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How to Buy: An Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Stock Market (Fraser Publishing Library) Paperback – July 1, 2001

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Justin Mamis was senior vice president and chief market technician at Hancock Institutional Equity Services in New York, and now publishes his own institutional market letters.

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When we opened up the original edition of How to Buy and saw at the outset the phrase, “the market fluctuates,” we knew that the book did not need to be rewritten. Not only does the stock market still fluctuate, but it does so in the same manner as it ever did . . . all of the talk about volatility and all of the manic technology swings of recent years being just remarkable extensions of such fluctuations. The manner in which the market does fluctuate, and how such fluctuations should be understood, seems more timeless than we would have believed in our youth — just as valid in coping with the manic rises and subsequent bubble burstings as when the market was relatively calmer. It still takes just as long to make a top, or a bottom (which is the basis for this book) as it ever did. . . . Contrary opinion has been, is, and always will be the important stance.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fraser Publishing Co.; 2nd edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870341650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870341656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hugh T on March 5, 2002
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From covering all the thoughts that go through ones heads at the time of pressing the trigger, to all the consequences of these thoughts. Everything is covered in this book.
Then it helps one create a strategy for buying based on facts rather than emotions.
I would recommend this book and When to Sell above most books about trading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jaronsky TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
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After reading two other books by Justin Mamis, I was excited to read this one. When to Sell: Inside Strategies for Stock-Market Profits and The Nature of Risk were two extraordinary books on trading. This author knows what he is talking about and really relates tough topics in an easy to read fashion.

My opinion is if you trade, you need to read all three of these books.

This book, "How to Buy", covers everything you need to make your decisions and pull the trigger on a trade. He explains what to look for, how to gauge the strength or weakness in a stock, how to gauge the attraction for other traders, and how to get in on that stock as it is being accumulated.

Why would you buy a stock that may not do anything for you? Get one that is showing the signs of moving where you want it to go. Justin talks about buying sensibly and not emotionally. He also talks in depth about when NOT to buy. That topic alone could save you a fortune on your next stock pick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Anderton on October 27, 2009
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This is my first read of Justin Mamis. I have the other two books to get through yet. How to buy is a very different kind of trading book from others I have read. It doesn't try to sell you a system or a set of indicators, what it does do is try to educate the reader giving some very basic ideas. Many traders scoff at support and resistance, trend channels, price and volume movement at key points, and other so called old styles of trading. They would much rather see lots of indicators with signals telling them to buy and sell without knowing really why or how these indicators are generated. My advice is remove all indicators, look for key price areas and learn to interpret price and volume action around these areas. Oh yeah, BUY the book you won't be dissapointed, unless you want a turn key trading system.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Grant on October 20, 2008
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There are no better market technicians than Mr. Mamis, in my opinion. He has been through it all, and his writings clearly demonstrate the truth of how the market works, and what any trader needs to do in order to make a go of it.

That said, DON'T expect this book to be an update of the same book written, what, maybe 25 years ago. I had hoped to get his take on some of the gyrations that have occurred since the first book, but no luck. All that's different in this book is that he's written an updated preface. If you have the first book, keep it and enjoy it, but don't buy this one, it's 99.99% the same book. While the preface is nice, it certainly doesn't justify buying this book if you have the first edition.
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