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The market wizards are back!  

Unknown Market Wizards continues in the three-decade tradition of the hugely popular Market Wizards series, interviewing exceptionally successful traders to learn how they achieved their extraordinary performance results.  

The twist in Unknown Market Wizards is that the featured traders are individuals trading their own accounts. They are unknown to the investment world. Despite their anonymity, these traders have achieved performance records that rival, if not surpass, the best professional managers.  

Some of the stories include:  

  • A trader who turned an initial account of $2,500 into $50 million. 
  • A trader who achieved an average annual return of 337 percent over a 13-year period. 
  • A trader who made tens of millions using a unique approach that employed neither fundamental nor technical analysis. 
  • A former advertising executive who used classical chart analysis to achieve a 58 percent average annual return over a 27-year trading span. 
  • A promising junior tennis player in the UK who abandoned his quest for a professional sporting career for trading and generated a nine-year track record with an average annual return just under 300 percent.  

World-renowned author and trading expert Jack D. Schwager is our guide. His trademark knowledgeable and sensitive interview style encourages the wizards to reveal the fascinating details of their training, experience, tactics, strategies, and their best and worst trades. There are dashes of humor and revelations about the human side of trading throughout.  

The result is a engrossing new collection of trading wisdom, brimming with insights that can help all traders improve their outcomes.

©2020 Jack Schwager (P)2020 Jack Schwager

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Seriously???

I must admit after so many great books from Jack about such phenomenal traders. This book is a serious disappointment, to call someone like Peter Brandt a "Market Wizard" I think its a huge offense to all other great traders that been called that in Jacks previous books. Peter Brands only achievements apart from writing a third grade book is to charge people for his subscription service which is a total joke, since he is wrong 99% of the time, many people always joke that he should have joined the ranks of another "financial guru" Denis Gartman and write letters with him. He could have never make any money in trading but he is good at promoting himself. He is always behing the curve, just reads charts and never knows what is behind them. Same could be said about a number of others in this book. Huge disappointment.

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Spectacular as always

Excellent nuance. Broad catch of disciplines. Some funny accents... Another superb book that I’ll listen to on repeat. A great addition to a fine collection in the Market Wizard series. Definitely my favourite trading books.

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Great book, great narrator.

This is one of my favourite trading books. Being modern and having a selection of traders from the UK featured, I was able to relate very well with companies mentioned. Trader mistakes being discussed and how they overcame them is very inspirational. The narrator is top notch too, the way he changes his tone and accent for each person being interviewed helps with keeping my attention throughout the interviews.

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My favourite Jack Schwager book!

Brilliant book. This is one of my favourites by Jack Schwager. I feel like I learnt a lot from this book.

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An ”Must have” book for every trader or investor

On this book you can get confirmed that the market has change a lot from the first book of Market Wizards. And the fundamentals are one big deal for trading in this enviroment with internet and socialmedia.

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Great book

Great minds in this book. I truly enjoyed it. Amazing traders with excellent track records

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  • JRP
  • 16-11-20

The usual market wizards fare

if you are a retail trader or aspiring to be one and have enjoyed the books in the market wizard series by this author- you will likely not be disappointed with this book. Traders interviewed are based out of US and Europe. All are males. I finished listening to the audio version during my daily walks. I plan to selectively read the Kindle version. In the past I have read/listened repeatedly to the authors books- will do so the same with this one.

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  • JP
  • 09-11-20

Another amazing book to add to the series!

I finished it in two days, couldn’t put it down. I read the market wizards, new market wizards and hedge fund market wizards yearly. This one will be added to the list. If you make anymore great books I’m only going to be able to read market wizards books ;).

