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Technical Analysis Plain and Simple: Charting the Markets in Your Language,, 3rd Edition

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  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 3rd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-263910-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-263910-1

“This book is an excellent primer. As a proponent of the art-versus-science school of technical analysis, his primary focus is on the practical aspects of chart reading and how to translate the intelligence derived from charts into investment decisions. If you have ever wondered what technical analysis is, or how you could get started doing it, this is a good place to start.”

John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, President, Bollinger Capital Management

“Here is the place to discover why the RSI goes up while the price is going down, how to measure potential moves from a breakout, how not to look at a chart with preconceived notions of what the market will do--‘Let the market talk....’ The advice is above all practical. [This is] a book to own, particularly in the earlier stages of your investment career.”

Michael Smyrk, STA Journal

“Finally, an easy-to-understand explanation of how technical analysis works! This primer shows investors how to spot trends and patterns in the markets that can help them choose winning stocks. Full of practical advice, this is a must have for both individual and professional investors.”

Susie Gharib, Coanchor, PBS Nightly Business Report

The Best-Selling Introduction to Technical Analysis: Updated with New Examples, Techniques, and Guidance!

  • Fully updated with new coverage of bubbles, sector rotation, and rare “black swan” market events

Technical analysis offers powerful, objective tools for picking stocks and making money--and in today’s market environment, that makes it more indispensable than ever. Unfortunately, most technical analysis books confuse investors instead of enlightening them. In this clear, practical, fully updated book, Barron’s Online technical analysis columnist Michael N. Kahn introduces proven technical analysis techniques in simple language that any investor can understand and use.

Kahn explains how technical analysis works and then teaches you how to read charts and translate them into investment decisions. You’ll learn how to use technical analysis to complement your current approach to stock selection, discover what makes a stock look promising, and objectively assess both risk and reward.

This completely revised third edition contains many new examples reflecting today’s transformed market environment. You’ll find detailed new coverage of recognizing bubbles, including real estate (2006), oil (2008), and bonds (2009). Kahn presents powerful new insights into the relationship between technical analysis and market psychology and crucial, up-to-date guidance on sector rotation in rapidly changing markets. He also presents a full chapter on navigating through chaotic, once-in-a-millennium, “black-swan” market events.

  • Why technical analysis works
    Bringing real objectivity to investment decision-making
  • Chart patterns: See the forest and the trees
    Recognizing markets that are changing, need a rest, or are about to take off
  • Understand the central importance of price...
    And what you must know about volume, time, and investor sentiment
  • Down the road: a taste of advanced technical analysis
    Candlesticks, cycles, Elliott waves, and how to debunk those guys on TV

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface     xxi

About This Book     xxv

How to Get the Most from This Book     xxxi

Part I A Few Things You’ll Need to Know Before You Begin

1 Required Background     3

2 What Is Technical Analysis?     13

3 What Is a Chart?     19

4 Jargon You Cannot Avoid     25

Part II The Core of Chart Analysis

5 Concepts     35

6 What Are Supply and Demand in the Markets?     41

7 The Trend Is Your Friend and So Are Trendlines     47

8 See the Forest and the Trees     55

9 Chart Patterns--When the Market Needs a Rest     63

10 Chart Patterns--When the Market Is Changing Its Mind     73

11 Chart Patterns--Explosions     83

12 Corrections in Perspective     89

Part III Technical Analysis in the Real World

13 What Is There Other Than Price?     97

14 Volume     109

15 Time     117

16 Sentiment     121

17 Fundamental Analysis Really Is Technical Analysis     131

18 Just What Makes a Stock (Bond, Commodity) Look Good?     137

19 Risk Versus Reward--Is This Stock Really Worth It?     149

20 This Isn’t Brain Surgery     161

Part IV The Actual Process of Investing

21 OK, Now Do It!     177

22 How to Know if You Are Wrong     183

23 Sometimes Being Wrong Is Good     187

24 When to Sell     191

25 Bear Markets     203

26 A Word About Your Ego     209

Part V Tools and Case Studies 

27 What Do I Really Need to Get Started?     213

28 Building Your Technical Toolbox     219

29 Final Advice     225

30 Case Study--The Perfect World     227

31 Case Study--The Real World     235

32 Case Study--Bizarro World     249

33 How Good Is Your Broker’s Stock?     253

Part VI Further on Down the Road

34 Introduction to Candlesticks     261

35 Cycles     271

36 Elliott Waves     275

37 Technical Terms You May Have Heard     279

38 Debunking the TV Analyst     299

Fun with Jargon      303

Closing Thoughts     311

Index     313


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