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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132695243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132695244
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

“An outstanding book for anyone who wants to become rich by trading markets. Highly recommended!”

--Marc Faber, Managing Director, Marc Faber Ltd., and Editor, “Gloom Boom & Doom Report”


“If you are even thinking of a career in trading, put down all the other books. Buy this one. Read it. Now you can start your career.”

--James Altucher, Managing Director, Formula Capital


“A rapidly moving, non-technical, and outside-the-box effort that smartly captures the essentials of trend following.”

--Peter Borish, Chairman and CEO, Computer Trading Corp


“Covel offers a breezy rumination on what is right about trend following and what is wrong about conventional trading approaches.”

--Jack Schwager, Author of Market Wizards and Schwager on Futures series


Trend Commandments is definitely one to add to your financial bookshelf.”

--David Stendahl, Signal Financial Group


“I’m certain you’ll be a successful trader if you follow the ideas Covel outlines in Trend Commandments.”

--Steve Sjuggerud, DailyWealth


Trend Commandments is essential reading for those who have the desire to thrive and survive in an era of fast-paced trending markets.”

--Jim Puplava, CEO, Chief Investment Strategist, PFS Group


“Covel challenges readers to...question their beliefs about market ‘truths’ ingrained in them for years. Forewarned, you just may never see the world the same way again.”

--Mebane Faber, Cambria Investment Management


“Wide-ranging, irreverent, revealing, eminently quotable, and right on the money.”

--Charles Faulkner, Market Wizard Trading Coach


In the bestsellers Trend Following and The Complete TurtleTrader, Michael W. Covel introduced trend following trading with painstaking detail and real-life stories. This new book offers a 360-degree vision designed to teach, compare, contrast, inspire, and push you to trend trading success.


Up? Down? It doesn’t matter. There are always trends, and that means there are always profits. Many of the world’s top traders are trend followers: That’s key to a fortune. You can do it, too--and now you have the rare perspective it takes to be a trend following winner.


One bite-size concept and illustration at a time, Covel shows how you can get ahead in an age of nonstop financial crisis and deepening instability. Winning means the right techniques, psychology, philosophy, and even skepticism--it’s all part of the learning, then earning process.


Trend Commandments delivers real moneymaking insights developed and cultivated from 15 years of behind-the-scenes research--intellectual access you can’t fake. It’s the most digestible and one-of-a-kind trend trading book ever written. 

  • Reap the spoils when domestic and global markets crash...
    and find big waves to ride even when people aren’t panicking
  •  Don’t waste time trying to predict the future...
    learn how to think and react to what is actually happening
  •   Decipher the ‘noise’ in a sea of competing voices...
    let go of ‘value,’ mutual funds, the Buffett legend, and Goldline (to name a few)
  •  Listen to the market. It always tells the truth...
    and the “price” is the only true trading reality you can trust

About the Author

Michael W. Covel serves as President of Trend Following (TurtleTrader), a privately owned research firm. In 1996, Covel colaunched It has attracted millions of visitors.


His first book is Trend Following: How Great Traders Make Millions in Up or Down Markets (FT Press, Apr. 04, Nov. 05, Feb. 07, and Feb. 09). This must-have classic has been translated in German, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, French, Arabic, Turkish, Portuguese, and Russian.


His second book, The Complete TurtleTrader: The Legend, the Lessons, the Results (Collins, Oct. 07 and Feb. 09), is the only narrative account of trader Richard Dennis and his student traders, the Turtles. It has become the definitive book on the subject and has been translated in German, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, and Russian.


His first documentary film is Broke: The New American Dream. It explores human behavior and trend following during the 2007-2009 market crash and premiered on The Documentary Channel fall 2009. The film was shot in 13 major cities on three continents. Top traders Larry Hite, Jim Rogers, David Harding, Mark Mobius, and Bill Miller appear. Nobel Prize winners Harry Markowitz and Vernon Smith also appear.

More About the Author

Michael Covel passionately teaches the lessons of the great traders who have made their fortunes over the last four decades. Forget Buy and Hold and CNBC; those are not Michael's game. His subject of choice is an obscure trading style called 'trend following trading' that has produced untold millionaires and a few billionaires. It is a style of trading ignored by the mainstream press, all universities and much of Wall Street. Michael is now considered the point person on trend following trading.

In 1996 Michael co-launched a website titled®. It has attracted millions of visitors and thousands of clients all looking for insights into trend following trading. The journey to uncover the secretive world of the most successful money makers around, cracking their 'code' so to speak, honed Michael's investigative skills and built®.

Following on the success of TurtleTrader®, Michael's first book Trend Following: How Great Traders Make Millions in Up or Down Markets (FT Press, Apr. 04, Nov. 05, Feb. 07 and Feb. 09) hit the streets. It profiled great trend following traders and explained trend following in print for the first time. It quickly became a bestseller and has sold over 100,000 copies. It is available in German, Japanese, Chinese (Complex and Simplified), Korean, French, Arabic, Turkish and Russian. The book struck a chord with individual and professional investors alike.

Michael's second book The Complete TurtleTrader: The Legend, the Lessons, the Results (Collins, Oct. 07 and Feb. 09) is different. It is the definitive behind the scenes look at a real life trading legend. It is a narrative account of super-trader Richard Dennis and his student traders nicknamed the 'Turtles'. You think trading success only happens for people born with a silver spoon? This book will prove you wrong! It is the true story of nurture trumping nature and has become an inspirational lynch-pin for tens of thousands.