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  • Tom R.
  • 30-11-20

Must Read | A New Twist on a Favorite Series

In writing this review, I must first inform you, the reader, that reading Jack’s earlier books changed my life, and, I am, therefore somewhat favorably biased toward his work. I will, however, do my best to present as objective of a review as possible, in the interest of literary criticism. You will see I pull no punches in my analyses of his premise for the book and publishing yet another book in the series in the same format as five or seven others, running the real risk of simply retelling stories already better told elsewhere if the trader selection, the stories, performance, lessons learned and readability and entertainment value did not at the very least match if not well exceed an already exacting standard. -- The premise for the latest edition in the Market Wizards series is to showcase a selection of previously largely unknown traders (with one or two exceptions) who have produced remarkable returns or outstanding return to risk ratios consistently over the past several years or decades. As I shall discuss, one fear in revisiting this topic in 2019 and 2020 was the real risk that traders with returns as exceptional as some of the original Market Wizards would simply not exist as those earlier traders’ results were not be reproduceable, as the windfall profits reaped by those trading in prior generations, especially in commodities in the 1970s and 1980s and stocks, stock warrants and stock options in the 1980s and 1990s using trend following systems had run away bull markets, not nearly as many false breakouts, cleaner chart patterns and more types and more chart patterns that worked a much larger percentage of the time. None of that mattered. Jack pulled off a feat of one-upmanship on several of his prior works, selecting several of the most intriguing, successful traders from whose story and Jack’s narrative one can both be entertained and educated, without the slightest effort, making this an easy read and even easier listen, as the audiobook is available on Audible. The traders he presents, both discretionary and systematic (though largely the former in this work) and both technical and fundamental (with a new category espoused by Chris Camillo to boot—using neither of the traditional models and relying on something new entirely). Time and time again throughout the book the reader will discover intriguing individuals, some with track records of 300% percent for a decade straight that would make Ray Dalio look like an underperformer. -- I had originally read Market Wizards a few years ago and was immediately captivated. It re-awoke inside of me my original ambition for working on Wall Street that was the catalyst for me choosing to do a Finance minor in college, with the intention of going to work on Wall Street after I graduated. I chose the minor, because at our esteemed state institution of higher learning, which we jokingly referred to as Harvard on the Mon, did not offer a finance degree. The best I could do was to listen to the erroneous efficient market hypothesis in my economics classes pursuing a degree in business administration and look forward to the times where I could learn more about the markets and even participate in a class stock market competition, my first introduction to how markets really worked. Alas, life did not work out the way I planned and I ended up working in tech after I graduated from college. I think it was no coincidence that I read the original Market Wizards and New Market Wizards around the same time as I got the seven year itch being a network engineer. It was a time in my life when I realized that I would never live up to my potential working in IT, even owning and running my own firm, nor would I be satisfied if that’s what I limited myself to. I opened accounts to trade stocks, options and futures. And it soon became clear to me that my purpose in life was to trade. I had never experienced something so challenging as going up against the smartest and greediest people and their computer programs and algos on a daily basis. I realized if I could find a methodology that worked for me, stay disciplined, remain patient and exercise sound risk control and money management, that I could have the penultimate career: a fulfilling, challenging endeavor where no two days were ever the same and where if I found success I could confidently say that I was living up to my potential and where the monetary rewards would enable me both to live the life of my dreams and enable underprivileged youth the ability to get an education for free by starting a scholarship, something I’ve wanted to do since I had to forsake going to a good college and racking up student debt to attend a third rate institution. -- A big part of seeing that one could become successful as a trader, even more successful than one imagined, was due in large part to Jack’s books. Market Wizards, The New Market Wizards and Hedge Fund Market Wizards showed me that with determination, perseverance, finding a methodology which fit my personality and the use of savings, trading individually or through a prop shop or trading after obtaining an allocation of funds to manage as a CTA or at a fund was definitely possible and showed me multiple instances of where even traders who had initially blown out multiple accounts and gotten fired from multiple positions still ended up becoming successful. Having read all of the aforementioned books of Jack’s in the Market Wizards series, along with others in the series not mentioned and some of his instructional material on actual trading strategies left me and I’m certain countless other readers asking some of the same questions: How long could this format go on? Jack’s trademark interview style and chapter format has not changed much from earlier