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Minervini began trading stocks in and faced a number of years of losses. to New York's famous Rockefeller Center, Mark still trades the markets every today. Like most new traders, I did not do very well in the beginning. TRADERS ´. JACK SCHWAGER, bestselling author of Stock Market Wizards"Mark's book has to be on every investor's bookshelf. It is about the most comprehensive work I. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. MARK MINERVINI, one of America's most successful stock traders, has been a veteran of Wall Street for nearly 30 years.
It deals with such issues as what to do if your Internet connection goes down or your power fails. A 5 percent decline takes a 5. It means you will have to stretch yourself and do things that. I would be doubling my size with zero risk of principal. Details if other: The best time to get started is now!
This runs contrary to the notion these days that you must have balance in your life. Specialists get paid well. You could become all three. The secret to success is prioritizing your desires.
Both can be successful! But the trick to having everything in life is to go after your goals. To be highly successful at something. But if you are pursuing superperformance in stocks. Make a list. In time. You need to give it your all. The counterpunch to delay is action. If you want big returns in the stock market. You cannot achieve mastery with a mediocre effort.
If you wait for the perfect time or when you think you have all the answers. When you walk around thinking. The best time to get started is now! But in the beginning. You can dream. The longer you put off committing to something. You must take action or nothing will materialize.
After that. Think of the medical resident who puts in hour days and catches only a few hours of sleep on a cot in the ER. I was like an Olympian who trains 12 hours a day. There are plenty of other examples of professionals who.
It was total immersion in a one- dimensional life. But first. I was unbalanced. I ate. It will not always be this way. If that sounds scary.
I have no idea what that means. When I was new to trading. It was all I thought about. As a stock trader. And so it goes. From that initial phase.
Think of the tremendous effort involved in learning to play a musical instrument or to become good at sports. As a trader at ring 2. Picture a series of concentric circles. But ring 1 is only a starting point.
Potential and possibility reside in the fertile field of the unknown. Whatever the endeavor. You start in the center. With more experience and information. With time and commitment. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said. It means you will have to stretch yourself and do things that. If you rush without building a foundation of skills and experiences.
It takes hours of practice and feedback from good coaches and teachers who will help you improve your technique. I have spent many years of trial and error. A belief is stronger than an idea. No matter how much knowledge you soak up or how smart you are.
What had seemed so difficult. With practice and discipline. The third level is a knowing— the most powerful form of awareness. There are no shortcuts. This is how mastery is built. As stated earlier. Someone tells you something. Through those challenging years. No matter how many books you read or how many workshops you attend.
You might have mixed feelings about this information. When I first started. Looking back. I decided on a strategy. The second level is when you become convinced that what you have been told is true.
Your goal is to achieve the third level of knowledge. This is the knowledge that you carry within yourself. As you accept and embody these ideas and incorporate them into your trading.
I stuck with my strategy. The first level is when an idea is presented to you by someone else. I stayed the course. Persistence is more important than knowledge. Trading is certainly one of those challenges. Are you going to take the plunge?
This brings us back to where we started this discussion. On the other hand. In the stock market. If that resonates with you. The market will teach them otherwise. You can flip the switch on your dreams and your destiny by taking charge.
As I pointed out earlier. Acquiring the correct knowledge through involvement does not have to be difficult or stressful. Whatever the reason. You trust that things are happening normally. You have a choice —a decision to make—whether you are going to win or lose. Just like a smoker can become an ex-smoker by putting out the last cigarette or an alcoholic can put down a drink and never touch a drop again.
It goes far beyond any financial rewards. You deserve to have success and passion in your life—a big goal worth committing yourself to. With sound rules and a strategy. Success comes one way: Maybe it was something they did when they were younger that they now regret. You deserve to create and do something that sparks your interest and challenges you intellectually. There is no better time. Superperformance trader or not.
Decide now! Then turn the page. Decide right here and right now. If you want success in the stock market. I had no real plan at all. The how of your plan resides in a series of concrete guides for action. Most investors. They get a tip from a broker or they hear something on TV. The ease of entry into the stock market—no license or training required. How smart is that? Trading is serious business with real money on the line. A surgeon has test results.
And just like that. Before every game. MRI imaging. Why would you go into it without a well-thought-out plan of action? Greed takes over. Key Elements of a Trading Plan. By defining my parameters ahead of time. Sixteen years later. It is the what. Like race cars. Does this sound familiar? By Then you have the basis from which to work. And that happened investing in what is considered to be one of the highest quality companies in the entire world.
I needed a plan for dealing with the inherent risk that all stocks carry. I learned that there is no such thing as a safe stock. Have a process. During severe bear markets. I establish a basis for knowing whether my plan is working or not. A plan lays the ground rules of your trade. Many of the poor-performing stocks I bought during those early days got pulverized before I threw in the towel with losses that took large chunks out of my trading capital and my confidence.
As fellow Market Wizard Ed Seykota put it. In the same way. If you take the 6: Often you will tell yourself to be patient when you should be selling. Without a plan. That way. If the train is not there by 7: With a well-thought-out plan. Wishing and hoping are not the same as planning. How you will handle catastrophic situations and sudden changes that require swift decisive action under pressure. As new unexpected issues present themselves. The New York site now functions as a backup.
Your goal as a stock speculator is preparedness. Before I make a trade. Criteria for selling into strength and nailing down a decent gain 4. By implementing contingency planning. Where you will get out if the position goes against you 2.
Disappointments can trigger your contingency plans. Having a disaster plan gives me peace of mind. You should have contingency plans for the following: Merrill Lynch moved its primary data center to Staten Island.
Having events and circumstances thought out in advance is a key to managing risk effectively and building your capital account. I know exactly how to respond immediately. When to sell into weakness to protect your profit 5. I have already worked out responses to meet virtually any conceivable development that may take place.
I add them to my contingency plans. I once experienced an entire brokerage firm go down system wide. What the stock must do to be considered for purchase again in the event you get stopped out of the trade 3. I maintain a second account so I could go short against my longs should the same scenario occur.
To do so. The mark of a professional is proper preparation. Reentry criteria. I can then evaluate the situation with a clear head. Amateurs get scared of positions that stop them out once or twice.
Before buying a stock. Some stocks will set up constructively and attract buyers. The moment the price hits the stop-loss. But if you get stopped out of your position. The first time around your timing may have been a bit off. To guard against that. It could take two or even three tries to catch a big winner. If the stock still has all the characteristics of a potential winner.
I establish in advance a maximum stop-loss—the price at which I will exit the position if it moves against me. Selling at a profit. Once a stock purchase you made shows you a decent profit. Your contingency plan should include the following elements: Initial stop-loss. They assess each trade on its merits of risk versus reward.
I sell the position without question. If you have a 20 percent gain in a stock. This tends to occur when the market is suffering general weakness or high volatility. Very often. For instance. Once a stock advances.
The initial stop-loss is most relevant in the early stages of a trade. This is a trait of a professional trader. You may feel foolish breaking even or taking a small profit on a position that was previously a bigger gain. This could turn out to be the most important part of your contingency planning.
You need to have a plan for both selling into strength and selling into weakness. Once you buy a stock. Do you have a backup system? Or what will your response be if you wake up tomorrow morning and learn that the stock you bought yesterday is set to gap down huge because the company is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CEO has skipped the country with embezzled funds.
Protect your line. Once the stock price moves up and you have a decent profit generally after the first natural reaction and a recovery to new highs. Selling into strength is a learned practice of professional traders. It deals with such issues as what to do if your Internet connection goes down or your power fails.
The other is selling into weakness. Protect your profit. The ideal is selling into strength. Limit your loss. Disaster plan. Or you could sell into the first signs of weakness immediately after such a price run has started to break down. What do you do? Priorities in Order of Importance a.
You can unload your position easily when buyers are plentiful. There are two ways to sell at a profit. The reason is that my setup. Contingency planning allows you to have a psychological strategy that is as robust as your trading strategy.
Figure Know your trade priorities and how you will limit losses and protect profits as they accumulate. Contingency planning is an ongoing process. Here are some of the assumptions and expectations that go into my trading plan. Before I enter a new stock position Figure Planning is not limited to just certain strategies. I expect it to move up pretty quickly after I buy it.
As you experience new problems. When I buy a stock. If big institutions are in there accumulating a position. In the s. Berger founder of Berger Funds speak about stock investing. Following my strategy. The best trades emerge and rally for several days on increased volume. This will help you determine when to hold and when to fold.
This is how you differentiate institutional buying from retail buying. After that breakout. I had a chance to hear William M. Bill said eight very important words: Stock emerged from a five-week base with multiple days of follow- through on increased volume—a sign of institutional accumulation. The first thing I would like to see after a breakout from a base is multiple days of follow- through action.
Tennis ball action will generally occur after two to five days or even one to two weeks of pullback. The best stocks usually rebound the fastest. I watch the stock very closely to see how it acts. This is normal as long as the stock recovers fairly quickly within a number of days or perhaps within one to two weeks. Once a stock moves though a proper pivot point and triggers my buy price.
Stocks under strong institutional accumulation almost always find support during the first few pullbacks over the course of several days to a couple of weeks after emerging from a sound structure. This is how you determine whether the stock is experiencing a natural reaction or abnormal activity that should raise concern. Determining whether the stock is a tennis ball or an egg will tell you whether you should continue holding it or not.
Sometimes the general market experiences a sharp decline just as the stock is emerging from a base. Does it come bouncing back like a tennis ball Figures through This is valuable information when it occurs subsequent to the price emerging from a proper base.
If the stock is healthy. Minor reactions or pullbacks in price are natural and are bound to occur as the price advance runs its course. Once I buy a stock. After a stock advances. I will probably hold it longer. This is not something I decide randomly. Volume should contract during the pullback and then expand as the stock moves back into new highs.
After breaking out of a well- defined double bottom. The stock emerged from a base. The stock emerged from a six-month base with brief pullbacks of five and seven days respectively before turning back up into new high ground. Another characteristic to look for as an indication that the trade is working out as planned is more up days than down days during the first week or two of a rally.
Stocks under institutional accumulation almost always display this type of price action. The stock broke out of a base. The only exception is during very tight price action when volume contracts significantly and the range from high to low is minimal.
Figure Zillow Z I want to see three up days out of four. You want to see closes occurring in the upper half of the daily range more often than in the lower half.
Pullbacks were brief and met with support. I simply count the days up and the days down. Another nuance to look for during the initial rally phase is more days with good closes than bad closes Figures and In many cases these stocks made tremendous gains. In some cases. Big winning stocks will display the following characteristics: Stock broke out of a base.
David would never buy a stock that was extended.
Who continued to buy these stocks? He says you should wait for a pullback natural reaction or a new base to form. After countless hours of studying and observation. Stocks that continued much higher had the following characteristics that separated them from the rest Figure The stock ran up from a buy point seven days in a row.
The stock is up 12 out of 15 days. David warns against buying a stock solely on these characteristics if the stock is extended. The volume increases 25 percent or more during the day period. That can occur when the day time.
During a recent conversation. The stock price is up 20 percent or more during the 15 days the larger the move and the stronger the volume during these 15 days.
But my studies have shown that. You must have a plan to deal with those situations and minimize the damage. The reality is you will have many trades that do not work out as you expected.
In that case. I discuss this in Section 9. You should know the signs that a trade is problematic. If the stock closes below the day line on heavy volume. If that happens. A mild pullback on low volume can exceed three lower lows without reason for concern. You should watch your stocks carefully when this occurs. The rule of thumb. After a relatively low-volume breakout.
But if the stock closes with a third lower low and without supportive buying action. Sometimes it takes four lower lows. I may stay in the trade. When you combine these two scenarios soon after a breakout—a close below the day moving average and a third lower low without supportive action. Three lower lows on increased volume is a red flag Figure 1- 9. But if you bought that stock early in the trading day. When this happens.
The stock attempted to break out. Low volume out. What happens next will give you some indications of your likelihood of success. Figure Lumber Liquidators LL Investing Champion David Ryan said. At our Master Trader Workshop. The stock broke out of a late-stage base on low volume and failed to follow through before reversing direction and breaking hard through the day and the day lines on big volume—a major sell signal.
My friend Dan Zanger. OUTR If a number of them occur. These violations could tip you off to impending trouble. Depending upon how many violations occur and how severe they are. Depending on your strategy and your expectations. Without a road map. The more disruptions and disappointments that occur after you buy a stock. Of course. There are several violations like the ones I just described that will tell you if the action is ominous.
Figure Micron Technologies MU Figure Biodelivery Science Intl. The stock attempted to breakout of well-formed cup-with-handle formation. The stock attempted to emerge from a cup completion cheat 3-C see Section 7.
I try to wait at least a day or two or even up to a couple of weeks to see if the stock can stage what I call a reversal recovery Figures and Two days later the stock price staged a reversal recovery.
This is not a hard-and-fast rule. The breakout stalled and closed below the midpoint of the daily range—a squat.
BDSI This accommodation makes sense in a bull market. Two days later it staged a reversal recovery. If the stock squats. All traders vacillate and struggle between two emotions: But without a reference point based on sound rules.
This inner conflict stems from not establishing a clear timeline and a solid plan up front. Indecisiveness Should I buy?
Should I sell? Should I hold? The fear of regret is a powerful emotion. A reversal recovery means the stock was able to quickly overcome the stalling or reversal day.
I sell immediately. If the reversal causes the price to close below its day moving average on heavy volume and violations starting piling up. If the price action tightens and volume subsides. They buy and hold on for dear life. After you make a purchase. Bottom line: The key is to see things as they are—operating in the now—without seeing things as worse than they are out of fear.
Always go in with a plan! Your success depends on it. In other words. I should have bought I should have sold I should have held Remember. This book is all about rules. So have a plan.
You go in with a plan and execute it. To achieve superior results and survive the bear markets. Greed leads to impatience. I define this price level before I get in. When most investors find a stock they like. With every trade I make. If you get complacent and fail to respect risk. If you want to mitigate risk effectively.
This starts with determining the stop-loss point. I do this little exercise as a way to face and acknowledge my own capacity for self-destruction and to always remember the two most important words in trading: I focus on the.
This I can promise you. They can just taste those returns! The more they like it. With each buy order I enter. Over the years.
If you want big stock returns. I have honed this discipline so that I never have to figure out what to do if the market moves against me or if there is a sudden negative development in a particular stock.
I can always get back in. The only way to protect a trade from turning into a large loss is to accept a small loss before it snowballs out of control. Maybe you could make it around the block a few times. Like an insurance policy. I have not found a. Every huge loss starts as a small one. I have identified the exit point before I ever get in a trade. In more than three decades of trading.
I pay a relatively small fee to protect myself from a major loss. A strong market may allow you to get away with reckless trading for a period of time. For most traders. If it turns out to be a false alarm. The same holds true for trading: The stock may keep going lower. For most investors. No one can know for sure that a stock will decline only a certain amount and then move higher. How can you tell when a 10 or 15 percent pullback is the beginning of a 50 or 60 percent decline.
The best traders may pick winning stocks about 60 or 70 percent of the time in a healthy market. Of course not! On average. Only a fool would make such a statement! I have never met a stock trader that consistently produced big returns but traded without some form of stop-loss protection.
You can make money by picking winning stocks only one time out of two or even three trades. If you had known that your stock was going to drop. I have seen countless mediocre performers trade without it. Allow enough trades to hit your emotional stop. As you get increasingly further away from the 10 percent mark. With a 10 percent loss. You should definitely keep your losses to 10 percent or less.
You can even put in a stop order with your broker that will automatically trigger when your price target is hit. A 10 percent loss is my maximum allowance. A 40 percent loss needs a 67 percent gain. A 5 percent decline takes a 5. After a 50 percent loss. You should always determine. How many stocks that you buy go up percent. Maybe you are being stopped out too frequently because your stops are too tight. Then write it down. You must avoid rationalization. A risk-first approach would tell you to find another candidate.
