Enhancing Trader Performance

Proven Strategies From the Cutting Edge of Trading Psychology

Enhancing Trader Performance

Through his own trading experiences and those of individuals he has mentored, Dr. Brett Steenbarger is familiar with the challenges that traders face and the performance and psychological strategies that can meet those challenges. In Enhancing Trader Performance, Steenbarger shows you how to transform talent into trading skill through a structured process of expertise development and reveals how this approach can help you achieve market mastery.

High Performance Trading

35 Practical Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Your Trading Psychology and Performance

High Performance Trading

High Performance Trading provides proven practical techniques and strategies to help traders of all abilities, experience levels and styles to enhance their trading performance and psychology. Based on practical coaching and training interventions, personal experiences, the latest research and feedback, and advice from leading traders, trading coaches and trading psychologists, this book offers something for everyone who wants to become a better trader. - Discover how to avoid the common pitfalls of trading and how to take the practical steps that can set you up for trading success. - Strengthen your trading discipline as you discover the art of flawless execution. - Develop and hone your mental edge through learning to think like a successful trader. - Programme yourself for trading success with powerful mental conditioning techniques. - Develop unshakeable focus and concentration and learn how to get into the trading zone. - Understand how to achieve and sustain a core of trading confidence. - Learn how to utilise simple techniques to manage your emotional states. - Build resilience to cope with trading stresses, and pressures and manage losses, setbacks and errors. - Move towards greater consistency and success in your trading performance.

The Daily Trading Coach

101 Lessons for Becoming Your Own Trading Psychologist

The Daily Trading Coach

Praise for THE DAILY TRADING COACH "A great book! Simply written, motivational with unique content that leads any trader, novice or experienced, along the path of self-coaching. This is by far Dr. Steenbarger's best book and a must-have addition to any trader's bookshelf. I'll certainly be recommending it to all my friends." —Ray Barros CEO, Ray Barros Trading Group "Dr. Steenbarger has been helping traders help themselves for many years. Simply put, this book is a must-read for anyone who desires to achieve great success in the market." —Charles E. Kirk The Kirk Report "'Dr. Brett', as he is affectionately known by his blog readers, has assembled a practical guide to self coaching in this excellent book. The strategies he outlines are further enhanced with numerous resources and exercises for the reader to refer to and keep the principles fresh. I enthusiastically encourage anyone interested in bettering their trading and investing to read this book and keep it on their desk as a constant source of learning." —Brian Shannon, www.alphatrends.net author of Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes "Dr. Brett has distilled his years of experience, as both a trader and a psychologist/coach, into the 101 practical lessons found in The Daily Trading Coach. Those lessons provide effective strategies for coping with the stumbling blocks that traders often face. This book should be a cornerstone of any serious trader's library." —Michael Seneadza equities trader and blogger at TraderMike.net

Trading Psychology 2.0

From Best Practices to Best Processes

Trading Psychology 2.0

Practical trading psychology insight that can be put to work today Trading Psychology 2.0 is a comprehensive guide to applying the science of psychology to the art of trading. Veteran trading psychologist and bestselling author Brett Steenbarger offers critical advice and proven techniques to help interested traders better understand the markets, with practical takeaways that can be implemented immediately. Academic research is presented in an accessible, understandable, engaging way that makes it relevant for practical traders, and examples, illustrations, and case studies bring the ideas and techniques to life. Interactive features keep readers engaged and involved, including a blog offering ever-expanding content, and a Twitter feed for quick tips. Contributions from market bloggers, authors, and experts bring fresh perspectives to the topic, and Steenbarger draws upon his own experience in psychology and statistical modeling as an active trader to offer insight into the practical aspect of trading psychology. Trading psychology is one of the few topics that are equally relevant to day traders and active investors, market makers and portfolio managers, and traders in different markets around the globe. Many firms hire trading coaches, but this book provides a coach in print, accessible 24/7 no matter what the market is doing. Understand the research at the core of trading psychology Examine the ways in which psychology is applied in real-world trading Implement practical tips immediately to see first-hand results Gain the perspective and insight of veteran traders who apply these techniques daily While markets may differ in scale, scope, and activity, humans remain human, with all the inherent behavioral tendencies. Studying the market from the human perspective gives traders insight into how human behavior drives market behavior. Trading Psychology 2.0 gives traders an edge, with expert guidance and practical advice.

