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The following products have been given the prestigious Editor's Choice Award for Excellence. This award is given only to the finest products for futures traders. This award was only started in 1996 but we have awarded it to some books from the past.
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BE A WINNER TRADING COMMODITIES

by Ralph Fessenden, Ph. D. (1999). 235 pages, cardcover. $29.95. Available from Beacon Publishing, Inc., PO Box 770883, Naples, FL 34107, (800) 207-0237, Fax (941) 594-1006. Email: win@scaletrader.com. Web: www.beaconwin.com. Or from the CTCR web bookstore at ctcr.investors.net. May 1999. "This is the best book on scale trading. It is the best written and most up-to-date. It is the most practical and down-to-earth."

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE FUTURES MARKETS

by Jack Schwager (1984). $75. John Wiley & Sons (see below), December 1984. "One of the finest futures trading books ever written."

COMPARISON OF POPULAR TRADING SYSTEMS

by Lars Kestner (1996). $50. CTCR, Inc., Box 7603, New York, NY, 10150-7603, courtney@investors.net (800) 832-6065. October 1996. "Presents some fascinating studies of some well known systems. Includes TradeStation code of the systems."

DESIGN, TESTING, AND OPTIMIZING TRADING SYSTEMS

by Robert Pardo (1992). $34.95. John Wiley & Sons (see below). July 1996. "This book is a very useful blueprint for trading system designers and traders. Buy this book if you like to design and test your own computer generated trading systems or if you test other people's systems."

THE DISCIPLINED TRADER

by Mark Douglas (1990). $34.95. Trader's Press (see below). Sept/Oct, 1990. "Full of useful ideas and highly recommended, but very poorly written."

COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF THE FUTURES MARKETS

by LeBeau and Lucas (1992). $70. Traders Press, Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29606. (800)-927-8222. Mar/Apr, 1992. "Mandatory addition to system trader's library."

MARKET WIZARDS

by Jack Schwager (1989). $21.95. Trader's Press, (see above). Sep/Oct, 1989. "Inside look at the careers and methods of some of the most successful traders of our time. Highly recommended."


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THE ADAM THEORY OF MARKETS

by J. Welles Wilder, Jr. (1987). 134-page book. $65. Cavida Ltd., P.O. Box 128, McLeansville, NC 27301. Sept/Oct, 1987.

THE ALL ABOUT SERIES

by Russ Wasendorf & Thomas McCafferty (Published in multiple years). $19.95. Irwin. Futures Factors, 1304 W. First Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. (800) 553-1711. Email: wsco@ix.netcom.com. February 1998. "Good terse introductions to commodities, futures, and options. They are mainly good for introducting investors to the jargon and underlying concepts of the respective topics. Good for beginners."

THE ALL-SEASON INVESTOR

by Martin Pring (1992). $29.95. Trader's Press, Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29604. (800)-927-8222. Nov/Dec, 1992. "Long-term strategy based on the business cycle. Super."

BE A WINNER TRADING COMMODITIES

by Ralph Fessenden, Ph. D. (1999). 235 pages, cardcover. $29.95. Available from Beacon Publishing, Inc., PO Box 770883, Naples, FL 34107, (800) 207-0237, Fax (941) 594-1006. Email: win@scaletrader.com. Web: www.beaconwin.com. Or from the CTCR web bookstore at ctcr.investors.net. May 1999. "This is the best book on scale trading. It is the best written and most up-to-date. It is the most practical and down-to-earth."

BEYOND CANDLESTICKS

by Steve Nison (1994). $65. Traders Press (see above). Jan/Feb, 1995. "A quality book, but where is the evidence that Candlesticks are effective?"

BROKERS, BAGMEN & MOLES

by David Greising and Laurie Morse (1991). $24.95. John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. (800)-Call-Wiley or (212)-850-6000. Nov/Dec, 1991. "Every trader should read this for a realistic view of the endemic and pervasive corruption in the futures exchanges." Out Of Print

CHAOS AND ORDER IN THE CAPITAL MARKETS

by Edgar E. Peters (1991). $49.95. John Wiley & Sons (see above). July/August, 1992. "An important book if you want to understand the true nature of market price action. For people who don't want the truth to be sugar coated."

