QuoteOriginally posted by: bearish If with "getting into retail trading" you mean employing your own money to trade stocks and the like ..Yes, that's what I am intending to do. I am starting with low-ish capital, and so doing pure algo/quant trading will not be profitable. My plan is to do discretionary trading supported with some quant analysis, and some Technical Analysis indicators, and see where it goes. Quoteyou should avoid any and all academic finance text books, because they will all carry the message "Don't!" I am keeping an open mind. If they indeed say what you say they do, I would want to know how and why they arrived at that conclusion. That in itself might be educational. I subscribe to the table of contents of several finance and economics journals, and I am finding them to be very useful. I think I would want to keep this door open. QuoteIf you haven't looked into the psychology and neuroscience of risk taking and decision making, you could do worse than reading "Thinking fast and slow" by Kahneman and "The hour between dog and wolf" by Coates.Very interesting. Thanks. I do in fact own the former, but did not buy it in the context of my trading related activities. Another book along the same lines, and arguably better than the ones listed IMO, is the rather cheesily titled "The art of thinking clearly" by Rolf Dobelli. It addresses the issues of hindsight bias, survivorship bias etc. quite nicely which are particularly good to know for those in trading. What else? :-)By the way, are there any professional traders on this forum?