The New Market Wizards: Conversations with America's Top Traders

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 512 pages
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In The New Market Wizards, successful traders relate the financial strategies that have rocketed them to success. Asking questions that readers with an interest or involvement in the financial markets would love to pose to the financial superstars, Jack D. Schwager encourages these financial wizards to share their insights. Entertaining, informative, and invaluable, The New Market Wizards is destined to become another Schwager classic.

 

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Let's first understand something about mister Jack Schwager. Till this day he has almost without a doubt in my mind not been able to sufficiently acquire an income from his trading on a stand alone basis and has made his fortune off of selling his Market Wizards books. To further prove my point, if you want to see where Jack works today you only have to look to a site called fortunegrp.com. It's an investment banking company no different than the crooks at Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan.
What he did in the time of writing and publishing his Market Wizards series was no different of a concept than the idea to sell shovels to all the gold diggers and dreamers during the gold rush. The only people who got rich were the suppliers. He like everyone else who has failed at trading decided to profit from it by selling information. But his approach was different this time. He sold the information told to him from the successful traders themselves, not his own system. Genius right? Well kinda if you only look at the surface. To further propound on his idea you'll notice that the people that Jack interviewed have been trading for at-least 8 years or more. Genius again, right? Now Jack can propose that trading is not a random act of luck and that, yes there are credible traders that have done well over a prolonged period of time. This makes any quick to conclude skeptics opinions, short lived.
Jack did quite well with the concept of his book. And with its allure of fast money making traders came many curious readers. The book is filled with interviews by chart traders which Jack himself was for over 20 years prior to his writings (also note that Jack hasn't had any consistent success chart trading himself, hence the reason for the book). Readers instantly believed that because he was able to find enough people that used charts to make money over a prolonged enough time period, that made technical analysis trading a viable method and would put to rest any skeptics opinions that they've never met a rich technician. But first let me note what he fails to mention about the markets in the years prior to his interviews with these so called super stock chart traders (I also would like to mention that not all of the people he interviewed were chart traders, some are actually valid investors with real life strategies that any intelligent person with half of a brain would recognize as something logical and real i.e. Jim Roger's interview). You see, most people would think, "Oh yea this profession is possible and look at all these technical analysis traders who made all this money after all these years. Wow they must have figured out a system or a discipline that was used by charting and pricing the right indicators or chart patterns, right!?" Wrong! Jack Schwager failed to mention the most important thing that would have made all his research nothing more than a failed attempt to prove that its not the amount of people you find that are successful that's relevant, but instead the time period in which you find them.
It's kind of like when the real estate or internet boom happened, most people that were lucky and dumb enough to chase these stocks to valuations never before seen and thought prices could never come down (these companies didn't even have revenue let me mind you, yet some of these companies traded at levels that made them worth more than the entire US economy at one point) got rich on paper faster than the logical intelligent minds of the business world had. Just as long as these same idiots were fearful enough to realize that this all felt to easy and made more money than they ever dreamed and (yet they didn't know a damn thing about the stocks or the markets they were trading in) got out, they managed to cash out enough money to continue to gamble away in the stock market and live very rich comfortable lives. Let me show you a chart of what the market averages had done since the idea of the book to the time of its publication. If it doesn't all make sense after this
 

Contents

Preface
xi
Acknowledgments
xiii
Prologue
xv
Misadventures in Trading
3
Hussein Makes a Bad Trade
11
The Sultan of Currencies
17
Futures Understanding the Basics
71
Veteran Trader
74
Mr Serenity
279
Reading the Music of the Markets
294
The Trading Machine
313
God in the Pits
318
The Intuitive Theoretician
342
Getting the Edge
363
The Mathematics of Strategy
390
Zen and the Art of Trading
411

The Mathematician
103
The Silence of the Turtles
137
The Best Return That Low Risk Can Buy
149
The Human Chart Encyclopedia
177
The Art of TopDown Investing
187
The Art of BottomUp Investing
211
The Master of Consistency
230
Markets Grow Old Too
251
The Mind of an Archiever
414
The Role of the Subconscious
439
Market Wizardom
461
A Personal Reflection
479
Appendix
481
Glossary
485
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Jack Schwager is a managing director and principal of The Fortune Group, an alternative asset management firm regulated in the UK and the United States. Schwager is the Senior Portfolio manager for Fortune's Market Wizards Funds of Funds, a broadly diversified series of institutional hedge fund portfolios. He also serves on the board of Fortune's research affiliate Global Fund Analysis, a leading source of independent hedge fund research. His prior experience includes 22 years as the director of futures research for some of Wall Street's leading firms and 10 years as the co-principal of a commodity trading advisory firm.

Mr. Schwager is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling Market Wizards (1989), and the equally popular The New Market Wizards (1992). A third volume in this series, Stock Market Wizards, published by HarperCollins, was released in early 2001. Mr. Schwager's first book, A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets, which was published in 1984, is considered to be one of the classic reference works in the field. More than a decade later he revised and expanded this original work into the three-volume series, Schwager on Futures, consisting of the following titles: Fundamental Analysis (1995), Technical Analysis (1996), and Managed Trading: Myths and Truths (1996). He is also the author of Getting Started in Technical Analysis (1999), which is part of John Wiley's popular "Getting Started" series.

Mr. Schwager is a frequent seminar speaker and has lectured on a range of analytical topics with particular focus on the characteristics of great traders, hedge fund investment, performance measurement, technical analysis, and trading system evaluation. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Economics from Brown University.

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