Charlie D.: The Story of the Legendary Bond Trader

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 3, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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In praise of Charlie D. "Falloon’s eloquent explication of the life of the legendary Charlie D delivers a good read while exposing that most under-publicized commodity of them all—a mega-trader with a low public profile whose superhuman trading abilities were exceeded by only one thing—the extended reach of his heart and soul." —Patrick H. Arbor Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade "Charlie D. is a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Charlie D, whose legend still lives today on our trading floors. It also captures the essence of the men and women of Chicago who, working in a unique environment, through their trading provide economic benefits around the world." —Thomas R. Donovan President and Chief Executive Officer Chicago Board of Trade "Charlie D was unique—a poker-faced, unemotional, swashbuckling trader every other trader seeks to emulate. At the same time, he was also a model of trading integrity and one of the most generous people I have ever known. Whether trading or gambling, vacationing with family or golfing with superstars, he did everything with a special flair and spirit. Charlie was truly larger than life." —Thomas DeMark Author of The New Science of Technical Analysis and New Market Timing Techniques "Falloon captures the essence of the Charlie D I knew and rekindles my memories of a larger-than-life individual—how he laughed in the face of cancer, his generosity, and his sense of humor." —Mike Manning Rand Financial Services, Inc. "Charlie D was the most dynamic trader I’ve ever seen in my nineteen years in this business, and, beyond that, the best human being I’ve known." —Tom Fitzgerald TPF Trading
 

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Great book about a great trader. But, more than that, it's a great book for anyone interested in trading. Because, if you see past the rhetoric of "pit trading" and analogize the information to trading in general you see his genius about trading any market. Pit trading is over in the US futures markets, replaced by on-screen trading only. (Big S&P 500 futures still trade in a pit, but almost all of the volume is done in the e-Mini ES contracts.) His knowledge and insight translates very well to screen trading. The meat of the book and his knowledge about trading is really between pp. 85 - pp. 114 which is a summary of the one video seminar he gave. Still a great book filled with information. A classic. 

Contents

cigar smoke
1
larger than life
11
Printed in the United States of America
15
unstung by the sting
33
Charlie D
50
lotto
55
caddyshack
67
god doesnt trade bonds
77
super bowl mvps
115
atlas shrugged
135
the other side of vegas
155
east roberta
185
full throttle
207
bozo bonds
221
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About the author (1997)

WILLIAM D. FALLOON is an editor at Risk magazine, the world’s leading derivatives news publication. He has covered the futures and options markets from Chicago for fourteen years, and recently completed a sesquicentennial history of the Chicago Board of Trade. "Charlie D helped me see futures markets in a different light," he says. "Traders are often portrayed as greedy, unethical, or worse, but Charlie D is the George Bailey and Brian Piccolo of the futures markets all wrapped into one.

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