"Success in life, as in trading, requires the ability to let go of inhibitions about winning and losing. In fact, the ability to overcome various learned inhibitions is one of the major characteristics differentiating successful traders from mediocre ones."
—From the Introduction
After ten years and three highly acclaimed books studying the psychological aspects of trading, respected psychiatrist and trading coach Ari Kiev has seen firsthand how challenging the financial markets can be. Many of the people he deals with work in hedge funds—one of the most psychologically taxing fields of finance—where the pressure to perform and profits go hand in hand.
Whether you're a seasoned professional or an active individual trader, the psychological obstacles to success can be daunting. But they can be overcome. In Hedge Fund Masters, Ari Kiev examines the psychological principles and strategies of these innovative traders, and shows you how to use them to unlock your trading potential and achieve your financial goals. Through conversations with numerous traders—including some of the most successful hedge fund operators in the world—and real-world case studies, you'll discover how to:
- Maintain a balance between too little and too much emotion
- Concentrate your energy, attention, and drive on specific targets and actions
- Find the right amount of intensity and effort so you don't burn out or lose your motivation
- Psyche yourself up
- Let go of the controls and allow your intuitive processes to function automatically
- And much more
Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Hedge Fund Masters will help you develop
the right attitude and techniques for tapping your mental potential, building self-confidence, and developing skills in mental imagery, visualization, relaxation, and psychological endurance. A variety of psychological exercises are also included to help you maintain motivation, concentration, and performance during stressful circumstances.
Hedge Fund Masters offers a rare look into the mind of the successful trader. With an understanding of how your mental machinery works, you can discard negative self-concepts that support mediocrity and the status quo—and start developing a mind-set that will allow you to prosper in even the toughest of market conditions.
Praise for Hedge Fund Masters
"As Ari Kiev notes in his latest, excellent book of trading insight, no two traders respond the same way to the same event, and that those who have survived in the business already have discipline and methodology. So what value comes from a book like this? Just as the world's finest sportsmen employ coaches, so should the world's finest trading professionals. Ari's understanding of 'life principles' that clutter even the wiliest trader's mind is one of many keys that will unlock your full potential. On every page, one can find a quotation or a question that encourages one to reappraise and develop one's skill set."
—Ian Burns, Managing Director, Citigroup EVR Trading Group
"Ari Kiev's work goes right to the essential core of what influences investment and trading decisions. Few books address the real issues that confront people in such an intense environment. This one does so in a very powerful way and should provoke many practical thoughts and actions from those who reflect on its underlying messages."
—Quintin Price, CIO, Gartmore Global Investments
"Ari Kiev continues his exploration of the psychological underpinnings of trading success that he began eight years ago with Trading to Win. Packed full of trenchant dialogues, this book explores themes of courage, tenacity, the variant perception, cognitive dissonance, and other elements of mastery. A must-read for anyone seeking to raise his trading game to another level."
—Jay G. Goldman, Hedge Fund Manager
"Trading coach nonpareil, Dr. Ari Kiev, delivers his finest work to date. In his latest offering, Kiev is back in the trenches broadcasting his version of reality TV with an elite troop of traders. Often ingenious and inspirational, always insightful and intriguing, Kiev employs psychological concepts, real-life conversations, and case studies to illustrate the path to peak performance."
—Ciaran T. O'Kelly, Head of Equities Trading, Bank of America