"The most entertaining book written on investing." — The Seattle Times A timely and much-favored resource for Wall Street analysts and players, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator offers a compelling look at American business. The thinly veiled biography of real-life speculator Jesse Livermore (1877–1940), who made and lost many fortunes, accurately captures the experiences and thoughts of a trader — mistakes made, lessons learned, and insights gained — to offer solid advice about the markets. Readers who can absorb and follow its lessons will improve their trading skills, and those who can't will still enjoy a fascinating story. A timely and ever-popular resource for Wall Street analysts and players, this 1923 volume was hailed by Investor's Business Daily as "a must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced." The thinly veiled biography of a real-life speculator who made and lost many fortunes, it recounts mistakes made, lessons learned, and insights gained to offer solid advice about the markets and trading. "After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites." — Kenneth L. Fisher, Forbes "A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced." — William O'Neil, Investor's Business Daily founder and Chairman, "Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular." — GQ
The Classic Book, The Illustrated Edition, and The Annotated Edition
Author: Edwin Lefèvre
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
A classic collection of titles featuring one of the world'sgreatest traders: Jesse Livermore Jesse Livermore won and lost tens of millions of dollars playingthe stock and commodities markets during the early 1900s, at onepoint making ten million dollars in one month of trading—anastronomical sum for this time. His ideas and keen analyses ofmarket price movements are as true today as they were when he firstimplemented them. Now, for the first time ever, TheReminiscences of a Stock Operator Collection brings togetherthree classic titles based on this unique individual and offersprofound insights into his motivations, attitudes, andstrategies. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, the fictionalizedbiography of Jesse Livermore, has endured over seventy yearsbecause traders and investors continue to find lessons fromLivermore's experiences that they can apply to their ownendeavors Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Illustrated Editionreproduces the original articles by Edwin Lefèvre and drawingsby M.L. Blumenthal published in the Saturday Evening Post inthe 1920s Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Annotated Editionbridges the gap between Edwin Lefevre's fictionalized account ofLivermore's life and the actual, historical events, places, andpeople that populate the book. Throughout the book there are notesthat detail the actual companies, people, or situations thatLivermore encountered Engaging and informative, this collection provides a completepicture of Livermore's life and trading strategies, and offerstremendous value to today's serious investor or trader.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator & Jesse Livermore's Methods of Trading in Stocks
Author: Jesse Lauriston Livermore
Category: Business & Economics
For the first time, these two works attributed to the great Jesse Livermore are presented together in one volume with a new foreword by Juliette Rogers. Both contain interesting insights into Livermore's life and times as well as the reasons for his success. They remain classics and must reads for every new aspirant in the world of speculation. The two books in this volume were written in the early 1920s, when Livermore was already famous but still ascending to the peak of his wealth. The nightmare of World War I was fading, and the United States had successfully transitioned from a wartime economy into a peacetime powerhouse. Americans became enamored of cars, telephones, radios, and movies. A newfound fascination with celebrities extended beyond film stars and athletes to the rich and powerful. People wanted to know how Wall Street wizards like Jesse Livermore spun their magic. The first book, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre, offers keen insight while at the same time adding to the Livermore enigma. Reminiscences is the first-person narrative of a fictional speculator named Larry Livingston, whose life events happen to match precisely those of Jesse Livermore. As a financial journalist, biographer, and novelist, Edwin Lefèvre gave his readers their much-desired glimpse into the lofty world of Wall Street elites. He wrote eight other books, but none matched the success of Reminiscences, which has remained in print since 1923 and been translated into numerous languages. Even the understated former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once called it "a font of investing wisdom." In true Livermore fashion, the book itself remains something of a mystery. Specifically, over the decades many readers have wondered if the book's author was not Lefèvre, but none other than Jesse Livermore. The two men were long acquainted and may have traded useful information over the years. A 1967 biography claims that Livermore, shortly before his death, acknowledged writing Reminiscences with guidance from Lefèvre, who served as "editor and coach." This revelation came to the biographer secondhand and without confirmation, so the mystery continues. However, attentive readers may note the narrator's especially gleeful tone whenever windfalls are made or old scores are settled, suggesting a connection more personal than professional. In the years following these publications, Livermore continued to burnish his legend. A 1924 run-up in wheat prices squeezed him out of $3 million, but the following year he recovered his losses and added tremendous profit when the wheat market collapsed. Of course, in this era of modest regulation, markets were vulnerable to manipulation, and Livermore--by now nicknamed the "Great Bear of Wall Street"--did not eschew such tactics.
