Trading for a Living

Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management
Narrated by: Richard Davison
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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A hundred-thousand investors have turned to this best-selling guide for mastering successful trading by Dr. Alexander Elder, a professional trader, a world-classs expert in technical analysis, and a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that successful trading is based on three M's: Mind, Method, and Money. Trading for a Living helps discipline your Mind, shows you the Methods for trading the markets, and show you have to manage Money in your trading accounts.

Trading for a Living will help you master:

  • Individual pyschology: How to become a disciplined trader
  • Mass psychology: Know when to join the crowd and when to leave it
  • Classical charting: Identify support and resistance, place stops
  • The neglected essentials: Read volume, open interest, and time cycles
  • Psychological indicators: Profit from contrary opinion theory
  • Trading systems: Learn about the Triple Screen trading system
  • Risk management: All about stops and profit targets
  • ©1993 Alexander Elder (P)2000 Penton Overseas, Inc.

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    Simple and POWERFUL

    I was hesitant to get this book to be honest. However, after 10 minutes in the listening, I knew I made the correct choice. Here is what makes the book great. Simple non complicated investing rules. They are simple yet good enough even for me, who does option trading. I have listened to this book 3 times over, its that good. If you are new to stocks,futures options...get this book. Even for an advanced option trader, its great!

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    Very Informative!!!

    I found this book to be very informative, and offer alot of knowledge that you will need to be a successful trader. I look at the market at a different angle that will help me in my new career choice. One thing the author said that really changed my attitude, he said don't consentrate on the money, but instead work on perfecting your strategies, and the money will follow. Good Stuff! I will relisten over and over again! good for a refresher. Not for complete novices, the terms he uses will confuse you if your not familiar with the market.

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    Read this if you want to know WHY things work.

    This author taps into the motivation and therefore many of the practices of the stock traders who will be your competitors. If you are new to trading, and specifically if you are interested in day trading, this is the best starting point for you. I actually went through this book 3 times so far. As I apply the principles he lays out in the actual market trading, I go back through with a better understanding of what I leaned in this book, I have picked up many nuances that I had missed the first time around.

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    If you plan to trade, listen to this.

    Very delightful book, I've listened to several times. He really explains everything from the basics of the stock market, to how to trade without losing your shirt. He does not explain advanced topics like options, but following his basic rules will help you avoid losing massive sums of money. I'm not a fan of abridged books, but this is an exception. Its a very delightful and informative listen.

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    Great Info, I Recommend for Stock Traders

    Covers some basic but good market psychology. Picked up a few quick pieces of information that are handy too. Easy listening.

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    great listen - packed with information

    I love listening to this book on trading. It is packed with systems, talk about investment philosophies, and most of all about how to control your emotions. If you want to be a better trader do not pass this book up.

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    Very Entertaining and Enlightening

    Great book for traders seeking to make the leap from casual part-time trading to professional trading. Covers high-level market psychology through to low-level trading strategies and directives. I Recommend it.

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    Great Listen and easy to understand

    Dr Elder had a great way of articulation that make the complexity of market psychology manageable to understand. His analogy of bull and bear in the market provide a great view of how market move. The narrator is also very clear and consistent that make it a great listen.

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    AMAZING BOOK!!!

    Everything he discussed explained why I lost so many trades in my first year! A must listen for anyone that wants to become a good trader.

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    • AL
    • 09-21-16

    A Must for ANY Trader!!

    If you have read Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, then this book should be right next to it in your library! Awesome!! Its exactly what you need to understand the markets and the mental side of the game. Wall Street is like no other business in the world. This book is YOUR blueprint.

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    • Gavin
    • 12-04-09

    A nice book!

    When a book on investing starts off with I defected from the Russian Navy by jumping of the ship and heading to the American embassy, I also want to jump ship... but I'm glad that I didn't.

    The book goes through the forces that affect the markets. He not only classifies markets as being bullish and bearish he also refers to traders in the same way. As a phycologist I feel that the author certainly does understand the crowd mentality and how it can affect our decisions. He then takes this forward to explain why an individual should not react to changes in the market because they are changing but to view the reasons why they are changing so that one can make a rational decision whether to buy or sell.

