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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.com (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607964929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607964926
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cerebral on 14 Oct. 2014
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Valuable Contribution 23 Sept. 2012
By Alan Lattanner - Published on Amazon.com
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This reviews the Steve Burns commentary portion of Nicholas Darvas' classic book "How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market." I review the original Darvas book separately on Amazon. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market

Burns is an expert on the Nicholas Darvas trading methodology and on stock and options trading in general. Darvas' original book is a work of art. It succinctly documents in chronological order key aspects of his development as a trader, his triumphs and failures, lessons learned and their translation into an increasingly specific trading system. Being a short work, the knowledge you take away from reading the original book depends heavily on your personal trading experience. The more you have traded, the better you can relate and the deeper your understanding. For newer traders, it makes a fine story but your level of belief in his methods and admonishments is likely weak.

Burns takes that original work and expands upon Darvas' ideas in the manner of an informal coach or guide. His technique is to follow each of Darvas' original chapters with a supplemental chapter entitled "Insights by Steve Burns." In these he quotes short passages from Darvas in the original work, then expands with his own insights and trading wisdom.

I find the Burns commentary adds a new and valuable dimension to Darvas' original book. Although a good many of Burns' insights may be found in books by other trading authors, the broad scope of Darvas' book gives Burns an opportunity to meld a wide span of trading wisdom into a single volume and make it memorable and relevant by putting that content in juxtaposition to specific quotations from Nicholas Darvas. As an example, commenting on a section where Darvas' talks about how an impulsive switch to daytrading undermined his carefully-honed trend-following skills Burns has this to say:

" The weakest part of any trading method is the trader. The weakest part of the trader is their emotions. To improve your trading improve your emotional control and management. To overcome your emotions, strengthen your faith in yourself and [your] system along with the discipline in your trading."

Other reviewers have commented on the editorial issues in the commentary. I concur to a point. There are some spelling errors, a few grammatical and sentence construction problems and even a misprint of the original work (frontispiece: 3000 Thiokol vs. original work 1300 Thiokol). These unfortunately affect the reader's perception of the commentary's value. I suggest you do not let that dissuade you from reading this book. Burns' comments significantly enhance the original work.

Burns explains his personal implementation of the Darvas system in an appendix. Today's trader will find this perhaps the most valuable portion of the book. In it, Burns describes in detail and with charts the use of stock options to further limit risk, minimize drawdowns and ease the psychological difficulties of trend following.

I rate the Burns commentary section of this book with 4 stars.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Best edition of this classic 18 Aug. 2012
By T. Caniano - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third time I've read Darvas' book and each time I read it I am more astonished by his genius. He was able to write a book that was both interesting and informative. His method of trading is simple, yet limits risk and provides for unlimited reward. I also enjoyed Steve Burns' additions. He provides commentary at the end of each chapter to highlight Darvas' teachings. Burns' last chapter is worth the price of this book itself. In it, he discusses how he uses options to trade using breakouts to new highs and above moving averages to enter into a position. He also explains how to use a moving average as a trailing stop rather than a price support area like Darvas did. This chapter on options was highly informative and the included charts helped make Burns' updated Darvas method much clearer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Reminisces of a Stock Operator, How to Make Money in Stocks, or the original Darvas book.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Darvas: How I made 2,000,000 in the stock market 19 Dec. 2012
By rchap1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very disappointed !!! I bought the book with hopes of finding out how Darvas traded so successfully. Instead, all I got was lots of hype by another person and lots and lots of general comments. Bottom Line: HOW DOES HE CREATE THE DARVAS BOX???? That is NOT addressed - very very disappointing......Waste of money, that's for sure..................Rc.............
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The original book by Darvas is great. It doesn't need anyone to revise it 26 Dec. 2014
By Box Theory - Published on Amazon.com
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Does a classic written by the greats need a revision? First, someone is "revising" the Edwards and Magee book, then the Livermore book, and now the Darvas book. Enough is enough.

The original book by Darvas is great. It doesn't need anyone to revise it. Not even Bill O'neil himself, let alone this guy who wrote "How I made money using the Nicolas Darvas System, which made him $2,000,000 in the stock market".

To examine how this guy "made his killing", I have written a review on that book. And I wrote:

The classic written by Darvas is a very enjoyable and readable book. There is no need for a cliffnotes version whatsoever.

This is a very poor cliffnotes version of the classic, and written by someone who didn't make the same killing, who didn't exactly follow the Darvas method, and who went on and on how he made his "big" money.

Let's see:

1) this author made $250K in 7 years, from 2002 to 2009. To compare, Darvas made $2.25M in 18 months , from 1957 to 1959. Darvas $2.25M in 1959 is the equivalent of $16.5M in 2009, Steve Burns' $250K in 2009 is, well, $250K in 2009.

2) If you examine how this author made his "killing", you would find out that he made most of his money from his company's 401K investing in his company's stock. Now if you know the Darvas method, you know that you put an order to buy, follow by a stop-loss order to insure a small loss. Not exactly know how did he do that in a company 401K account.

3) Darvas method is to buy high growth companies, the author's company is a supermarket. In Darvas book's "You can still make it in the Market", he said, "I could see no point in wasting my time and money on, for example, supermarket and textile stocks". Ouch.

Nuff said.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Darvis Trading Book Review 29 Sept. 2012
By Bogando - Published on Amazon.com
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How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market

If you're are an experienced trader -- this was a rehash of the old book (not much new) and most of the information is readily available fron numerous other books!

I would not recommend the book unless you are new at the trading game!
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