Through every type of market, William J. O’Neil’s national bestseller How to Make Money in Stocks has shown over 2 million investors the secrets to successful investing. O’Neil’s powerful CAN SLIM Investing System–a proven seven-step process for minimizing risk and maximizing gains–has influenced generations of investors.
I realized rather quickly reading this book that things fell into place. My other studies just didn’t seem to add up. I mean they ‘looked’ like and made me feel like I was ‘getting it’. But I wasn’t really sure. Once you invest the time to read and understand the concepts in this book, why they’re telling you to look at something a certain way and what the perspective is, it kind of jumps off the page at you. Truth be told, I’ve studied a lot before this, and maybe this was the book that it just clicked for me, but this was an easy to read nonsense book that’s laid out perfectly to easily upstanding and start practicing trading in a way that you’ll feel confident that you can do and will be successful. Kudos to all involved in writing this book.
I have read over 150 books on stock trading and investing. I have reviewed them all here on Amazon. With this book I will now have read “How to make money in stocks” three times, reading the 2nd, 3rd, and now 4th edition.
I have to say after reading this book at different stages in my trading journey, and having used its principles in real investing and trading I truly believe this is the #1 stock trading/investing book out there. I myself have used the principles of this book to average over a 20% return in my 401K from 2003 to 2007 and then like some of the smart readers of O’Neil’s newspaper went to cash in January 2008 completely sidestepping the financial meltdown thanks to his principles. Author William O’Neil is the modern day predecessor of the greatest trading legends, Jesse Livermore, Nicolas Darvas, Gerald Loeb, and Bernard Baruch.
From the investing results of his proteges Gil Morales and Chis Kacher with their accumulative 18,000% return during the boom years that they document in “Trade like an O’Neil Disciple” he is likely the greatest living pure stock trader in the world. William O’Neil also runs O’Neil and Company and advises some of the world’s top money mangers. O’Neil is also publisher of the Investor’s Business Daily newspaper which he subsidizes because it is not profitable. (I think he publishes it for himself, all of his other businesses are profitable.)
At the beginning of the book you will see the price charts of the greatest winning stocks of the past 100 years. They are marked with notes to show you what proper bases look like and what a stock looks like coming out of a cup with handle formation. You will see the difference between a strong chart and a weak chart. It is very interesting to see what a climax top looks like right when a stock runs out of buyers and then investors sell in a panic. How the 50 day moving average relates to a chart along with the general market is also very educational.
The book lays out both excellent fundamental reasons for buying growth stocks using the CAN-SLIM method along with the rules on when to buy them. It also advises to cut all losses to no more than a maximum of 7% to 8%, and to prepare to take profits when you are up 20% to 25% in a winner. The key is to cut the loser when it starts failing to make new highs out of a chart cup with handle formation, and also let a winner run and do not sell it unless it pulls back sharply or it runs to high to fast and fails to hold the new highs with a climax top formation