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The Day Trader From the Pit to the PC
ISBN: 0471332658     Date Published: 1999-04-14     Author(s): Lewis Borsellino
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The subtitle of The Day Trader, From the Pit to the PC, indicates the evolution of the trader from floor jockey to computer cowboy. But this is less an account of the trader`s changing arena than the story of Lewis Borsellino, a fist-shaking Italian American from Chicago`s West Side whose grit and determination helped him become one of the top traders in the Standard & Poor futures pit. `When the world around me goes nuts, I become more sane. The wilder the market gets, the more disciplined I become.` He credits this focus to his tough but compassionate Italian American father, a truck driver with a penchant for lightening the loads of his deliveries. `I do what I do so you don`t have to,` says the elder Borsellino, prior to getting busted by the feds for hijacking a million-dollar shipment of silver.

Shedding his father`s mobster ties, Borsellino quickly moves up the trading ranks, establishing a position--literally--on the second step of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. For 18 years, he doesn`t budge, sometimes using his fists to ward off aggressive traders, and gaining a `sixth sense` that helps him determine which way the market is headed. Although Borsellino provides a good deal of technical reasoning behind his many successes and failures, he repeatedly returns to this intangible quality, stressing its importance and describing how it`s made him millions.

The Day Trader concludes with some thoughts on the pit`s computerized future. Since writing the book, Borsellino has left the S&P to become a fund manager. He relies on computers now more than ever, but wonders how digital day traders without floor experience will get their sense of market flow, timing, and price patterns. Borsellino`s The Day Trader is a good place to start. --Rob McDonald

The S&P futures pit is the ultimate arena for traders. It is a place where trading titans make split-second decisions on huge amounts of money, and fortunes appear and vanish with the blink of an eye. Successful day traders are brilliant, aggressive-and lucky. Lewis J. Borsellino is all three. And now he is telling his story. The nation`s top S&P futures trader, Borsellino takes you inside the world of the day trader.
Chronicling Borsellino`s incredible run on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, The Day Trader offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at his everyday strategies and tactics. Raised to be a fierce and fearless competitor, Borsellino felt at home the first day he walked into the chaos and excitement of the Merc. In The Day Trader, he offers both a compelling story as well as an inside look at day trading and the S&P market. Borsellino outlines exactly what contributed to his unparalleled success-a rare blend of discipline, drive, intelligence, and an uncanny ability to read and interpret the market. The Day Trader is also a candid memoir of a second generation Italian American who learned tough life lessons from his father.
The senior statesman of the S&P pit, Borsellino offers vivid firsthand accounts of the unique dynamics of the trading floor, the fortunes won and lost in the crash of 1987, the FBI investigation that rocked the futures trading industry, and the tense political battles between Merc titans Leo Melamed and Jack Sandner. He also shares war stories from the floor, many involving top traders such as Richard Dennis and George Soros.
Finally, Borsellino chronicles the latest phase of his career, as he moves beyond the beloved trading pit to the challenges and opportunities of the electronic trading arena. More than the success story of one the nation`s most respected traders, The Day Trader offers practical insights into the futures markets, pit trading, market psychology, fundamental and technical analysis, and risk. It is a rare opportunity to see inside the mind of one of today`s most brilliant traders.
LEWIS J. BORSELLINO is the top S&P futures trader in the United States with a career that has spanned an unprecedented 18 years. His long-term success puts him into the trading pantheon that features such luminaries as Paul Tudor Jones, Victor Niederhoffer, and bond trader Tom Baldwin. Borsellino is a frequent contributing commentator on CNN and CNBC where he is regarded as the `biggest and best trader` in S&Ps. PATRICIA CRISAFULLI COMMINS is a freelance business writer and former correspondent for Reuters America Inc. She has also written for The Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal.
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17 of 19 People found the following review helpful.

"The Daytrader" is a very misleading title for this book..., January 15, 2000 By A Customer This review is from: The Day Trader: From the Pit to the PC (Hardcover) ...because nothing is mentioned on how to actually daytrade. No systems or trading tips. The worst book I've ever read on the markets. The only thing I learned is what an ego-maniac LBJ is. All he talks about is how great a football player he was, how tough he was, how rich he must be sickening to be in the same room with this guy listening to him talk about himself. The last few chapters he pleads to anyone who will listen NOT to convert his precious CME (S&P pit) from open outcry to electronic trading. That's because floor traders make a living ripping people off on their order fills. He goes so far as to say that he can fill an order with a hand signal faster than a computer! What a joke. I had to force myself to finish this book.
9 of 9 People found the following review helpful.

Misleading Title!, March 26, 2000 By"steve_08830" - See all my reviews This review is from: The Day Trader: From the Pit to the PC (Hardcover) You know when they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well here's a living proof of it! Well, the book is not about day trading. I founs perhaps around 3 or 4 sentences that talk about day trading and that's about it. The authors has focused more on his personal life. This should be named an Autobiography of Borsellino instead.However, he is a good writer and has written pretty well, I must say. His personal life experiences are very touching and interesting to read about. He does warn us in the beginning that he will be talking about his life, but I did not expect it to be of such *great* extent. Perhaps he believes that if we know about his personal life, and understand it deeply, then we will be better traders. The reason I am assigning a 2-star is just because of the misleading title of the book. But it doesn't mean that Mr. Borsellino is not a good writer. He writes very well indeed!Thank you, Steve.
6 of 6 People found the following review helpful.

A person who has traded with Lewie, October 9, 2000 By A Customer This review is from: The Day Trader: From the Pit to the PC (Hardcover) As a fellow CME member and trader I expected a lot more from a man I had heard much about before I stepped in the S&P pit. The book title is misleading, and he does repeat again and again about his father and his troubled youth. However, I had heard many stories about how LBJ took Soros (the man who broke the bank of England) for a "ride" the days following the crash of 87'; and his story matched. I had also heard stories, among others, that LBJ took a Concorde home from europe to get back for the 87' aftermath and proceeded to make a killing; his book again confirmed. Moreover, on a personal level, this book legitamized a lot of rumors that had floated around the CME. To sum it up, this book is auto-biographical with occassional insights into what made him such an exceptional trader; this certainly isnt a "day traders" manual.
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