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Develop the skills to manage risk in the high-stakes world of financial speculation.

The Risk of Trading is a practical resource that takes an in-depth look at one of the most challenging factors of trading--risk management. The book puts a magnifying glass on the issue of risk, something that every trader needs to understand in order to be successful.

Most traders look at risk in terms of a "stop-loss" that enables them to exit a losing trade quickly.

In The Risk of Trading, Michael Toma explains that risk is ever-present in every aspect of trading and advocates that traders adopt a more comprehensive view of risk that encompasses the strategic trading plan, account size, drawdowns, maximum possible losses, psychological capital, and crisis management.

  • Shows how to conduct a detailed statistical analysis of an individual's trading methodology through back-testing and real-time results so as to identify when the methodology may be breaking down in actual trading
  • Reveals why traders should think of themselves as project managers who are strategically managing risk
  • The book is based on the author's unique 'focus on the risk' approach to trading using data-driven risk statistical analytics

Using this book as a guide, traders can operate more as business managers and learn how to avoid market-busting losses while achieving consistently good results.

©2012 Michael Toma (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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An important perspective

What did you love best about The Risk of Trading?

"Love?" Anyway, I didn't view risk assessment as a primary driver for trades before hearing this audiobook. Now, I won't assess a trade without giving heavy weight to survivability.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite concept was that of limiting risk whatever the perceived payout may be.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite topic was risk control.

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

This book changed my approach to stock trading.

Any additional comments?

The questions in this framed review are off point.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bline
  • Boston, MA USA
  • 11-21-12

Not what I was expecting

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book's title (The RISK of Trading) and summary led me to believe it was principally a book about risk, perhaps along the lines of Peter Bernstein's excellent Against the Gods. That's not what this book is about. The Risk of Trading is a practical, how-to guide to trading. It is directed towards new, small capital traders looking to improve their performance by placing a greater emphasis on risk monitoring and measurement. If that's who it was, I might have found it useful. As someone who works on the institutional side and was interested in learning more about how risk professionals see the world, I was disappointed.

Which scene was your favorite?

Like another reviewer, I found the discussion of theoretical risk vs. practical risk interesting.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 11-03-12

Big-firm ideas scalable to small traders

This is a fine walk-through of basic risk-management concepts and terminology. It provides a mapping of areas to look over and some approaches and solutions.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Woody D
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 03-31-13

Great Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book is great for traders and investors who want practice the discipline of managing risk. It is not a system or get rich overnight book, rather some of the things you could be or should be doing as trader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • YUWA
  • COMMACK, NY, United States
  • 11-04-12

Useless Fluff

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No, a waste of time

Has The Risk of Trading turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will be more careful with my purchasing

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What character would you cut from The Risk of Trading?

The author... I really felt sorry for the guy who narrate the book well.

Any additional comments?

The only good point the book brought up is the difference between mathematical probability and empirical probability but offers no remedy. In fact for all practical purpose, the rest of the book does not treat them much differently.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful