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“Hedge Fund Trading Secrets Revealed”: Book Review & Giveaway at Trader’s Narrative

My last book giveaway was Tim Sykes book “An American Hedge Fund” so with this new book it seems we are continuing a “hedge fund” theme …

Hedge Fund Trading Secrets Revealed” by Robert ‘the Hawk’ Dorfman.

Hedge-Fund-Trading-SecretsDorfman runs the SilverHawk Fund out of Costa Rica and before that used to work for Jim Mellancamp of Genie One Capital Management. I couldn’t find much on Mellancamp or Genie One but I suppose most hedge funds are fairly secretive.

The first few chapters of the book tell the story of how Dorfman came from humble roots in Cranston, Rhode Island, thanks to a fight in a restaurant was able to attend Brown University and from there, discovered Wall Street.

If you are new to trading or investing, the book contains a lot of basic to intermediate information that you’ll find useful. I don’t think there are many “secrets” revealed about hedge funds, other than they know more and have more resources than the average retail trader.

Still even someone who is experienced and relatively knowledgeable will be able to pick up a few things here and there. For example, Dorfman talks about Thompson Financial’s AutEx, an institutional liquidity pool I wasn’t familiar with.

As well, he outlines his basic strategy:

“…we enter trades based on these institutional trading firms’ actions as reported by Thomson Financial’s incredible global, pre-trade execution and communications network called AutEx, which provides us with an in-depth view of the moves being made by over 800 institutional traders…”

His basic thesis is that “the price simply will not make a sustained move without the power of institutional buying or selling”. Which is hard to argue with. He describes in some detail how a hypthetical order from an institutional trader will be pounced on by others and result in the price being pushed against the order.

Unfortunately, there is a chapter devoted to the “Universal Law of Attraction“. I’m more than skeptical about this New Age phenomena. I don’t think it has any validity but the good news is that in this book it is only a small part and can be easily ignored.

Most importantly, there is significant portions of the book devoted to capital allocation and risk management. He talks about maximum position allocation (MPA) and describes how to calculate it. As well he discusses scaled entry for an order (that is increasing size as the trade goes your way). On the whole, while important, it is fairly basic stuff. If you are curious about similar topics of risk management and capital allocation, check out the “Way of the Turtle” by Curtis Faith.

Dorfman’s book will be a disappointment if you naively believe its title. But if you dedicated to learning more about trading and especially about how large institutional traders operate, you’ll pick up some good information.

If you would like the chance to receive a copy of Robert Dorfman’s book for free, drop me a comment below. Make sure you write your email correctly (so I can contact you in case you win the random draw!).

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49 Responses to ““Hedge Fund Trading Secrets Revealed”: Book Review & Giveaway”  

  1. 1 Brian Takeuchi

    Its good to see more books on institutional trading and how they can move markets.

  2. 2 Henry Bee

    Hello Babak, please include me in the draw!

  3. 3 saxo

    looks like great book for starters

  4. 4 Batsum

    new college grad looking to enhance my knowledge of trading and investing. Look forward to reading the book!

  5. 5 Hedge Fund Lawyer

    This will be a good book for those just starting out in the industry. It would also be a good book for those who are launching a start up hedge fund.

  6. 6 George Hedge Fund wannabe

    Babak, can’t wait to read the book on the true workings of a hedge fund. Love to know the real secrets of hedge funds.

  7. 7 Prospectus

    I would love to know how they trade. Thanks for a great blog, Babak!

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    If it’s good enough for Babak, it’s good enough for me!
    please include me in the draw as well :-)

  9. 9 john kemp

    Enjoyed the article, please include me in the draw…..cheers Babak

  10. 10 Jiri Novotny

    I’m a fan of your blog, the book looks interesting.

  11. 11 Enn

    Looks like a sick book.

  12. 12 Manny

    thanks for the review - appreciate the blog too. learning more from you blog than a lot of other sources.

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    Good blog. Good Posts. Nice Strategy to increase attendance. Thanks.

  15. 15 Alex

    Does the maximum position allocation have anything to do with the Kelly Criterion? either way could you expand on Dorfman’s MPA? Thanks, and please include me in the draw also! I enjoy these book reviews; I just picked up An American Hedge Fund


  16. 16 Babak

    Alex, nope, not that complicated :)

    diego, yes, attendance is a must. otherwise we’ll have to send a note to your parents ;)

  17. 17 Markus

    Everything still open?


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  19. 19 Adam Grimes

    good review. sounds like an interesting read….

  20. 20 Ed

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    This book is great.. I was one of the original reviewres of this book….I was chosen at random as a previous customer at pristine Publishing….good to see it getting some attention.. I use 2 of the strategies described in the book and have been extremely successful.

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  25. 25 mark

    very interested to get my hands on this one. thanks babak!

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  46. 46 Justin Sarafin

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