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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470581204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470581209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

In AbleTrend, Dr. John Wang discloses, for the first time, the fundamental principles behind his bestselling and award-winning trading system, AbleTrend signals. Sophisticated in scope, yet written in a way that any trader can understand, this book skillfully presents the theory behind this effective approach.

AbleTrend presents the logic of a proven system that reveals the direction of a trend at its early stage in all markets—stocks, commodities, foreign currencies, ETFs, e-Minis, and mutual funds. It also identifies objective, automatic buy/sell/stop signals, helping you manage risk, make rational trading decisions, and eliminate guesswork.

Page by page, AbleTrend puts this system in perspective and shows you how it can be used to gain a better understanding of a market's behaviors, actions, and trends. Along the way, it offers valuable new insights on trend following that can be used in your trading endeavors and help you excel for years to come. Written with the serious trader in mind, this reliable resource:

  • Highlights how this trading system can be applied to any market and any time chart, anywhere in the world

  • Introduces new concepts about trends and provides real examples to explain trends, stops, entry points, and other issues

  • Discusses the four elements on which you build success in trading

  • Explores the design concepts behind some special trading tools found in the authors' trading software, along with their applications

  • Presents thirteen examples of trend analysis, with charts, to show how the trend-following method works in some common markets

  • Contains interviews of AbleTrend users who share their extensive experiences

AbleTrend was developed by a recognized authority and expert trading system developer, and this book—along with its companion Web site—will provide you with innovative decision-making trading concepts that can help you to identify market trends and capture consistent results from them.

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Praise for AbleTrend

"We all know that developing a stable trading system takes a lot of work. But how much is a lot of work? After reading AbleTrend, you will have an idea of how much time and commitment authors John and Grace Wang had to put into developing their trading system, AbleTrend. What you gain from reading this book is an understanding of the important elements that make a great trading system."
Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan, Editor of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine

"This book does an excellent job in explaining the concepts and benefits of how and why trading systems and money management are vital for today's investors. Do not miss reading the significance of and requirements for proper risk management, which is provided in these pages. This book gives innovative money management strategies and formulas which could certainly level the playing field for novice traders who are competing against high-profile money managers. This book not only will help all traders, but it could certainly bridge the gap to what may be the missing piece in any trader's game plan."
John Person, author of A Complete Guide to Technical Trading Tactics, Candlestick and Pivot Point Trading Triggers, and Forex Conquered; founder of

"If you trade and want to learn the art and science behind an award-winning trading system, then this book is for you. John and Grace Wang provide an in-depth look into trend analysis, and they cover clearly defined rules for trading their system via AbleTrend scanning and charting software, powered by eSignal real-time data. This book offers valuable new insights on trend analysis that you will find useful."
Julie Craig, Vice President of Marketing for eSignal

"AbleTrend shows me how to trade with precise accuracy and elegant simplicity. One additional very important thing: AbleTrend helps one to control one's emotions and (often wrong) 'gut' feelings about the patterns. AbleTrend gives one confidence to enter and exit positions. AbleTrend gives one confidence to STAY IN a position."
Dr. John Meyer, Physician and AbleTrend user

"I have great confidence in AbleTrend to help my trading in the coming years."
Robert J. Seifert, Professional trader for thirty years, fund manager, and AbleTrend user

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Strom on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As many others have said its basically an infomercial for their quite expensive software which I own and have had mixed results with. It will catch trends but more likely than not you will get stopped out the majority of the time then you have to make a decision to get back in or wonder if a sell signal is coming? When I bought the Ablsys program they offered free end of day data which they now charge $25/month for which is ridiculous. If you want an excellent trading platform for the price of free, open an ameritrade account and download think or swim (you get live intraday data in any timeframe for FREE, also forex and futures and no cost), I have been much more profitable than when using Ablesys.. Also Tradestation is another excellent platform for free if you are a frequent trader. In a nutshell AbleTrend is support/resistance trading with a moving average signal.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For 18 months I've been using (and consistently making money from) AbleTrend, primarily trading US equities, ETF's and options, long and short, using my personal variation of a swing/momentum style of short-term trading. Unfortunately I didn't have this book to help me understand how to best utilize the AbleTrend program, but now that I have read it my profitability has increased considerably due to my better understanding, and thus confidence, in the program and its trend following style. This book also helped me utilze more of the tools within the program and to expand and diversify my trading to some foreign exchanges and to Forex and futures. Even if you don't use AbleTrend this book covers some good fundamental info about trend following techniques and mindset, plus money management and testing, but the book is clearly most useful for AbleTrend users or those who might be considering using AbleTrend. For the past 17 years I've been a professional trader and for me it's of little consequence to know the Wang's algorithms and "secret recipe"... from my perspective, that's their hard-earned intellectual property and I don't really care `how the watch was made', only `what time it is': All I care about is `how do I make money' with it. The book certainly answers that question for a variety of styles and different securities and instruments. If you are not a current or prospective AbleTrend user, then this book may merit fewer stars from you... but for me, it has paid 5 star returns.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David L. Swartz on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is useful to traders of all backgrounds. I know that it will help me in my own trading. Most of the concepts in the book apply to trading in multiple markets and on multiple time frames. This book has a lot of information about both entry and exit strategies. There is not a lot of complicated math. It is easier to read and understand than many books about technical analysis and trading. It not necessary to know anything about charting before reading the book. In fact, if you read this book you will probably conclude that most books about technicial analysis are worthless. It is true that some parts of the book apply to functions of the AbleTrend 7.0 program, but most of the concepts are universal. The book is valuable whether you have used AbleTrend 7.0 or not. Besides trading techniques, the book has some interesting information on how Chinese philosophy applies to trading. The book presents some some compelling theories on why some trading techniques make sense while others will never work.

It is true that some of the indicators discussed in the book are proprietary. I don't think that this takes away from the usefulness of the book. It is not really necessary to know all of the mathematical algorithms. The most unfortunate aspect of the book is that it is printed in black & white. There are many trading examples, but they are difficult to follow because you cannot see the colors on the charts. You will probably want to get the book's charts in color by contacting AbleSys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg M on March 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The author writes:
"This reliable resource presents the logic of a proven system "

Really - all he does is present basic trend following logic (abundantly available on the Internet) and then goes on to say that his indicators are proprietary and he will not disclose the formulas (he should have stated this in his description). I want my money back.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Larry P. on May 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While there is some introductory info for trend following the book keeps its "secrets" . The publisher advertises this book by telling you they give away the secrets that would cost you $2,000 to obtain at their seminars or with their software.

But no, the book clearly states they will keep information proprietary.

SHAME on Wiley Publishing. They have cast into doubt any future book I will ever consider buying from their publishing house.

Unless you are a complete newbie looking for some introductory info on trend following, RUN from these liars !

And please click on the reviewers who give it 5 stars. Almost all of them have never reviewed anything on Amazon. All employees, family and friends of the Software sales team?
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Chicagotrader on April 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The only real purpose for this book is to sell the software. After 40 pages, he states "the specific formulas of Abletrend will not be disclosed". Why bother writing the book then? Ok, it's proprietary.........the much more accomplished Tom DeMark shares all his formulas and stll manages to make a living. Then we spend most of the book reading about the signals we know nothing about. I would have given it zero stars but there is some good information about basic trend concepts, not that it couldn't be found in many basic trading books. Money management? "We have modified the Ryan Jones "Fixed Ratio" strategy" you might as well buy Ryans' book instead. All in all, disappointing.
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