Trading from Your Gut: How to Use Right Brain Instinct & Left Brain Smarts to Become a Master Trader

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?For all those who wonder if the powers of right brain thinking could apply to the trends-and-charts universe of stock and options trading, Curtis Faith has their answer. In Trading from Your Gut, Faith taps brain research, neurological models, and the wisdom of experience to provide a roadmap for decision making in a new era of volatility.?

?Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

?I consider a book to be worth reading if it helps me develop a major paradigm shift. The section in this book about how to train your brain to help you

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Overview

“For all those who wonder if the powers of right brain thinking could apply to the trends-and-charts universe of stock and options trading, Curtis Faith has their answer. In Trading from Your Gut, Faith taps brain research, neurological models, and the wisdom of experience to provide a roadmap for decision making in a new era of volatility.”

–Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

“I consider a book to be worth reading if it helps me develop a major paradigm shift. The section in this book about how to train your brain to help you become an intuitive trader blew me away and gave some fantastic ideas that will significantly help traders learn to trade better. For me, that kind of idea-generating inspiration is what makes Trading from Your Gut a great trading book.”

–Van K. Tharp, bestselling author of Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom and Super Trader

“…with the skill of both a trained psychoanalyst and market pro, Curtis Faith’s Trading from Your Gut examines the human instinct behind our investment decisions. Because we are too often our own worst enemy in the markets, this is a unique and thoughtful guide to overcoming the biggest hurdle of financial success...ourselves.”

–Jonathan Hoenig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC and Fox News contributor

“Curtis Faith’s new book Trading from Your Gut…takes the insights derived from psychology, marries them to cogent observations by master traders like George Soros, and then superimposes them onto a series of analysis-based theories to deliver a cogent trading plan.”

–David Stevenson, Financial Times “Adventurous Investor” columnist

“…With the encouragement of this book, you will learn to listen to both your intuition and your intellect to become a more complete trader, giving yourself the edge for success.”

–Alan Northcott, author of The Complete Guide to Investing In Short Term Trading

EARN SERIOUS TRADING PROFITS BY USING YOUR WHOLE BRAIN!

Legendary traders like Jesse Livermore, George Soros, Richard Dennis, and Steven Cohen use their full range of powers that encompass both instinct and analysis. That’s how they made their fortunes–and that’s how you can, too. In Trading from Your Gut, Curtis Faith, renowned trader and author of the global bestseller Way of the Turtle, reveals why human intuition is an amazingly powerful trading tool, capable of processing thousands of inputs almost instantaneously. Faith teaches you how to harness, sharpen, train, and trust your instincts and to trade smarter with your whole mind.

Just as important, you’ll learn when not to trust your gut–and how to complement your intuition with systematic analysis.

You’ve got a left brain: analytical and rational. You’ve got a right brain: intuitive and holistic. Use them both to make better trades, and more money!

“Whole Mind” trading: the best of discretionary and system approaches

How winning traders use analysis and disciplined intuition together

How to profit from other traders’ “Wrong Brain Thinking”

Understand other traders, without acting like them

How to provide a firm intellectual framework for your trades

What successful traders have discovered about the market’s structure and laws

The unique value of intuition in swing trading

Use your intuition to trade patterns that computer technology can’t recognize

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137047680
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 776,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis Faith is author of the bestselling book Way of the Turtle, which has sold 70,000 copies and has been translated into nine languages. In his early 20s, Faith earned more than $30 million as a member of the legendary Chicago trading group, the Turtles, a renowned group that started as a bet between founders Richard Dennis and William Eckhardt.

