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Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders | [Jack D. Schwager, Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michael Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin]

Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders

What separates the world's top traders from the vast majority of unsuccessful investors? Jack Schwager sets out to answer this question in his interviews with superstar money-makers including Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michel Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin, and more in Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders.
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Publisher's Summary

What separates the world's top traders from the vast majority of unsuccessful investors? Jack Schwager sets out to answer this question in his interviews with superstar money-makers including Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michel Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin, and more in Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders.

This classic interview-style audiobook from a financial expert is a must-listen for traders and professional financiers alike, as well as anyone interested in gaining insight into how the world of finance really works.

Filled with anecdotes about market experiences, including the story of a trader who, after wiping out several times, turned $30,000 into $80 million, and an electrical engineer from MIT whose computerized trading has earned returns of 250,000 percent over 16 years.

One of the most insightful, best-selling trading books of all time! 16 interviews - all for one low price!

©2012 Jack D. Schwager (P)2012 Jack D. Schwager

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    Jason Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-27-13
    Jason Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Definitely should be in your top 3 must reads"
    Would you listen to Market Wizards again? Why?

    I most definitely will read it again. This was by far the most educational book on trading I've read. It is also very motivating. I find that this, and Reminiscences of a Stock Operator the most important trading books to read. As you trade, you learn even more lessons by making the same mistakes as these traders have. You get so many life lessons here. The information may be dated but the psychology isn't - even in today's HFT ridden markets.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Market Wizards?

    Each trader has a unique story. Each have earned a unique degree of success. I think the big kicker of this book is that you get so many different trader types and styles, sometimes even contradicting each other, but they are all successful. It goes to show that you need to find a style that suits your personality and there is not really a holy grail or one right way to trade. That alone is motivating and encouraging...You can even pick up tid-bits of traders that are most similar to you. I would definitely get this in audiobook form as it reads like two friends having a conversation throughout. You can tease more out of that than reading. None of the intonation/sarcasm is lost as the narrator himself has personal experience of the interviews. This was probably the best audiobook I've purchased thusfar.


    What about Jack D. Schwager’s performance did you like?

    His ability to convey the personality of his interview subjects. The book sounds like a conversation between two good friends with their vocal variety and intonation keeping you entertained.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    XEVEN Houston, TX, United States 04-09-13
    XEVEN Houston, TX, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2007

    I have over 500 books in my library

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    "ESSENTIAL"
    What made the experience of listening to Market Wizards the most enjoyable?

    The superb insight and experience of the contents


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Schwager because he knew exactly what questions to ask.


    Which character – as performed by Jack D. Schwager – was your favorite?

    Himself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well worth the money


    Any additional comments?

    Again I have over 400 books in my audio library and 95% of them are on stocks,finance,investing,economics.
    This is one of the best one that I have bought ie’ the top 1%. I have been studying the stock market for about five years now and a how to book with insights and things a person can actually apply to their trading/investing tool box are very few and far between. This book is pure knowledge/experience of some of the great’s including Jack Schwager himself. For him to share his knowledge and that of traders/inverstors that have inspired him is truely a blessing. If you want your trading/investing to return dividends well worth the expense of this book and beyond this is definetly one that you will want to read/rememebr and apply!!!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    MCarter 04-28-14
    MCarter 04-28-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Material from the 1980's"
    What would have made Market Wizards better?

    When I read the info on the Audible Version of this book I thought it was current but the interviews are from the 1980s. Its well written and good basic advice but its way outdated. I don't know how others are rating it like they are


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brian STAMFORD, CT, United States 05-06-13
    Brian STAMFORD, CT, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excelent book, but the narrator needs to slow down"
    Any additional comments?

    As a professional trader, I have read many books on the subject. Jack Schwager's are amongst the best. .

    I was excited to see that Audible had released a recording of Market Wizards, however the narrator was very difficult to follow. He raced through the book like he was late for something without considering context or punctuation. I spent the first chapter trying to keep up with what he was saying, without being able to enjoy the story.

