Here is a list of free trading eBooks and free trading courses to aid you in your trading. These free trading eBooks and free trading courses will be updated regularly and more will be added as they come available. The resources below are believed to be freely available (although not necessarily easy to find). If you are the copyright owner and wish to have a trading eBook or trading course removed from this page please contact us and we will remove it.
The views expressed in these books are not necessarily those of this Site and no warranty is provided.
10 Common Mistakes New Traders Make – New to trading? Be aware of these mistakes new traders typically make.
5 Things Every Trader Should Know About Trend Forecasting – A look at trends, determining their strength and where they may end.
Right click on a link below and hit “save link as…” to save the free trading eBooks to your computer.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator – A true classic. A must read for every trader, and one of my favorite books of all time.
The Original Turtle Trading Rules – Rules of the “Turtle Traders;” one of the greatest trading experiments conducted.
Trend Determination-a Quick, Accurate and Effective Methodology using RSI – A great guide for using the RSI in ways not commonly taught.
Forex Seasonal Patterns eBook – The seasonal patterns of the EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CAD and Dollar Index by Cory Mitchell, CMT.
A Six Part Study Guide to Market Profile – The Chicago Board of Trade’s (CBOT) six part guide to using Market Profile.
Core Point and Figure Chart Patterns – An introduction to Point and Figure charting and patterns.
How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicholas Darvas – Darvas Box is a fairly well known indicator now, but here is the book by the man who started it, and made millions from the method.
How George Soros Knows What He Knows – Towards a General Theory of Reflexivity by Flavia Cymbalista, Ph.D. – An academic paper which looks at George Soros, his ideas and his success.
Calming The Mind So The Body Can Perform by Robert M. Nideffer, Ph.D. – A 9 page eBook on getting into “the zone” for peak mental and physical performance. The article used athletes in the examples, but it is also applicable to traders.
Day Traders Bible – My Secrets of Day Trading by Richard D. Wyckoff – Written in 1919 this is one of my favorite stock trading books next to Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. While the book is old it is loaded with usable and applicable information for today’s trader.
Technical Analysis from A to Z – This is great resource for understanding the basic interpretation and calculation methods for technical analysis indicators. It is compiled in the form of an HTML help menu (.chm file, although I have put it in a .zip file for easier downloading) which means when you open the file you can click on anything in the index and it will instantly take you to your point of interest, making it a quick and easy resource to use.
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay – A classic, and extensive, book on bubbles and the irrationality of crowds first published in 1841. This was the precursor to more recent books such as Irrational Exuberance.
Elliott Wave Principle eBook – The classic guide by Prechter and Frost for learning and understanding the Elliott Wave Principles.
Coders Guru Full Course – MetaTrader 4 Code Guide by Coder’s Guru
Market Profile Basics – Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
Sun Tzu on the Art of War – Here is the classic book on military strategy in .pfd format.
Hagakure-Book of the Samurai – Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a Samurai in the early 1700s.
The Trading Parables eBook – A collection of short trading parables based on the lessons of history. Articles written and compiled by Cory Mitchell, CMT.
The Complete Strategyst: By John D. Williams. When The Compleat Strategyst was originally published in 1954, game theory was an esoteric and mysterious subject, familiar only to specialized researchers, particularly in the military. Its popularity today can be traced at least in part to this book, which popularized the subject for amateurs, professionals, and students throughout the world. (You’ll be redirected to a straight forward download page for a .pdf copy)
The Strategy of the Indirect Approach – By B.H. Liddell Hart. 343 pages originally written about 1929, this is great study into strategy, delving into the Greek Wars right up to WW I. (There are about 7 blank pages the beginning of the document,scroll page those to reach the material).
Free Trading Movies
Cancel Crash – Documentary about the 1987 stock market crash, told by the traders who were there, and arguably halted an even further meltdown.
Nova – Mind Over Money – an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. The program reveals how our emotions interfere with our decision-making and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance.
Ascent of Money – 4 hour documentary on the history of money, credit and banking. Quite interesting.
Floored: Into the Pit (documentary) – A fantastic look at the Chicago trading pits, and the traders who made their livings there.
Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street – Interesting documentary on trading and quantitative analysts/programmers–or “quants” who are behind the mathematical and financial models used today.
Mark Douglas Interview – Mind Over Market Video (55 mins) – Interview with Mark Douglas, trader and author of The Disciplined Trader and Trading in the Zone. His books are definitely worth the read, and this video discusses some of the topics from those books.
Academic Papers and Works by Nassim Taleb
Below is an assortment of works by Nassim Taleb mostly focused on statistics and probabilities. His views are not necessarily those of this site, but the works are interesting for those partial to a more statistical look at things. For those who are unfamiliar with Nassim Taleb, here is how Wikipedia summarizes him:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb…is a Lebanese American essayist whose work focuses on problems of randomness and probability. His 2007 book The Black Swan was described in a review by Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II. [He also authored Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets in 2004]
He criticized the risk management methods used by the finance industry and warned about financial crises, subsequently making a fortune out of the late-2000s financial crisis. He advocates what he calls a “black swan robust” society, meaning a society that can withstand difficult-to-predict events.