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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923)

by Edwin Lefèvre

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Nice book but not as helpful as I would have hoped for in the way of investment or trading help. ( )
  gdemange | Jun 4, 2016 |
This 1923 novel describes what it was like to play in the stock marked back in the 1920's. It brings and interesting perspective to today's financial markets. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 13, 2016 |
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  leese | Nov 23, 2009 |
Pros: classical and excellent considering the time it was written; still largely relevant today; interesting form
Cons: too simple for today's complex and even more sinister investment landscape; some inferred advice could be misunderstood; shouldn't be taken as a guide book for today's investment ( )
  sphinx | Jul 17, 2008 |
Dated Yet Insightful
This book's contribution to the literature of the financial markets is incontrovertible. For an investing public starved of trading wisdom in a pre-Markowitz era when stock traders relied more or less on rules of thumb, "Reminiscences" stood out as a true gem. It should be read both as a source of profound insight into the workings of financial markets past and present, and as a critique of speculative activity in the years prior to the bursting of the stock market bubble in 1929.

One of the most important lessons mentioned in the book is that a trader does not have to be invested in the market all the time. It sounds hackneyed today, but this tenet is actually difficult to follow in practice, given the propensity of traders and investors to ride out losing positions.

It is important to remember that, having been written during a massive bull run and prior to the systemic failure of the stock market in 1929, during which the market's 'boundless hope and optimism', as described in Galbraith's "The Great Crash 1929", run roughshod over sentiments that the markets were overheating, "Reminiscences" should be read with an eye towards portfolio preservation, not injudicious speculation.

(Posted in Amazon.com, May 3, 2004) ( )
  melvinsico | Oct 30, 2006 |
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This book has been considered one of the investment classics. While written some seventy years ago, this collection of stories continue to speak to the contemporary reader. Hence, its reputation is deserved.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0471770884, Paperback)

Stock investing is a relatively recent phenomenon and the inventory of true classics is somewhat slim. When asked, people in the know will always list books by Benjamin Graham, Burton G. Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher. You'll know you're getting really good advice if they also mention Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore, a remarkable character who first started speculating in New England bucket shops at the turn of the century. Livermore, who was banned from these shady operations because of his winning ways, soon moved to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. What makes this book so valuable are the observations that Lefèvre records about investing, speculating, and the nature of the market itself. For example:

"It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight! It is no trick at all to be right on the market. You always find lots of early bulls in bull markets and early bears in bear markets. I've known many men who were right at exactly the right time, and began buying or selling stocks when prices were at the very level which should show the greatest profit. And their experience invariably matched mine--that is, they made no real money out of it. Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon."

If you've ever spent weekends and nights puzzling over whether to buy, sell, or hold a position in whatever investment--be it stock, bonds, or pork bellies, you'll be glad that you read this book. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is full of lessons that are as relevant today as they were in 1923 when the book was first published. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards

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"Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Annoted Edition brings the story of the great speculator Jesse Livermore to life like never before. One of the foremost investment classics of all time, the original edition of Reminiscences by Edwin Lefe vre has inspired countless investors and traders with its fictionalised account of Livermore's legendary trading experiences. Now, in this meticulously researched Annoted Edition, Jon Markman reveals the truth about Jesse Livermore and provides colorful, historically accurate commentary on the characters, places, and events that have made Reminiscences such an enjoyable and educational read for generations"--Cover.… (more)

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