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Overview

You have just taken a big step away from the crowd of amateurs. By opening Trading for a Living, you’ve resolved to become a successful trader. Dr. Alexander Elder is a professional trader, a world-class expert in technical analysis, and a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that successful trading is based on three M’s: Mind, Method, and Money. First, you will see that the key to winning is inside your Mind. You will find out how to develop discipline and how to avoid the traps of emotional trading. Second, you will learn how to find good trades by using charts, computerized indicators, and other tools. You will discover how to combine several analytic Methods into a powerful trading system. Finally, you will learn how to manage Money in your trading account. The rules for limiting risks are as vital to a trader as a safety net is to a high-wire walker. With this book, you are on your way to mastering a new way of trading stocks, futures, currencies, and options. Dr. Alexander Elder helps you embark on an intense pursuit—trading for a living.

As a professional trader, technical analysis expert, and practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Elder helps aspiring traders step away from the crowd of amateurs. He presents a comprehensive system for trading stocks, futures, currencies, and options. This book provides provides a complete course in the three M's of successful trading: Mind, Method, and Money.

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Soviet-born author and practicing psychiatrist Elder (director, Financial Trading Seminars, Inc.) shares his learning over the years as a professional trader and expert in technical analysis and his principle of understanding the three Ms (Mind, Method, Money), which will strengthen the discipline required to be successful in trading. He explores crucial factors in the markets that most experts overlook, including time, volume, and open interest, and describes little-known indicators to track them profitably. In addition, he covers many of the more technical approaches to investing in futures, such as factoring in the meaning from the Elliott Wave, oscillators, moving averages, Market Logic, and point-and-figure charting. His unique viewpoints in this overly saturated genre explain his particular view that most traders sabotage themselves, while offering tips for others to avoid doing the same. The narration by Richard Davidson soundly guides the listener through this highly specialized work that, although first published seven years ago, remains recommended for university libraries supporting a finance and business curriculum.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471592242
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series , #31
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 539,243
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER ELDER, MD, was born in Leningrad and grew up in Estonia where he entered medical school at the age of 16. At 23, while working as a ship's doctor, he escaped from a Soviet ship in Africa and received political asylum in the U.S.A. He continued to work as a psychiatrist in New York City, served as book editor of The Psychiatric Times, and taught at Columbia University. After becoming involved in financial trading, Dr. Elder published over 50 articles, software, and book reviews, and spoke at many conferences. In 1988 he founded Financial Trading Seminars, Inc., an educational firm for traders.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Trading—The Last Frontier.

The Odds Against You.

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGY.

Fantasy Versus Reality.

Self-Destructiveness.

Trading Lessons from AA.

Winners and Losers.

MASS PSYCHOLOGY.

What Is the Market?.

The Market Crowd and You.

Managing Versus Forecasting.

CLASSICAL CHART ANALYSIS.

Support and Resistance.

Trendlines.

Chart Patterns.

COMPUTERIZED TECHNICAL ANALYSIS.

Moving Averages.

The Directional System.

Williams %R.

Relative Strength Index.

THE NEGLECTED ESSENTIALS.

Volume-Based Indicators.

Herrick Payoff Index.

STOCK MARKET INDICATORS.

New High-New Low Index.

PSYCHOLOGICAL INDICATORS.

Consensus Indicators.

NEW INDICATORS.

Elder-Ray.

TRADING SYSTEMS.

Triple Screen Trading System.

Channel Trading Systems.

RISK MANAGEMENT.

Money Management.

Afterword.

Sources.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Good basics here

    I found this to be a good starting point for learning how to trade properly especially in the post-raging bull market era. A friend recommended this and a book by Jeff Cooper, Hit and Run Trading II to start with and I think that these are all I need to trade successfully. Don't get started on the wrong foot trading, it will cost you much more than you can imagine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Book for informed traders, not gamblers

    This book is a good starting point for someone who wants to get into trading field. It gave me lots of ideas that paid off almost right away. Very good source of information for traders who want to limit gambling factor. Another words, trade with odds in your favor. Good job Mr. Elder. Thank You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    A Critical Tool

    after working these last few busy days, I continue to use many of Dr.Elders' principles he teaches, as I keep this book close to my trading desk for reference. One principle in particular has been so helpful these past few years: that is the suggestion to only buy stocks when they are at rest. In other words, at area of support. In these last few months, I've been stopped out, or made only a few cents as apparent trends reversed, and in general had a pretty difficult time. These last few days several trades have gone pretty well, and in fact I am still in a few of them with good profit. Why? Because I figured out, on a few stocks, to buy them at a moving average that I could actually understand (after looking thru many charts daily). That average helps determine my risk/reward ratio and my stop. I appreciate Dr. Elders' instruction, and look forward to attending another training session soon. In fact, if a person only bought one book to learn trading techniques and psychology, this is the one (along with the study guide)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    Success story

    I have been an active stock trader for a while now specializing in really small stocks. I have found the ideas in this book to give me an edge in my investing. I apply the information to penny stocks where you can invest a few hundred dollars and have the opportunity to make a few thousand dollars.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    This book is phenomenal

    I have read a number of books on trading and daytrading and this one is hands-down the best. It gives detailed instruction on technical analysis and charting, but explains in terms that even a beginner can understand. For anyone who knows nothing about technical analysis or charting, this book is a must. For those who already have some skills, this book is still great for learning how to relate charts and different methods of analysis. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Required Reading for the Serious Investor

    Dr. Elder's first book is a gem, and is suitable for traders at any level of experience. The reader learns the importance of having and adhering to firm trading rules. Successful money management is a required skill in order to become a successful trader, and Elder offers good advice on this topic. Elder's education (psychiatrist) gives him the perfect background to explain to the reader how to benefit from understanding crowd psychology. Covering such topics as risk management and how to use a trading system, he emphasizes technucal analysis and shares his own personal methods with the reader. You will refer to this book again and again over the years. This book may be 10 years old, but it is still very appropriate today.

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  • Posted December 22, 2014

    Good read. Take notes as you read. Arrived in great timing.

    Good read. Take notes as you read. Arrived in great timing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    WallStreet HERE I COME!!!!

    This is the BEST book I've read on trading. It goes right into what trading really is. I wish I read this book b/4 I started trading. IT'S A MUST READ!!! IT'S A MUST READ!!. Elder provides a wide range of trading systems and strategies that can be customized to fit your goals. GREAT READ!!!> Wall street here I come.....

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