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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (A Marketplace Book) Hardcover – 11 May 1994

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471059684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471059684
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,710,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stock investing is a relatively recent phenomenon and the inventory of true classics is somewhat slim. When asked, people in the know will always list books by Benjamin Graham, Burton G Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher. You'll know you're getting really good advice if they also mention Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore, a remarkable character who first started speculating in New England bucket shops at the turn of the century. Livermore, who was banned from these shady operations because of his winning ways, soon moved to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. What makes this book so valuable are the observations that Lefèvre records about investing, speculating, and the nature of the market itself. For example:

It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight! It is no trick at all to be right on the market. You always find lots of early bulls in bull markets and early bears in bear markets. I've known many men who were right at exactly the right time, and began buying or selling stocks when prices were at the very level which should show the greatest profit. And their experience invariably matched mine--that is, they made no real money out of it. Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon.

If you've ever spent weekends and nights puzzling over whether to buy, sell, or hold a position in whatever investment--be it stock, bonds, or pork bellies, you'll be glad that you read this book. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is full of lessons that are as relevant today as they were in 1923 when the book was first published. --Harry C Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book saved me from the drudgery of a 12 hour train journey one day. I was absolutely enthused by its storyline and the advice given on financial speculation.
This book teaches you that the way traders think, the way they behave and the reasons for their behaviour are the same now as they were back at the turn of the 20th century. It is not an easy read for those not keen on investment speculation. But if you intend to speculate with your own money, you should allow Jesse Livermore's lessons to sink into your subconcious. It is a book you need to read more than once to gain the most from it.
I am surprised nobody has made a film based upon this book.
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This book is, if understood and followed correctly, ALL one needs to be a successful trader.
It is the best observation of human nature displayed as a mass that has ever been written, and, as such, should be read by anyone interested in markets or psychology.
One of the most striking impressions it gives you is the realisation that NOTHING changes. The markets may be 24 hour, global and electronic now, but they will always move in the same fashion because they will always be driven by the two human emotions of fear and greed.
Run your winners, cut the losers....
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Edwin Lefèvre published this classic in 1923. His subject is Jesse Livermore, an infamous speculator and the world’s first documented successful day trader. Lefèvre thinly disguises Livermore, assigning him the fictional name Larry Livingston. First published as a series of Saturday Evening Post articles, this book explores greed, fear, envy and the relentless pursuit of fame and fortune, all as relevant today as in 1923 – one reason that this remains required reading for investors. The writing style is quaintly dated and Runyon-esque. Lefèvre’s use of old market jargon ("plungers," "bucket shops," "bear raids" and stock "operators" instead of brokers) reminds readers that this is a journalistic, a novelistic and a fiscal period piece. The illustrations by M.L. Blumenthal evoke its original publication date. Interestingly, market bubbles, whether in high-tech, railroads or real estate, remain basically as emotional and nonrational as they were in the early 1920s, so the lessons here remain meaningful. Speaking from that more innocent time, Lefèvre provides lasting market insights, including Livermore’s investing secrets. He distills the eternal truth that markets only go up or down, and that investors run on fear and greed. We strongly suggest this classic to serious investors and financial reporters. As you read it, you will hear the voice of its time and its lessons for today.
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Superb tale that's relevant and informative to anyone trying to extract money from the markets. An excellent insight into the traps and pitfalls we all make whilst developing our own style or system.
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I'm on my second read through this book and think it's absolutely great. Easily the best book on investing advice I have read. And it was written by a guy who was trading 100 years ago - A MUST READ for any serious investor
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The many many lessons in the form of anecdotes shared in this book make it the single most useful investment book ever written. It's really has got a bit of everything that's important to the serious investor including but not limited to... advice on money management, investment strategy, position management, trade timing, trading psychology, market dynamics, investor behavioural traits, broker mechanics, and so much more.

Livermoore (Livingston) was ahead of his time, an elite among the elites. I have no doubt that if alive today, he would be the richest man alive.
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Reminiscences was a very interesting book and a nice change from more technical or even psychologically oriented ones. I would never recommend it as the first book on trading you should grab, however. Much of the insight would be lost on you unless you had at least given some blood to the markets. One thing that makes the book so great is that the reader gets to see examples of why the old trading maxims are what they are by the way they in which they are used.
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and I still belive I haven't gleaned everything from the book. I first bought the book before I started investing and thought it very intriguing as a story. After starting to invest as a professional I have since then gone back and re-read it many times over. For like those hidden 3-D pictures, you never see the hidden picture(s) unless you have the experience of market involvement on your side. Its that simple.
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