Suggested Reading


“These are the books that have been the most useful throughout my trading journey and have greatly influenced the way I trade.  I highly recommend reading each of them if you are serious about trading/investing.  I’ve read dozens of others but have chosen to include only the ones that I feel are truly outstanding and worth your time.  I trust that they will be as useful to you as they have been and continue to be to me.”

~Michael Lamothe 

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
“Although “Reminiscences.”..was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer’s frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.” –“Worth” magazine

“The most entertaining book written on investing is “Reminiscences” of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefevre, first published in 1923.” –“The Seattle Times”

“After twenty years and many re-reads, “Reminiscences” is still one of my all-time favorites.” –Kenneth L. Fisher, “Forbes”

“A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced.” –William O’Neil, founder and Chairman, “Investor’s Business Daily”

“Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular and in print eighty years on.” –“GQ” magazine

First published in 1923, “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator” is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever. Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life–and your portfolio.

Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard: How to Achieve Super Performance in Stocks in Any Market
“Minervini has run circles around most PhDs trying to design systems to beat the market.” — JACK SCHWAGER, bestselling author of Stock Market Wizards

“Mark’s book has to be on every investor’s bookshelf. It is about the most comprehensive work I have ever read on investing in growth stocks.” — DAVID RYAN, three-time U.S. Investing Champion

“[Minervini is] one of the most highly respected independent traders of our generation. His experience and past history of savvy market calls is legendary.” — CHARLES KIRK, The Kirk Report

“One of Wall Street’s most remarkable success stories.” — BEN POWER, Your Trading Edge

How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad, Fourth Edition
Anyone can learn to invest wisely with this bestselling investment system!

Through every type of market, William J. O’Neil’s national bestseller, How to Make Money in Stocks, has shown over 2 million investors the secrets to building wealth. O’Neil’s powerful CAN SLIM® Investing System―a proven 7-step process for minimizing risk and maximizing gains―has influenced generations of investors.

Based on a major study of market winners from 1880 to 2009, this expanded edition gives you:

Proven techniques for finding winning stocks before they make big price gains
Tips on picking the best stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs to maximize your gains
100 new charts to help you spot today’s most profitable trends
PLUS strategies to help you avoid the 21 most common investor mistakes!

“I dedicated the 2004 Stock Trader’s Almanac to Bill O’Neil: ‘His foresight, innovation, and disciplined approach to stock market investing will influence investors and traders for generations to come.’”
―Yale Hirsch, publisher and editor, Stock Trader’s Almanac and author of Let’s Change the World Inc.

“Investor’s Business Daily has provided a quarter-century of great financial journalism and investing strategies.”
―David Callaway, editor-in-chief, MarketWatch

“How to Make Money in Stocks is a classic. Any investor serious about making money in the market ought to read it.”
―Larry Kudlow, host, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”

How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market 
2011 reprint of 1960 edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Hungarian by birth, Nicolas Darvas trained as an economist at the University of Budapest. Reluctant to remain in Hungary until either the Nazis or the Soviets took over, he fled at the age of 23 with a forged exit visa and fifty pounds sterling to stave off hunger in Istanbul, Turkey. During his off hours as a dancer, he read some 200 books on the market and the great speculators, spending as much as eight hours a day studying.Darvas invested his money into a couple of stocks that had been hitting their 52-week high. He was utterly surprised that the stocks continued to rise and subsequently sold them to make a large profit. His main source of stock selection was Barron’s Magazine. At the age of 39, after accumulating his fortune, Darvas documented his techniques in the book, How I Made 2,000,000 in the Stock Market. The book describes his unique “Box System”, which he used to buy and sell stocks. Darvas’ book remains a classic stock market text to this day.