What could I do? That wasn't an asinine tip. It was advice that came from the brother-in-law of the chairman of the board of directors. Dan was not only Alvin Marquand's closest friend but he had been kind and generous to me. He had shown his faith in me and confidence in my word. I couldn't do less than to thank him. And so my feelings again won over my judgment and I gave in. To subordinate my judgment to his desires was the undoing of me. Gratitude is something a decent man can't help feeling, but it is for a fellow to keep it from completely tying him up. The first thing I knew I not only had lost all my profit but I owed the firm one hundred and fifty thousand dollars besides. I felt pretty badly about it, but Dan told me not to worry.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is adapted from a series of Saturday Evening Post articles written by Edwin Lefevre in the 1920s. The book narrates Livermore s ascent from a boy plunger to the most influential speculator on Wall Street. While much of the book is devoted to Livermore s experiences, a larger part of the book deals with trading wisdom and rules that Livermore imparts through Lefevre. Years later, many trading and investing books repeat the very same rules first enunciated by Livermore in Reminiscences, such as: go with the trend; no stock is too high to buy or too low to sell; let your winners run and cut your losses short; make your own decisions; and market history repeats itself. Interestingly, Livermore frequently violated his own rules and usually lost money as a result. The enduring appeal to the book rests in Livermore s view that the market is made up of people and the excesses of the market reflect mass psychology and the mistakes of individuals are frequently the result of the inability to control fear and greed. Thus, the views and lessons of Livermore continue to be relevant to every new generation of investors and traders.
This investment classic has now been updated to include the investment strategies used my Jesse Livermore.Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is a story based on the trading career of Jesse Livermore. It follows his journey from age 15 when he made his first $1,000 to becoming a Wall Street legend. See how he learned the ins and outs of trading the hard way while losing his fortune and then making it all back. Decades after its original publication, readers are still getting tremendous value from Livermore's insight.This new edition includes a second part that reveals the exact methods that Jessie Livermore used to make millions in the stock market. These chapters were based on a series of interviews conducted by top financial writer Richard D. Wyckoff and include extensive quotes. Jesse Livermore discusses topics like: how to identify what kinds of stocks to buy and when, the psychology of trading and how to get into a winning mindset, and building a solid investment strategy that doesn't rely on trick or fads."I think it's the best book that's ever been written about stock market speculation. It's really funny, interesting, readable. The book is alive."-Michael Lewis"A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced."-William O'Neil
Edwin Lefevre (1871-1943) was an American journalist, writer, and statesman most noted for his writings on Wall Street business. An independently wealthy investor, while living in Hartsdale, New York a collection of Edwin Lefevre's short stories were published in 1901 under the title "Wall Street Stories." This was followed by several novels about money and finance until 1908 when Lefevre and his wife Martha and their children moved to a country estate in East Dorset, Vermont. During the 1909-1913 presidency of William Howard Taft, Edwin Lefevre was appointed an Ambassador of the United States, serving in a number of countries including Italy, Spain, and France. When his diplomatic career ended, he returned to his home in Vermont where he resumed his literary work, providing short stories for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and writing novels. Of the eight books authored by Edwin Lefevre his Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is considered a must-read classic by most anyone involved in the American financial community. The book began as a series of twelve articles published between 1922 and 1923 in The Saturday Evening Post. It is written as first-person fiction, telling the story of a professional stock trader on Wall Street. While published as fiction, it is generally accepted to be the biography of stock market whiz Jesse Livermore. In 1925, Lefevre came out with a second book about a stock trader, a factual biography with the title "The making of a Stockbroker." This book was about John K. Wing, a senior partner of Bronson and Barnes, a major Boston stockbrokerage, whose approach to the business provided a contrast to that of Jesse Livermore. On his passing in 1943, Edwin Lefevre's estate in East Dorset, Vermont (near Manchester) was passed to his widow. Built in 1812, it was the first home in the United States made with marble quarried right on the property. Eldest son, Edwin Lefevre, Jr. (b. 1902), who too worked on Wall Street, inherited the home and completely restored it in 1968 when he retired there. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their second son, Reid Lefevre (b. 1904), was the founder of the travelling carnival know as the "King Reid Show" and a politician. He was elected to the Vermont General Assembly, serving as a member of the House of Representatives from 1947 to 1959 and the state Senate from 1961 to 1963.
First published in 1923, Reminiscences is a fictionalized account of the life of the securities trader Jesse Livermore. Despite the book's age, it continues to offer insights into the art of trading and speculation. In Jack Schwager's Market Wizards, many of the traders interviewed considered Reminiscences a major source of stock trading information for both experienced and new traders. The book tells the story of Livermore's progression from day trading in the then so-called "New England bucket shops," to market speculator, market maker, and market manipulator, and finally to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. Along the way, Livermore learns many lessons, which he happily shares with the reader. The Wall Street Journal described the book as a "classic," it was ranked #15 on Fortune's 75 The Smartest Books We Know, and Alan Greenspan said it is "a font of investing wisdom."