If your goal is big performance. The main thing is that you cut your loss immediately. And if your position fell by 90 percent. I learned that lesson many years ago. Black Orchid got to the.
The minute I got on this mare. When I was 10 years old. If you target the most volatile ones horses and stocks. The ultimate objective is for you to stay on that horse or in that trade without getting bucked off stopped out.
There was a small black horse that looked perfect for a young rider like me. A risk-first approach is to avoid the bucking bronco that will throw you off its back at the first chance. A stock may go from Point A to Point B. I had speed for a short while.
Think of stocks as horses in the corral. What you need is a horse stock that can make it to the other side of the corral. This time. But that end goal comes at a price. A few months later. But I never got to the other side of the corral.
Unless you were a daredevil rodeo rider. Uncle John and my cousin Dean rushed over to me. I got jostled and bounced. I got on Black Orchid again. I looked up at him with a dazed smile and said. Am I going to end up facedown in the dirt with hoofprints on my back. All it takes is a good plan based on solid trading principles.
Leave the Black Orchids in the stock market corral. I want to enter my buy as close to my stop as possible. I may set my sights on a particular name.
Now whenever I look at a stock. Part of that plan is sacrificing trades that carry too much risk. Can you afford to take a 25 percent loss if your expected gain is only 10 percent or 15 percent?
If you consistently buy stocks with more reward than risk. Distinguishing normal behavior from abnormal is an important skill that you should spend time developing. Buying breakouts and setting stops based on a percentage drop is a good start and will likely put you ahead of most traders. But if you stack the odds against yourself and risk more than you stand to gain. I think back to Black Orchid. The goal for optimal stop-loss placement is to set it at a level that will allow the stock price enough room for normal fluctuation.
Before you make the trade. Once you own a stock. Trading near the danger point means trading low-risk entries. The stock broke out of a tight range and then pulled back near the breakout point or danger level. What you buy How much you buy When you buy After you make the trade. The stock. In trading as in many things in life there are only a few things over which you have control.
Smart traders set stops based on the underlying technical action in line with the reality of their own prevailing arithmetic. You bought a stock. Scenario A. The ego is percent responsible for you stubbornly digging in. The ego drives rationalization. In both scenarios. Does that sound familiar? The ego hurts investors time and time again. This is a very difficult reality for most traders to accept because of the ego.
How do you feel?
Scenario B. The next day the stock gapped down on the open and plummeted. We all have egos. Knowing what you control will help you keep things in perspective and focus your attention and energy on what you can do to manage your risk. You do your research. A sound plan takes implementation.
The great football coach Vince Lombardi focused on fundamentals. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Do you want to make money. Or are you engaged in an exercise in self-destruction?
Most of us know people who.
But there are ways of protecting yourself. My rules are meant to be used as a playbook that can be adapted to any strategy. To fix this. That part I cannot do for you. The reason investors get into this situation is that they lack a sound plan for dealing with risk and allow their egos to get involved.
The market can mug your pocket and beat up on your psyche. Coming back from losses in dollars and self-confidence is not easy. A strategy is only as good as your willingness to follow your own rules.
If you are unwilling to make the right choices. Make a mistake and you will get penalized. This will help you emotionally take a small loss before it becomes a large one. But only if you do the right things. As a speculator. He knew that doing the basics better than everyone else was how games were won. This is the key rule that keeps you in the game. Not losing big is the single most important factor for winning big.
This is true in trading and in life. Winning stock traders have rules and a well-thought-out plan. The stock market is a great way to increase your wealth. Long-term success in the stock market has nothing to do with hope or luck. The amount you risk must be adjusted based on the amount you stand to gain. I rarely take a loss larger than 8 to 10 percent. But how can they know? More to the point. Some traders would probably say yes. But what if you could win two dollars on heads and only lose one dollar on tails?
With those odds. Although I infrequently get an outsized loss that goes much beyond my average parameters. The question now is. Now you can be right on only one out of three trades and still not get in any real trouble. In order to set an appropriate stop-loss. You need actual numbers in order to accurately establish your risk versus your potential reward.