    I ended up listing the entire book at .5 speed, which is something I have never done before. That didn't take as much getting used to as you might expect, because even at half speed, the tempo wasn’t much slower than it should have been if read normally. I prefer to enjoy my audiobooks at a normal reading speed that allows me to think through what I'm listening to.

    Hedge Fund Market Wizards, which I have also listened to on Audible, did not have this issue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    M. Myers Peoria, Il 02-15-14
    M. Myers Peoria, Il 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

    To Fear or not to Fear

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    "A wealth of knowledge"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Market Wizards to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, not yet anyway.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a book of interviews, and I feel I learned a few things from each one.


    Have you listened to any of Jack D. Schwager’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not, but I am considering some of his other work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I rarely listen for that length of time. This book flowed very well. When I was at the end of the audio, I wanted it to continue.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this audio again. There were times where the information was a bit over my head, being a beginning trader, but that did not discourage me. I would rather have it that way, than the other. Also, this book I am pretty sure was not the "updated" version, which showed every once in a while, but don't let that dissuade you from listening.

    Because these interviewees were some of the best traders of all time, I highly recommend this audio to anyone interested in investing, at any stage of the game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brett United States 08-22-13
    Brett United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book; poor reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Market Wizards the most enjoyable?

    The concept and the content are excellent. The performance is irritating. I'm shocked no one caught two things in particular: First, "Keynesian" is pronounced "Cane-see-an" not "Kensianism"! Anyone with some economics would know that. Second, there are several places where the studio conversation is not edited out and you can hear things like "reading the interview answers now, go".


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Nahant, MA, United States 05-28-14
    Kindle Customer Nahant, MA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great character studies as well as trading studies"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was as interesting from the standpoint of character studies as it was from the subject matter of successful trading of financial instruments.
    The summations at the end of the interviews were as valuable as the interviews themselves.
    It is clear that no matter how spectacular and consistent the success of any of these traders, they all approach their mutual fascination from the standpoint that they are a work in progress, and that no one masters the market, any more than a surfer masters the ocean.
    The final interviews dealt directly with how one's experience with investing is but a reflection of one's own psyche, and how one can use this insight to improve oneself.

    Having said that, while there were unanimous similarities in the traders methods and practices, there were also stark contrasts between their beliefs. One trader who had made tens of millions or hundreds of millions trading would declare a belief in a trading principle as fact, and then another equally as successful would declare the exact opposite in a later interview.
    One common thread however (but not absolutely universal) was the belief that one must be willing to take losses in stride in order to win.
    Don't let the past time frames of these interviews feel that their value is diminished- rather, it gives one an opportunity to see what doesn't change in trading practices even though the markets change all the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DBignell Arcadia, CA, United States 05-24-14
    DBignell Arcadia, CA, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Very disappointed - futures and commodity trading"
    What would have made Market Wizards better?

    I do not understand the good reviews!

    I have worked in the securities industry for over 20 years and was very disappointed with this book. I stopped listening about 1/3 of the way in…

    The stories are 20-30 years old.

    It seems to be ALL about futures and commodity trading.

    They all seem to ‘cheat’ the system by having account held away from their employer. Really??? Is it worth loosing your license?

    No info on how to get started as an investor. Many stories of risky trading practices - by putting all their eggs in one basket - and loosing it all.

    This is not the right book for someone looking to start investing – or anyone looking for info on equity (stock) trading.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack D. Schwager’s performances?

    I don't think it's fair to blame Schwager for this. They used one reader for two person interviews - like they didn't want to spend the money for second reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth my time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    highly recommended for any trader at any level. its probably one of the best book here

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    READING, United Kingdom
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    "A peak inside the minds of sucessful traders"
    If you could sum up Market Wizards in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, informative, comprehensive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Market Wizards?

    Managing Risk


    What about Jack D. Schwager’s performance did you like?

    Thorough


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A fascinating insight into the mind of traders who have developed their way of trading successfully

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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