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Summary

About $2 trillion is invested in the hedge-fund industry, and yet, due to industry regulations, the general public knows little about them. This book will change that.

Timothy Sykes turned $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million by trading thousands of stocks from 1999 to 2002. He managed the number-one Short Bias Hedge Fund from 2003 to 2006, starred in the television documentary Wall Street Warriors, and appeared regularly on CNBC - all before the age of 26. It's been a wild ride.

This Rocky-like story is the first realistic look at the world of stock trading and hedge funds. It will educate and inspire everyone.

©2008 Timothy Sykes (P)2008 HFactor Publishing

Critic reviews

"This is the first book I'd give to somebody if I were trying to interest them in the stock market." (Greg Feirman, Founder and CEO, Top Gun Financial Planning)
"There's certainly a dash of Holden Caulfield to Sykes, but there's at least an equal part Larry Livingston, the trader in Edwin LeFevre's classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator." ( Dow Jones Newswire)
"A clearly written account of a natural trader coming of age, a Catcher in the Rye for traders. Highly recommended if you want to be or understand a trader." (Aaron C. Brown, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and author of The Poker Face of Wall Street)

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Thanks Tim

This is the second finance book I’ve read after Rich Dad Poor Dad. A great insight into the reality of trading and I was equally inspired by learning from Tim’s mistakes as from his successes.

Thanks Tim, for sharing your journey...the rough and the smooth.

Alan C. Eddy

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  • 28-02-18

Don't buy a used car from this guy.

There is a lot of interesting insights into how the hedge fund business works in here, (or at least how it worked ten years ago), but there's also an awful lot of self-mythologizing that makes one wonder if Sykes is ultimately more interested in being well known than he is in trading, or running a fund. Having finished the book, I'm still not sure I know how best to acquire investors for a fund.

I don't want to seem too harsh - there is a lot good material in here for finance buffs. But there's also a lot of talk about wild parties he attended, TV shows he was on, and how he was a legend in his college dorm. Stories like how he bullied his roommate into moving out so he could have more space, which leave one wondering if it's a coincidence that the "passion for public education about finance" he cites as the reason he wrote this book, might have been discovered only after his fund failed to take off.

Still worth a listen if you're interested in the field.

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I loved the fact that Timothy Sykes has taken a huge step against the negativity which surrounds the trading world. If you invest your time wisely in your research then trading can be a fantastic source of income.

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Good honest account of a young man's experiences with the stock market. Timothy Sykes is open and honest about his mistakes and therefore the listener can learn from them.

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Was great until I visited his YouTube channel

I like bios that are based on truth, or mostly truth. The story here is told well, and there certainly are elements of truth like he really was on TV, but it lost a lot of credibility when I came across his YouTube videos . Especially one where he shows a drawer full of money to impress potential students. To me he looked just like one of those fake get rich quick gurus, trying to sell you a cute story to get you to sign up.
Beside that, it is an entertaining read if you enjoy reading stock market stories and don't care about the proportion of fact to fiction.

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Thank you. Very helpful and thank you for sharing. Given me food for thought. Lots of ideas and new avenues to explore.

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this was a good insight into Tim Sykes journey

this was a good insight into Tim Sykes journey and I will be following more of his progress

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Powerful and educational

A well documented story with facts, his book has given me the lesson that no one could have given me.

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Ripoff

Watch this guys video where here push and encouraged the purchasing of this book if you wanted to learn how to trade..what a ripoff this is nothing but him talking about his life story.. very misleading I just wish I could get my money back. And erase this useless pile of information from my head.

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very entertaining

easy listening with some important lessons. I would defo read this and recommend same. amazing

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  • 05-06-08

Ok but something is missing

This book is hugely entertaining. Timothy's story is interesting, honest and well told. The problem with this book is that it misses the authors purpose and goal. You will learn about a few trading techniques but the book is not detailed enough to help you really understand the concepts of these trading tactics and sadly you will not learn what exactly a Hedge Fund is. Recommended if you have a little background knowledge.

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  • scoe
  • 25-06-17

tuff critic

No details just a book about his life. which in my opinion should have been the title.

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  • Holisticmom
  • 08-09-11

Your Very Own Big Brother of the Stock Market

Where does An American Hedge Fund rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Hedge Fund?

That he was a millionaire by 21 years of age and the realization for the first time in my life that I can become financially independent!

What does Brett Barry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotion, Passion, Clarity

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Didn't really think about it that way. I listen often when I'm at work or doing other tasks, so I listen to as much as I can. If I don't finish, I return to it at a later time. In fact I think I still have a couple of chapters yet to finish!

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Love the Book, Love the Education.....it's really like having a mentor to learn about real-life mistakes and mishaps before they happen or when they happen. I'm so much calmer and confident about investing for the first time in my life. I'm 52!

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  • Elim.Garak
  • 12-02-12

Honest Story from a real trader

Where does An American Hedge Fund rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Don't look at this book as a

What other book might you compare An American Hedge Fund to and why?

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator but not as good as far as gaining insight into trading.

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The narrator was excellent. The book was read with the passion of someone who actually lived the life of Sykes.

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  • joe
  • 19-09-09

A wild ride, got me back into investing

I really enjoyed this book. Tim's honesty and humor really carried the day. I did learn quite a bit about trading, not the "how to's" -- there are plenty of resources out there for that -- but the mind set. His honest assessment of his accomplishments and mistakes is well done. Tim never misses a chance to poke fun at himself, and he also never misses a chance to brag -- although he pulls them both off in a light way. Bretty Barry does a excellent job reading the book. Highly reccommend.

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  • John Reynald
  • 18-06-08

Two thumbs up!

Outright one of the best books out there. A real eye opener yet very entertaining. A must read/listen for everyone starting or already seasoned stock traders.

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  • Carlos
  • 12-06-08

Fun to listen to but...

It was a fun read but nothing of particular help. A great story of a young boy at the right time to ride a wave of the stock market not seen since 1928. He didn't loose it so that is quite the accomplishment but he has not been able to do much since. Still young and still a little full of himself but it seems that LIFE is still working its magic on him. It will be fun to see what he does next.

Not recommended for trading advice. It's still a fun ego trip story. Don't come here for trading advice. He's still not sure how he got here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-21

Love the book.! Tim journey

real good lesson plus taking a look in Tim's mind. From how he started and the emotional obstacle's Dark humor and on edge.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-21

What a miss

He is reviewing his stocks and talks about himself it should be called autobiography, very boring book

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  • Roy B Childs Jr
  • 10-03-21

Thanks Tim!

love hearing your story, took some time but finished it, about to watch your dvd's