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How to Trade in Stocks

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  435 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

The Success Secrets of a Stock Market Legend

Jesse Livermore was a loner, an individualist-and the most successful stock trader who ever lived. Written shortly before his death in 1940, How to Trade Stocks offered traders their first account of that famously tight-lipped operator's trading system. Written in Livermore's inimitable, no-nonsense style, it interweaves fascin

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Published January 28th 2001 by Wasendorf & Associates Inc (first published 1940)
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Duffy Pratt
Jun 06, 2011 Duffy Pratt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would have rated this higher if I had not already read Reminisences of a Stock Operator. There's very little in this book that is not presented there, and I think the presentation there is more vivid. The main thing that is new is some actual detail about approaching Livermore's pivot points, including some actual examples. Unforturnately, however, these examples derived from data charts that were basically unreadable on my Kindle. Still, I got the basic idea of how he used them. The specifics ...more
Jul 27, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read book for any trader attempting to make it big. Jesse Livermore, in many ways, is the complete opposite of financial role models like Warren Buffet. His take on the stock market is like no other. After reading the book, you realize it wasn't luck that was on Livermore's side but his self-discipline to be a better trader.

This book gives deep thoughtful insight I have yet to come across in any other book. There is more to this book than just the financial advice as Livermore pro
Harold Citron
Interesting book, centered around Livemore's trading system. The system focuses purely on a momentum based strategy revolving around charting techniques. Little to do with Ghaham / Dodd style investment analysis (Livemore actually discourages this style of investing). Since I prefer financial statement analysis to charting (sorry, voodoo in my mind) I wasn't pulled in by the various tops, bottoms, shoulders, and breakout points.

That said, the understanding of momentum, both in terms of industri
Phil Toop
Jan 01, 2016 Phil Toop rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
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John Richards
Apr 22, 2016 John Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read reminisces of a stock operator way back 88 or 89. this is a great review. like the pivot points myself.
Chloe Chong
Jesse Livermore is like a wonder to me, but this book clearly shows that he was best talented in Trading stocks.
Marco den Ouden
Sep 07, 2015 Marco den Ouden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See my review here: How to Trade in Stocks
Jason Lamarche
Aug 03, 2009 Jason Lamarche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn the golden rules of stock trading, but don't forget them when you start to sweat! Another must read!
Maria Rinehart-Henderson
Growth Trader's bible, and easy to recognize who Influenced Bill O'Neil of IBD.
Girish Nayyar
Aug 30, 2015 Girish Nayyar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nowhere near reminiscences of a stock operator - much much superior book.
Gordon Chan
Jan 15, 2016 Gordon Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All time classic for trading.
J Sha
Apr 13, 2015 J Sha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Learn from the legend!
Nov 22, 2015 Saga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Good book
Alan Bevan
Jun 01, 2013 Alan Bevan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating to read how the 'old timers' traded. The fundamentals are basically unchanged.

I was also interested at the hints of Livermore's sub-story which is to be found in the brief notes accompanying the photos in the book. For example, he was depressive and finally suicided. His wife shot his son. He went bankrupt a number of times. He was a womaniser. None of these things are related to his trading system (other than the bankruptcy perhaps) but they certainly add colour.

The book is badly st
Aug 01, 2016 Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short book by Mr. Livermore himself. Technical analysis/Trend Following is much much more developed today than his time. Still, we can read the shine of his intelligence from this only book written by himself.
Nicky Lim
Aug 01, 2016 Nicky Lim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
Recommended by Dr Michael Leong

Good book for speculators. Talks about timing and pivotal points
Dec 11, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this simple book about the trading methods of Jesse Livermore, written by one of the most famous traders Jesse Livermore. To be sure, I never heard of him before either except for the books I have been reading often referenced his "famous book". Jesse was a trader in the Turn of the Century and up into the '40s, and so you know, trading in the 1929 Crash he walked away with 100 million in cash, 1929 dollars! Interestingly I have become more curious to his biography and his trag ...more
Louis III
Jan 19, 2012 Louis III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Printed in 1940, Jessie Livermore detailed his method of trading stocks that made him one of, if not the best, trader in the 1930’s. His method of trading stocks is not what makes this book so special, it’s his subtle comments about the “way it used to be”. The markets changed so much from the “traders market” of the 1930s that he actually committed suicide very shortly after the book was printed. Jessie Livermore’s method of trading no longer worked when he wrote this book because markets where ...more
Ed Ball
Oct 22, 2013 Ed Ball rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Classic! Jesse Livermore's contribution to investors the world over was "The Pivotal Point." The point in the chart where a confirmation for a new trend has begun. Jesse stated: "I never benefited much from a move if I did not get in at somewhere near the beginning of that move."
Mike S
Jun 20, 2008 Mike S rated it it was amazing
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Very interesting approach, one I never thought of before. I need more details before I'm confident I can trade this way but for a first book introducing me to Livermore it was very good.
Hui Shi
May 12, 2011 Hui Shi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As i read this book, i was nodding and agreeing in silence. This book contains many jewels of trading wisdom.
Apr 06, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The information in the back of the book is very helpful in understanding his trading rules.
Mar 07, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a first print hardcover copywriten 1940. Basic understanding of how the market works.
Jul 28, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you follow IBD methods of stock buying, this book is a must purchase.
Ron Yeo
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Jun 25, 2010 Earl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good basic ideas.
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