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE FUTURES MARKETS

by Jack Schwager (1984). $75. John Wiley & Sons (see above), December, 1984. "One of the finest futures trading books ever written."

COMPARISON OF POPULAR TRADING SYSTEMS

by Lars Kestner (1996). $50. CTCR, Inc., Box 7603, New York, NY, 10150-7603, courtney@investors.net (800) 832-6065. October 1996. "Presents some fascinating studies of some well known systems. Includes TradeStation code of the systems."

COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF THE FUTURES MARKETS

by LeBeau and Lucas (1992). $70. Traders Press, Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29606. (800)-927-8222. Mar/Apr, 1992. "Mandatory addition to system trader's library."

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO FUTURES TRADING (Volumes I and II)

by Larry Williams (1988 and 1989). $50 each volume. Windsor Books, P.O. Box 280, Brightwaters, NY 11718. July/August, 1988 and March/April, 1989. "Considering the title, disappointing, but considering the author, well worth reading."

THE DELTA PHENOMENON

by Welles Wilder (1991). $175. Trend Research Ltd. Box 128, McLeansville, NC 27301. (919)698-0500. July/Aug, 1991.

DESIGN, TESTING, AND OPTIMIZING TRADING SYSTEMS

by Robert Pardo (1992). $34.95. John Wiley & Sons (see below). July 1996. "This book is a very useful blueprint for trading system designers and traders. Buy this book if you like to design and test your own computer generated trading systems or if you test other people's systems."

THE DISCIPLINED TRADER

by Mark Douglas (1990). $34.95. Trader's Press (see below). Sept/Oct, 1990. "Full of useful ideas and highly recommended, but very poorly written."

THE ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL TRADING

by Robert F. Rotella (1992). $35. New York Institute of Finance. Available from Trader's Press. Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29606. (800)-927-8222. March/April, 1993. "There has not been as good a comprehensive treatment of futures trading since 1984."

ELLIOTT WAVE PRINCIPLE

by Robert R. Prechter, Jr. (1978). $29. Elliott Wave International, Inc., Box 1618, Gainesville, GA 30503. (404)-536-0309. Nov/Dec, 1990. "The definitive book on the Elliott Wave Theory; beautifully written, even better than Elliott himself."

EVENT TRADING: PROFITING FROM ECONOMIC REPORTS AND SHORT-TERM MARKET EFFICIENCIES

by Ben Warwick (1996). Irwin Professional Publishing, 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60521. Phone: (800) 634-3966. 218 pages, hardbound. Free software offer. Jun 1997. "Event Trading is a major and important book in futures trading but fails to live up to its potential because the trading rules it gives are likely out of date. However, the underlying concepts deserve to be examined by nearly all futures traders."

FIBONACCI APPLICATIONS AND STRATEGIES

by Robert Fischer (1993). $39.95. John Wiley & Sons (see above). Nov/Dec, 1993. "Classic example of the mystical nonsense that keeps getting published and republished. No demonstration of effectiveness."

FIVE MOST INSTRUCTIVE LESSONS OF COMMODITY TRADING

by Kent Calhoun, KCI Seminars (1994). Canyon Springs Ranch, Box 440, Hunt, TX 78024. (210) 238-3084. Videotape, 60 minutes. $135. Jun 1997. "Contains solid information on the psychology of trading and short term price patterns but falls short of its title."

FIVE STAR FUTURES TRADES

By Colin Alexander (1997), Windsor Books,PO Box 280, Brightwaters, NY 11718. Phone: (800) 321-5934, (516) 321-7830, Fax: (516) 321-1435. 171 pages, Hardbound, $55. Feb 1997 "Five Star Futures Trades is a comprehensive method using a wide variety of technical indicators to determine the trend and the entry and exit rules. It is not a strictly mechanical system. The method appears reasonable and can be adapted to each trader's style."

