Ten Must Read Stock Market Books for 2011

I highly suggest that all new “traders” begin with William O’Neil’s book based on the CANSLIM acronym.

1. How to Make Money in Stocks (4th edition) by William J. O’Neil (1988)
2. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre (1923)
3. The Nature of Risk by Justin Mamis (1991)
4. Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master by Victor Sperandeo (1991)
5. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K. Tharp (1999)
6. The Battle for Investment Survival by Gerald M. Loeb (1935)
7. Martin Zweig’s Winning on Wall Street by Martin Zweig (1986)
8. How to Trade in Stocks by Jesse Livermore (1940)
9. Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager (1988)
10. When to Sell: Inside Strategies for Stock-Market Profits by Justin Mamis (1994)

**Original copyright dates are listed even though many of the books linked are later editions**

2010 Stock Reading List

Learning about Stocks (Fundamental and Technical Principles):

System Development and Market Psychology:

Great All-around Reads:


Summer Reading 2009

Learning about Stocks (Fundamental and Technical Principles):

System Development and Market Psychology:

Great All-around Reads:

All Others:

The Daily Trading Coach

The Daily Trading Coach: 101 Lessons for Becoming Your Own Trading Psychologist
by Brett N. Steenbarger

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Brett Steenbarger’s new book can be ordered through Amazon. What makes this book even more interesting than most is that fact that I helped contribute to Chapter Nine, along with 17 other online professionals (bloggers I have followed and known for some time). Clearly, I consider the other 17 contributors more professional than me but I can’t discount what I have learned and have shared over the years.

I’ve been very quiet on the blog but that’s because my basic trading philosophy is buying long (stocks making new highs) which isn’t such a great idea right now and the fact that my baby is due to arrive in less than 6 weeks (priorities change). I hope to jump back in and get this blog going again when my screens show breakouts and positive risk/ reward setups. Until then, I’ll sit tight and be patient!


  • “But careful timing is essential…impatience is costly” – Jesse Livermore, 1940
  • “Whenever I have had the patience to wait for the market to arrive at what I call a “Pivotal Point” before I started to trade; I have always made money in my operations” – Jesse Livermore, 1940
  • “The big money is made in the first one or two years of a normal bull market cycle” – William O’Neil

Back to the book, I highly recommend it, as well as Brett’s past books; he’s such a great contributor to the trading world and an even more important fixture and influential contributor to the online investing community.

Brett’s TraderFeed Blog

From the Inside Flap:

Every trader is an entrepreneur. And just as a new business must capitalize upon the strengths of its founders, a career in the markets crucially hinges upon the assets—personal and monetary—of the trader. As an active trader and a coach of traders in hedge funds, proprietary trading groups, and investment bank settings, author Brett Steenbarger has helped others see the personal assets they have possessed all along: those that can pay a lifetime of dividends. In The Daily Trading Coach, he provides the tools to help you prioritize both your trading goals and your life—and become your own trading psychologist.

There are 101 lessons in The Daily Trading Coach, each averaging several pages in length. Each lesson follows the same general format: identifying an everyday challenge that traders face, an approach to meeting that challenge, and a specific suggestion for implementing that approach. The lessons cover a range of topics relevant to trading psychology and trading performance, including detailed instruction for utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioral brief therapy methods to change problematic behavior patterns and instill new, positive ones. The chapters are independent of one another, so that you can read them in order or you can use the Table of Contents or Index to read, each day, the lesson that most applies to your current trading. In addition, the book includes insightful self-coaching perspectives from eighteen successful trading professionals who share their work online.

While the aim of the book is to help you become your own trading coach, its broader purpose is to help you coach yourself through life. The challenges and uncertainties you face in trading—the pursuit of rewards in the face of risks—are just as present in careers and relationships as in markets. The Daily Trading Coach provides a road map, and a practical set of insights and tools, for discovering and implementing the best within you.

Click here for a complete linkable list of Contributors to The Daily Trading Coach

Thank you Dr. Brett!

Stocking Stuffers

Here are ideas for some great stocking stuffers (no nuts and bolts in this batch of books – enjoy the stories):

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
  • Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  • Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre
  • Baruch My Own Story by Bernard M. Baruch
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis