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How I Made $2 Million in the Stock Market: The Darvas System for Stockmarket Profits

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How I Made #2 million in the Stock Market is an extraordinary book. It tells one of the most unusual success stories in the history of the stock market.Darvas was not a stock market professional trading on inside information...
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Very interesting read
This was one of the first books I read when I decided to start learning about the stock market. After having been studying and trading for a little while I need to re-read this one and I may appreciate it even more. A good read to add to anyone's library.

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interesting story with some good lessons
Darvas travelled around the world performing as a dancer and taught himself how to trade successfully. How did he do it ? He used common sense and kept things simple, along with applying lots of discipline. His principles still apply today and the Darvas Box is still useful in todays world of technical indicators and up to the minute news.

Entertaining story that also teaches some valuable lessons

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simply love it
I loved the system of Nicolas Darvas, and also loved the way he wrote the book! I laughed a lot in the beginning of the book, when he wrote about his emotions as a novice trader... Im also Hungarian, so it is great to know about a recognized and successful trader, liket him.

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If a dancer can make money, so can you!!
I enjoyed this book as it was a good read, however if I was being cynical here's what my review might read like

"Make $1million and find a stock that doubles"

To be fair, it is not quite as simple as that. Darvas develops a solid breakout strategy which he trades with good discipline. It also exemplifies the need to stick to a strategy.

His Darvas Box technical indicator is very much alive and kicking in todays TA world.

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AtticManTrader London, London

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Stick to a strategy
Nicolas Darvas is the pinnacle icon of sticking to his trading strategy. He developed his trading rhythm and strategy as he was traveling around the world as a professional dancer. Like many of those that succeeded in the market, Darvas kept to his roots and executed trades only from his understanding and his own unique strategy. He made millions.

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This was a really great read!
I have had this book hanging around for well over a year now but for some reason, I was compelled to pick it up and read it the other day - I thought it would be a bit dry and boring like Reminiscences of a Stock Operator could be at times but how wrong I was!

This was a rip-roaring read! And actually a very short book too - about two-fifths of the book is appendix, Q&A letters, charts and stocks picked.

Although the events took place in the 1950s, as a new trader I found the lessons really useful. The biggest lesson I took away, was simplicity - Darvas traded by feel; he would receive telegrams as he traveled the world with minimal information in them. Through this method, he learned to 'feel' the stock price, just as Lefèvre does in 'Rem of a Stock Op' with the ticker tape... In the story, it is only after his first half-million that he gets all cocky and goes back to NY to trade on Wall Street - almost immediately he loses his edge, starts listening to gossip, rumours and tips and forgets all his own rules and lessons.

This made me realize for myself - with all this 'stuff' we have now - DVDs, books, Twitter feeds, blogs, news channels, radio, spam, pumps, forums, newsletters etc etc etc... we are bound to become confused and overwhelmed!

If Darvas could simplify it, so can we - pick a few stocks with massive potential and get a feel for them. Stick to one method, get an instinct for it instead of jumping from method to method, guru to guru - all the lessons we need can be acquired by asking ourselves the questions we need to ask ourselves, in a timely fashion....

I recommend this as one of the essential books to read for new traders/investors.

Irukandji

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I may be the dissenting opinion here....
This book was a bit repetitive, but a fun read about some fantasy favorable-coincidences. The system Darvas used, while exceptionally effective for him in his era (and ThinkorSwim has it built in as a Study), is really not as relevant today imo.

The big gains he made were virtually all just random good luck in the book. It's nice that he made the money, and I'll never hate on someone for doing well in the Market, but it's not exactly an "educational" book or anything.

This is what can happen if you have discipline, excruciating patience, and a series of statistically improbable events that one cannot try to plan for while devising a trading strategy.

When you're done reading about how Darvas won the lottery slowly, pick up some books on reality to crush the childish fantasy hopes of improbable coincidences that ruin traders. If you have hopes of "good luck" or if there's any superstition in you that wasn't extinguished before gradeschool, get it out before it it costs you your principle with reads like:

"How We Know What Isn't So"

"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds"

"Beyond Good and Evil"

"Wisdom of Crowds"

"Fortune's Formula"

"Religion Explained" (not to offend your beliefs, but to illuminate the psychology behind this type of thinking and hone your ability to resist getting sucked into wishful-thinking and fantasies devoid of any supportive evidence just because other people seem to be buying it)

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Great Book
Too much leverage for me but a great book on trading. The evolution of trading styles is a true spectacle to study. The psychology and emotional detail in this book are to be sought after, as it is a huge help for beginners.

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