith delivers a method that is as much art as it is science and gives traders the tools to use all of the weapons at their disposal...namely, instinct and analysis. His most recent book is Inside the Mind of the Turtles.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (December 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137047681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137047680
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Curtis Faith is author of the bestselling book Way of the Turtle, which has sold 70,000 copies and has been translated into nine languages. In his early twenties, Faith earned more than $30 million as a member of the legendary Chicago trading group, the Turtles. He founded several software and high-tech startups, including a public company and an Inc. 500 firm, and is also the author of Inside the Mind of the Turtles and Trading From Your Gut.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff, But Not Enough of it to Fill a Book March 4, 2010
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In this book, former Turtle Curtis Faith takes a different approach from the trading systems orientation of his earlier Way of the Turtle. It's one that would seem to contradict his earlier focus on systems. After all, instinct and gut feel would seem to be the complete opposite of system trading. It's not really that simple, though.

At the core, Trading from Your Gut is about integrating the right-brain instincts and intuition you develop as a trader with the left-brain rational side from which systematic analysis and trading tends to flow. Faith spends a fair amount of time arguing for why that is important. In fact, the better part of the book could be said to fall into that area. The idea is that combining the two parts of your brain will make for much better results than either one on its own.

Now, having said that, Faith considers the swing trading timeframe the most optimal for trading with both sides of your brain. Real short-term trading, he contends, favors a more intuitive approach, while the timescales of long-term trade suit a more left-brain approach because there's plenty of time to think things through rationally. It's worth noting that an awful lot of traders seem to want to go the other way, make gut calls on long-term trades, but use mechanical systems for short-term trading.

If you're looking for short-cuts to develop intuition, though, you're out of luck. Faith tells you what you should already know - that you can only really do that by trading. That said, he does provide some tips for making the process more efficient and effective. There is, of course, a lot of trading psychology discussion in the book, which given the subject matter shouldn't come as a surprise. In fact, Van Tharp wrote the foreword.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Grow and Trust Your Instincts February 14, 2010
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First what this book is not: Not a "how to" book on stock trading. Not a primer for beginning investors. Not a treatise on any particular trading style. Therefore, "Trading from Your Gut" is not by itself a sufficient source of training for becoming a stock trader. But these "nots" are what make Mr. Faith's book unique and valuable - there is no other book that provides the same very valuable perspective.

His basis thesis - it's right there in the subtitle - is that a stock trader needs to use both his analytical and his intuitive abilities. He emphasizes that with practice the human mind can recognize general patterns in graphs and data that are very difficult for a computer to discern. The ability to immediately "see" that a stock is bouncing off of a support line or that it is "rolling over" may be a very reliable indicator that it is time to buy or to sell, and it often can be obvious with little more than a glance. For a busy trader in a fast-moving market, this special ability of the "right brain" is invaluable.

So, if your are a serious stock trader, the value of the book is in supplementing whatever traiding methods you may be using. It will give you confidence to trust your visual impressions and gut instincts even when you may not have the analytical backup for your decision, and especially when the analytics and intuition line up.

The author is a good storyteller and offers illustrations from a wide varitey of fields. His depth of personal experience and history of successful trading lends credibility to his ideas. I recommend this book as a very worthy addition to any stock trader's collection. It brings into focus what all us traders have sensed - that sometimes we just seem to know what to do without pulling out the calculator. Mr. Faith explains that this is not mysticism, but just another output of an experienced stock trading brain.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Material Is Dangerous September 11, 2010
I am a currency trader and have a read a decent amount of trading books covering technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and market/trading psychology. This was a tough one to finish. Trading the way Faith suggests in this book is a foolish venture. The content is riddled with holes and the psychology behind what he is saying will not help you be a better trader. I do agree that any person experienced in their field has a certain intuition that runs in the background of their thinking, but this intuition is based on years of study of actual principles tested in real life situations. It's not based on guessing or a "feeling" as that sort of approach is detrimental to trading.

Trading is a skill, and a difficult skill to master. The odds are stacked against you, maybe more than any other professional field. The last thing you want to be doing is making "gut" decisions. A recent best selling book by Malcolm Gladwell, titled Blink, deals with these same concepts you find in Faith's book, and while Gladwell's book is entertaining to read it is not something you should apply to trading. The element of risk that exists in trading is often what lures us into the fight. In the middle of that fight the uncertainty that looms has to be distilled and managed in order to make a decision. The only way to do this is by applying a set of time tested methods coupled with much practice.

A friend of mine recently put a big chunk of money with a forex trader. After 2 trades that resulted in a 50% draw on the account capital he asked the account manager what the heck he was doing putting so much of the capital at risk, and when he questioned the manager about a current losing trade he was in the guy's response was "don't worry, it will turn around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book on intuitive trading.
Published 5 months ago by I. Keren
3.0 out of 5 stars Doing what experts do does not make you an expert.
The author seems to confuse the results from the process. Experts can trade effectively using their gut and intuition because they have internalised the rules and parameters of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shellsnail
4.0 out of 5 stars The 2 sides of my brain are not speaking to each other
I have read a lot of books on trading. Like most of them, this one has a lot of good ideas. But anyone who thinks that you can become a master trader from reading this book is... Read more
Published 23 months ago by just saying
3.0 out of 5 stars Is your gut telling you to buy this book?
Then let your brain take over and do the math first.

That's the basic problem with Faith's non-methodology: he says to trust your intuition, but often says that in terms... Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful read
This book deals more with the psychology of a reader, which makes it a very important read for anyone wrestling with their fears in the trading world.
Published on July 20, 2012 by Frederick Couch
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible title-- great book!
This is a great book. But it is a book for experienced traders, and not for novices. I'd say have the knowledge of at least CMT lvl 1 and two years of experience, plus some... Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by Sandro Skansi
2.0 out of 5 stars Right, but HOW?
This book goes on and on about the importance of learning to get in touch with and trust your "right brain. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Romanator
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Not helpful at all. Even harmful to the novices
I like the author's other books. This one really disappointed me. Van Tharp is right in the foreword that those early paragraphs on trading psychology is substandard. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by ServantofGod
5.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive take on making investment decisions
Internet search engines seem able to deliver every possible answer for every imaginable question in an instant. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like my broker - or a pol spending other people's money
There is no question that intuition, i.e. GUT, plays a part in success. No less business luminary Jack Welch strongly advocates that idea. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Russ Emrick
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