Drawing from his unique experience as an original Turtle and as a successful entrepreneur–having founded several software and high-tech startups–Faith has developed a “whole mind” approach that gives traders at all skill levels the tools to become master traders. Combining insights on trading psychology, managing risk, and trading methods, Faith delivers a method that is as much art as it is science and gives traders the tools to use all of the weapons at their disposal...namely, instinct and analysis. His most recent book is Inside the Mind of the Turtles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Ch. 1 The Power of the Gut 7

Ch. 2 The Purpose of Gut Intuition 19

Ch. 3 Wrong-Brain Thinking 33

Ch. 4 The Structure of the Markets 53

Ch. 5 Training and Trusting Your Gut 79

Ch. 6 Trading Smarts 97

Ch. 7 Simplicity and Speed: Training to Be a Master 119

Ch. 8 Techno Traders 139

Ch. 9 A Careful Balancing Act 151

Conclusion 159

Afterword 169

Bibliography 187

About the Author 191

The Art of the Trade Trilogy 193

Index 197

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    Cognitive take on making investment decisions

    Internet search engines seem able to deliver every possible answer for every imaginable question in an instant. But no software program can replicate or replace human intuition, the greatest gift any securities trader can wield. Inexplicable investment instincts arise from feelings that right-brain thoughts inspire. Dismissing these instinctive feelings may seem rational to traders with a lopsided preference for left-brain thinking. For a more balanced approach, apply rational, left-brain tests to right-brain ideas, says investor Curtis Faith, author of "Way of the Turtle". He offers compelling evidence and personal testimony about the overlooked power of intuitive thinking in securities trading. getAbstract recommends this book to traders who want to make better use of their intuition.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    A waste of money

    While this book may be insightful to the left brained novice, it's probably a waste of money for most readers.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    Trusting Your Trading Intuition

    This enlightening practical guide for success in stock trading draws on the latest in neurology. Faith is a competent and successful trader and trainer of traders. Here he proposes specific and practical steps to improve your trading approaches based on the latest findings of neural science. New insights into our decision-making processes enables us to better understand all the dynamics of a trade and to better control our response, but to make quick appropriate decisions.

    Faith sets the stage by providing a general overview of how the markets work and how traders relate to them. This covers in concise format the basic components of stocks and how the markets work, and the factors involved in making buy-sell decisions. Then the author presents a short view of neurology that informs the reader about how certain types of decisions are made.

    We are all generally familiar with the discussion about the difference in the right brain functions and left brain functions. This is one of the most practical expositions on this concept that I have read. The author analyzes the functions and patterns of the right and left hemispheres of our brains and the way this affects decision-making processes. The left half of the brain is our analytical mind, where we can take in facts and analyze factors involved in a situation.

    The right brain, in contrast deals with relationships and patterns. The relational skills are critical in quick decision-making, like dealing with emergencies. Self-defense and often overlooked in decision-making this is related to our emotional structures, but Faith is careful to explain the difference between emotion and the more important intuitive faculties.

    Faith clarifies that emotion is our feeling, but Intuition is an informed and experienced faculty of observation and analysis of relationships. These relational aspects are critical in understanding the dynamics represented by charts and graphs on stock price performance. Intuition is critical in making informed but rapid decisions. Intuition grows with experience built by the left-brain analysis.

    Left-brain dominant people are very good at analyzing components and figures. They are good at checking figures and making sure the details match and the figures work. Caution is supported by the analysis. But if the intuition is allowed to remain untried and weak, the result is overanalysis and decision paralysis. Faith provides a pattern for training analysis to trust intuition. Risk-avoidance results for over-analysis, which hinders or prevents success in trading.

    Intuition, trained by left-brain analysis and growing experience, enables the trader to see patterns and understand the charts intuitively. Patterns arise and make sense to the intuition, without the debilitating linear analysis required by the left-brain process.

    This was a delightful and encouraging manual. The science is impeccable, and the presentation in neurology reads like a proper, but readable, presentation of the current findings of neurology. The psychological aspects are deftly and clearly included here.

    The practical trader will immediately see the value of the method and refocus provided by Faith in this important contribution to the challenging profession of stock trading. He also tailors suggestions to the part-time trader, and this is a manual one can return to from time to time for a refresher and renewed focus.

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