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Trading from Your Gut: How to Use Right Brain Instinct & Left Brain Smarts to Become a Master Trader, Safari

By Curtis Faith

Published by FT Press

Published Date: Dec 2, 2009

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“For all those who wonder if the powers of right brain thinking could apply to the trends-and-charts universe of stock and options trading, Curtis Faith has their answer. In Trading from Your Gut, Faith taps brain research, neurological models, and the wisdom of experience to provide a roadmap for decision making in a new era of volatility.”

–Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive


“I consider a book to be worth reading if it helps me develop a major paradigm shift. The section in this book about how to train your brain to help you become an intuitive trader blew me away and gave some fantastic ideas that will significantly help traders learn to trade better. For me, that kind of idea-generating inspiration is what makes Trading from Your Gut a great trading book.”

–Van K. Tharp, bestselling author of Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom and Super Trader


“…with the skill of both a trained psychoanalyst and market pro, Curtis Faith’s Trading from Your Gut examines the human instinct behind our investment decisions. Because we are too often our own worst enemy in the markets, this is a unique and thoughtful guide to overcoming the biggest hurdle of financial success...ourselves.”

–Jonathan Hoenig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC and Fox News contributor


“Curtis Faith’s new book Trading from Your Gut…takes the insights derived from psychology, marries them to cogent observations by master traders like George Soros, and then superimposes them onto a series of analysis-based theories to deliver a cogent trading plan.”

–David Stevenson, Financial Times “Adventurous Investor” columnist


“…With the encouragement of this book, you will learn to listen to both your intuition and your intellect to become a more complete trader, giving yourself the edge for success.”

–Alan Northcott, author of The Complete Guide to Investing In Short Term Trading




Legendary traders like Jesse Livermore, George Soros, Richard Dennis, and Steven Cohen use their full range of powers that encompass both instinct and analysis. That’s how they made their fortunes–and that’s how you can, too. In Trading from Your Gut, Curtis Faith, renowned trader and author of the global bestseller Way of the Turtle, reveals why human intuition is an amazingly powerful trading tool, capable of processing thousands of inputs almost instantaneously. Faith teaches you how to harness, sharpen, train, and trust your instincts and to trade smarter with your whole mind.


Just as important, you’ll learn when not to trust your gut–and how to complement your intuition with systematic analysis.


You’ve got a left brain: analytical and rational. You’ve got a right brain: intuitive and holistic. Use them both to make better trades, and more money!


“Whole Mind” trading: the best of discretionary and system approaches

How winning traders use analysis and disciplined intuition together


How to profit from other traders’ “Wrong Brain Thinking”

Understand other traders, without acting like them


How to provide a firm intellectual framework for your trades

What successful traders have discovered about the market’s structure and laws


The unique value of intuition in swing trading

Use your intuition to trade patterns that computer technology can’t recognize



Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi

Foreword     xiii


Preface           Zen and the Smooth Stroke     1

Chapter 1        The Power of the Gut     7

Chapter 2        The Purpose of Gut Intuition     19

Chapter 3        Wrong Brain Thinking     33

Chapter 4        The Structure of the Markets     53

Chapter 5        Training and Trusting Your Gut     79

Chapter 6        Trading Smarts     97

Chapter 7        Simplicity and Speed: Training to Be a Master     119

Chapter 8        Techno Traders     139

Chapter 9        A Careful Balancing Act     151

Conclusion     159

Afterword     169

Bibliography     187

About the Author     191

The Art of the Trade Trilogy     193

Index     197