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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471668265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471668268
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The book is called an ‘Encyclopedia’ for a reason.  In roughly 1000 pages, it contains 53 chart patterns plus 9 more event patterns which will pretty much cover you for any chart you come across…. if you take technical trading seriously, it is a book that should be on your shelf.”
Alan Battista, Stockineer.com Book Review

From the Inside Flap

The Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, recognized as the premier reference on chart pattern analysis, extends its lead with this Second Edition. This definitive text includes new bull and bear market statistics, performance sorted by volume shape and trend, more than a dozen additional chart patterns, and a new section covering ten event patterns. Significant events—such as earnings announcements, stock upgrades and downgrades—shape today's trading, and Bulkowski gives readers the best information on what happens after those events occur. He also shows you how to trade them and uses reliable statistics to back it all up.

In each chapter of Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition you'll learn the following about each pattern:

  • Results Snapshot—A statistical summary of pattern behavior, including its performance rank, breakeven failure rate, average rise or decline—all separated by breakout direction and market type (bull or bear)
  • Tour—A broad introduction to the pattern
  • Identification Guidelines— Characteristics to look for
  • Focus on Failures—What failed patterns look like, why they failed, and how to avoid them
  • Statistics—The numbers and what they tell you, separated into bull/bear markets and breakout direction, including average rise or decline, failure rates, volume shapes, performance by size, and busted pattern performance
  • Trading Tactics—Strategies to increase profits and minimize risk
  • Sample Trade—Puts it all together, showing the chart pattern in action, with hypothetical or actual trades using real data
  • For Best Performance—A table of selection tips to boost performance

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition also includes summary tables ranking chart- and event-pattern performance for easy reference; a glossary; a chapter on methodology explaining what each statistical table entry means and how it was calculated; and a visual index to make chart pattern identification a snap.

The result is today's most comprehensive and valuable technical analysis reference—one that will save you critical time in identifying chart patterns and increase your likelihood of buying near the price bottom and selling near the top.

More About the Author

Thomas N. Bulkowski is recognized by many as one of the world's leading authorities on chart patterns. He is a successful investor and trader with over thirty years of experience trading stocks. He is also the author of the books:

Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts
Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition
Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a Trader
Getting Started in Chart Patterns
Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader
Trading Basics: Evolution of a Trader
Trading Classic Chart Patterns
Visual Guild to Chart Patterns

His best selling books have been translated into multiple languages. Over one hundred of his articles have been published in Active Trader; Stocks, Futures and Options; The Technical Analyst; Traders'; The Trader's Journal and Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazines.

Before earning enough from his investments to retire from his day job at age thirty-six, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer at Raytheon, a senior software engineer for Tandy Corporation, and a software manager for Tracor-Westronics.

He was the president of the Keller Writers' Association, vice president of membership and later treasurer of the Keller Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Keller Parks and Recreation board, president of Keep Keller Beautiful, vice president of the Friends of the Keller Library and charter member of the Keller Writers' Association. He also authored the Keller Recycling Task Force report and Park System Study for the City of Keller.

In his spare time, he likes to wander around his back yard looking for toads, spiders, snakes, and other inhabitants and then photograph them, occasionally play guitar while watching birds visit the bath or feeder, putter around in his garden, read and write fiction, and sneak up on his dog.

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I also own "Trading Classic Chart Patterns" from the same author.
All the technically complicated information is smartly rendered in layperson's language.
Guang Lu
Also, I once emailed this author with a question on a graph in this book.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Vincent F. Simione on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have always wondered - how reliable are chart patterns? Now I know. Tom gives you every statistic necessary to give you the confidence needed to trade these patterns. If you want to know what each pattern should look like, what the average rise or decline is, what the success rate is of each pattern, how to deal with failed patterns and strategies for maximizing profit and minimizing risk - then this 2nd edition is a must.

I have been trading for 25 years and this is the first book I have read that gives me the confidence to take action.

Bravo Tom.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Guang Lu on July 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Many years ago, when I was a college student in China, one of my most enjoyable moments was to sit in library reading Encyclopedia Britannica, which always gave me new perspectives for the world. It was natural that the title of this book attracted my attention and I bought it immediately. What a wonderful reference book to add to my trading library! I only wish I had it before the market crashed in 2000, when I lost all my trading accounts.

