The10best books to expand your knowledge of forex

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The10best books to expand your knowledge of forexThe 10 Best Books To Expand Your Knowledge Of Forex

Let's use this introductory paragraph as just a bit of a disclaimer. This is by no means a comprehensive list of the "best" forex books. It's hard to say what is "best" because each reader is going to take different things from each piece of work. Not everything will be relevant or necessary to your trading style.

Books are about the best place to build a specific body of knowledge as opposed to internet resources. Why? A book that has been out for an extended period of time, will have been read (and probably reviewed) by several other people. You can quickly eliminate the sub-par books by researching reviews on them. Plus it takes quite a bit more effort to write a book than it does to write a website or a blog article. Not everyone is going to take the time and effort to do it properly - particularly if they are just in it for quick money or to sell you some software or automated trading robot.

"Currency Trading for Dummies" by Mark Galant and Brian Dolan

Skill Level: Novice

New traders have to start somewhere. "Currency Trading for Dummies" covers all the basics and essentials presented in an easy to understand way. It's a great platform to start learning how the market works, driving factors, and how to effectively trade. Advanced traders may not take much from it as is implied from it being a 'for Dummies' book, but it may be worth a look to refresh the basics if you've hit a downswing in performance. This book also offers an excellent, easy to understand introduction to fundamental analysis.

"Trading in the Zone" by Mark Douglas

Skill Level: Moderate

Psychology and the mind are the greatest hurdles to overcome in successful trading. "Trading in the Zone" aims to debunk several myths and eliminate randomness as being a factor of success. It provides insight on looking past the perceived randomness to make accurate assessments of trading risk based on fact. The misconception of successful forex trading being purely random sabotages the success of many new traders.

"Day and Swing Trading the Currency Market: Technical and Fundamental Strategies to Profit from Market Moves" by Kathy Lien

Skill Level: Moderate

If you haven't yet found a strategy that speaks to you; this offering from Kathy Lien may be worth a strong look. Kathy presents a number of strategies for longer time frames that span both types of analysis. Her book differs from others in that it does not rehash the essential basics while only briefly touching on the strategies. The focus is more on the strategies where it should be.

"The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading: The Rules for Turning Trading Patterns Into Profit" by Jared F. Martinez

Skill Level: Novice

This practical book touches on many important areas for the forex trader such as forecasting and understanding the market, charting methods, insights from an experienced trader, and risk management. As a guide, it's a great platform for the new trader or for an experienced trader to add to their toolbox.

"The Sensible Guide to Forex: Safer, Smarter Ways to Survive and Prosper from the Start" by Cliff Wachtel

Skill Level: Novice

"The Sensible Guide to Forex" differs from other books of the type in that it does not rely on high-risk, high-leverage trades to make money. This book is specifically built for the risk-adverse trader. It is written with retail and long-term traders in mind rather than being splashed with material aimed at professionals.

"Enhancing Trader Performance: Proven Strategies From the Cutting Edge of Trading Psychology" by Brett Steenbarger

Skill Level: Novice

The psychology game is an important one to win in forex trading. Dr. Brett Steenbarger addresses many psychological points and corrects misconceptions in this piece of work. His body of knowledge on the challenges traders face does come from his own mentoring and coaching activities. It should be noted that this book may not provide a great value to retail traders who do not have the same body of resources that an institutional trader may have through their company.

"Market Wizards" by Jack Schwager

Skill Level: Novice

"Market Wizards" is more of a pair of keywords than a title. Jack Schwager has done a couple different "Market Wizards" books that are collections of interviews with successful traders. These books are an interesting glimpse into the personalities and approaches of several successful traders. They may not provide active tutorial or pure educational material; but there is a lot to be learned from those that walked the road ahead of you. Any of this series are a worthwhile read.

"Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques" by Steve Nison

Skill Level: Moderate

An oldie but a goodie, "Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques" is considered a must have by many technical traders. Steve provides excellent insight into the application of candlestick charts with other technical indicators to forecast market movements. It can be a difficult read for the trader without good knowledge of the basics but is definitely worth looking at further down the road. Candlesticks and their formations at particular levels can you tell you a lot about what the market wants to do.

"Trade Your Way To Financial Freedom" by Dr. Van Tharp

Skill Level: Novice

Dr. Van Tharp's various books provide valuable insight into the basis of formulating winning strategies, interviews with top traders, and many of the challenges that traders will face. The popularity of his work is the reason it appears on this list. There are many that agree that his work is beneficial. However, there is considerable criticism that the work is purposefully drawn out with far too many "suggestions" to buy additional products. In many ways, it is more of a marketing tool than it is an educational tool. Bear that in mind should you decide to spend money on his work.

"Trading With Intermarket Analysis, Enhanced Edition: A Visual Approach to Beating the Financial Markets Using Exchange-Traded Funds" by John J. Murphy

Skill Level: Advanced

Fundamental analysis is an important component of long-term trading (particularly weeks/months). It can provide insights in immediate movements but fundamental events typically take more time to play out. "Trading With Intermarket Analysis" is aimed at financial players in multiple markets. While not strictly a forex book; it provides valuable insight on how various financial markets work with one another with many principles that do apply to forex.

In Closing.

There are so many books and education materials on forex. Remember that not every bit of knowledge you accrue is relevant or necessary to your strategy. Take everything with a grain of salt, read, research, and test! That's what Demo Accounts are for after all!

Have any suggestions for material you view as mandatory reading? Let us know in the comments!

This post was written by Dennis Heil, a private forex trader from Ventura CA. You can read more articles from Dennis over on his MahiFX author page.