FOREIGN CURRENCY TRADING

by Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr. & Russell R. Wasendorf, Jr. (1998). $35. McGraw-Hill (see above). February 1998. "A basic introduction to the foreign exchange market. Contains descriptions of the major topics relating to trading in the cash foreign exchange market. However, is writing from the perspective of someone who comes from the futures industry rather than someone from the foreign exchange industry."

FRACTAL MARKET ANALYSIS

by Edgar E. Peters (1994). $49.95. John Wiley and Sons (see above). Sept/Oct, 1994. "Recommended for those not intimidated by math and statistics. Some useful crumbs, but not much practical advice."

GANN MADE EASY

by William McLaren (1986). $240 for book and 62 huge Gann-style charts. Harmonic Research, 650 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019. (212)-484-2065. May/June, 1990. "A bit pricey unless you want to spend six months of diligent effort studying Gann."

GEOMETRY OF MARKETS

by Bryce T. Gilmore (1989). $144. Gann/Elliott Educators, 6336 North Oracle, Suite 326-151, Tucson, AZ 85704. (602)-797-3668. Sept/Oct, 1991. "Terrific compilation of numerical and geometric methods for predicting future turning points, but methods are unproven, nebulous mumbo-jumbo."

THE HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC CYCLES

by Jake Bernstein (1991). $70. Trader's Press (see above). Sept/Oct, 1992. "Should be in every trader's library, but do cycles work for trading?"

HIGH IMPACT DAY TRADING

by Robert M. Barnes (1996). $50. Irwin Professional Publishing (see above). Oct, 1996. "Contains a single clever idea for day trading but provides almost no evidence that it works."

HIT AND RUN TRADING

by Jeff Cooper (1996). $100.Gordon Publishing Group, 23805 Stuart Ranch Road, Suite 245, Malibu, CA 90265. January 1998. "On many levels this book is a failure, and an expensive one at that."

HOW I TRIPLED MY MONEY IN THE FUTURES MARKET

by Ulf Jensen (1994). $50. Probus Publishing, P.O. Box 88059, Chicago, IL 60680. (800)-PROBUS-1. July/August, 1994. "One of the worst and most misleading futures books in many years."

THE INNERGAME OF TRADING

by Robert Koppel and Howard Abell (1993). $37.50. Probus Publishing (see above). Jan/Feb, 1994. "Interviews successful traders; not much originality."

INTELLIGENT FUTURES TRADING

By Chick Goslin (1996). 7412 High Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, (619) 456-1857. 199 pages, Spiral bound, $65 Postpaid. Feb 1997 "Well-written book with some very good insights into trading but with some conceptual errors."

THE INTELLIGENT SPECULATOR

A Unique Approach to Trading Commodities by Ralph Fessenden, Ph. D. with John McDivitt (1996). 362 pages, hardcover. $31.40 (Special price from Traders Press). Irwin Professional Publishing. Available from Traders Press, Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29604. www.traderspress.com. (800) 927-8222. May 1999. "This well written book contains a lucid explanation of scale trading but falters in its explanation of Interval Trading. However, there are better books on scale trading."

INTERMARKET TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by John Murphy (1991). $55. Trader's Press (see above). May/June, 1992. "Strongly recommended as a new avenue of technical analysis. Where is the proof that it works though?"

INVESTMENT SECRETS OF A HEDGE FUND MANAGER

by Laurence A. Connors and Blake E. Hayward (Probus, 1995). $49.95. Traders Press, P.O. Box 6206, Greenville, SC 29606. (800)-927-8222. May/June, 1995. "A few good, new ideas with proof of their effectiveness. Has deficiencies but recommended."

MANAGED TRADING, The Myths and Truths

by Jack Schwager (1996). $55. John Wiley & Sons (see above). (800) CALL-WILEY. June 1996. "Valuable for anybody who invests in commodity pools OR uses mechanical systems. Contains powerful new concepts to increase profits and/or reduce risk for traders who use multiple systems or methods. Too academic, though."

MARKET MASTERS

by Jake Bernstein (1994). $24.95. MBH, Box 353, Winnetka, IL 60093. (708)-291-1870. March/April, 1994. "Compares attitudes of trading experts (including Bruce Babcock) on ingredients of success."

