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Simran Gill » Blog Archive » Book Review: Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Jan
13
2010

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I felt this book had some merit, but it was not a particularly enjoyable read:

  • Published in 1923, and considered a Wall street Classic
  • Based on the life of Jesse Livermore, but almost entirely devoid of his personal life.
  • Starts out terribly boring – following his trades through the bucket shops is painful – though it picks up pace as he moves through his career

I’m someone that inherently focuses on fundamentals, and this helped to get an insight into the mind of a speculator. It is worthwhile reading if you are interested in financial markets. This book is part of an enormous and ever-growing body of support showing that nothing is new in finance; all the boom and bust cycles, financial crises, and scandals only prove how short our memories are.

90% of what is written in the book is relevant today(Rules change, game remains the same), though somehow I found the other 10% to be the most interesting. You can definitely pick up on a Gatsby vibe, though, as mentioned above, most of the focus is strictly on the trading.

Rating of 3.0 stars
Book rating: 3.0 of 5.0 stars

One Response to “Book Review: Reminiscences of a Stock Operator”

  1. Hi I read this book recently and have to say I agree with your points, despite being an old book much of the material is still revelant in todays age and financial markets.

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