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In recent years, traders have turned to the foreign exchange market expecting to capture substantial profits. While the high availability of leverage within this arena can improve your chances of making money, ultimately the success of your endeavors depends upon how well you understand and operate within this market. Nobody knows this better than author Ed Ponsi. As a professional trader and leading educator of traders, Ponsi has developed a proven approach to trading today's forex market, and now, with Forex Patterns and Probabilities, he wants to share it with you.

While most books on trading deal with general concepts and shy away from specifics, Forex Patterns and Probabilities provides you with real-world strategies and a rare sense of clarity about the specific mechanics of currency trading that will allow you to take advantage of both trending and range-bound markets.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Forex Patterns and Probabilities will help you make the most of your time in this market. You'll be introduced to a variety of elements that are essential to forex trading success and discover the best ways to enter, exit, and manage trades. Dozens of chart examples and explanations will guide you each step of the way and allow you to "look over the shoulder" of a professional trader hard at work at his craft.

Divided into four comprehensive parts, this detailed guide:

  • Explains the playing field of the forex market, using powerful metaphors that relate trading scenarios to situations in everyday life

  • Outlines several specific trading strategies—including the FX-Ed Trend Technique—designed for trending markets

  • Delves into a variety of non-trending trading techniques—from the volatility-based Squeeze Play to the hedge fund–inspired Interest Rate Edge—which are all based on unique market tendencies

  • Offers an insider's view on how to emulate the behavioral patterns of successful professional traders—and how to escape the mindset of the amateur

  • And much more

Today's forex market contains some of the most profitable trading opportunities in the world. With the practical strategies and trading methodologies found in Forex Patterns and Probabilities you can uncover these opportunities and achieve long-term financial success along the way.

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"Ed has the experience, he has the knowledge, and he has the ability to wrap it all up into one of the most useful and insightful books on trading that I've read. You're going to be a better trader with the help of this book."
—Rob Booker, independent currency trader, and author of Adventures of a Currency Trader

"This book is a must-read for any equities trader who is trying to learn the ins and outs of the forex markets. Ed has the rare gift among traders and educators to take complex trading theories and break them down into interesting and easy-to-digest trading concepts. I have personally had the benefit of studying live with Ed, and I found this book a great review of my live courses with him and now use it as my main forex reference book in my trading library. Ed you truly are the rock star of the FX markets. Well done!"
—Michael J. Di Gioia, cofounder, the Results-Driven Financial Network

"Forex Patterns and Probabilities is one of the best practical forex trading books I have read, and I have read a good many forex books! Ed thoroughly teaches those areas that cause most difficulty for new traders, from economic fundamentals to technical trading to the psychological aspects that are so important but ignored by so many new to trading. Peppered throughout with anecdotes from the trading and non-trading world, Ed's easygoing, homespun style gets his message across very effectively. This work is destined to become essential reading for both new and established traders."
—George Hallmey, Director,

"Ed Ponsi is a complete teacher! Forex Patterns and Probabilities covers it all for forex and trading in general. This book will teach you the foundations, the tactics, the pitfalls, and the 'real' world of forex. As Director of Education for the Online Trading Academy, I understand the importance of education and trading knowledge. . . Forex Patterns and Probabilities, while focused on forex, allows the reader to see the nuances of trading in general—fundamental, technical, psychological, plan management, and a strong, healthy dose of risk management and discipline."
—Mike McMahon, Director of Education, Online Trading Academy

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470097299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470097298
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Ponsi is the Managing Director of Barchetta Capital Management LLC and the president of FXEducator LLC. He's a professional trader, author, and in-demand public speaker. He also plays a mean guitar.

Ed has appeared on CNBC over 200 times and has also appeared on CNN, the BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He is a dynamic public speaker who specializes in the topics of trading and economics.

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Follow Ed on Twitter at @edponsi

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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Joe on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is mostly for beginners. There are only good advices, so it is a good choice for beginners or those who need to be put back on tracks.

The number of strategies is in fact quite limited and not really new. I was expecting much more from the description. Ed just uses levels for entry and stops that could be slightly different than in some other books.
2 strategies about trending markets (FX-Ed and classic 2 time frame system), 1 for pennant/flags, a volatility breakout strategy, which is in fact a triangle strategy (for the entry). playing the round numbers, a range trading in the low volume opening, and a word about the carry trade.

