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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070647623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070647626
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is clearly written and makes generous use of practical examples and models...The principles he [Tharp] promotes for traders, if followed closely, can be applied to a wide group of investors." Ticker Magazine 19990617

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Your own strengths, style, and personality­­and the steps found in this book­­can revitalize your trading program!

Praise for Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom:

"While I can't promise you financial freedom, I can promise you a book filled with sound trading advice and lots of ideas you can use to develop your own trading methodology. And, if you don't think that's enough, then you really need this book."­­Jack Schwager, author of Market Wizards and The New Market Wizards

"Van's book gets directly to the heart of what it takes to be a successful trader. It's the best book I've read on trading successfully; not fluff or hype like so many others."­­Tom Basso, President, Trendstat Capital Management, Inc.

"I've read hundreds of books about trading and this is one of the three best EVER WRITTEN. It's straightforward and to the point. Van clearly cuts through the appeal to wishful thinking, instead stressing psychological preparedness, expectancy, and money management. Moreover, he shows clear methods, with simple entry techniques, to push your equity to the moon. It's a great book!"­­Rolf Sigrist, President, Sigrist AG

"Van Tharp's new book...[is] full of new ideas and approaches to developing an individualized trading system; it teaches the principles that are necessary to make you a great trader. The trading public owes Dr. Tharp a debt of gratitude for this insightful masterpiece." -Edward Dobson, President, Traders Press, Inc.

Van Tharp "...cuts right to the essence of professional trading: how to develop winning attitudes and approaches; how to forget trading for accuracy and trade for expectancy; how to master position sizing. If you intend to trade, you'd better know what's in this book."­­Ed Seykota, professional trader


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with good information, and with it anyone could become a good trader. Tharp's book pokes holes in traditional entry based systems, and instead focuses on exits and position sizing. His study on how well you could do with random entries and good money management alone is worth the price. Unfortunately, if all traders read it and follow the great advice given, it will be a lot tougher to make money!
I have read this book cover to cover 3 times already, and I pick up new info each time. This book ranks up there with "Market Wizards" and "New Market Wizards" as the best of the 50 or so investing books I have read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
There may be no such thing as the Holy Grail trading system, but Van Tharp, in his Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, comes as close as one can get to it by providing the trader with the tools for constructing a winning method. By the use of "risk multiples," "expectancy" and "position-sizing" Van Tharp explains why even the most technically correct entry (and most systems' entry signals are no better than a random coin toss) is only ten percent of the formula for success. Van Tharp shows that most "systems" have it backwards in placing the emphasis on getting into the trade; it's what happens after the trade is entered that determines success. His book of "secrets" is to trading what the search for the unified force is to physics. You can throw away all the "system" books in your trading library: If Van Tharp's exit and position-sizing methods are carefully planned and executed, winning becomes almost automatic, even assuming a totally random entry! The Holy Grail system may not yet exist, but there is a Holy Grail method to get to the same place and Van Tharp, in showing how to get there, has distilled both the science and craft of a winning trading method into their most basic and essential elements.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Tharp's book is one of the finest trading volumes written in the past ten years, if not ever. While some books are chock full of hazy trading axioms and incoherent discussions of technical indicators, Tharp's book is clear and meaningful.
And don't let it put you off that he writes about systems. There is no expensive software or models necessary here. A complete, efficient system can be tested using a little ingenuity and an Internet connection. Indeed, Tharp evaluates everything from Warren Buffett's "system" to the more complicated ones. Even though there is a thorough examination of technical and fundamental entry points (including a brief segment on the techniques of the mysteriously successful Turtle Traders, who sell their techniques for $1,000), the point of the book is to deemphasize entry and focus on position sizing and the value of the trading system, or expectancy.
By describing R-Multiples, stop losses, and profit-taking exits, Tharp discusses a subject overlooked by 99% of market manuals, answering questions such as:
-What do I do if my position declines? Where do I sell?
-When do I know that the market move is over and take a profit?
-How much do I risk on any one trade?

Investors and traders will be surprised to learn that one can create a very successful system that is "correct" 30% of the time, and one can be very UNsuccessful with a system that is correct 90% of the time.
In this respect, Tharp's book is profound, teaching individuals the real secrets of a Holy Grail system of trading and how virtually any concept can make money if you have the right techique.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sorry Van but I was taken in by your cult of expectancy for a while, and suffered as I consequence. Reader beware, you are entering the world where you can be seduced by delicious notions of logic with liberal portions of self-help nonsense. The basic remit of this book and all Van Tharps work is that once you have established your expectancy, that is your probability of winning and the amount you win per trade/bet, you are able to use money management to best fit your system and maximise your profit. It is true to say that Van Tharp has made a fascinating study into this and the maths are quite compelling even to a non numerical student. However, Tharp compares trading to a game where the expectancy can be foreseen as in the marble games that he uses to promote his ideas. Unfortunately trading is not like that. Its very interesting that like so many gurus Tharp chooses to teach trading rather trade himself. I am sure that he realises that the expectancy of running a business charging thousands of dollars to teach traders his "secrets" is far easier to predict than a trading system.
Like all the rest of these types of books treat it with a very big pinch of salt and ask yourself the obvious question - why trade when you can tell other people how to do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book in which the author gives you all the tools, principles and calculations for you to develop a trading system which matches your personality. The author doesn't impose his system on you, rather, he guides you into developing your own.
I agree with gordmill, the guy who wrote the April 16th review is totally clueless and couldn't have possibly read any part of the book other than the front cover. His review lacks any credibility.
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