MARKET WIZARDS

by Jack Schwager (1989). $21.95. Trader's Press, (see above). Sep/Oct, 1989. "Inside look at the careers and methods of some of the most successful traders of our time. Highly recommended."


MARTIN PRING ON MARKET MOMENTUM

by Martin Pring (1993). $49.95. Traders Press (see above). Sept/Oct, 1993. "Superior course in oscillator analysis, only how valuable are they anyway?"

THE MATHEMATICS OF TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by Clifford Sherry (1992). $55. Probus Publishing, P.O. Box 88059, Chicago, IL 60680. (800)-PROBUS-1; (312)-868-1100. March/April, 1994. "Nothing practical here. Of interest to theoreticians only."

MBH WEEKLY SEASONAL SPREAD CHARTS

by Jake Bernstein (1996). $89 plus postage. MBH Commodity Advisors, PO Box 353, Winnetka, IL 60093. (847) 291-1870. Email: jake@trade-future. September 1998. "A moderately valuable study of seasonal price tendencies in spreads."

MESA AND TRADING MARKET CYCLES

by John F. Ehlers (1992). $37.95. John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. (800)-Call-Wiley or (212)-850-6000. Sept/Oct, 1992. "If you want to approach cycles scientifically, there is no better teacher than John Ehlers."

METHODS OF A WALL STREET MASTER

by "Trader Vic" Sperandeo (1991). $29.95. Trader's Press (see above). July/August, 1991. "Lots of great ideas on becoming a better trader and a better person."

THE MONEY TREE: THE WILLIAMS WAY TO WEALTH

by Larry Williams (1996). British American ,18 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 200,PO Box 5111,San Ramon, CA 94583,Phone: (510) 820-4700,Fax: (510) 831-0644. Two video tapes; 247 oversize paperbound book; overlay; sample chart book; three month subscription to thrice weekly hotline and monthly educational newsletter. $195. Mar 1997 "The Money Tree course contains some valuable lessons and tools from an experienced trader but also contains some dubious ideas and one dangerous money management concept. The production quality ranges from very high quality and professional to slipshod."

THE MOST POWERFUL MONEY MANUAL AND COURSE

by Ken Roberts (1984). $195. The Ken Roberts Company, 333 SW 5th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526-2513. (541) 955-2700. August 1996. "There may be some useful ideas in the manual and course but they are swamped with a constant bombardment of motivational and sales pitches as well as some dangerous ideas."

NEURAL NETWORKS FOR FINANCIAL FORECASTING

by Edward Gately (1996). $39.95 John Wiley & Sons (see above). February 1996. "Provides a useful and quick overview of the use of neural networks. There is no fluff and the book can be used as a reference."

THE NEW MARKET WIZARDS

by Jack D. Schwager (1992). $29.95 Trader's Press (see above). Jan/Feb, 1993. "Readable, informative, thought-provoking. Highly recommended."

THE NEW SCIENCE OF TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by Clifford J. Sherry (1994). $60. Probus Publishing, (see above). Nov/Dec, 1994. "Plenty of science, but no technical analysis. Worthless to traders."

THE NEW SCIENCE OF TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by Thomas R. DeMark (1994). $53.45. Windsor Books, Box 280, Brightwaters, NY 11718. (516)-321-7830. Nov/Dec, 1994. "Exceptional book."

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT FORMULAS

by Ralph Vince (1990). $65. Trader's Press (see above). July/August, 1991. "Although others disagree, our opinion (based on the author's admissions in the book) is that his theory is of questionable value. Even if valid, it appears of little practical application except for very large traders."

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by Tony Plummer (1993). Probus Publishing (see above). $47.50. May/June, 1994. "A few useful ideas sprinkled around, but not worth the effort to find them."

SOROS ON SOROS

by George Soros with Byron Wien and Krisztina Koenen (1995). $19.95. Paperback. John Wiley & Sons (see above), April 1996. "There are some useful insights but less than most books on trading by other practitioners."

THE SPECULATOR'S EDGE

by Albert Peter Pacelli (1989). $29.95. John Wiley & Sons (see above), March/April, 1990. "Seriously flawed and short on specifics, but still recommended."