The so-called FX-Ed trending strategy is based on moving averages. I have backtested it (it is easy, no place for interpretation for the version without partial exits and reload)and of course it works on strongly trending markets such EURUSD recently, but wait, any trending strategy worked!! The same strategy with pairs such as USDJPY generates a loss or a small gain between 1997 and 2005 and it was in fact quite good at buying tops and shorting bottoms, resulting in huge volatility of the equity curve.

Update: Backtest of the "round trip" (playing the round numbers). Only difference with the text is that the second target is a multiple of the first one instead of based on a previous R/S level. From Sept 2003 to Sept 2006, it does not work and looses for most pairs (including those preferred by the author). Even if we take only the first bounce, it looses.

Update2: Backtest of the "Boomerang", a range trading in the low volume opening. EURUSD only as suggested by Ed. Tested from Sept 2001 to Nov 2006. There is a profit growing steadily (though there are drawdowns) from Sept 2001 to May 2004. After that, it is flat.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Robert Edison on August 12, 2007
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Ed provides the basics of trading strategies that handle most of the forex market conditions. While many of these strategies have appeared eleswhere the explanations of why they work and why they should be followed is something that comes from years of trading experience. For example: why does forex often fail to breakout of support and resistance areas on the first or second attempt? How do the institutions maneuver the price during slow volume hours and how you can use this to advantage. Also the section on his trend following system is clearly thought out and easy to follow.

This is a book that I could really could have used 6 months ago and skipped most of the other stuff about trading. About the only thing missing is backtested results to show how well the systems work in real trading. But there are clear examples of each strategy.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. Pizzullo on July 7, 2008
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A very good from-scratch discussion of the market and trading mechanics, nice overview of the fundemental reports, some actionable strategies laid out and well explained and a few genuine veteran insights thrown in to boot. Worth owning, especially if you're beginner to intermediate.

However, he's just too conservative. His setups are very good but you'll grow old waiting to see them. Example: calling for 4 (5, 20, 50, and 200 if I remember right) moving averages to fan out in proper order, on a daily chart, in order to qualify a trend. Yeah, it's definitely a trend, but by the time you get there, the trend's almost over. And you'll never get in on a retracement or a resumption that way. You'll control losses by never placing any trades. Nix at least one moving average, maybe even 2.

His focus is daily charts in general. Nothing wrong with that, but nowhere's near the money to made or lost as in the intraday charts. But he doesn't tell you that. He offers a flawed argument why his way is best, goes something like this: Using one of his ideal trendfollowing setups, he pulls of a trade that earns him something like 3000 in 4 months. Then he goes on to compare it to a 10 pip per trade goal and says even if you made your 10 pips per day, everyday, in that same period, with the same pair, you'd only score about 1700 pips instead of his 3000. Fair logic, but who says you'd only get 10 pips and quit? His 3000 pip rise is punctuated with enough ups and downs to score twice or 3 times that trading intraday. With less risk, given that his stops on a daily were as high as 155 pips, still pretty tight for a daily chart, yet that same 155 pips is an enormous stop on an hourly. Not to mention all the days that you won't be trading while you wait for 4 MA's to line up.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Scott Shubert on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Any book that gives a good overview of proven patterns and strategies for trading Forex I would consider to be useful. While some of the readers critcize that there is nothing new here, that is what gives it credibility in my opinion. What makes so many Forex traders think that they should look for something new when trading has been around for so many decades and continues to produce the same patterns over and over? In the world of Forex so much material is packaged with hype for the newbie who has no reference regarding what to spend money on in Forex education. Many Forex trading courses which sell for thousands of dollars actually contain very little useful information that is not in a basic text book on technical analysis. There is a constant wave of new customers entering the world of Forex all trying the same things that traders have been doing for decades and many traders believe that there should be some kind of hot new Forex trading strategy that they will find on a forum or in an ebook for cheap or for free. Why do people have such unrealistic expectations in the Forex trading business compared with other businesses? It is because they do not appreciate the incredible potential this business has and the relative ease and low cost of getting started compared with other businesses. It would be a good idea for anyone aspiring to get started in Forex to have at least a two year plan with start up costs and expenses factored in just like any other business. And one good investment would be this book.
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