Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chapter 1 of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

I went to work when I was just out of grammar school. I got a job as quotation-board boy in a stock-brokerage office. I was quick at figures. At school I did three years of arithmetic in one. I was particularly good at mental arithmetic. As quotation-board boy I posted the numbers on the big board in the customers' room. One of the customers usually sat by the ticker and called out the prices. They couldn't come too fast for me. I have always remembered figures. No trouble at all.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

How to Remove DRM from Amazon Kindle Books

Digital Right Management (DRM) in an eBook is a protection technique that keeps the file tied to the account of the person and prevent piracy. While it has the good intention of protecting intellectual properties, most DRM applications disable many useful features of the eBook even for valid owners, such as printing and copying content, which can be actually quite annoying for most people. Here are three simple steps to remove it:

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Outstanding quotes from How to Make Money in Stocks (2009)

How to Make Money in Stocks is an outstanding stock market primer by William O’Neil. Mr. O’Neil himself is a great investor who earned a fortune in the stock market and started a famous newspaper, Investor’s Business Daily, with this own money. He summarised his own experience and formulated a proven investing system known as CAN SLIM, which is the core idea he preached in this book and other works of his.

This book is considered a classic by many investors, where Mr. O’Neil shared the lessons he learnt from the like of Gerald Loeb, Bernard Baruch, Jesse Livermore, Nicolas Darvas, etc. Here are a few great excerpts from the book (2009, 4th edition):

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Chronocrators: Jupiter and Saturn

To the ancients the longest orbits within the solar system were those of Jupiter, 12 years, and Saturn, 30 years. Thus the points at which Jupiter caught up with and passed Saturn marked the greatest super-cycle with which they were able to deal. This phenomenon occurred every 20 years at an advance of about 243°. Therefore, for some 200 years or more (exactly 198 years, 265 days) these conjunctions would recur successively in a Sign of the same element. Thereby every 800 to 960 years it would return in Sagittarius, making the Grand Climactic conjunction which marked supreme epochs in the history of mankind. This conjunction made its reappearance in Sagittarius around the commencement of the Christian era, and again in the eighth and sixteenth centuries, bringing periods of great world-upheaval. For this reason Jupiter and Saturn are called the great chronocrators - a word which does not appear in Webster's Dictionary nor the Encyclopedia Britannica, but about which volumes have been written by astrological authorities.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Future Cycles

[This is the complete Chapter 7 from W. D. Gann’s book, The Tunnel thru the Air, published in 1927.]

In making my predictions I use geometry and mathematics, just as the astronomer does, based on immutable laws.

I am a believer in the Bible. It is the most wonderful book ever written, a book of science, philosophy and religion. I claim that all scientific laws are laid down in the Bible if a person knows where to find them.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The 10-Year Cycle, and the Year of Ascension

If you will look at your calendar years and rules, you will see that the 9th year at that time was the “blow-off” year in the cycle; the reason for this was because Jupiter-Saturn, the cycle that the master time factor is based on reached approximate position of opposition approaching; and symbolically (ideally) and actually past study of his indicated that this was why and how the stock market actually acted in past similar cycles. Giving (as he said) not only the cause but the proof of market action. The same thing happened in 1929 but it was a much bigger “blow-off” because it was the end of the 60-year cycle (or 3rd 20 year cycle).

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Robert Gordon’s Forgotten Sister

Many students of the Tunnel thru the Air have forgotten that Robert Gordon actually had a sister. From p.2 of the book:

“When Robert was a little over two years old, his mother gave birth to a girl, the first born to her, but still she showed great interest in Robert; talked much of his future and took great interest in teaching him to live according to the Bible.”

That was the only sentence in the book that Gann ever mentioned about his sister, and his sister never appeared in the story again.

While it may seem like a trivial fact in the story, it is believed that Gann actually hid some important information in it. 

Hint: look at the astrological chart slightly after Robert’s birthday in 1908. Robert was born in 9th June, 1906.