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Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders



The Investment Classic, Updated with a New Preface and Afterword

"I've read the book at several stages of my career as it shows the staying power of good down-to-earth wisdoms of true practitioners with skin in the game. This is the central document showing the heuristics that real-life traders use to manage their affairs, how people who do rather than talk have done things. Twenty years from now, it will still be fresh. There is no other like it."
Nassim N. Taleb, former derivatives trader, author of The Black Swan, and professor, NYU-Poly

Praise for the First Edition

"Market Wizards is one of the most fascinating books ever written about Wall Street. A few of the 'Wizards' are my friends—and Jack Schwager has nailed their modus operandi on the head."
Martin W. Zweig, PhD, Editor, The Zweig Forecast

"It is difficult enough to develop a method that works. It then takes experience to believe what your method is telling you. But the toughest task of all is turning analysis into money. If you don't believe it, try it. These guys have it all: a method, the conviction, and the discipline to act decisively time after time, regardless of distractions and pressures. They are heroes of Wall Street, and Jack Schwager's book brings their characters vividly to life."
Robert R. Prechter Jr., Editor, The Elliott Wave Theorist

Featuring interviews with seventeen of the most successful market-beaters, including Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michael Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, and Tom Baldwin, Market Wizards is packed with real-life anecdotes from the trading world. From the electrical engineer from MIT whose computerized trading earned returns of 250,000% over sixteen years to the trader who, after wiping out several times, successfully turned a $30,000 investment into an $80 million fortune, Schwager identifies the factors that define a true Market Wizard.

Jack D. Schwager is a recognized industry expert on futures and hedge funds and the author of a number of widely acclaimed financial books. He is currently the co-portfolio manager for the ADM Investor Services Diversified Strategies Fund, a portfolio of futures and FX managed accounts. He is also an advisor to Marketopper, an India-based quantitative trading firm. Previously, Mr. Schwager was a partner in the Fortune Group, a London-based hedge fund advisory firm, which specialized in creating customized hedge fund portfolios for institutional clients, and also spent over twenty years as a director of futures research for some of Wall Street's leading firms.
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue xix

My Own Story xxi

Part I Futures and Currencies 1

Taking the Mystery Out of Futures 3

The Interbank Currency Market Defi ned 7

Michael Marcus: Blighting Never Strikes Twice 9

Bruce Kovner: The World Trader 51

Richard Dennis: A Legend Retires 83

Paul Tudor Jones: The Art of Aggressive Trading 115

Gary Bielfeldt: Yes, They Do Trade T-Bonds in Peoria 139

Ed Seykota: Everybody Gets What They Want 151

Larry Hite: Respecting Risk 175

Part II Mostly Stocks 193

Michael Steinhardt: The Concept of Variant Perception 195

William O’Neil: The Art of Stock Selection 221

David Ryan: Stock Investment as a Treasure Hunt 239

Marty Schwartz: Champion Trader 257

Part III A Little Bit of Everything 281

James B. Rogers, Jr.: Buying Value and Selling Hysteria 283

Mark Weinstein: High-Percentage Trader 321

Part IV The View from the Floor 343

Brian Gelber: Broker Turned Trader 345

Tom Baldwin: The Fearless Pit Trader 367

Tony Saliba: "One-Lot" Triumphs 385

Part V The Psychology of Trading 405

Dr. Van K. Tharp: The Psychology of Trading 407

The Trade: A Personal Experience 429

Postscript: Dreams and Trading 435

Final Word 439

What I Believe 22 Years Later 441

Appendix 1: Program Trading and Portfolio Insurance 453

Appendix 2: Options—Understanding the Basics 455

Glossary 461

Excerpt: Edward Thorp 473