This reader-friendly book consists of Part One Chart Patterns (53 chapters) and Part Two Event Patterns (10 chapters). Each chapter focuses on a specific chart pattern with informative details. The RESULTS SNAPSHOP and TOUR are very useful to give readers a general idea of each chart pattern. The IDENTIFICATION GUIDELINES and TRADING TACTICS give readers a practical trading guide. The STATISTICS shows the author's new approach to analyze each chart pattern scientifically. The SAMPLE TRADE is a fictitious story to illustrate a trading circumstance. The FOCUS ON FAILURES provides necessary warnings for each chart pattern. All the technically complicated information is smartly rendered in layperson's language. I think if every trader (day traders, swing traders, position traders, and buy-and-hold investors) reads this book, we will be on the same page and will act similarly. Then, our trading will become more consistently profitable.

Of course, this is not a book to read from cover to cover. Instead, it is a must-have reference book. Any time I found a chart pattern showing a potential for profits, I checked it with this encyclopedia and designed a proper plan to trade with the pattern. This way, I learned while I earned. However, this book is not a crystal ball, but a great trading tool, which you should master. Should we ask more from a book?

Guang Lu, Ph.D.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ron Gonzalez VINE VOICE on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Save yourself at least a year of back testing strategies using tradestation and collecting statistics.

This book is an encyclopedia, not a "psychological" trading type book. This is dry and technical information, statistics, numbers, etc. I wouldnt have it any other way. Make sure you have a trading platform that will allow you to put this information to good work.

This book is a must.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dankowski on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If I were to be deprived of all the trading books in my collection but one, that would be The Encyclopedia. Unlike other literature on the patterns, in this book you will not find clauses like "most of the time", "usually", "seldom". All the information as it's related to the pattern trading is thoroughly backtested.

Few words about the author are due here. I do not believe you will find more ethical individual in the trading community than Mr. Bulkowski is. Unlike others who use their books as an advertising medium to lure you into subscription to their services and seminars, the author simply does not do that. His web site is FREE and he sells nothing but his book.

I can't even say that this book is highly recommended or you should buy this book... Nothing like that. I believe you owe yourself having this book on your desk 24/7 if you are to trade chart patterns. If you do not trade chart patterns then... you should not trade at all as all the "indicators" are nothing but derivatives of the price and volume behavior. Turn of all that noise and focus on patterns and volume and that's what this book is teaching you to do.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom Troughton on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A Great piece of work! You won't find statements like "usually this is bullish", instead, you will see something like "This works 26% of the time and the prices rises an average of 18%. This book is written like an engineer thinks. Facts, Facts and Facts. Nice to see in a field (stocks) that has much more conjecture than stocks. I'm buying his other books! Thanks.
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This book is a review of different chart patterns from a statistical point of view.

Actual stock market data is used to understand the validity of standard chart patterns. I like that the author uses statistics, but why on earth doesn't he use standard deviation and significance tests to understand which patterns or volume trends are significant? That would have been a good way to sift through the copious amount of data in the book. It is very unfair against the reader to just dump all the data in the text. Having said this, the book contains some useful data if you are interested in chart patterns, but it requires a lot of extra study (something the author could have done for you, the reader).

The book is also far too long. For each patterns the author describes a trade that a fictitious person made. That imaginary somebody is even given a name and profession; different in each chapter. These 75 pages or so could have been cut out easily. And I'm sure more cuts could have been made.

With these changes the book might have been decent. Still the author seems more interested in collecting chart patterns than actually trade. See this book for an author that is actually trying to understand the meaning of the patterns and how one can trade them Reading Price Charts Bar by Bar: The Technical Analysis of Price Action for the Serious Trader (Wiley Trading). (Having mentioned this book, don't rush off and buy it. It only deals with day-trading and the writing is very confused, but a new version is in the works. I am only mentioning this book here as an example of somebody that has tried to think hard about patterns, as opposed to just running very simple statistics).
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