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Trading books podcast series

Develop your understanding of trading and investing with this IG Trading the Markets podcast series – featuring interviews with the authors of five popular books about financial markets.

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What to expect in this podcast series

Insights from experienced traders and investors

An exploration of the writing process behind each book

Interesting stories and anecdotes from the authors


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Exploring what makes a market wizard with Jack Schwager

Market Wizards is a trading classic written by Jack Schwager in 1989, in which he interviewed the top Wall Street traders of the time. Three decades later, we talk to Jack about what’s driving the new generation of market wizards – including self-awareness, journaling, emotional intelligence, and Twitter.1

What makes a genius fail with Roger Lowenstein

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management is a book written by Roger Lowenstein, which uses interviews and confidential memos to provide an account of the hedge fund’s fall. Talking to IG’s Trading the Markets, Lowenstein reveals why he picked up this story, the mistakes of Long-Term Capital Management, and his views on machine learning and the future of trading.1

Pit bull lessons with Martin Schwartz

In this interview about his book, Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Day Trader, author Martin Schwartz discusses the principles he believes in, such as the green light/red light and the sunspot theories. He also talks about his trading routine and recalls the time when he lost $25 million.1

Economic lessons from investment biker with Jim Rogers

In the 1990s, legendary investor Jim Rogers took a trip around 52 countries and six continents. He then documented the adventure in his book, Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers. In this podcast, he talks about which of the lessons he learned back then are still applicable today.1

The turtle trading experiment with Michael Covel

Michael Covel recalls the lessons learned from Richard Dennis’s experiment on whether individuals can be taught to trade. He talks about why the outcome might have been different if students were trading their own money. Covel talks about how the world of market trading has changed but still highlights the benefits of trend following.1

You can learn more about all of these books and more in our guide to the top ten trading books of all time.

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