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The Success Secrets of a Stock Market Legend

Jesse Livermore was a loner, an individualist-and the most successful stock trader who ever lived. Written shortly before his death in 1940, How to Trade Stocks offered traders their first account of that famously tight-lipped operator's trading system. Written in Livermore's inimitable, no-nonsense style, it interweaves fascinating autobiographical and historical details with step-by-step guidance on:

  • Reading market and stock behaviors
  • Analyzing leading sectors
  • Market timing
  • Money management
  • Emotional control

In this new edition of that classic, trader and top Livermore expert Richard Smitten sheds new light on Jesse Livermore's philosophy and methods. Drawing on Livermore's private papers and interviews with his family, Smitten provides priceless insights into the Livermore trading formula, along with tips on how to combine it with contemporary charting techniques. Also included is the Livermore Market Key, the first and still one of the most accurate methods of tracking and recording market patterns

About the Author

Jesse Livermore is a stock market legend who made and lost four stock market fortunes in 40 years. Livermore's revolutionary timing techniques, money management systems, and high-momentum approach to trading are as valid today as they were three-quarters of a century ago.

Richard Smitten teaches the “Jesse Livermore Trading System" and is developing "Trade Like Jesse Livermore" software. His other books include How to Trade Like Jesse Livermore and a number of novels.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071469796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071469791
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 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 (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First things first. The most important thing to recognize about this book is that the majority of it (about 2/3) was not actually written by Jesse Livermore. It was written by Richard Smitten, a man who tries (and fails miserably) to create a sort of monologue of Livermore, complete with phony quotation marks, in which the great trader outlines his system. Having said that, Livermore's actual writings are very interesting. The first few chapters of the book is a word for word transcript of Livermore's original text, and contains much in the way of useful insight and helpful tips and information. The Livermore Market Key at the end of the book is also Livermore's creation, and it, too, is useful in its own way.

The rest of the book is cobbled together by Richard Smitten, a man who seems to have made it his life's work to piggyback on Livermore's success in order to make a name for himself. Smitten took letters and interview transcripts and pieced together a phony Livermore monologue. It is unconvincing and a complete waste of time. The writing is abysmal, and Livermore's concise points and techniques (from the first part of the book, the part Livermore actually wrote) are repeated over and over and befuddled to the point that you have to remember that it is not actually Livermore speaking. Smitten's attempt to adopt Livermore's style of conversation fails miserably, and the whole of his work is tedious to the power of ten. I couldn't even get through it-I had to skip to the Livermore Market Key at the back.

The book also contains some shameless self-promotion in which Smitten attempts to peddle his biography of Livermore onto the reader and also his trading system, which he shamelessly claims will help you trade like the great legend.
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Jesse Livermore's book, in my opinion, is the single all time best book ever written on trading stocks.
I have read many books on trading, 7 out of 10 ordinary books are written by people who are good at writing textbooks. They are good at talking theory, but when it comes to combat in the trading battlefield, they come short and leaves you unsatisfied.
Jesse walks you through important trading principles which he learned through mistakes himself. He walks you through the emotions, the struggles, the mistakes, together with the success. This is no textbook, but you will learn important principles from a man who has been through the trenches himself.
THis book is not for ordinary investors, but for traders with a bit of experience. For those who are full time traders, this book is a must read. It leaves the ordinary trading textbooks in the dust.
The only draw back is Richard Smitten bought the copyright to the original book (from what I know), and he removed 3 chapters at the end of the original book, and he replaced it with his own materials. I went through great troubles to get hold of the orignal book with the final 3 chapters intact(the juicy stuff).
Overall, a must read for traders. If you can find the original edition, buy it and forget the new edition by Smitten.
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Jesse Livermore must be wearing holes in his funeral clothes turning in his grave about the butchery that Smitten and Trader's Press have perpetrated on his book. Never before have I seen so many errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Did a fourth grader edit the manuscript? Furthermore, it is difficult to determine which words were actually written by Livermore and which parts were added. Since the "Livermore Key" is printed in this edition exactly as it appeared in the original (1940) edition, one may surmise that Trader's Press has an entire copy of the original. Why not just reproduce the original exactly at it was printed in 1940 to maintain some coherency? This book was jam-packed with ads for Smitten's and Trader's Press other books. However, the part actually written by Livermore is pure gold.
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This book's trading techniques apply even today. Jesse Livermore made and cashed in 100 million dollars during the October 29, 1929 crash, which shows you how effective his methods are. I have been using his methods for the past three years and am amazed at the results.
Using his system, I picked up Puma Technology (PUMA) last year at $10 in September 1999. By early March 2000, it went to $205 before it split 2:1. Again, using the same method, I picked up Digital Lightwave (DIGL) at $11 in October 1999. By early March 2000, it went to $150. I agree it was not a normal year last year but again using his method this year I selected FuelCell (FCEL) at $80 in August 2000. It went to $188 or so by September 2000 before it split 2:1.
I reread his book every few months so that I don't forget the important points. Jesse Livermore went from $25,000 to $150,000 in three weeks! and his method works even today.
He lost all of his fortune and declared himself bankrupt by 1934. I think he lost his fortune because of his personal life and not because of his trading. The other book on Jesse Livermore called 'Amazing Life of Jesse Livermore' by Richard Smitten that was published in September 1999 describes his life in great detail and also is an excellent read.
People that say that this book is not as useful in today's markets, I think, basically do not know how to interpret Jesse Livermore's guidance and trading methods. He says to buy a stock early, right before it starts in an uptrend and in the right sector, and hold on to it as long as it behaves normally. He said to get rid of it as soon as it started behaving abnormally. FCEL peaked at a volume of almost 7 million shares on September 12, 2000, which was the time to get rid of it the next day.
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