I found these books helpful. For most traders I recommend them in the order they are listed on the page. Click on the link for more information.

 

Trade Your Way To Financial Freedom - by Van K. Tharp

A great trading book covering the 3 requirements for trading success: a buy/sell engine, position sizing/portfolio management and mental awareness and discipline. If you can't get the Creating Your Own Personal Trading Strategy Videos under the Learning Page, this is a good place to start.


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The 30-Minute Stock Trader - by Laurens Bensdorp

I wrote the foreword and loved the book. Great discussion of diversifying by strategy, automation and mental issues in trading. Laurens is a smart trader and offers some tutoring at The Trading Mastery School to traders striving to get better.


Trend Following - by Michael Covel

This book is a compendium of trend following strategies, risk management, human behavior, interviews, etc. Michael also offers a  flagship trend following investment system. Input "bassospecial" at checkout for a discount on this trading strategy.


Van Tharp's Definitive Guide To Position Sizing Strategies - by Van K Tharp

It's all here.  Everything you wanted to know about sizing positions including the approaches we used at Trendstat back in the day. Van offers seminars for traders and other educational products. seminars for traders and other educational products.


The Disciplined Trader - by Mark Douglas

Excellent thoughts on the mental side of trading. Sadly Mark is no longer with us, but his great thoughts live on in his books and interviews. 


Trading In The Zone - by Mark Douglas

In my video series,  Creating Your Own Personal Trading Strategy, I talk about changing your mental state to a helpful state and away from non-helpful states. Mark covers some of this here. Sadly Mark is no longer with us, but his great thoughts live on in his books and interviews. 


Peak Performance Course  - by Van K Tharp

It's all here.  Everything you wanted to know about sizing positions including the approaches we used at Trendstat back in the day. Van offers seminars for traders and other educational products. seminars for traders and other educational products.


Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders - by Jack Schwager

The first of Jack's excellent interviews with top traders in the industry. A classic that has been read by most traders it seems.


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

The second of Jack's excellent interviews with top traders in the industry. I enjoyed being interviewed by Jack and liked the way he presented it in the book.  Jack is the person who first tagged me "Mr. Serenity".


Panic-Proof Investing; Lessons in Profitable Investing from a Market Wizard - by Tom Basso (AUDIO VERSION)

This is the audio version of my 1995 book on the process of good investing by Wiley narrated by the author. I also updated some things and included an epilogue. Less expensive than the paperback.


Panic-Proof Investing; Lessons in Profitable Investing from a Market Wizard - by Tom Basso (PAPERBACK VERSION)

This is the my 1995 book on the process of good investing by Wiley . Handy checklist in the back of the book on investing. It's been translated into numerous languages over the years.


Schwager On Futures - Technical Analysis - by Jack Schwager

One of Jack's excellent books on trading education, this one concentrating on futures and technical analysis. Perhaps a place to look for new ideas.


Atlas Shrugged - by Ayn Rand

One of my all-time fav's. Great libertarian philosophy on how society tends to decay as government gets more and more pervasive and society loses sight of the importance of individual freedom and responsibility. Helped to shape my views of how the world really works.


Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - by Edwin Lefevre

Another classic, purportedly about the great trader, Jesse Livermore. Numerous classic words of wisdom in here that have quoted frequently over the years.


Managed Trading Myths and Truths - by Jack Schwager

If you decide you want to manage other people's money, a great book to consider on the math and concepts involved.