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An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund

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$2 trillion is invested in the hedge fund industry, and yet, due to industry regulations, the general public knows little about them. This book will change everything. Timothy turned $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million trading thousands of stocks from 1999-2002, managed the #1 Short Bias Hedge Fund from 2003-2006, starred in the television documentary Wall Street Warriors, and appeared regularly on CNBC all before the age of 26. It's been a wild ride. This 'Rocky'-like story is the first realistic look at the world of stock trading and hedge funds--it will educate and inspire everyone.
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Taught me Hard Work!
I was about to buy GPS case at Amazon but to get free shipping, need minimum of $25. So I added this book. Well, the book does not really teach you to trade or to read charts. However, I admire the author's hard work and how he work so hard to achieve his dream sacrificing beer/party time at college. It's simple, eye-opening message written for everyone that dreams do come true when you work on it. I am currently working on my dream and hopefully it will come true sooner or later =)

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Enslavedbynumber Seattle, WA

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Gotta read it
I first came across Timothy Sykes about 6 months ago on some blog post about making money online. I read about how he had turned $12,415 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million trading stocks from 1999 to 2002. In 2007, he decided to give it another go and prove he could repeat his rags to riches feat.

I bought into the hype, of course, and subscribed to receive his Tim Alerts letting me know what plays he saw coming each day and what moves he made. Finally after watching one of his Friday Livestock broadcasts on the Internet, I decided to see if I could actually make a go of what he was teaching and ordered up his Pennystocking DVD course. I didn’t know it came with his book (I had no idea he even had a book published).

When I cracked open the package, I really didn’t think much of the book. To be honest, I thought it looked a little cheesy and I had no interest in hedge funds. For some reason, though I picked it up and started reading. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

Now I buy quite a few books, but I don’t tend to read too many of them. All part of my information collector problem. So it’s rare that I have a book I can’t put down, but I literally could NOT put this down. I read the whole thing in a few days, staying up until 1am and 2am reading.

His recount of the early days of his trading career and some of the huge plays he made was awe striking and inspiring. I couldn’t believe that a high schooler could be so resourceful and driven to learn as much as Tim did in such a short period of time.

The “How much did Tim make today?” game with his college roommate and making $123,000 on a trade which, because of slow executions neted him an extra $10,000 almost seem to good to be true. Then to hear him recount his story about starting his hedge fund and the roller coaster ride was very interesting as well.

Although a lot of people mention disappointment or wanting more out of the book, I was pleasantly surprised and will not hesitate to recommend Tim’s book to anyone interested in investing. I found it funny, inspiring and full of little “don’t repeat my mistakes” principles hidden throughout.

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Love At First Read
What an amazing book....and Im not just saying this because Im his girlfriend!

I was impressed with Tim's knowledge and intrigued by this exciting adventure in finance at such a young age. This is definitely an asset for beginner investors and traders.

I am hoping his next book is about how much he LOVES me!!!



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Awesome
This book is not only a fast read, but it makes you look at the market different. There are many of us that can't trade the big boards, or have the time. The book gives alook at what everyday joe can do, and TIM brought it to light. If you guys don't know who Tim Sykes is look up his website he tells it like it is, he bust scam CEO's and makes them look stupid. The book is about his start, AS A KID, and he figured out a system that works with everyday people.

this is a fast read, and would tell anyone to read it, I read it in 2 days. This will not only turn you onto a new way of trading but also a very underated tader in todays market.

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Great fast read
This was one of my favorite books to read. This is a fast read and can be read in a few hours. Very entertaining read as well. Tim goes into detail on how he took his Bar Mitzvah gift and takes it to over 2 million including his experience as a hedge fund manager. Moreover the emotional and psychological aspects of training and explained by Tim. This was an educational read for me when I first started trading stocks.

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Good Fast Read
A very quick read. I think I finished it in less than a day (I read fast). This is a well written book that talks about how Tim Sykes turned his $12,415.00 Bar Mitzvah gift money into a fully audited pre-tax sum of $1.65 million in a few short years, started a hedge fund, screwed up, lost the hedge fund, and then picked himself up, and started over again becoming quite successful again.

There are good lessons in this book, and it is a good story. The best part of the book to me, was not so much about how Tim made all of this money, but how he dealt with losing a large portion of it. I find that the ability to pick ones self up after facing adversity, and come back stronger than before shows far more character than someone bragging about how they win all the time. Those are the types of people that are good to learn from.

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Inspirational
I really enjoyed reading this book; a great success story! All novices should definitely read this for inspiration.

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