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George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis: Trading Systems of a Market Master Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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ISBN-13: 978-0132699068 ISBN-10: 0132699060 Edition: 1st

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“George Lindsay was far more than just another analyst seeking solutions to the market’s mysteries. He made some eerily accurate market predictions, and his techniques and explanations continue to be roadmaps for many of today’s better technical analysts. This book belongs on the desk of anyone who is serious about market analysis and forecasting.”

--Peter Eliades, Editor-Publisher, Stockmarket Cycles; President, Stockmarket Cycles Management


“George Lindsay was a gifted market visionary, who operated at a time when all of the wonderful technical tools we now use were unavailable. He had to get by on just what he could see in the simple charts, and that led Lindsay to find patterns and behaviors invisible to most people. Ed Carlson has captured these lessons before they are lost to time so that we can all benefit.”

--Tom McClellan, Editor, The McClellan Market Report,


“For followers and fans of George Lindsay and his methods, look no further because this is the bible. For those wishing to study the life and methods of George Lindsay, this book is a must for your bookshelf.”

--Martin Pring, President,


“Ed Carlson has done market analysts a terrific service in presenting George Lindsay’s work for posterity. The book starts with a well-researched biography and progresses to an organized presentation of Lindsay’s insights into history and market patterns. The book is filled with illustrations and rounded out with pithy quotes from Lindsay. When you finish the book, you feel that you just spent a week with the guy.”

--Robert Prechter, Elliott Wave International


“Ed Carlson presents an engaging account of a long-forgotten market technician, using real market action to animate his tale. As a trader, Ed makes the story useful and readers can easily apply the lessons of history to their own portfolios.”

--Michael Carr, Chief Market Strategist, Dunn Warren Investment Advisors; Editor of the Market Technicians Association newsletter, Technically Speaking


“I remember reading some of Lindsay’s works in the Encyclopedia of Stock Market Techniques and saw him on Wall Street Week. Both were fairly difficult to comprehend at the time (mid-1980s), but it was fascinating to watch and read his determination to project his analysis, especially with enthusiasm and an abundance of confidence. Ed Carlson has interpreted seemingly difficult information into an extraordinary tome about a market technique that has been essentially lost for decades. This is the first work on Lindsay that I have seen which lays out his process in an orderly and understandable manner. It was truly enjoyable reading.”

--Greg Morris, author of Candlestick Charting Explained and The Complete Guide to Market Breadth Indicators; Chief Technical Analyst, Stadion Money Management


From 1950 through the 1970s, George Lindsay created some of technical analysis’s most fertile and profitable innovations. Brilliant and eccentric, Lindsay was honored with the Market Technician’s Award in 1991--the field’s most prestigious honor. Until now, however, the primary source for Lindsay’s work has been his old newsletters: materials that can be difficult to find and work with.


Now, Ed Carlson rescues Lindsay’s powerful methods for posterity--and for modern investors savvy enough to recognize their value. Carlson explains Lindsay’s models clearly, simply, and visually. Using this book, you can apply Lindsay’s techniques without strong mathematical expertise and without deciphering Lindsay’s dense writing style.


Whether you’re a long- or short-term investor, money manager, or market historian, this book will be an indispensable addition to your technical analysis library--and your trading arsenal.

  • Recognize surprising patterns in “haphazard” movements: how Lindsay’s “Three Peaks and a Domed House” model demystifies short-lived trends
  • Use “The Lindsay Timing Model” to identify tradable market tops
  • Predict “decisive, often violent” market movements
  • Author includes a start-to-finish case study to better understand Lindsay’s methods

About the Author

Ed Carlson, CMT, is an independent trader and consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He hosts the MTA Podcast Series: Conversations and manages the website Seattle Technical Ed spent 20 years as a stockbroker; he is a chartered market technician and holds an M.B.A. from Wichita State University.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132699060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132699068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Carlson was born(1959)in Wichita, KS and earned a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance while studying under the jazz guitar legend Jerry Hahn at Wichita State University.

After a short music career spent with travelling rock bands in the Pacific Northwest while in his early twenties, Ed returned to Wichita State University to earn his M.B.A. and was hired as a stockbroker by Dean Witter Reynolds in 1990. By April 1991 he had transferred to the Seattle office and spent the next 15 years at what was to become Morgan Stanley and 4 more years at Wedbush Morgan. During this time he became a husband and a father.

After the 2000 crash he became increasingly disillusioned with the brokerage industry and their approach to investors and investing. It was during this time that he began studying technical analysis and eventually earned the Chartered Market Technicians designation from the Market Technicians Association.

Ed hosts the MTA Podcast Series:Conversations and is Chief Technician at He is the author of "George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis".

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Matt Blackman on September 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a regular reviewer of trading and financial books and unlike the previous reviewer, found this book an interesting read. Kirkfield is clearly not a trader, nor has he put any serious effort into studying it. He demonstrates a clear negative agenda against a technical approach as evidenced by his comment, "The worth of Technical Analysis (TA) is always going to be contentious, even in a well-written book." And recommending a book like Chariots of the Gods as a better alternative? You got to be kidding! And you accuse Carlson of a credibility gap?

