"Every once in a while, a book comes along that smashes the mold of the typical Wall Street trading book..."

Trading Sardines

Lessons in the Markets from a Lifelong Trader

Trading Sardines is not just a spirited book on trading, it's a Ph.D in market experience summed up in 315 entertaining pages.

What's inside:

  •  The recipe to my secret sauce while you laugh your head off
  •  Lessons from 38 years of spirited trading
  •  How to pull yourself up by the bootstraps one more time even if it    kills you
  • A PhD in market experience summed up in 315 entertaining pages!


Trading Sardines celebrates grit and resilience in the financial markets. It is a hilarious, honest, and poignant account of the evolution of a professional trader over nearly four decades. From the raucous trading floors of the early eighties to the days of giant server racks thirty years later, the reader takes a chronological trip through the markets, trading strategies, and unimaginable events, watching how one woman responds with unblinking honesty.

Linda Raschke shares a lifetime of market lessons while highlighting the tension between luck, risk, and passion. Along the way, she shows that perseverance can overcome the most inconceivable challenges, both in life and in trading. Her stories, documented with charts and photos, will keep you captivated and prove that humor may just be the key ingredient for survival. You won’t hear these types of tales anywhere else–this is the REAL world of trading.

This book will motivate every trader, no matter the level of proficiency and experience. Linda’s success is testimony that you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to stay in the game.

Contents and First Chapter

Advance Praise

"I have been an active investor for over 45 years; successfully for about 20 years.  I have often read about the giants in the trading industry and am amazed at the ones who lasted more than just a few years.  Linda Bradford Raschke is in that small group of long-time successful traders.  Along with names like Paul Tudor Jones, Richard Dennis, Peter Brandt, she has earned her place in this elite list.  This is a book you cannot put down until you are finished; she shares many trading stories and her writing style will keep you laughing and entertained.  This is a must read for anyone who trades or invests.”

Gregory L Morris

Author - Investing with the trend

"I’m buying copies of this book for my friends…it is choc full of wit, wisdom and practical trading advice. In recent years trading books have become so damn boring and redundant; not this one! Linda’s frank and to the point writing style is refreshing, her stories some of the best on Wall Street. You want to know how this business really works? She answers it with a slap in the face to “wall street crowd”. Seldom do we get books that are so pithy, ladled with humor and great market advice.”

Larry Williams

“Salty, earthy, filled with words of wisdom. Trading Sardines is a wonderful biographical sketch of a female pioneer in the male-dominated trading pits. Sardines traces Linda’s outstanding and successful journey as an equities and futures trader from LA to San Francisco to New Jersey to Florida to Chicago. This book shares more one-liners of wisdom – and in a hilarious fashion – than any trading book I have read. After reading Sardines readers will fully understand why Raschke was featured in the Market Wizards series. I highly recommend this wonderful human interest story of a trader I have long admired and considered a friend."

Peter Brandt

“Trading Sardines is many books in one: an engaging autobiography from someone who has been there and done that many times over; a wide-ranging collection of trading knowledge and market wisdom; and--most important of all--a glimpse into the character traits that make for success in financial markets.  Linda Raschke has created an insightful personal account that truly gets inside the head of a Market Wizard.”

Brett Steenbarger

Ph.D Trading  Psychologist

“A captivating look at the up and downs, the glamour and the stress of trading by one of the great successes of our generation. Linda combines her personal history with words of wisdom, idiosyncratic characters, and valuable trading tips. I really enjoyed it.”

Perry Kaufman

"After years of wonderful market calls, Linda is once again operating 'out-of-the-box'. This time she is combining fun with finance".

Ralph Acampora

“I am extremely fortunate in my role as a trading psychology and performance coach that I get to spend time with some of the world’s top trading talent, getting unique insights into the behaviors and mindset that have enabled them to become successful. I have been lucky enough to have that opportunity with Linda and now readers of her book have an equally fantastic chance to gain invaluable insights and lessons from her own trading journey – not just in terms of her trading methodology, but more interestingly the specific behaviors and habits that she has built around her trading and perhaps most valuable of all her mindset and how she has developed her mental approach to trading the markets. This is a fascinating, enjoyable, humorous and essential read for anyone who is interested in knowing both how to achieve trading success, and even more importantly how to sustain it.”

