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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

One of the first—and hardest—lessons that individuals must learn if they want to be successful traders or investors is how little they know—and how much they actually need to understand—about the complex and often illogical world of financial markets. For a lucky few, sometimes all it takes is the bruising and battering resulting from some early, but less-than-catastrophic, mistakes and misjudgments that sets them on the path to fast-track enlightenment. For most people, though, it is a combination of years of hard-knocks experience and volumes of second-hand wisdom—passed down from astute observers and seasoned veterans—that eventually turns the light bulb on. In my case, it is the latter that applies.

Nonetheless, I consider myself fortunate, because the journey thus far has been both interesting and enlightening, and often fun. During the past two decades, I have had many ongoing personal and professional relationships with colleagues, clients, and others who have constantly opened my eyes to the many mysteries of the markets, often on a real-time basis. In doing so, those individuals have helped me to reach a point where I better understand why people buy and sell, and otherwise act they way they do once trading gets underway. They have also given me the confidence to set my ideas down on paper, so that I might share my knowledge with others.

I am especially indebted to John Liang and Bill Siegel, who have been a major part of my life going all the way back to our days at Columbia University. I thank them as much for their enduring friendship as for their words of wisdom and their phenomenal understanding of people and markets.

I am also grateful to the following individuals for their interesting insights, valuable advice, and helpful support through the years: Howard Appleby, Mike Bellaro, David Bhonslay, Fred Bond, Bill Dalton, Christian Derold, Brian Doherty, Louis Florentin-Lee, Doug Foulsham, Kate Gallagher, Joe Greco, Justin Haque, Rob Jafek, Tom Kalaris, David Learned, Chung Lew, Alan Lewis, Jeff Lovelock, Ron Lysek, Eric Marx, Kevin Melly, Brian Monahan, George Noble, Jonathan Perkin, Chas Player, George Ross, Emma Shear, Steve Siegel, Mary Ellen Smith, Philip Sofaer, Benn Spiers, Chris Spurlock, Erin St. John, Brian Staub, Ulrik Trampe, Peter Tropaitis, Chris Tucker, Harry Tyser, Derek Wallis, and Jeff Weishaar.

“Hats off” as well to those fine people at Bloomberg LP, who have done their best to provide information and technology resources that make life so easy for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of what is going on in any of the markets around the world.

I also want to thank my sister Paige, for her ongoing support and infectious enthusiasm, especially when the book was nothing more than a dream; Danielle Sessa, for her valuable insights and for pointing me in the right direction when it really mattered most; my editor at Financial Times Prentice Hall, Jim Boyd, for believing in the project and for setting forth a vision of what I was capable of that surprised even me; my production editor, Donna Cullen-Dolce, for all her hard work in ably overseeing the evolution of raw material into finished product; and, my agent, John Willig, of Literary Services, Inc., for his essential advice and for being the voice of calm and understanding.

Undoubtedly, I would not have gotten through this effort at all without the support and understanding of my children, Sophie, Emily, Mollie and Nellie, and my wife, Catherine, who really make it all worthwhile.

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