The Psychology of Trading

Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets

The Psychology of Trading

"The one, only, and by far the best book synthesizing psychologyand investing. In addition to providing modern, scientificknowledge about psychology, this book provides a mirror into themind and wide breadth of knowledge of one of the leadingpractitioners of brief and effectual cures. Will help to cure yourtrading and your life." -Victor Niederhoffer, Chief Speculator, ManchesterInvestments Author, The Education of a Speculator and PracticalSpeculation "How refreshing! A book that rises above the old NLP model of the80's and provides insights on how our relationship with the marketis indeed a very personal one. Not only has Steenbarger providedsome fantastic tools for the trader to transform his mindset, buthe has contributed unique trading ideas as well. Brilliant!" -Linda Raschke, President, LBRGroup, Inc. "'Investigate, before you invest' was for many years the slogan ofthe New York Stock Exchange. I always thought a better one wouldbe, 'Investigate YOURSELF, before you invest.' The Psychology ofTrading should help you increase your annual investment rate ofreturn. Mandatory reading for anyone intending to earn a livelihoodthrough trading. " -Yale Hirsch, The Hirsch Organization Inc., Editor, The StockTrader's Almanac "This highly readable, highly educational, and highly entertainingbook will teach you as much about yourself as about trading. It'sOliver Sacks meets Mr. Market-extraordinary tales of ordinaryprofessionals and individuals with investment disorders, and howthey successfully overcame them. It is a must-read both for privateinvestors who have been shell-shocked in the bear market and wantto learn how to start again, as well as for pros who seek an extraedge from extra inner knowledge. Steenbarger's personal voyage intothe mind of the market is destined to become a classic." -Jon Markman, Managing Editor, CNBC on MSN Money Author, Online Investing and Swing Trading "Dr. Steenbarger's fascinating, highly readable blend of practicalinsights from his dual careers as a brilliant psychologist andtrader will benefit every investor; knowing oneself is as importantas knowing the market." -Laurel Kenner, CNBC.com Columnist, Author, Practical Speculation

The Essentials of Trading

From the Basics to Building a Winning Strategy

The Essentials of Trading

Praise for The ESSENTIALS OF TRADING "This is the book I wish I had when I began a training program for new traders. John's familiarity with trading and traders is evident in this text. His incorporation of exercises and use of examples bring topics to life, maintaining the interest of even the most hyperactive traders." —Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author of The Psychology of Trading "The Essentials of Trading masterfully teaches the novice how to conceptualize, implement, and manage the important fundamentals that form the building blocks of successful trading. Because the book and its examples have been classroom tested at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the pace of presentation is ideal for a full or partial classroom exposure to Internet-based trading. The book is highly recommended as a viable academic teaching tool, and equally so for the developing nonstudent practitioner." —Dr. Gordon H. Dash Jr. Associate Professor of Finance, University of Rhode Island "As the founder of a women's entrepreneurial networking organization, one of the most essential messages I relay to our members is the importance of understanding and managing their own personal and professional finances. John Forman's book is one that I highly recommend to all our members, because of its clear explanations and teaching style that will allow any novice to develop a solid understanding of the world of finance and investment trading." —Sherry Thacker, President and Founder, WENS Inc. "The Essentials of Trading is an excellent introductory book on the subject. It not only provides the critical know-how, it also manages to inspire the reader to take their first tentative steps into the trading arena. A joy to read." —Paul Gould, Managing Director, trade2win.com Global Trading Community "While trading has become more challenging, the tools have improved, and John Forman brings an up-to-date, insightful perspective on what is needed for traders of all backgrounds to absorb. With the bar having been raised for all market participants, The Essentials of Trading brings a fresh look, providing successful examples of the implements necessary to build a trading system and have confidence in your own work." —Joel Marver, Chief Technical Analyst, IFR Division, Thomson Financial