New Trader, Rich Trader: How to Make Money in the Stock Market
I love the structure of this book: Steve Burns points out huge differences between winners and losers in every area of the market. Each chapter takes up a pair of opposites, such as “New Traders try to prove they are right; Rich traders admit when they are wrong.” Dozens of such pairs offer a psychological mirror to serious readers. -Alexander Elder www.elder.com Here is a work that puts the reader in the mind of a fledging trader who makes all the mistakes then learns from them. Told in an instructive and entertaining narrative, the author takes the reader through the trading concepts with a clarity and ease of understanding. A must read for beginning and intermediate level traders. -Dr. Chris Kacher, co-founder of www.SelfishInvesting.com and co-author of “How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market” You have done a truly tremendous job with this book! A breezy read with essential trading advice. I think this book could become a trading classic! So many great rules are offered in this book, but I think my favorite might be Chapter 8’s. It is SO true! Just printing out the title of each chapter and putting it on your desk would greatly benefit every trader I know. Steve, you’ve done a great job! -“Darrin Donnelly, DarvasTrader.com”. Steve Burns has done a superb job with his new book “New Trader, Rich Trader”! This is a must read for all levels of traders. Golden nuggets include important concepts like “I always put capital preservation before capital appreciation.” Steve tackles psychology, risk control, and what it takes to succeed in this business where so many fail. As Steve says “most new traders learn the hard way by losing money…”, don’t be one of them, do yourself a favor and buy this book, because not only is it a great investment, but the concepts in this book will save you plenty! -Bennett McDowell, Founder, TradersCoach.com® Author: “A Trader’s Money Management System: How to Ensure Profit and Avoid the Risk of Ruin” Steve Burns describes three of the most critical aspects of trading with a “dialogue-style’ book between a novice trader and an experienced successful trader. Psychology – making sure your mindset is correct and in the game with a solid, realistic, and objective plan. Risk Management – the key to it all and ones ability to understand and manage all aspects of risk control. Methodology – making sure you fit a trading plan to your own unique style while understanding what prior successful traders did as well. The teacher/student lessons discussed should be of value to all traders. -John Boik, author of “How Legendary Traders Made Millions” and “Monster Stocks” Steve has crafted an easy-to-read tutorial on avoiding the most common mistakes made by new traders. Save yourself years of heartache and buy this book and do your homework. New Trader, Rich Trader should be mandatory reading for the novice investor. -Kenneth Lee, author of “Trouncing the Dow”

Super Trader, Expanded Edition: Make Consistent Profits in Good and Bad Markets
How do you transform yourself from mild-mannered investor to Super Trader? Think clearly. Plan accordingly. Commit completely. In other words, become a trader. And no one is better suited to help you make the transformation than legendary trading educator and author Van K. Tharp.

Combining the sharp insight and technical brilliance that has drawn legions of investors to his books and seminars, Tharp provides a holistic approach for becoming a successful full-time trader. His system—a meld of investing psychology and sound trading practice—is the secret to achieving optimum conditions that produce results in both bull and bear markets.

Using the lessons of Super Trader, you will approach trading as you would a small business—realistically, systematically, and enthusiastically. Drawing on his decades of experience, Tharp has created a simple plan designed to help anyone master the market. You can put this plan to use immediately in order to:

  • Master the psychology of trading
  • Craft a “business plan”—a working document to guide your trading
  • Develop a trading system tailored for your personal needs and skills
  • Create position-sizing strategies to meet your objectives
  • Monitor yourself constantly to minimize mistakes

Throughout the book, Tharp asks the pertinent questions you must ask yourself about becoming a trader, being a trader, and succeeding as a trader.

The rewards that come with being a Super Trader—both financial and personal—make you feel as if you can leap small buildings in a single bound. Whatever your skill level, Tharp provides the formula for succeeding in a field where most people fail.

Stan Weinstein’s Secrets For Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets
Stan Weinstein’s Secrets For Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets reveals his successful methods for timing investments to produce consistently profitable results.

Topics include:

Stan Weinstein’s personal philosophy on investing
The ideal time to buy
Refining the buying process
Knowing when to sell
Selling Short
Using the best long-term indicators to spot Bull and Bear markets
Odds, ends, and profits

How to Make Money Selling Stocks Short
There are two sides to everything, except the stock market. In the stock market there is only one side–the right side. In certain market conditions, selling short can put you on the right side, but it takes real knowledge and market know-how as well as a lot of courage to assume a short position. The mechanics of short selling are relatively simple, yet virtually no one, including most professionals, knows how to sell short correctly. In How to Make Money Selling Stocks Short, William J. O’Neil offers you the information needed to pursue an effective short selling strategy, and shows you–with detailed, annotated charts–how to make the moves that will ultimately take you in the right direction. From learning how to set price limits to timing your short sales, the simple and timeless advice found within these pages will keep you focused on the task at hand and let you trade with the utmost confidence.