books. How many questions could one ask a trader before the books ceased to provide anything other than a re-hashing of material already presented, albeit in a slightly modified format or theme? Were the successful track records of a number of the early market wizards simply a product of their time vis-à-vis the extreme bull markets in commodities of the 1970s and the much more predictable and usable chart patterns and Donchian style trend following in the 1970s, 80s and 90s that respectively simply aren’t present and don’t work as well today? Has the geometrically increased computing power, network speeds and number and type of black box systems, proprietary algos and top tier vendors who collocate their servers in the exchanges and pay top fees to to peek at order flow for a few milliseconds before everyone else irrevocably changed the landscape such that someone with a discretionary or simple rule based systematic trading system could no longer compete with the computers? These questions, or doubts, and others mean that Jack had a long way to go to equal or surpass the quality of his prior work. Yet, without reservation, Jack has done so masterfully and has demonstrated the following in Unknown Market Wizards: --Not only are outsized returns possible to the individual trader, several of the traders interviewed in Jack’s latest book actually surpassed and surpassed by a wide margin some of the original market wizards whose enormous gains may have been attributed to exceptionally good markets. --Several of today’s latest generation of traders either got into trading for the sole purposed of making a fortune or were simply unabashed as to their reason for entering the profession, as opposed to an almost universal responses of either love of the game or the challenge of the markets as opposed to wanting to become rich. --Jack’s format has stood the test of time and continues to remain highly entertaining and decidedly instructional, remaining and potentially bringing more to the table and being even more intriguing than some previous works. Why? Because Jack is a masterful writer, superb selector of traders to interview, balances dialog with narrative, knows what questions to ask and despite the format being nearly unchanged, along with several market constants, enough has changed with the viewpoints of the next generation, the proliferation of technology and the creation of a new type of stock selection based on neither fundamental nor technical analysis in order to keep this latest book fresh and highly readable, without sacrificing any of the astute observations Jack makes in order to educate traders on what the principle tenets of each trader’s system is and how those methods may be applicable to one’s own training. --Excellent chapter after excellent chapter. There was only one trader in this entire book whose story or rather character I found somewhat irksome and boring and really didn’t get anything out of. Of course, that’s my personality and personal preference which determines that some people I just can’t relate to or respect. There is one trader in this book like that, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll have the same response as me. You may not get anything out of Chris Camillo’s story, whereas I immediately identified with him, having gone into rare and antiquarian (and later textbook) arbitrage, dropping out of college to pursue an online business and he had done something very similar with items at estate sales, specializing in certain pieces that he picked up cheaply and resold to someone who was willing to pay top dollar for that piece of merchandise. --Not too much info and not too little: Jack strikes a balance between giving the reader the essentials and enough of the personal story to make for entertaining reading, without getting bogged down in minutiae and edits his interviews to omit content that goes too far out on a tangent—which I find is just enough to leave the reader wanting just a little bit more, but never drowning the reader with irrelevant or fluff content. It whets one appetite for the next volume of Unknown Market Wizards which Jack hasn’t confirmed will be forthcoming with 100% certainty, but definitely gives the reader something to look forward to, as Jack knows just how to hold enough back to keep the reader wanting more. I’m giving this book 5 stars. The writing is superb. The selection of traders are the best of the best with insane metrics, mostly hitherto unknown and apart from one trader in the book whose chapter I nearly skipped, I don’t know how much better a Market Wizards book could have been than this one. Now I can’t wait for Volume 2. Hurry up, Jack.

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  • Mr.Watson
  • 26-11-20

Inspiring

Very good gems presented here and in places where you would not expect. I myself focus more on futures trading but picked up a-lot of good info from section 2. Especially Jeffrey Neumann. Well done

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-20

great book

loved it. liked all the stories behind the traders and the failures was also relative to some that I have experience just not at the same cost

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  • juan
  • 13-11-20

I loved this book but......

There is no but lol thank you so much for another book Jack loved it

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  • Bsy
  • 04-11-20

a must read for a budding trader ...

I have always liked markets wizards books as they present the wisdom of professional in a nutshell. this particular book is very interesting to me as I can personally relate to the traders profiled here which was somewhat difficult in the previous books.. this books doesn't teaches how to trade but it focus on much more importance part risk management and psycology.. all in all 10/10 for a budding trader...