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Deemer on Technical Analysis: Expert Insights on Timing the Market and Profiting in the Long Run [Hardcover]

Walter Deemer , Susan Cragin
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January 20, 2012 007178568X 978-0071785686 1

Build profits even in the worst of times with the methods of a Technical Analysis legend

Deemer on Technical Analysis will become an instant investment book classic.”
—Douglas A. Kass, Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc.

“Serving on the front lines of this investment discipline for the past 40 years with some of the most influential investors of our time, Deemer provides a front-row seat on some fascinating history, rich with insights and anecdotes and, of course, loaded with wisdom. His true gift is making the arcane world of technical analysis accessible and relevant to all investors. If Warren Buffett is the Oracle of Omaha, Deemer is the Prophet of Port St. Lucie.”
—Sandra Ward, Senior Editor, Barron’s

“I have had the great pleasure of working with and getting to know some of the greatest technical analysts throughout the past 50 years. Walt Deemer is widely recognized as one of the best. His charm and wit in explaining the keys to successful investing will make [this] book a must-read and an all-time classic for first-time investors and professionals alike.”
—Paul Desmond, Lowry Research

“Every investor can learn something from Walter Deemer.”
—David Fuller, Global Strategist,

Today’s volatile markets are challenging for professional and retail investors alike. Just in time, Walter Deemer, a cornerstone of technical analysis for nearly 50 years, has culled his insight and knowledge to show investors how to achieve steady investment gains in the current markets.

With the stock market expected to trade generally sideways for many years, a buy-and-hold strategy may not give you the returns you need on your investments. In Deemer on Technical Analysis, Walter distills his decades spent on the front lines of the financial markets into a useful strategy that shows you how to time the markets to successfully grow wealth. The key is solid technical analysis.

Inside, you will learn the nuts and bolts of charting, identifying indicators, recognizing trends, and selecting the best stocks for your goals. This step-by-step guide shows you how to:

  • Read the emotional characteristics of the markets in order to better direct investments
  • Pinpoint the most profitable entry and exit points
  • Effectively use the long-term timing tools preferred by top experts, including investor sentiment, relative strength, and trend recognition
  • Cut through short-term noise with the Kondratiev Wave Cycle, Four-Year Cycle, and simple long-term chart analysis

Deemer on Technical Analysis also weaves in entertaining and clarifying anecdotes from the author’s colorful life working at prestigious firms, where he rubbed elbows with A-list icons of Wall Street. Each anecdote reinforces real-world applications of covered material to help you more effectively seize opportunities in the financial markets.

From his early days with Bob Farrell at Merrill Lynch and Gerry Tsai at the Manhattan Fund, to his years as head of market analysis at Putnam Investments and president of DTR, Inc., Deemer has been dispensing timely advice exclusively to top figures in the field.

Now, in his quasi-retirement, this technician’s technician has written a book that levels the playing field, so that you, too, can invest like a pro.

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Editorial Reviews


I have had the great pleasure of working with and getting to know some of the greatest Technical Analysts throughout the past fifty years. Walt Deemer is widely recognized as one of the best. His charm and wit in explaining the keys to successful investing will make his book, Deemer on Technical Analysis, a must-read, and an all-time classic for first time investors and professionals alike." -- Paul Desmond "Lowry Research"

About the Author

Walter Deemer is a legendary stock market analyst with nearly half a century of distinguished experience and a remarkable financial record of accomplishment.
Susan Cragin is the author of Nuclear Nebraska. She teaches English Composition in the New Hampshire state college system.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007178568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071785686
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seasoned Pro Shares His Insights February 2, 2012
Unlike so many books produced on "technical analysis" of the markets, which are written from a "trader's" perspective, it's great to now have guidance from an "investor's investor". While Mr. Deemer is well known and respected from having held key guidance positions with major fund companies, as well as from feature articles in BARRON'S,other professional publications and lectures, this book has given him space in which to detail concepts which he has found to be beneficial for the investor/long-term trader. I have been an admirer of his work since learning about him when he was selected by Gerald Tsai to head his research when Mr. Tsai left Fidelity Funds to form his own mutual fund company. I'm glad to have this book, not only for my own review, but for my children's gaining knowledge from a solid source. /s/ Sam Hale, Chartered Market Technician
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very technical March 29, 2012
By Ken
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If you want to feel like your sitting around a fire chatting with a retired guy about the good ole days, then read this book. If you want serious education on technical analysis, then you might want to get a different book. There are only a small number of actual charts in this book and a lot of talk. If you're going to describe chart, then isn't essential that there's a real chart with every discussion? You could boil this book down to about 25 good pages and recycle the rest. Several times, the author even goes into a fair amount of detail about a trend only to say that it only worked years ago and doesn't matter today. Sorry, but I don't get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic February 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the best books I have ever read about investment strategy. It is not a list of various technical indicators (go to John Murphy or Martin Pring for that) but rather an old pro speaking from the heart about the importance of technical and fundamental factors. He gives his expert opinion on how to use the information we have. A difficult subject made easy spiced with anecdotes and humor.

