Come into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to Trading. (Book Reviews)

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Come into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to Trading. (Book Reviews)


Jobman, Darrell, Modern Trader


By Alexander Elder

John Wiley & Sons

New York (2002)

313 pages, $49.95

When you have written a best-selling book, already divulging most of what you know about trading, you might think it would be difficult to come up with enough new information to write a second volume on the subject. But you don't know Alexander Elder, one of the most articulate authors who has been learning and developing trading ideas for more than 20 years.

Come into My Trading Room won't supplant Elder's first book, Trading for a Living, published almost 10 years ago, as one of the most highly recommended books for anyone who wants to take trading seriously, but it's a useful addition. He covers some of the same material in this book -- triple screen trading system, Force Index, Elder-ray, "the hound of the Baskerville" signal and others. But his original ideas have been updated with additional research and experience, and there are plenty of new concepts as well -- his impulse system, kangaroo tails, safezone stops, chandelier stops and others.

The book is organized into three parts:

* Financial trading for babes in the woods, the book he actually started to write for beginning traders after conducting one of his trading camps.

* The three Ms of successful trading -- mind, method, money. As a psychiatrist, Elder is at his best in writing about the mindset most people bring to trading, the mentality it takes to be a successful trader and the psychology of the marketplace as a whole. …

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