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How I learned to Trade like Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista: Book One, Trade Mechanics (Volume 1) Paperback – September 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: How I learned to trade like Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Antonio Rihan; 1 edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615857752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615857756
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Nice job Tony from Mexico.
Steven J. Kelly
I highly recommend this book if you want to learn how to trade.
J. Koh
It is full of typos and sentences that don't make sense.
Oracle2k

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Abed T. Benbrahim on November 4, 2013
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This book is okay, and certainly has the information you need to understand the various option strategies, but it is missing context for volume 1 of a series. I was looking for a book I could give a friend to help them understand what it is I do, and why I do it, This is not it. Tony, maybe you will come out with volume 0, or I will have to write it! Here is a starting table of content of what is missing to start you out: -):
-Understanding price movement (random walk, 52% positive drift, etc..., with actual studies)
-Options fundamentals (what is a call, what is a put, rights of buyer, obligations of a seller)
-Understanding option pricing (time, decay, HV and IV, Black Sholes, probabilities)
-Understanding the Greeks
-Synthetics (-put=stock-call (covered call), etc...)
-Selecting a broker (understanding commissions, must haves in a position display, etc..)
-Risk Management and Trade Sizing, standard deviation, etc...
-Your first trades (with criteria)
I know you cover some of these topics, but a paragraph is not enough for someone just starting out, a whole chapter is needed, with justification, rationale, studies and examples, not just statements of fact.

The catalog is also incomplete in describing probabilities, and probabilities is what we are all about. For example, for long call or long put, it would be nice to show a sample trade, show the low probability and demonstrate why it is not a good idea.

Overall a nice almanac of 22 option strategies, especially useful when you need to learn or review about something like a calendarized put vertical, but definitely not the book that will have you trading the tasty trade way, unless you are a regular watcher of the network and just need this as a reference
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oracle2k on April 13, 2014
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It is full of typos and sentences that don't make sense. These errors occur in places where they confuse the reader about the strategies. Like at page 76: long put call calendar should be long put calendar. But how would a newbie know that? I only know it because I've been studying this a while. I appreciate Mr. Rihan taking the time to write all this down, but I wish he would have paid more attention to detail when proofreading. I could maybe overlook all the errors in an e-book, but his book is bound and sells for $30+. And as long as I'm giving constructive criticism, I'd like to see his good trade, bad trade cheat sheets printed in darker ink so they can be read more easily. They look like bad photocopies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bassett on January 12, 2014
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Way too basic. All the info was just options 101 you can easily get on any basic options website. Don't waste your money on this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Calderwood on June 23, 2014
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I commend anyone who tries to self publish, especially on complex topics. However, this author really fails in a big way when it comes to editing. Aside from the grammatical and obvious copy and paste of different sections as mentioned by other reviewers, I really could not get past the *huge* error made in the Short Put section of the book. Under the Max Loss subsection it says "The good thing is that stocks only go to Zero, so $0.00 would be your max loss." This statement is utterly ridiculous. He even continues to use the $0 max loss phrasing throughout the section. The graph at the end of the section is labeled incorrectly as well. He never correctly explains the rather large downside risk potential for this strategy; it's glossed over just prior to the above quote. Almost as if to say it's no big deal. I believe this kind of mistake in a book targeted towards beginners is dangerous. If I didn't know better I'd think "Holy cow! I can write naked puts with no possible loss! Sign me up!" It's crazy.

As for the rest of the book, you can definitely find most of the info presented online. For free. I suggest looking there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WilliamB on December 15, 2013
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My original review of this book was negative. But after having it for a week my feelings on it have changed so dramatically I have to rewrite my review because I have turned a 180 on it.

First off, the buyer should be aware that this is basically a quick reference guide for the strategies Tom and Tony use. At first I was negative about this book because the information in here is available on the site. However, using this book as a reference while going through the archives such as Anatomy of a Trade makes it invaluable.

All bases are covered for each trade style and the best part is that they are in a pithy format so you won't have to waste time running through a bunch of filler that other financial books sometimes have. Every word of this book is pertinent information. So if you're watching the show and Tom says he's putting on an Iron Condor or something else you may not be completely familiar with you can check it out in the book quickly, making the show that much easier to follow along with. I love this book!

It may seem a little pricey, but the author, Tony from Mexico, who is a frequent caller to the show created this book as a service to it's followers, and the best part is that he gives all profits to a charity buying needy kids their school supplies.

If you're new to TastyTrade, take it from someone who has tried to learn off the slides in the archives...this is the way to go!
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