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The Book Shelf

List is updated approximately every other month. All links go to Amazon.

Price Action and Bar / Patterns / Volume

Investing with Volume Analysis: Identify, Follow, and Profit from Trends, Dormeir

The Art and Science of Technical Analysis: Market Structure, Price Action and Trading Strategies, Grimes

Trading Price Action Trends, Brooks – Al Brook's work is perhaps the closest thing you will find to the type topics discussed on our site. He is an ‘easy' read if you are ready for it only.

Trading Price Action Reversals, Brooks

Trading Price Action Trading Ranges, Brooks – probably my favorite of his

Reading Price Charts Bar By Bar: The Technical Analysis of Price Action for the Serious Trader, Brooks

A Complete Guide to Volume Price Analysis, Coulling –

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Bulkowski – large index of patterns with statistics to back. Bulkowski's patterns are widely used in some form on this site with accompanying strategies to back them up.

Visual Guide to Chart Patterns (Bloomberg Financial), Bulkowski

System, Mathematical and Quant

Mathematical Methods For Foreign Exchange: A Financial Engineer's Approach, Lipton – not to be missed for system-based traders…discretionary traders easily benefit as well

Building Reliable Trading Systems: Tradeable Strategies That Perform As They Backtest and Meet Your Risk-Reward Goals, Fitschen

Foreign Exchange Risk: Models, Instruments and Strategies, Wystup & Hakala

Volatility and Correlation: The Perfect Hedger and the Fox, Rebonato

Building Reliable Trading Systems: Tradable Strategies That Perform As They Backtest and Meet Your Risk-Reward Goals, Fitschen

Analysis of Financial Time Series, Tsay

Quantitative Trading: How to Build Your Own Algorithmic Trading Business, Chan – primer only and more of a heads up than a guide

Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their Rationale, Chan

Inside The Black Box: A Simple Guide to Quantitative and High Frequency Trading, Narang

Technical Analysis, Other

The New Science of Technical Analysis, DeMark – DeMark was one of my first intros to trading and the most I gained from him was to simply “let go” of conventional thought.

New Market Timing Techniques: Innovative Studies in Market Rhythm & Price Exhaustion, DeMark

New Trading Systems and Methods, Kaufman – could easily be classified as systematic as well but many useful resources within

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications, Murphy – one of the originals and still a good and relevant primer


The Art of Contrary Thinking, Neill

Trading in the Zone: Master the Market With Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude, Douglas – basically the “go-to” book for trading psychology

The Disciplined Trader: Developing Winning Attitudes, Douglas – the first of Douglas' books

Trading to Win: The Psychology of Mastering the Markets, Kiev

Mindset, The New Psychology of Success, Dweck

Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success, Syed

About Other Traders

Hedge Fund Market Wizards, Schwager

Market Wizard, Schwager – the huge bestseller

The New Market Wizards – 2nd in the series

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator – its a classic. no into needed here

Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master, Sperandeo

The Alchemy of Finance, Soros – a classic, one of my favorite introductions to global macro

The Invisible Hands: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Bubbles, Crashes, and Real Money, Drobny

Good For Beginners or More Depth

Foreign Exchange: A Practical Guide to the FX Markets, Weithers – as primers go, this is an excellent one offering a general brushstroke of the market, without omitting required detail to grasp underlying concepts.

A Foreign Exchange Primer, Shamah

Trading in the Global Currency Markets, Luca – lays the groundwork only

Currency Strategy: The Practitioner's Guide to Currency Investing, Hedging and Forecasting, Henderson

Follow The Trend: Diversified Managed Futures Trading, Clenow

About Stocks

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing, Graham – another classic

Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard: How to Achieve Super Performance in Stocks in Any Market, Minervini

How to Make Money in Stocks, O'Neill – set the precedent for much in the way of common sense investing, written by the founder of IBD

Choose Stocks Wisely: A Formula That Produced Amazing Returns, Allen – highly praised as the attention goes right to the balance sheet


Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, Sowell

The Tax Guide for Traders, Green – US only, but one of the very rare guides on the topic