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


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New coverage of today's transformed market environment, info on detecting market bubbles, and guidance for "Black Swan" unanticipated events.

  • The only practical, bite-size, easy-to-use guide to real-world technical analysis: don't just understand charts, translate them into reliable buy/sell decisions!
  • Fully updated for today's market environments, with new coverage of market psychology, sector rotation, and more
  • By well known technical analyst and Barrons.com columnist Michael N. Kahn
  • Description

    • Copyright 2010
    • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
    • Edition: 3rd
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-704201-9
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-704201-2

    “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

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    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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