THE SPIRAL CALENDAR

by Christopher Carolan (1992). New Classics Library, Box 1618, Gainesville, GA 30503. (404)-536-0309. $49. March/April, 1993. "Combines two popular mystical tools to predict turning pointsmoon cycles and Fibonacci numbers. No proof of effectiveness other than historical examples."

STREET SMARTS, High Probability Short-Term Trading Strategies

by Laurance A. Connors and Linda Bradford Raschke (1995). Gordon Publishing Group. (800) 797-2584. $175. March 1996. "Well written compendium of short term trading patterns. There are enough good ideas to justify the price. The systematic and disciplined use of the ideas in this book should provide enough profits to pay for it."

STOCK TRADER'S ALMANAC, 1996 Edition

by Yale Hirsch (1995). The Hirsch Organization. 184 Central Avenue, Old Tappan, NJ 07675. $32. May 1996. "Provides a useful and fascinating compilation of seasonal tendencies and patterns in the stock market."

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

by Jack Schwager (1996). $60. John Wiley & Sons (see above). January 1996. "Presents a lucid, solid description and discussion of the main forms of technical analysis. The book will aid the trading of both beginners and professionals."

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF THE FUTURES MARKETS

by John J. Murphy (1986). $55. Trader's Press (see above). May/June, 1986. "The kind of Bible for technical analysis commodity traders have been yearning for." For an additional $27.95, there is a unique 142-page study guide to insure you are learning the material correctly.

TECHNOFUNDAMENTAL TRADING

by Philip Gotthelf (1995). $45. Irwin Professional Publishing, 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60521. (800)-634-3966. July/Aug, 1995. "Ironically makes unanswerable argument against using fundamental analysis."

TRADER VIC II PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL SPECULATION

By Victor Sperandeo (1994). $37.50. John Wiley & Sons (see above). July/August, 1994. "Excellent book. Highly recommended to all traders."

TRADING BY THE BOOK, TRADING BY THE MINUTE and TRADING IS A BUSINESS

by Joe Ross. $160 each. Ross Trading International, Box 1509, Leander, TX 78641. (512)-259-0727. Jan/Feb, 1991, July/Aug, 1993, Nov/Dec, 1993. "Although Ross apparently invented his trading background and experience, there are many stimulating ideas and much wisdom in these books. Overpriced."

TRADING FOR A LIVING

by Dr. Alexander Elder (1993). $55. Financial Trading Seminars, Box 20555, Columbus Circle Station, New York, NY 10023. (800)-458-0939. May/June, 1993. "A terrific book , which every trader should read." Accompanying 195-page Study Guide is $27.95.

TRADING IN CHOPPY MARKETS

by Robert M. Barnes (1996). $50. Irwin Professional Publishing (see above). Nov, 1996. "Here is a book full of trading ideas. What you will not get is any proven system."

TRADING ON EXPECTATIONS

By Brendan Moynihan (1996). John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 0471177822) (See above.) 232 pages, hardcover, index $59.95 July 1997. "A good introduction to the Market Profile style of analysis. The author adds in sentiment to create the Sentiment-Activity Model (SAM) which gives trading signals for trading with time horizons ranging from scalping to long term trading. Also includes an excellent analysis of what makes market move and why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is bogus."

TRADING SYSTEM ANALYSIS

by Robert M. Barnes (1997). $60. McGraw-Hill Publishing (see above). January 1998. "This is a very interesting book that will be useful for all traders who develop and test trading systems."

WHAT I LEARNED LOSING A MILLION DOLLARS

by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan (1994). $31.45. Infared Press, Box 198038, Nashville, TN 37219. (800)-247-6553. March/April, 1995. "Should be the first financial psychology book you read."

YOU CAN'T LOSE TRADING COMMODITIES

by Robert F. Wiest (1984). $40. The Beacon Companies. 812 12th Ave. S, #202, Naples, FL 33940. (941) 263-0020. Nov/Dec, 1986. "You can lose with this method, but the book is still worth reading."

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