George Lindsay was certainly anything but conventional but his observations and methods of counting to reveal potential market tops provides valuable insights for those interested in technical trading. If you are a fundamentally based, value type investor who believes in such works as The Efficient Market Hypothesis (Fama and French) or The Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel, both of which imply that since markets are random and unpredictable, any method (possibly other than one fundamentally derived) that seeks to anticipate price movement (in other words market timing) is a waste of time, Carlson's book and most books on technical analysis methodologies are not for you.

The early chapters on Lindsay are non-technical and present the story of a man who was clearly conflicted with who he was. But his passion for studying history cycles and trends will interest the technically inclined market student. Granted, Lindsay's methods of counting his Three Peaks and Dome pattern are a challenge and as Carlson states, subject to much variability. But let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. There is much to be gained from examining Lindsay's contention that, "Everything in the universe moves in a rhythm.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BrianB VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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This book starts in a promising fashion. I was taken up by the idea of an oddball genius, trained as an engineer, who could foretell the stock market with pattern analysis. I tried to follow the prescribed method, hoping for some insight into our current markets, but in the end I gave up, because it was simply too arbitrary and non specific.

Lindsay's theory involves the concept of fixed time intervals, specifically intervals of 36, 40 and 56 years. He believes that key historical events occur at these intervals. I confess that the examples of this phenomenon were not convincing.

The book then moves on to discuss the "three peaks and a domed house," a particular stock market pattern, which, when recognized, allows the trader to predict the near term future of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The pattern applies to other averages, but Lindsay said the Dow was the best one to use and follow. Unfortunately, for a method steeped in mathematics, the directions were qualitiative, not quantitative, and maddeningly imprecise. I was unable to use his method.

Carlsen describes Lindsay's political views as "incongruous" because he was a conservative gay man. Lindsay's political views were not particularly conservative for those times (1970), and the example the author cites describes Linday's preference for capitalism over socialism. I found it incongruous that anyone should expect a person to hold predefined opinions because of their sexual preference.

The book is well written, and a picture of Lindsay emerges through the pages, but his stock market method evaded my grasp. Perhaps I don't have the ability to discern these patterns, but I remain doubtful about Lindsay's method.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Patzer on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I did not like this book for a variety of reasons.
1) The book was published in 2011, but the most recent examples mentioned in the book are from the 60s. The author did not check the hypothesis against any recent event - bull market in the 80s, dot com crash, crash of 2008.

2) George Lindsay published mulitple rules and guidelines together with some examples in his newsletter. In this book now these rules and the exact same examples are repeated. As far as I can tell there was not a single example from the book author. He basically just shows the exact same examples which Lindsay used to derive his hypothesis. I think a book about technical analysis has to provide examples and verification of the presented hypothesis. Basically it is rather a history book then a critical review of Lindsay's theories.

3) The charts and graphs are very poor. It gives the book a nice retro-look, but this is not useful for a book about technical analysis.

4) There are multiple tables in the book apparently listing examples for the hypothesis. However, for me it was not useful to see a data entry like: peak 1: 10/18/1910, peak 2: 2/4/1911, peak 3: 6/19/1911. I would have loved to see the actual charts. For a book published in 2011 with a price of 34.99 USD this is just not acceptable.
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105 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on August 26, 2011
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PLEASE NOTE: At the time I selected this book, it had sixteen reviews. Out of the fourteen non-Vine reviews, eleven were One-Hit Wonders (written by reviewers with no other reviews), including at least one family member. Two more were from reviewers with three reviews or less to their credit. In total then, close to ninety percent of the non-Vine reviews came from shill reviewers with an average of 1.2 reviews each. For anyone unfamiliar with the Amazon reviewing system, this equals near zero credibility. Compared to such hugely biased "feedback," my own review may come as a shock.

George Lindsay's claim to fame was a pair of appearances on "Wall $treet Week." Incredibly, the Lindsay Web site* links to archival footage of the first (1981) appearance, despite host Louis Rukeyser derisively calling Lindsay "Count Dracula"! (because of his bizarre appearance and incomprehensible counting methods)

* The Web site is run by fellow Lindsay devotee Carl Futia, who is in fact one of the One-Hit Wonders enumerated above. Mr. Futia's review fails to disclose his financial interest in the "fan" Web site.

I am reviewing a so-called Draft Manuscript of _George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis_. I have never seen such an explicit disclaimer on an ARC (Advance Reading Copy), almost as if the publisher fully expects negative criticism. Truly, I am surprised that a reputable company such as Pearson Education--publishing here under their FT Press imprint--would offer content like this.

This book is full of bad prose and illegibly captioned charts. The latter may be rectified for final publication; the former is unlikely, unless they rewrite the whole book.
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