The Trading Game by Ryan Jones

The Trading Game is the new classics of the money management theory for the financial trading and investing. Ryan Jones starts off with showing some really evident examples of why the money management is so important in every activity that involves risk, then he continues with descriptions of some classic theories and techniques regarding application of the money management in the trading. Then he proceeds to explaining his own vision of the risk control and the reward-to-risk scheme, offering a completely new technique, which he calls Fixed Fractional and Fixed Ratio Trading methods. The main focus of the chapters, describing his methods, is on the proper relation between the risk, reward and the total trading account size.

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4 Reviews

  1. Ingles:

    There are two books I’d suggest to read on the topic of money management, especially for traders; the other being “Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom”, written by Van Tharp.

    If you’re a trader and have a small account, then this book is for you; it’s beneficial because it’s specialized for traders like that. The book’s numbers may not be rightly illustrated, and some of the examples may be awkwardly designed, but the system itself is vigorous. The writer doesn’t cut down other position sizing strategies, either, though he does suggest that you to a fixed fractional method from a fixed ratio once you are at a certain range. My honest opinion says that this is the greatest money management strategy that works long-term.

    I really suggest you read this book; it’s the best on position sizing, and probably the best (Tharp’s book no excluded) on the topic of money management.

    The ideas in the book about position sizing were enjoyable and helpful. Though the writer has a bad habit of tossing up numbers and then not explaining them at all. It’s obvious to him, but I guess the author forgets that not everyone is an expert. You will have to read and reread parts of this book to figure some of them out, be warned.

    There is a certain portion in the book where he describes fixed ratio methods and many sums of figures, but never really points out where any of those numerals were coming from or going to, and it left me and many others really confused; I was left to try and figure this out for myself.

    Though the portions of the book that were legible definitely work, it was a bit of a frustrating read, though…and a tad long.

  2. Jack:

    Clarifies the basis of money administration; and the different methods are also covered (fixed fractional, pyramiding, etc…) and it shows exactly why these are not perfect for traders. He suggests his own money management strategy, which he calls Fixed Ratio. It’s loosely based on fixed fractional; it allows enhanced growth and diminishes risks and drawdowns.

    It’s a tough read and a bit dry, with a bunch of figures and tables to pore over (you’ll definitely have to reread many portions of it). The system of money administration seems to be sound though I haven’t tried it out yet in my method.

    It is worth reading, though – money management is a key to successful trading…alongside other things, which are not covered in the book.

  3. 50cent:

    For eleven years I have been reading, trading and writing about futures. Ryan Jones’s book was suggested to me along this time, and I decided to read it. In the book, Jones talks about differing systems of money management, and right after that he rips them apart, showing you their flaws, and then you read what his strategies are for managing your money correctly. This book is perfect for students who want to invest in futures, and are serious about the whole topic. Ryan’s approach as affable and his writing style is warm even though there is a lot math and statistics involved.

    It’s good to see this approach to money management and how it works for the people that are willing to put the time into it, and are willing to work hard for what they believe in.

    If you buy this book, then be sure that it will pay for itself many times over.

  4. bubles:

    You know what is ridiculous? Needing the same number of per contract yield to switch from trading twenty-five contracts to twenty-six because it takes that to move from one to two. The change in percent and sizes of positions when you’re adding another contract to Null number that’s yours isn’t the same as doubling-up the size of your position from one contract to the second. It also shouldn’t need the matching number of per-contract yield.

    Using misdirection, Jones’s approach seems much better than it actually is. The account he uses as an example is too small, but he begins by using gigantic leverage…and then balances back so it’s possible to see what happens whenever it comes across losing trades. What he won’t show is that if this had happened whenever the account was tiny, it would have washed out the account thanks to the high leverage alongside the small account.

    There are lots of errors in this book, both mathematical and logical…. this book is really a joke. I’m surprised someone was crazy enough to even publish it.