Markets in Profile

Profiting from the Auction Process

Markets in Profile

Markets in Profile explores the confluence of three disparate philosophical frameworks: the Market Profile, behavioral finance, and neuroeconomics in order to present a unified theory of how markets work. The Market Profile is an ever-evolving, multidimensional graphic that gives visual form to the market's continuing auction process, revealing the myriad underlying dynamics that influence market activity. Behavioral finance posits that investors are driven more by emotional factors and the subjective interpretation of minutia than by "rationality" when making investment decisions. And neuroeconomics is the study of how investor psychology permeates and affects the financial markets. Mr. Dalton explicates the ways in which irrational human behavior influences the market's natural auction process, creating frequently predictable market structure, which results in opportunities for investors to ameliorate risk. The book will improve investors ability to interpret change in markets, enabling better, more confident investment decisions.

The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics

Formulas for Optimal Allocation & Leverage

The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics

The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics "For the serious investor, trader, or money manager, this book takes a rewarding look into modern portfolio theory. Vince introduces a leverage-space portfolio model, tweaks it for the drawdown probability, and delivers a superior model. He even provides equations to maximize returns for a chosen level of risk. So if you're serious about making money in today's markets, buy this book. Read it. Profit from it." —Thomas N. Bulkowski, author, Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns "This is an important book. Though traders routinely speak of their 'edge' in the marketplace and ways of handling 'risk,' few can define and measure these accurately. In this book, Ralph Vince takes readers step by step through an understanding of the mathematical foundations of trading, significantly extending his earlier work and breaking important new ground. His lucid writing style and liberal use of practical examples make this book must reading." —Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author, The Psychology of Trading and Enhancing Trader Performance "Ralph Vince is one of the world's foremost authorities on quantitative portfolio analysis. In this masterly contribution, Ralph builds on his early pioneering findings to address the real-world concerns of money managers in the trenches-how to systematically maximize gains in relation to risk." —Nelson Freeburg, Editor, Formula Research "Gambling and investing may make strange bedfellows in the eyes of many, but not Ralph Vince, who once again demonstrates that an open mind is the investor's most valuable asset. What does bet sizing have to do with investing? The answer to that question and many more lie inside this iconoclastic work. Want to make the most of your investing skills Open this book." —John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, www.BollingerBands.com

Trade Mindfully

Achieve Your Optimum Trading Performance with Mindfulness and Cutting-Edge Psychology

Trade Mindfully

Overcome psychological obstacles to increase trading success Successful traders need to be well-versed and skilled in a wide range of business and economic areas. But now, in addition to effective trading strategies and sound money management techniques, traders need to possess the know-how to handle the mental and emotional challenges of working in a highly volatile environment. Trade Mindfully is a unique resource that applies cutting-edge psychological techniques to trading skills, allowing readers to improve their mental outlooks and maximize the potential of their trading strategies. This book draws upon recent psychological research in behaviorism to teach new approaches that call for better focus, more confidence, and more positive perspectives and outcomes. One of the key concepts covered in the book is mindfulness, a state of mind traditionally touted in the East for its ability to reduce stress and increase perspective, useful qualities for traders looking to rise above emotional obstacles and the poor results they cause. The author also discusses the importance of High Value Trading Actions (HVAs), specific actions that are under a trader's control. With this guide, trading professionals will be able to form solid strategies based on a combination of these notions and practices, leading to higher levels of trading performance. Applies sound psychological practice and evidence-based research to the trading profession Covers the psychological perspectives and mental skills needed to succeed in today's trading world Focuses on key concepts that lead to deliberate practice, specific trading activities, and increased awareness and focus Designed to help traders deal with the emotional challenges that come with uncertainty and risk Trade Mindfully touches on the most essential concepts for anyone intrigued by what trading psychology has to offer, and delivers the best strategies for achieving the right mental skills for peak performance.