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Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Fabulously Packaged

Wow, how everyone got caught by this bubble. Based on the book, this is a classic example of how directors' greed and obsession with share price collapsed a... Read More
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How I Became A Quant: Insights From 25 Of Wall Street's Elite
For the Serious Quant Wannabe Only

This book gives 24 chapters of stories from different people. These quants are learned and respectable guys: many of them have PhD's from top business schools.... Read More
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Tdameritrade
Info Deluxe and Think or Swim is Priceless

I opened an account while spending a quarter over here in the US and coming from South Africa, it has been a real treat: - Free live prices streamed to your... Read More
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Capitalism A Love Story
Another Gutsy Production

Wow, Michael Moore must have taken some punches approaching security guards at Bank of America etc. In this movie Moore: - looks at why GM has failed... Read More
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The Disciplined Investor Blog And Podcast
My Portal to the US Markets

I live in South Africa and have subscribed to this via iTunes and it arrives every Sunday night. In Andrew's approximately 1 hour long podcast he generally... Read More
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A Good Year
A Good Effort

A high profile bond trader from London (Russell Crowe) is caught between his busy life as a trader and life at a chateau/vineyard (filled with childhood... Read More
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
We Need an Alternative to Oil

This documentary gives a history of oil and where it was extracted. It also shows later footage of these towns and just how quickly the once plentiful supply... Read More
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American Experience: The Crash Of 1929
History Lesson from some of the greats

Features bankers, actors, economists, speculators such as Michael J. Meehan, Charles Mitchell, William C. Durant, Julius (Groucho) Marx, Roger W. Babson, John... Read More
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American Psycho
Pointless

Junk movie about a guy with too much cash who goes crazy and ends up killing lots of people - homeless people, sex workers, colleagues, you name it. The only... Read More
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Zero-Sum Game: The Rise Of The World's Largest Derivatives Exchange
Well-researched. Gripping in parts

I picked this title up on some internet feed. I liked the name and cover and it had 5 stars on Amazon (I don't normally read anything less than 3.5 - 4 stars).... Read More
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Mad Money
Load of Garbage

I am not from the USA but I have been here for 6 weeks now. All I can say is "What a load of DRIVEL!" The set is full of lights, cowhorns, sirens etc and Jim... Read More
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Million Dollar Traders
Fairly good portrayal of the emotional side of trading

I live outside the UK and I struggled for ages to get hold of this series. I even emailed Lex van Dam after hitting a blank link to buy the DVD on his site. ... Read More
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The Corporation
In my top 5 movies ever

Wow! This is a powerful, provocative expose that will leave you thinking twice about which stocks you put your money behind. All of the people interviewed... Read More
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American Greed
Entertaining - Some good and bad features listed here

Staying in Chicago for 3 months has allowed me to see these shows. The shows detail scams, explaining these "get-rich-quick" schemes in great detail and the... Read More
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Wall Street
Much better than Wall Street 2

I watched this after watching Wall Street 2 (Money Never Sleeps) and thought it was way better. I get the sense that this is the general consensus out there. ... Read More
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Boiler Room
Worth a look

I finally got around to seeing this after opening an account with Netflix. After all the hype, I was slightly disappointed. The story was quite predictable -... Read More
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Investing The Templeton Way
Nothing New but an Entertaining, Easy Read

The late Sir John Templeton's techniques are roughly documented here by his niece Lauren Templeton (who affectionately refers to him as "Uncle John" throughout... Read More
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An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million As A Stock Operator & Created A Hedge Fund
An Immensely Passionate Person...

I heard about Tim from the Wall Street Warriors (WSW) DVD and I heard about WSW through Michael Covel's DVD "Broke". This book was also sent to me autographed... Read More
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Floored
Loved it

I bought this DVD after the much hyped up release and wrote to James Allen Smith afterwards saying "...you have done an awesome job! I thoroughly enjoyed... Read More
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Quants: The Alchemists Of Wall Street
Banking is no longer banking

A very well put together documentary of a few quants and a guy who wrote software to help value CDOs prior to the credit crunch. He has made heaps of cash and... Read More
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The Pursuit Of Happyness
Motivation to the MAX

This is a great rags to riches story with a good moral story that really inspires you to do great things. I watched it years ago when it came out on circuit... Read More
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Rich Dad’S Advisors: Guide To Investing In Gold And Silver: Protect Your Financial Future
Some Good, Some Bad

This book caught my eye prior to boarding a plane. I suppose it was launched at a time when gold and silver were making record highs in November 2008 (they... Read More
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Getting Started In Value Investing
Good Value

In read this after the global economic meltdown when bookshelves were awash with books on Value Investing. Charles Mizrahi gives us a stark reminder of what a... Read More
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How To Trade In Stocks
Really magic - after sifting through some padding

This book contains Livermore's original text which is like gold. On some pages I found myself underlining almost every line. I found that the second two thirds... Read More
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Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource For Financial Market Technicians
Superb, comprehensive reference!

I have not read the more well known Technical Analysis books from John Murphy or Martin Pring but this one caught my eye. I leafed through it a few times... Read More
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Broke: The New American Dream
Very Entertaining, Very Educational, Stark Reminders!

In this DVD, Michael Covel himself travels around the world just after the Banking/Real Estate collapse of 2008/9 and interviews: Real estate agents -... Read More
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The Little Book Of Bulletproof Investing: Do’S And Don’Ts To Protect Your Financial Life
Fantastic little Nugget!

Well this was just one of the smartest books I have read in a long time. The authors have obviously been around the block a few times and dispense grounded... Read More
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Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
Slightly above Run of the Mill

I haven't seen the original Wall Street and I was dying to see this. I thought that it was well packaged but lacked something. For the non-trader I can see... Read More
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The Little Book Of Behavioral Investing
I was expecting more

After enjoying "The Little Book of Value Investing" I thought I would try another one of these. Quotes appearing on the front and back cover from John... Read More
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The Complete Turtletrader: The Legend, The Lessons, The Results
A really good account of a classic trading experiment

This book details the bet that trader Richard Dennis had with his partner on whether trading could be taught or not (similar to the movie 'Trading Places'). ... Read More
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Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders
What a Classic

I have read all these books and Schwager is excellent in getting together a top group of traders to interview. Although this was first written almost 20 years... Read More
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How To Make Money In Stocks
Great but not as applicable outside the USA

I picked up 'o Neil's book at a BN store in NJ while on vacation in the US. I had heard all the hype and it didn't disappoint. I think what it does well is... Read More
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Trend Following: Learn To Make Millions In Up Or Down Markets
I learnt a lot from this

This is a well-researched book with references that talks exactly to my style. I picked up a lot of stuff that more advanced traders might take for granted:... Read More
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Market Wizard Dvd: Salem Abraham
Good but very expensive

I have a lot of respect for Covel and his work but this is a bit of a wild price to pay. Abraham Trading Company is a huge success story and Covel... Read More
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy For Successful Investing
For Passive Investors

Malkiel takes a pot shot at Technical Analysis, dismissing it as hocus pocus. This section got me really irritated. The book is packed with useful stats on... Read More
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Trading For A Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management
A must for the bookshelf

The book opens with a great quote: "You can be free. You can live and work anywhere in the world. You can be independent from routine and not answer to... Read More
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Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management
A must for the bookshelf