With these percentages—4 to 5 percent losses. I would rate this one 4. Essentially, he follows much the same methodology laid out by William J. I highly recommend reading the two in close proximity to each other and incorporating aspects of both into your trading methodology. I would have preferred that Minervini be more specific about the pivot point for buying a stock, like O'Neil is.
But the book is really quite good, and will provide much good information. I'm going to read his new bo I would rate this one 4. Nov 06, Nirav Mehta rated it it was amazing. Overall, a great read! Jun 12, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book hooked me from the start as it has actual actionable information written in a clear manner.
Worthwhile reference on trading winners. Eye opener. Paraphrasing the most important lesson learnt reading this book: Top 3 reasons people fail trading stocks: Risk Management 2. Risk Management 3. Risk Management. Oct 17, Narendra Kumar rated it really liked it. Loved the book! I have read books on fundamental as well as technical analysis.
This book provides a fresh perspective on combining which make much more sense to me. Jul 28, Utsav Parashar rated it it was amazing. Best book read so far on Trading. Each sentence make sense in real world. Some of the strategies are very useful and differentiate professionals. Apr 23, Sushrut rated it really liked it. Love his thought process Time Well spent.
Aug 25, Gurmukh Sandhu rated it really liked it. Quality over quantity of Trades Aug 22, Sujay rated it it was amazing. Must read for all traders and investors. Apr 26, Jeff Gruters rated it it was amazing. I've read many stock books over the years, mostly technical analysis. This is definitely one of the best. It has a nice mix of both fundamental and technical analysis. A must read. Dec 28, Rahul Pandey rated it it was amazing. Must read before you start trading in stock market.
Provides actionable ideas though at times pointing out the obvious. Great read into growth investing slamming value investing in the process.
Liked most the SEPA procedure when selecting stocks and risk management. Mar 04, Kiril rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is an eye opener even for somebody with experience. Last parts regarding risk management are the best! Mar 18, Miguel Carlos rated it really liked it. Good balanced discussion between technical and fundamental analysis.
Oct 01, Harish Borse rated it it was amazing. This is one of the I have ever read. Oct 21, Billy Williams rated it it was amazing. Great book on the subject of stock trading from one of the masters.
As an aside, I love books that are written by people from humble circumstances and Mark Minervini fits the bill in that regard. I suppose I have an affinity for people who are passionate about a subject and rise to become a master within their particular universe.
Minervini is a passionate student of the market and his stellar returns are the result of a highly detailed approach to trading stocks and the meticulous study of what ma Great book on the subject of stock trading from one of the masters. Minervini is a passionate student of the market and his stellar returns are the result of a highly detailed approach to trading stocks and the meticulous study of what makes a winning trade.
I'll warn you though, this is not a book that you can master after one read. Like all great books on the subject, this is a book that must be reread over and over again in order to get the real benefit of it's lessons.
However, in my opinion, its worth the effort if you are truly a serious student of the stock market, and not just a hobbyist. Jul 20, Ok rated it did not like it. In 2 words: Survivorship Bias. Nov 20, David rated it it was amazing. Despite the cheesy title, this book has been one of the most consistent and informative books in regards to trading I have read.
Minervini, himself is a U. The book itself is incredibly well put together with life style and mindset advice with the obvious trading methods that produce phenomenal results. This book is so well done, overall. Please be aware t Despite the cheesy title, this book has been one of the most consistent and informative books in regards to trading I have read.
So if you are a value investor who buys and hold, this book is not for you. Complex Complex description of ways to invest. Not sure I trust the structure or guides. Stocks need to evaluate so many factors. May 05, Marko Hristov rated it it was amazing. Great book, must read for every investor and trader.
Lots of great information compacted into one book. Jul 27, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: Specific Entry Point Analysis, and when to sell are most helpful. Apr 16, Agus Shaw rated it it was ok.
I agree with previous review that the title is cheesy. Despite that, the book is easy to read and down right informative. Angelo rated it really liked it Feb 25,