New Trader,Rich Trader 2: Good Trades, Bad Trades
“Trading is not the path to free money; profits must be earned through homework, discipline, courage, patience, and perseverance in the markets.” – Rich Trader In contrast to its precursor, “New Trader, Rich Trader”, where New Trader struggled with basic issues such as development of a positive expectancy method, position sizing as well as determining which assets to trade; in this manuscript all those issues have been resolved and so at the book’s inception one might imagine New Trader would simply be relating his successes to Rich Trader.As anyone who has successfully transitioned from “New Trader” to “Rich Trader” can attest, this is not the case and our authors brilliantly navigate New Trader’s journey from knowing how to trade “in theory” towards flawless implementation of his positive expectancy model despite draw downs, missed opportunities, price shock events, and so on. As in all of Steve’s books, I am consistently amazed at how despite his obvious mastery of our business he can recall with intimate detail what it was like to make the full gamut of “New Trader” mistakes. “New Trader, Rich Trader 2” will have New Traders reaching for their highlighters while Rich Traders smile knowingly at distance memories of painful missteps. Wherever you are in the journey from New to Rich Trader, this book is an indispensable tool filled with lots of “Aha” moments. To Steve and Janna, congratulations on a job well done, to all the New Traders reading this, pat yourself on the back for having found an indispensable aid in your journey from novice to pro. Richard L. Weissman, Professional Trader and Author, Trade Like a Casino

Monster Stocks: How They Set Up, Run Up, Top and Make You Money
Everything you need to know to get in on the ground floor of the next Google!

Monster Stocks gives you the expert guidance you need to add the explosive power of breakout stocks to your portfolio. You’ll find everything you need to consistently spot stocks that have the potential to at the very least, double in value in a year or less – and change your life forever!

Delivered in clear, concise language by market researcher John Boik, Monster Stocks gives you the tools you need to land super-performing stocks and handle them for maximum profit, market cycle after market cycle. Boik mines the history of the market to uncover the common conditions that must be in place for monster stocks to materialize. You’ll learn how to easily identify these trends with the help of real-world monster stock case studies, from Yahoo! and Schwab to Apple, Broadcom, and many more.

Make your fortune with Monster Stocks!

  • Know when to buy and when to sell for tremendous profit
  • Understand how the pros identify and handle market leaders
  • Learn from the great super-stocks of the past
  • Break your bad stock investing habits for good!
  • Gain valuable insight into selecting future monster stocks
The Little Book of Market Wizards: Lessons from the Greatest Traders
An accessible look at the art of investing and how to adopt the practices of top professionals

What differentiates the highly successful market practitioners–the Market Wizards–from ordinary traders? What traits do they share? What lessons can the average trader learn from those who achieved superior returns for decades while still maintaining strict risk control? Jack Schwager has spent the past 25 years interviewing the market legends in search of the answers–a quest chronicled in four prior Market Wizards volumes totaling nearly 2,000 pages.

In “The Little Book of Market Wizards,” Jack Schwager seeks to distill what he considers the essential lessons he learned in conducting nearly four dozen interviews with some of the world’s best traders. The book delves into the mindset and processes of highly successful traders, providing insights that all traders should find helpful in improving their trading skills and results. Each chapter focuses on a specific theme essential to market success Describes how all market participants can benefit by incorporating the related traits, behaviors, and philosophies of the Market Wizards in their own trading Filled with compelling anecdotes that bring the trading messages to life, and direct quotes from the market greats that resonate with the wisdom born of experience and skill

Stepping clearly outside the narrow confines of most investment books, “The Little Book of Market Wizards” focuses on the value of understanding one’s self within the context of successful investing.

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

The Battle For Investment Survival: How To Make Profits
This book is called The Battle for Investment Survival because protecting and increasing capital is in fact a “battle.” In addition to experience, flair and contacts, matters like this need uninterrupted time and attention and also a need to succeed. There will be many who should learn from this book that trying to find their own way in Wall Street will prove unprofitable. They will benefit, however, by what they save rather than by what they make. Every reader should close the book knowing more about the hazards of preserving capital and why the book is entitled, The Battle for Investment Survival. To quote again, “forewarned is forearmed,” and a knowledge of true investment objectives and the great difficulty in their achievement is half the battle and of great value in itself.

Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude
Douglas uncovers the underlying reasons for lack of consistency and helps traders overcome the ingrained mental habits that cost them money.  He takes on the myths of the market and exposes them one by one teaching traders to look beyond random outcomes, to understand the true realities of risk, and to be comfortable with the “probabilities” of market movement that governs all market speculation.