    As with all of the traders who have written books on this subject, he builds into this book a system that he followed to make himself successful in the stock market. This method in which he uses is similar to that of Peter Lynch who wrote "one up on the Street" and "learn to earn". Both authors concentrate on the day/short term trading. The book itself goes through the ins and outs of what a day trade with actually cost you after you take out the fees and the slippage and gives useful and technical advice on how best to deal with these situations. Then gives information on how he picks the stocks and guidelines on how he then evaluates whether to invest or not.

    If you are not interested in Short term trading I would suggest that you look "The New Buffettology" by Mary Buffett or "The intelligent investor" by Graham. Both of this books look at longer investment cycles. So if you just want to invest and not worry about the day to day of the share price then these are the books for you.

    All and all this is an interesting read and worth the money. I wouldn't say that it's a reference manual for short term investing but it certainly comes close.

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    • Paul
    • 10-04-15

    So much common sense

    I have read many other books that suggest similar trading ideas however for some reason this really resonates with me

    Well worth (several) reads

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    • Phil
    • 02-26-13

    Rubbish

    Whilst I have enjoyed Elders books, this audio book is pointless without charts to view.

    Don't waste your money, buy the book

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    • Paul E.
    • 05-31-10

    Good book.

    I enjoyed this book and it gave me some good advise. it reminded me that the Trend is your friend and why this is. Excellent.

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    • arnold
    • 06-23-20

    Masterpiece short but efficient

    Amazing book every trader should listen to it at least once in his life

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    • CJ
    • 05-01-20

    The importance of psychology

    I enjoyed it. Deals with trading principles succinctly. Imperative for struggling traders who lack discipline.

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    • Marc
    • 02-09-20

    Very good

    Consolidated the info I learned on a recent trading seminar. Will listen to it again.

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    • Steven Byrne
    • 11-05-19

    Great book, missing content though?

    Book is brilliant, however, I have the physical book and this audiobook doesn’t seem to cover a quarter of the whole book. Still an amazing listen, an I will listen to it again a few times. Just a shame it doesn’t cover more of the actual book. Look forward to the updated version being covered to.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 06-01-19

    A+

    liked the voice! as if Dr.Alexander Elder spoke. highly recommend this material for every type of trader.

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    • sickle
    • 04-08-19

    A touch dated, a touch short but holds up well.

    The specifics are a little outdated, but the author's wisdom and experience hold up well. Worth a listen but only if you get it at a discounted price.

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    • Jayme
    • 03-20-16

    a really good book. i learnt even more after my IP

    a really good book. i learnt even more after my IP course. highy recommend this to anyone. Mindset and emotions

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    • Anonymous User
    • 08-02-19

    Important sections from the book are missing

    The things I found most poignant in the book didn't make it to the audio.

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    • Ali
    • 02-22-18

    Pretty basic, general suggestions

    The author lists a number of recommendations without scrutinizing them in detail. Things that everybody knows, but its the details and reasoning behind trends and trading and how a trader may reflect to them that is improtant to me.
    In the end of chapter 3, he mentions some books, particularly on Fibonacci numbers, which I liked.

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    • Jason Willson
    • 08-05-16

    Reasonable rule reinforcement

    I finished this book feeling a little disappointed. Was I looking for the shortcut to improving my trading? Probably. A point made by the book. It reinforced a number of practical points and good sense rules that you can find elsewhere... Don't expect silver bullets but some practical psychological advice; open mind and reflection required!

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    • Catherine
    • 02-29-20

    Over Promised

    I thought this book would be helpful to master your emotions while trading. Unfortunately it was of no help.
    I also thought there would be more of the authors story and you could glean insights from his experience. But no.
    The text is very absolute full of “shoulds” and “need to’s” I found this style tiresome and autocratic.
    Its very much aimed at technical traders and ignores the news and other fundamentals.
    I listened to about two thirds waiting for something but then it’s only 3 chapters long. So now I’m in search of a more informative book.

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    • sashko
    • 08-15-17

    Outdated

    Some good ideas in here and some great turns of phrase but overall it's targeted to total beginning traders and makes a lot of outdated points