What differentiates the highly successful market practitioners—the Market Wizards—from ordinary traders? What traits do they share? What lessons can the average trader learn from those who achieved superior returns for decades while still maintaining strict risk control? Jack Schwager has spent the past 25 years interviewing the market legends in search of the answers—a quest chronicled in four prior Market Wizards volumes totaling nearly 2,000 pages.
In The Little Book of Market Wizards, Jack Schwager seeks to distill what he considers the essential lessons he learned in conducting nearly four dozen interviews with some of the world’s best traders. The book delves into the mindset and processes of highly successful traders, providing insights that all traders should find helpful in improving their trading skills and results.
20 Principles That Make Market Wizards Successful
- They have the resilience to come back from early losses and account blow ups.
- They focus on what really matters in trading success.
- They have developed a trading method that fits their own personality.
- They trade with an edge.
- The harder they work at trading the luckier they get.
- They do the homework to develop a methodology through researching ideas.
- The principles they use in their trading models are simple.
- They have mental and emotional control is key while winning or losing.
- They manage the risk to avoid failure and pain.
- They have the discipline to follow their trading plan.
- Market wizards have confidence and independence in themselves as traders
- They are patient with winning trades and impatient with losing trades.
- Emotions are dangerous masters to the trader; they know how to manage their own emotions.
- Market wizards evolve as a trader to avoid eventually failing in a method that has lost its edge over time.
- It is not the news but how the market reacts to that news is what they watch for.
- The fully understand the right way to position size for their goals of returns and drawdowns based on their risk/reward and winning percentage.
- Market wizards understand comfortable trades are usually losing trades while the more uncomfortable trades are usually the winners.
- They are good losers. Cutting losses when proven wrong and even reversing the direction of their trades when the price action dictates it.
- The best traders are always learning through their own mistakes.
- Passion for trading was the fuel for their eventual success.