Steve Ward

Performance Edge Consulting

“I’m often asked: “What is the most important characteristic for a trader to cultivate?” I always respond with a dual answer: mental flexibility and passion. Both are ever present in Trading Sardines, Lessons in the Markets by a Lifelong Trader. With passion comes commitment and competitiveness, and Linda’s competitiveness was evident at a very early stage as the family played Scrabble. Her competitiveness when married to her resourcefulness allowed her to recover from and adapt to outliers and constant change in the markets — an essential ability for traders. This is a book for traders in all stages of their career. For someone just starting out, the history and lessons will help ground you. And, for a lifelong trader like myself at age 78, this is a wonderful reflection and history of the markets.”

Jim Dalton

Affiliate Press Writer

"Not since Reminiscences Of A Stock Operator has there been a no holds barred tell-all book about the life of a trader. In this day and age of get rich quick false prophets, it sure is nice to read about a real trader - someone who had dedicated their life-at-all costs to become successful. Linda gives you an in-depth look into the trials and tribulations of being a trader - warts and all. Interspersed throughout her amusing anecdotes and hard knock life lessons, she gives you some gems about trading and how the market really works. Whether you're new to trading or a seasoned pro, Trading Sardines, is a must read, destined to become a Wall Street classic."

Dave Landry

New Media Writer

“I’m frequently asked, “what does it take to be a really successful trader?” Well, if there is one thing I’ve learned over the past 25 years from trading is that there’s no simple, short answer. And while answers are varied and complex, there is now a real answer to the question and it is Trading Sardines, Linda Raschke’s latest book. Trading Sardines - written in her unique style - uninhibited, frank and optimistic – is both fun to read and hard to put down as it takes you on Linda’s fascinating journey from pit survivor to screen trader to fund manager and how she earned the right to be a ‘true market wizard’.”

Terry Liberman

Affiliate Press Writer

“I found Trading Sardines to be incredibly entertaining. Over the years, Linda Raschke has become a pillar in the commodity trading realm and this book offers a behind the scenes glimpse into the trials and tribulations the trading industry inflicts on those seeking profits. Linda’s experience and fighting spirit are humbling, yet motivating. I recommend this read to anyone who has ever been exposed to the world of speculation, has ever considered dipping a toe in the markets, or is simply looking for an edgy story about a workhorse that started at the bottom and ended at the top of her profession, despite the unexpected path.”

Carley Gardner

Senior Strategist at DeCarleyTrading.com

“Whether you are a newbie trader or already highly successful, you will find “Trading Sardines” a fascinating and eye-opening read, as Linda takes us on an exhilarating journey behind the scenes revealing the harsh realities of what it takes to join the league of the world’s best traders. You will be moved between cringing and hysterically laughing, when Linda tells in her unique witty style the stories of the tribulations and triumphs she encountered in her 40-year trading career. The stories are imbued with rare insights, priceless wisdom and practical solutions that Linda discovered when she overcame the adversities life threw at her."

Mandi Pour Rafsendjani

Affiliate Press Writer

“A trader’s life—the highs and the lows—told with honesty and humor.”

Jack Schwager

New Media Writer

“Raschke's entertaining and humorous book covers her life both inside and outside of her extraordinary career.  Through her stories there is an inspiring message of hard work, overcoming obstacles, and perseverance.  Whether you are a market wizard or are striving for a different career, these are life-improving themes.” 

David Vomund

Affiliate Press Writer

“We have better trading tools and technology now than ever before, but traders struggle because we still have caveman brains in the information age.  Enjoy the ride as Linda reveals how she survived trading mistakes and other adversities to become the trader who the pros envy.”

Tom McClellan

Editor - The McClellan Market Report

“Sometimes life throws you a curveball. And sometimes it offers you a gift. This highly entertaining read gives us a peek into Linda’s life, and how you can still reach the top of your game not matter what surprising (and sometimes downright unbelievable) challenges the markets and life decide to throw at you.”

Andrew Swanscott

Affiliate Press Writer

About The Author

Linda Bradford Raschke (born 1959) is an American trader, investor and hedge fund manager. She held memberships on the Pacific Stock Exchange and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in the early eighties before founding LBRGRoup, a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor).

She started several successful hedge funds, both onshore and offshore, and rose to the top of the ranks in hedge fund performance. She is mentioned in many trading books, including Jack Schwager’s New Market Wizards. She lives in Florida and Illinois with her husband Damon, and her horses, where she continues to actively trade and invest.

She holds a BA in Economics and in Music Composition from Occidental College (1980).


This book is printed by Thomson Reuters on the highest quality paper with a linen finish clothbound hardcover and glossy dust jacket. It weighs OVER 1 1/2 pounds.

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