Great Books Make Great Traders!

Welcome Traders!

Improving our skills is a requirement, just like the markets, traders cannot afford to stop moving.

It does get tricky when there is so much content out there, and not all of it is worth assimilating. Besides, we don’t have unlimited time either.

I thought I’d compile a few books for you to consider, and hope that they may help in any way.

Here are ten popular books on trading forex and a summary of each:

  1. Currency Trading for Dummies” by Kathleen Brooks and Brian Dolan – Provides a comprehensive introduction to forex trading for beginners, covering the basics of forex market structure, currency pairs, trading strategies, and risk management.
  2. “Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques” by Steve Nison – Offers a detailed explanation of Japanese candlestick charting, a popular technical analysis method used by many forex traders.
  3. Trading in the Zone” by Mark Douglas – Discusses the psychological aspects of trading, including the importance of discipline, focus, and emotional control, and offers practical advice for improving trading performance.
  4. “The Art of Currency Trading” by Brent Donnelly – Provides a practical guide to trading forex, covering topics such as chart analysis, market psychology, and risk management.
  5. “Forex Trading: The Basics Explained in Simple Terms” by Jim Brown – Offers a beginner-friendly introduction to forex trading, covering key concepts and strategies in easy-to-understand language.
  6. “How to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange” by Courtney Smith – Provides a detailed guide to forex trading, including strategies for identifying profitable trades, risk management techniques, and tips for successful trading.
  7. “The Black Book of Forex Trading” by Paul Langer – Offers a comprehensive guide to forex trading, including practical trading strategies, risk management techniques, and a step-by-step approach to building a successful trading plan.
  8. “Day Trading and Swing Trading the Currency Market” by Kathy Lien – Discusses the different styles of forex trading, including day trading and swing trading, and offers practical strategies for profiting from short-term price movements.
  9. “The Little Book of Currency Trading” by Kathy Lien – Provides an introduction to forex trading, covering key concepts such as currency pairs, market structure, and trading strategies, in a concise and easy-to-read format.
  10. “The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading” by Jared Martinez – Offers a comprehensive guide to forex trading, covering key concepts such as chart analysis, technical indicators, and risk management, and providing practical tips and strategies for successful trading.

Not included in this list, but one of my absolute favourites is this Naked Forex by Walter Peters.

“Naked Forex” is a book about forex trading that focuses on the use of simple, price-based trading strategies without the use of indicators or complex chart patterns. The authors, Alex Nekritin and Walter Peters, present a step-by-step approach to analyzing forex markets, identifying high-probability trade setups, and managing risk. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding market structure, including support and resistance levels, trend lines, and price action patterns. The authors also provide practical guidance on trade entry and exit, stop loss placement, and trade management. “Naked Forex” is written in a clear and concise style, with numerous examples and charts to illustrate the concepts and strategies presented. Overall, the book offers a refreshing and straightforward approach to forex trading that can be helpful for both novice and experienced traders.

Then there’s trading psychology:

Here are five popular books on trading psychology and a brief summary of each:

  1. “Trading in the Zone” by Mark Douglas – Offers practical advice on how to overcome psychological barriers in trading, including fear, greed, and overconfidence.
  2. “The Psychology of Trading” by Brett Steenbarger – Provides insights into the mental and emotional aspects of trading, including the importance of self-awareness, discipline, and risk management.
  3. “The Disciplined Trader” by Mark Douglas – Offers strategies for developing a disciplined approach to trading, including techniques for managing emotions and avoiding impulsive decisions.
  4. “Trading Psychology 2.0” by Brett Steenbarger – Provides a comprehensive guide to improving trading performance through a better understanding of psychology, including topics such as mental preparation, risk management, and goal setting.
  5. “The Inner Game of Trading” by Robert Koppel – Discusses the role of self-awareness and mental focus in trading, and provides practical techniques for improving concentration and decision-making skills.

These books provide valuable insights and techniques for improving trading performance by addressing the psychological challenges of trading. They cover a range of topics, including emotional control, self-awareness, discipline, risk management, mental preparation, and goal setting. By reading these books, traders can gain a deeper understanding of the psychology of trading and learn practical techniques for managing emotions and improving decision-making skills.

Do you have a favourite book that isn’t included above? Let me know, and I’ll be sure to check it out!

Happy Trading!

Adam Harris

FXGlobe Ambassador Adam Harris is based in London, UK. He’s been trading professionally since 2013 and his specialties are technical and trend-based trading.

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