A few gems from the book:
Watch CNBC and CNN like the pros - turn off the sound!
Remember: Fear is a stronger emotion than greed.
Remember: When the time comes to buy you won't want to.
Never ignore the second subpoena.
Flying computers - When investors are hurling their computers out the window in disgust, it is a good sign we are close to a bottom.
Nothing is as bullish as a Failed Head-and Shoulders Top
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street Wisdom February 3, 2012
This book on a complex subject is easy to read and contains much wisdom. The references to all the people who contributed to learning how markets work and how to exploit them makes this compendium a great history lesson. This, however, is more than a how to is full of the authors experiences where practical application of technical analysis was utilized. I have not written a book about technical analysis because I thought just about everything about the subject had been adequately covered by others. This book has proved me wrong. I particularly like the way Mr. Deemer personalized the narrative and revealed his sense of humor. I am happy to recommend the book to beginners and professionals alike. An excellent legacy. Bob Farrell
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deemers Hot and on Target ! February 20, 2012
Deemer's hot and on target. More often you hear "you can't make money by trying to time the market" That's true, unless you know how. This author has over 40 year experience in doing just that and now that he has entered retirement he wanted to share that experience so you too can make money in the market. Adding a large touch of wit and lessons he learned from some of the tops in the technical field this book has to be the one you buy. It's a technical guide, a reference manual, and history book all rolled up in one. Ask anyone and they will tell you the way to make money in the market is" Buy low and sell high" when you have finished reading, Deemer on Technical Analysis, you will know what the experts have known, and that is when to buy and when to sell. I need to admit that I have been following Deemer's market strategies for many years, and doing fine, but now as an individual investor I have learned to put together my own plans on buying or selling and more importantly how to chart, and what to chart so I can see clearly and easily. I have read a lot about the technical analysis of markets and admittedly was not sure sometimes what I read when I was finished, but not this book. Deemer on Technical Analysis is written in plain English--not geek, it flows more like a good novel. Buy it-use it-learn from it and most important-have fun as you become the person that makes money no matter what the market is doing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely accessible book for all investor levels April 19, 2012
If you've been interested in learning about technical analysis but were afraid to tackle it, "Deemer on Technical Analysis" is for you. And it's not just for beginners, either. The language and tone is conversational, explanatory when needed, and generous with illustrative and humorous anecdotes--what a relief! Walter Deemer appears to be able to take a complex topic, such as a technical view of the irrationality of markets, and distill it into a story (see Fable of the Fishing Boat, p. 58). He was also involved in the nitty-gritty of markets over a span of time of enormous technical change--beginning in 1963 when there were no quote machines at individual desks (much less on one's phone) through the present--so he relates his market wisdom with years of trend analysis and investing lessons. (Another anecdote of interest is when he happened to be leaning over the Teletype newswire machine when the first announcement of the Kennedy Assassination came though. p.39.) This book is completely accessible to investors of all levels of knowledge and interest, containing many helpful tips, as well as cautions--get up to speed on the markets with this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime on Wall Street
Deemer released this book about the time of his semi-retirement. He spent a lifetime on Wall Street and gained valuable insights into the markets. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Walter Deemer provides valuable insights
The market is hard enough to understand on your own. Mr Walter Deemer provides valuable insights based upon his own extensive experience and technical knowledge to help you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights for investing
Investors must read this book to reinforce some of the best advice from one of Wall Street's top analysts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Bruning
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
Deemer on Technical Analysis is an easy read and contains much wisdom for those of us that have been in the market for a long time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Walter Greenblott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tech analysis for stock players
Well written story of a stock analyst's career. Gets fairly deep into technical analysis of stock price action. Recommended for serious investors/stock traders.
Published 15 months ago by David A. Gaeddert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting but also entertaining to read!
I read several technical analysis and investment books; but Deemer makes it easy to read and to deepen the reader's knowledge about the hard world of investing;
there are... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carmine Robert La Mura
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out from the Crowd
This book on investing stands out from the crowd. As a female financial advisor and professional CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm), with over 30 years of experience, I highly... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Insight
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic. A must read for any serious investor!
This is an instant investment classic. Provides what the most important aspects of technical analysis and leaves out the jargon that's rampant in today's world of technical... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Jon B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book!
Submitted by Tracy Knudsen. I have been a professional technician for more than 15 years and have read too many books on the subject of Technical Analysis to count. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Tracy Knudsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper its written on
The guy is a legend, but that doesn't mean his insights as an 80 year old are worth paying for. Lots of homespun anecdotes, not much that is relevant in 2012 - at least not on the... Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by MRK
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