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on 31 December 2015
Absolutely classic piece of literature on investment/trading. My favorite book ever on the subject of the markets.
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on 10 November 2017
its the real deal
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on 11 July 2017
Essential reading for any would-be stock operator. A great story and some key lessons that remain relevant today.
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on 16 February 2006
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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on 9 June 2002
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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on 16 March 2001
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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on 14 April 1998
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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on 17 March 1999
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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on 24 February 2004
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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on 19 October 1998
The book describes Jesse Livermore's victories and defeats. A wise investor would try to learn from Livermore's victories as well as his mistakes. Learning from one of Livermore's mistakes without actually losing the money could easily pay for the cost of the book. I originally learned of the book from another book, Market Wizards by Jack Schwager. Market Wizards was simply interviews with top traders who trade for a living. Reminiscense was the top book recommended by the traders.
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