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Mastering Trading Stress: Strategies for Maximizing Performance


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"Ari Kiev helps traders master the internal pressures that skew perception and decision making. A concise and readable guide, this book effectively utilizes case studies to illustrate the varied manifestations of stress and what to do about them."
Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author, The Psychology of Trading and Enhancing Trader Performance

"In this groundbreaking book, Kiev undertakes a unique exploration of the impact of emotion and ...

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Praise for Mastering Trading Stress

"Ari Kiev helps traders master the internal pressures that skew perception and decision making. A concise and readable guide, this book effectively utilizes case studies to illustrate the varied manifestations of stress and what to do about them."
Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author, The Psychology of Trading and Enhancing Trader Performance

"In this groundbreaking book, Kiev undertakes a unique exploration of the impact of emotion and psychology on the trader and his or her investment strategy. The lessons of this book—supported with hallmark Kiev case studies—will resonate with any market participant."
Matthew S. Grossman, Chief Investment Officer, CR Intrinsic Investors LLC, a division of SAC Capital

"Ari Kiev has a tremendous ability to deliver solutions for managing trading stress. This book will benefit aspiring and established traders much as they have benefited me and others who have learned from him directly. I highly recommend this book."
Wayne Holman, founder and CEO, Ridgeback Capital Management LLC

"Put me in, coach! Kiev tells real-life stories from the front line—peeling back the cover on the role of psychology and emotion in trading. His insights and paradigmatic narratives are practical and powerful—enough to get any trader off the sidelines and back in the game."
Ciaran O'Kelley, Co-Head of Global Equities, Bank of America

"Ari Kiev has researched the biggest impediment to trading success: human psychology. His readers will learn to transcend their current boundaries and achieve greater success. Demanding and forthright, Ari's insights challenge us to raise our game in an original and compelling way."
Quintin Price, CIO, EMEA Pacific Equities, BlackRock

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Editorial Reviews

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"…a welcome addition to Kiev’s other ground breaking trading books…one that experienced and novice traders will greatly benefit from." (Futures Magazine, August 2008)

"One of the most fascinating aspects of most of Mr. Kiev's books is how attuned he is to the trading profession. His books — and this one is no exception — rely heavily on case studies and interviews with traders. Once could guess that the author is a trader himself based on the technical trading advise he gives his patients. ... Mr. Kiev always returns to the same fundamental theme. A trader cannot eliminate stress, but he can learn to cope with it. In fact, mastering stress is a requirement for success because the biggest mistakes are caused by stress and mismanaged emotions." (Accredited Investor magazine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470181683
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series , #330
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,216,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ari Kiev is a psychiatrist who specializes in organizational psychology, stress management, and performance enhancement. He is President of the Social Psychiatry Research Institute and is recognized worldwide for his pioneering work in transcultural psychiatry, suicidology, and psychopharmacology. Kiev is the author of four trading books: Trading to Win, Trading in the Zone, The Psychology of Risk, and Hedge Fund Masters. In recent years, he has developed The Trading To Win training programs for dealing with trading stress, portfolio management, risk control, and leadership as they relate to peak performance in the trading arena.
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Table of Contents




Chapter 1: The Nature of Stress: What Is Stress and Why Is It a Problem?

The Fight-or-Flight Alarm.

Differences in Stress Responses.

Personality Factors.

The Stages of Stress.

Taking It Step-by-Step.

Chapter 2: The Emotions of Stress: What Negative Emotions Are Experienced as a Result of Stress?

Fear and Greed.





Chapter 3: The Dangers of Trading under Stress: How Do Attempts to Handle Stress Create Problems for the Trader?

Trading Despite Stress.

Avoiding the Stress.

Creating a Social Persona.

Competing to Win.

Being Indecisive.

Chapter 4: How Fear Inhibits Mastery: Can You Learn to Lessen the Central Emotion of Fear?

Responding to Fear.

Disciplining for Success.

Relinquishing the Need to Be Perfect.

Maintaining Psychological Energy.

Starting with a Clean Slate.

Chapter 5: The Consequences of Negative Emotions.

Greed and Risk Management Errors.

The Difference between Confidence and Arrogance.

Mistakes of Insecurity.

Why Not to Avoid Negative Feelings.

How Negative Emotions Lead to Impulsive Behavior.

Chapter 6: Personalities and Stress.

List Makers (Analytical Thinkers).

Intuitive Thinkers.


Are You Confident or Insecure?

Make the Most of Your Personality.

A Winning Personality.

Chapter 7: Ego and Obstinacy.

A Stubborn Nature.

Refusal to Accept Commands.

Difficulty with Management.

Chapter 8: Fear and Failure.

Afraid to Win.

Failing to Commit.

Moving Forward.

Chapter 9: Perfectionism and Paralysis.

The Problem 124

Finding a Solution 124

What about You? 128

Chapter 10: Failing to Manage Risk.

Risk Management for a Vision.

The Psychology of Risk.

The Importance of Self-Analysis.

Asking the Right Questions.

Assessing Your Attitude toward Risk.

Looking for the Positive.

Relaxation and Risk.

Taking Responsibility.

Chapter 11: Failure to Dig Deeper.

Discerning the Importance of Data Analysis.

Too Much or Not Enough?

Gathering the Information.

Reducing Stress.

Chapter 12: Failures in Shorting.

Reluctance to Short Stocks.

Stress and the Short Squeeze.

Steps of a Good Short Seller.

Chapter 13: Learning to Live with Stress.

Learning to Observe.

Creating New Life Principles.

Reframing Negative Thoughts.

Choosing an Objective.

Defining New Priorities.

Chapter 14: Exercises and Practical Applications.

The Most Basic Stress Busters.

What to Do When You Have a Breakdown.

Importance of Commitment.


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