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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (1 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478717
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best books on investing I have ever read. If you are going to read any book in 2011, this should be it! --whichwayhome.com, 1 February 2011

From the Inside Flap

Tharp's proven 14 step model for developing a profitable trading system-as
well as his latest methods and techniques for winning in any market. Trade
Your Way to Financial Freedom also includes new information on secular bull
and bear markets and macro economics; as well as ways to think about and
evaluate trading systems as a set of R multiples (reward to risk). Tharp
also elucidates the concepts of expectancy and position sizing-the most
important, yet least understood, aspects of profitable trading.

In this performance-directed book, Tharp explains that the Holy Grail in
the market is different for each trader-one that can be uncovered quickly
and plugged into every trading program with surprisingly little effort. He
shows how the interplay of your style, goals, and personality-in
combination with a carefully designed and tested system-will ultimately
determine your true success.

Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom provides key information to help you
substantially increase your income:

The psychological biases against good system development
Ingenious concepts of orderliness that help you accurately predict turning
points in the market-and work them to your advantage
Stock and futures trading models-from Warren Buffett to Perry Kaufman-that
examine setups used by the masters
Position sizing variables, and how to use them to consistently carve out
the optimal profits
A free online game to let you practice your new position sizing skills
without risk
Complete with an all new analysis and review of real trading newsletters,
Tharp will show you the importance of evaluating their performance and
results, before you invest in anyone's recommendations. Trade Your Way to
Financial Freedom promises you a brighter, more lucrative trading future.


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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Tel on 25 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
What this book discusses are futures and other highly leveraged financial products which are sum-zero games. This means that if you make a profit then someone, somewhere, makes a loss. It also means that the longer you play the game the more likely you are to run into a prolonged losing streak with serious financial consequences. To be able to stay in the game your trading strategy needs to be superior to the majority of other traders who are also playing. Many are professionals with access to considerable computing power and the ability to constantly analyse in depth such factors as entry and exit points and profit expectancy. The expertise of the other players means that the man in the street is likely to enter these markets with both hands tied behind his back and discover it is a very easy way to lose money!

Even the author of this book, Van Tharp, doesn't demonstrate that he is a successful trader. Consequently, it is not surprising there is no evidence that the ideas he puts forward actually currently work over a meaningful time scale. It is obvious that Van Tharp has researched the subject in depth and this is impressively reflected in the book which makes for interesting reading. However, it is important to realise that this book primarily reviews the work of others rather than calls on his own personal experience. One of the major drawbacks of that is trading strategies which have been successful in the past cease to be so once they are in the public domain and simply to repeat them is rarely a recipe for success. This is particularly true of the trend following techniques he advises.

To have any hope of achieving what the title of this book suggests depends on two ingredients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jones on 13 Dec. 2009
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This book is very good if like me your very new to investing and sharedealing and would like a detailed overview of trading in the money markets. it has some inciteful tips and has sections written by various guest experts in the different types and area's of the trading world. as a beginner i would highly reccomend it.
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Well..everything has been said by the other users! Van Tharp gives you all the building blocks you need to construct your own profitable trading system. It's not only great for the more pro traders among us, but also a fantastic book for beginners to start with since Van Tharp writes in a clear and understandable way. I started with Tharps book and moved on to some of the other books he recommends. I also like the fact that he does not promote his other books too much and even admits there is not very much new insights in his other books except some 100 pages in supertrader about how to set up a businessplan for your trading. I love trading and i do this for a hobby. I am however at the point where my monthly profits consitantly equal my monthly income from my regular dayjob as a management consultant. I highly recommend this book and also the Jack Schwaggers and especially John Sweeny's book about campaign trading and Lars Tvede's book about 'the psychology of finance'. I would not read to many different books about trading tough. I would instead focus on a few specific reads ( say about 10?)that give you good insights into a strategy and system that could suit you. Read those books over and over until you understand all the concepts explained! I for example do price action trading and focus only on Al Brooks series about price action trading. I live in the Netherlands and i am always amazed by amazon.uk delivery rates and speed! Keep up the good work amazon!
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Format: Hardcover
'Trade Your Way to Financial Fredom' explores key components of effective trade strategies and sensible portfolio management techniques. Van K Tharp explains why market entry strategies are only valid when combined with compatible decision making skills that must be employed correctly once the trade is in progress. The book covers the psychological challenges that traders face, how traders should evaluate their trades' performance, the setting of stops and position sizing. The approach is thought provoking and it certainly helped me improve my knowledge of risk and reward in the context of trading. With nearly 500 pages that cover a wide range of relevant topics; each chapter finishes with a short set of useful notes to help understanding and make the book a useful reference. This has helped me to take a far more businesslike approach to my trading. Although a little 'heavy going' in places, I think that most readers that want to take trading seriously would find it useful.
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Well worth a read. The book may have originally been written in 1998 but the lessons are timeless. Tharp outlines how trading is 100% psychology which is why a trader's behaviour is so critical. He includes interesting interviews with successful traders to back up his conclusions. He underlines the importance of self discipline and paying attention to critical 'internal control' factors such as risk and position sizing, exit strategies, the effect of compound interest, trading costs etc etc etc. Whilst much of this may appear like a common sense approach to trading, Tharp spends useful time in the book outlining important tasks such as setting objectives, finding a trading system that suits and of course trading ones own beliefs
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