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I would recommend an audio book version of Thinking, Fast and Slow to listen to in the car.

Kahneman is a brilliant psychologist but the writing style in the book is really boring.

If you just listen to it while driving though it is the right amount and for sure gets your brain moving.

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I would recommend an audio book version of Thinking, Fast and Slow to listen to in the car.

Kahneman is a brilliant psychologist but the writing style in the book is really boring.

If you just listen to it while driving though it is the right amount and for sure gets your brain moving.

Audible from Amazon has been on my phone forever. Great way to listen to books!

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For sure Matt. It sure is much more productive than listening to sports talk radio like I normally would in the car.

Recently my car book has been Taleb's Antifragile. I was pretty tired of Taleb when this came out but I have really enjoyed it so far.

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Skin In the Game is decent too but I have found Antifragile much more interesting so far.

I would also highly recommend Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens and Homo Deus as audio books.

Sapiens very well may be the greatest book I have ever read. I wish I could listen to it again for the first time, fantastic is an understatement.

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Homo Deus is wonderful too. His new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is nice but it is a tough act to follow those two masterpieces.

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For sure Matt. It sure is much more productive than listening to sports talk radio like I normally would in the car.

Recently my car book has been Taleb's Antifragile. I was pretty tired of Taleb when this came out but I have really enjoyed it so far.

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Skin In the Game is decent too but I have found Antifragile much more interesting so far.

I would also highly recommend Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens and Homo Deus as audio books.

Sapiens very well may be the greatest book I have ever read. I wish I could listen to it again for the first time, fantastic is an understatement.

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Homo Deus is wonderful too. His new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is nice but it is a tough act to follow those two masterpieces.

Hi Centaurer,

I'm fascinated with Harari's books (actually reading the three of them again).
Do you think it's possible to translate or incorporate anything from this amazing knowledge into the trading activity?

Is there a way to profit from the fact of knowing that everything is just a lie? haha
And I'm not saying to make a profit by contributing to the lies, for example, by building a "billion dollar fictional financial news businesses" (as mentioned in some other thread).

Cheers!

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Absolutely! I’m with centaurer on this one in that it may be one of the greatest books I have ever read.
There are so many examples I could cite from that book but one of my favorites is the chapter on happiness. It absolutely blew me away. Basically, to summarize a great and detailed chapter in a few sentences:
The new age theme is that happiness is not an external condition but rather what you feel inside (because Buddha said it). And that you must pursue happiness because you deserve it. After all, if you feel good then whatever you are doing to stimulate these fleeting vibrations of pleasantness, must be good right?

Wrong. Suffering comes from the relentless pursuit of what you think you deserve. All the literature, videos, gurus, media, public icons...basically everything we as consumers see and hear, tells us to follow our dreams, do what feels right, you deserve better, just do it..etc and from this we impose certain expectations on ourselves.
And thus begins the neverending personal crusade, as we embark on a journey of self discovery towards an imagined holy grail of enlightenment, health, wealth and happiness. We think we are on the right path but its exactly this pursuit that is the root of suffering! I can never do it justice but that book explains the concept beautifully.

So what does this have to do with trading? Self imposed expectations are the root of all evil. You think that because you have logged 10,000 hours of screen time, and you meditate every day, and you have money management skillz and price actions skillz and youve read the books, and you have other badass skillz...that you're going to 'get it' as soon as you overcome this one last hurdle that has been holding you back (The theme on this forum lately has been the monkey brain). Do you see what you're doing? You have expectations of success and you are pursuing. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary (Tigertrader said that).

From what Ive learned, you never reach a point in trading where you have made it, but rather you are always learning.
You don't pursue a method or approach that will make you successful but rather you do whatever is necessary to get the job done. Your only edge comes from consistency and good money management. Thats it! THats the holy grail.

I don't know why but that chapter helped me 'get' that concept.

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I have read many blog posts and articles by these authors so I am glad they put their thoughts in a book. Their approach to technical analysis is unique because it also combines the behavior of traders. Mass psychology plays a significant role in the way you interpret chart patterns.
The book organized logically: TA components, patterns, and chart formations and the third section helps you build a strategy. An efficient approach.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1795471859

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I have read many blog posts and articles by these authors so I am glad they put their thoughts in a book.

Thanks Mattz.

It's free on kindle for 72 hours!

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I think Options as a Strategic Investment by Larry McMillan hasn't been mentioned yet. It is a real encyclopedia of option strategies which goes into each and every detail. Make sure you read the latest edition which has an extremely interesting chapter about VIX futures and Options. I'm quite sure most people are unaware of the characteristics of these.
Highly recommended.

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Another vote for An End To The Bull

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I've just finished An End To The Bull by Gary Norden for the second time.

I thought I'd add it in here as it's one of the books I've really found useful in trading. Like all books of value, it isn't a how-to method but instead directs traders to think about the bigger picture and adopt certain behaviours that will bolster their chances of being successful in the markets. I've taken different things away from it each time, and as a scalper, the last chapter is very interesting.

I personally got a lot out of this book, so am happy to recommend it.

Cheers.

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Books I'm Reading (recently that is)


I just finished Rocket Science for Traders, by John Ehlers (if you read my trading journal, you'll see I'm a fanboy):

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Although his later works seem to supersede the book, it is still a good starting point to understanding different ways in which we can filter the noise from various signals (e.g. prices).

I am currently reading Cycle Analytic for Traders, also by Ehlers. It is his last book and contains improvements over his early works. I was actually able to build a workable trading system from his concepts around the Even Better Sine Wave indicator. I also have Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures which I will read next.

So these are my highly recommended books. Today.

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