Following his two books Michael directed his debut documentary film Broke. It premiered on 'The Documentary Channel' in October 2009. It explores human behavior (read: behavioral finance) during the 2007-2009 market crash. It is Michael's 75,000 mile odyssey through a Tokyo fish market, a Virginia sheep farm, a lottery store and Las Vegas and Macau poker tables all to learn how and why we make so many wrong financial decisions.

Michael and his team shot the film in 13 major cities and packed it with big time names in the trading world (Larry Hite, Jim Rogers, David Harding, Mark Mobius, and Bill Miller to name a few). Michael also conducted face-to-face interviews with legendary Nobel Prize winners Dr. Harry Markowitz and Dr. Vernon Smith. Michael's film is a non-partisan, timeless and common sense message that everyone can embrace.

Customer Reviews

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Thirst for knowledge
Out of millions of investors very few will actually read this book...and those are the ones who will make all of the money.
D. Stewart
I just finished reading Michael Covel's latest book Trend Commandments and it's a great follow up to his previous books.
Mike Shell

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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2011
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This is a very valuable book because it distills the wisdom of some of the world's greatest traders into one place. Michael Covel has spent 15 years studying the methodology, risk management, and psychology of legends like Ed Seykota, Larry Hite, previous turtle traders, Paul Tudor Jones, Salem Abraham and many others. He has also studied the entire history of trend following and the writings of historical figures like Jesse Livermore, Richard Donchian, and Charles Dow.

This book is compilation of the principles that real life trend followers used to make and keep millions, and for some billions in the market. Any trader should be able to pick up this book and get inside the minds of these market wizards.

The problem is that many people do not "get" trend following. They ignore the success of these traders and want to opine about how it does not work, or complain that the draw downs are to large, or that these are only the "survivors" what about the trend following losers? I would like to say these are not the authors opinions these are proven principles, the success of this style of trading has been proven, draw downs occur for all traders (except for frauds like Bernie Madoff), and I do not know of any trend followers who blew up that used proper risk management.

I can say from personal experience of successful trading and my own track record of capital growth at a cumulative total of over 200% in an 8 year period when the market was essentially flat, that trend following works. The principles of Covel's book Trend Following was a major early influence for me. The principles I learned from Covel's book along with the Nicolas Darvas books showed me the importance of reversing my positions and stopping losses when a trend reversed.
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104 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Osmun R. Latrobe VINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
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Writing this review goes against my visceral feelings. After reading this book, I have an almost overwhelming desire to be subjective. But, keeping that in check, these are my objective evaluations.

Ever been to one those free seminars that promise to teach you how to become a millionaire in your spare time? I have not, but I do know that they don't teach you anything. They are a prelude for an expensive course that promises to teach you how to become a millionaire in your spare time. Which of course it doesn't, but that's because you didn't focus hard enough. This is like the seminar, except that it is not free and there is no follow-up course. After reading this book the only thing you will know about trend trading is what you knew when you started (actually more likely less). This book is pure salesmanship, pretending to teach you about trend trading, when all it does is give a sales pitch that trends are the thing. Most of its contents are glowing reports of the success of the writer's friends, who oddly happen to be the same people who wrote the endorsements in the book description. And, to give it objectivity, it throws in personal attacks on W. Buffett and "value investing", but who, it is disclosed, is actually a trend trader, or not, depending upon which paragraph you read.

The book contains not one useful idea about trading trends. Worse, it is dramatically self-contradictory:

Never get greedy, no one can predict the market tops, versus the secret of success is letting your winning positions ride.

Always let your winning positions ride versus be sure to use stop loss orders to prevent reversals. Well how do you account for interim fluctuations, the variability that is a natural part of trends.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2011
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Anyone who has read any of Michael W. Covel's books knows from the outset that this newest book TREND COMMANDMENTS is going to be not only a learning experience but a very supportive tome of advice and reassurance about a subject few of us understand. Having read 'The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires' this reader jumped at the chance to see what else Covel has up his sleeve.

Trend Trading may seem like yet another of those big money terms that leaves the bulk of us on the outside. But as presented by Covel it is understandable as a concept and accessible as a means of approaching the money market. By definition, 'Trend following is an investment strategy that tries to take advantage of long-term moves that seem to play out in various markets. The strategy aims to work on the market trend mechanism and take benefit from both sides of the market, enjoying the profits from the ups and downs of the stock or futures markets. Traders who use this approach can use current market price calculation, moving averages and channel breakouts to determine the general direction of the market and to generate trade signals. Traders who employ a trend following strategy do not aim to forecast or predict specific price levels; they simply jump on the trend and ride it.'

And that is exactly what Covel encourages in this well-written book. He offers insights into the strategies that the big moneymakers use to be true winners 'grounded in real performance results and not squishy opinions.' In these chaotic economic times it is comforting to read a book by an informed man who tells it like it is and follows those realities with his own brand of optimism and self-sufficiency. the book reads well, does not bog down with data charts that are page flippers for novices, but steadily stands behind our insecurities and creates positive transformations. Grady Harp, July 11
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