- Hardcover: 289 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 8, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471592242
- ISBN-13: 978-0471592242
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management 1st Edition
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Soviet-born author and practicing psychiatrist Elder (director, Financial Trading Seminars, Inc.) shares his learning over the years as a professional trader and expert in technical analysis and his principle of understanding the three Ms (Mind, Method, Money), which will strengthen the discipline required to be successful in trading. He explores crucial factors in the markets that most experts overlook, including time, volume, and open interest, and describes little-known indicators to track them profitably. In addition, he covers many of the more technical approaches to investing in futures, such as factoring in the meaning from the Elliott Wave, oscillators, moving averages, Market Logic, and point-and-figure charting. His unique viewpoints in this overly saturated genre explain his particular view that most traders sabotage themselves, while offering tips for others to avoid doing the same. The narration by Richard Davidson soundly guides the listener through this highly specialized work that, although first published seven years ago, remains recommended for university libraries supporting a finance and business curriculum.DDale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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An eminent futures trader explores crucial factors in the markets that most experts overlook--time, volume and open interest--and describes little-known indicators to profitably track them. Covers all the popular technical approaches to futures, options and stock markets including Elliott Wave, oscillators, moving averages, Market Logic, point-and-figure charting. Explains why most traders sabotage themselves and how to avoid doing the same.
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Adding psychology to my trades and focusing on making a good trade not just making money has increased my profits many times over! Trading for a Living has greatly helped me focus, and stay focused. Easy listen, with direct explanations in a manor anyone can understand.
This book/CD will not tell you what to trade; it will give you the reasons to trade and explain not only the markets pitfalls, but your own. Understanding why you want to buy or sell (the psychology) is the key ingredient in making a “good trade”.
I have read many books on trading and thus far, Trading for a Living is the best for a well-rounded trader or investor. I would also highly recommend the Tao of Buffett.
Dr. Elder also points out the fallacy of Gurus. Gurus don't make a living from trading - they make their living from selling their courses and training. One of the most famous Guru was Gann. Gann was nothing but a scammer. We all grew up hearing about the myth of Gann and how he was this amazing trader making millions, and people are still trying to promote Gann as legit so they can sell their own books and courses around Gann's supposed effective methods. Gann was a fraud, and Dr. Elder didn't just analyze his methods and make his own conclusions about Gann. Dr. Elder went to the source and interviewed Gann's son, and Gann's own son verified his father couldn't trade and made all of his money from selling his courses and self promoting himself as a great trader. We should all be grateful for Dr. Elder for exposing this fraud. Gann fan lines are nothing but made up silly fantasy lines.
It just doesn't get more advanced than Dr. Elder. Some people say this book is for beginners, yet they can't come up with an author more advanced. Buy this book, read it, learn it, trade, then read it again and you will start seeing things you didn't see before. Great book.
The first third of the book focused on the psychology of trading and it was very well written. The middle third of the book talked about the technical ascpect of the book and to be honest the author kind of lost me there. The technical part of the book was a little much for me, it talked about a lot of system traders used back in the day. I have developed my own system and this part of the book really confused me and I recommend skipping it if you already have a system. The last third of the book talked about money management. This part of the book was good and very informative. I have a rule where I would get out of a trade when I was down 10% but the author recommends getting out of trade when you are down 2% of your over all equity. For example if you have 30k in your account you should get out when you are $600 on a trade. This makes much sense and I will incorporate this stategy in my system.
All in all it's a good book and I recommend reading it if you plan to be a fullmtime trader. The technical part of the is a bit much but if you do not have a strategy it might be worth a quick read otherwise i would skip this section.