Trading to Win: The Psychology of Mastering the Markets

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The trading arena has produced its share of select "super-traders," market practitioners who set themselves apart from the rest of the field with one distinct advantage: mental and emotional toughness. Like outstanding athletes who stay focused, remain calm, and stick to their game plan, these master traders in this highly risky, highly competitive arena possess an edge that keeps them from being distracted by fear, self-doubt, greed, and other emotional components that can cause major losses and prevent gains ...

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Overview

The trading arena has produced its share of select "super-traders," market practitioners who set themselves apart from the rest of the field with one distinct advantage: mental and emotional toughness. Like outstanding athletes who stay focused, remain calm, and stick to their game plan, these master traders in this highly risky, highly competitive arena possess an edge that keeps them from being distracted by fear, self-doubt, greed, and other emotional components that can cause major losses and prevent gains from soaring to new highs. Trading to Win presents a step-by-step, goal-oriented program for building the mental and emotional stamina not only to win, but to win on an unprecedented level. Created by a leading psychiatrist for a top trading firm, this proven approach spotlights a set of philosophical and behavioral principles designed to assist you in implementing proactive trading strategies, as well as developing the mindset needed to trade effectively in the realm of uncertainty. Delving into your underlying thought processes when you trade, Trading to Win enables you to understand what is motivating you, whether it is consistent with your game plan, and whether you are in any way sabotaging yourself. Drawing on his widely acclaimed work with Olympic athletes, psychiatrist Ari Kiev covers every major aspect of enhancing your trading performance, including new ways to rehearse your moves, strengthen your powers of concentration, deal with stress, and overcome common mistakes. Along with tapping into personal resources you might not know you had, and breaking unproductive, even self-destructive behavioral patterns, you’ll learn how to:

  • Let go of false beliefs about yourself and the markets
  • Trade in terms of the amount of money you have and the kinds of profit percentages you want to produce
  • Play through feelings of anxiety
  • Avoid the dangers of both despair and euphoria
  • Abandon energy-draining behaviors, like impulsiveness, chest-beating, and whining
  • Achieve total commitment and experience the exhilaration of "the zone," where everything flows effortlessly
Fully supplemented with real market trading scenarios, Trading to Win shows you to apply key, concepts where it counts—in actual trading room situations. For both professional traders and sophisticated investors, this remarkable program offers a rare opportunity for both personal and financial gain.
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What People Are Saying

Jay G. Goldman
The strategies in this book will unleash the hidden trader in you, and can substantially increase your trading profits. Jay G. Goldman, Hedge Fund Manager
Seymour W. Zises
Ari Kiev has written a wonderful guide for money managers, traders, brokers, and investors alike. Sharing his thoughts with us regarding our behavior patterns enables us to take a step back and look at ourselves more objectively. Seymour W. Zises, President and CEO, Family Management Corp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471248422
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #76
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ARI KIEV, M.D., is a trading coach and management consultant to several trading firms in New York. He is the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed Transcultural Psychiatry: A Strategy for Daily Living and The Courage to Live. For the past five years he has collaborated with Steve Cohen in developing the trading program described in this book. STEVE COHEN is a leading equities trader who heads SAC Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Cohen has consistently been ranked in the top 20 traders by such leading publications as the Financial Times.

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Table of Contents

PSYCHING YOURSELF FOR A WINNING CAREER.

Becoming a Master Trader.

What the Best Traders Look Like.

Centered Trading.

Visual Imagery—Rehearsing Your Moves.

Concentration—The Key to Preparation and Recovery.

PUTTING PSYCHOLOGY INTO PRACTICE.

100 Percent Commitment—Promising the Result and Expanding the Risk.

Basic Trading Principles.

Managing Risk and Other Advanced Trading Principles.

Teamwork.

MASTERING THE TRADING GAME.

Dealing with Stress.

Overcoming Common Mistakes.

The Power to Change.

Index.

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