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Quote from the first edition of "Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques": "It's hard to be too effusive about the quality of Nison's work. This is clearly one of the best investment books ever written."Bruce Babcock, Jr., Editor-in-Chief, "Commodity Traders Consumers Report"

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“An exciting and valuable addition to the literature of technical analysis… this ancient Japanese technique is available to American traders in a comprehensive, well-written, and understandable format.”

John Murphy, President

JJM Technical Advisors, Inc. and

Author of Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets

It’s hard not to be too effusive about the quality of Nison’s work… reading [his book] was a pleasure. This is clearly one of the best investment books ever written…. We strongly recommend this book, which has already become an investment classic.

Bruce Babcock, Jr. Editor-in-Chief, Commodity Trades Consumer Report

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735201811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735201811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's said that Japanese candlesticks are so universally used and well-regarded in Japan that you couldn't trade the Japanese market without knowing them. While I haven't tried it to verify that claim myself, many traders do believe in this technique of technical analysis and find it useful. Nison's book is probably the bible on the subject, and after a brief but interesting history of the Japanese market, he discusses what they are and how to use them in great depth and detail, giving the reader a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of candlesticks. Sometimes the prose gets a little dense and may be tough going for beginners, but overall, this is an excellent book on the subject.
If you're a novice trader, however, I would recommend you read one of the many introductory books and then a more advanced book on technical analysis before reading this one. The book isn't cheap, but I would do a search on Amazon's used books and see if you can pick up a copy that way. Finally, a caveat, which is that one indicator, or even one type of indicator (such as moving averages or oscillators) isn't enough to trade the markets, and the real skill in trading is knowing which indicator is applicable in any given situation, which only comes with experience. But this book will help you understand this important indicator so you will know how to use it when it's appropriate.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By G. Shkodra on January 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...and this book is well worth every penny. It's not simply a candlestick charts book, but also a very good TA work. It helps a lot in spotting continuation patterns or reversing trends, although I have to say that I'd have prefered that mr Nison provided us with some more candlestick combinations with other TA tools. Trading using candlestick alone can be dangerous.
There's no way a barchart, a HLC, OHLC or any other kind of chart can tell you as much as candlesticks can do. While you can't tell which of the bars were up or down closes by looking at a barchart, a simple glance at the candlesticks could provide you much more information about accurate trade signals. One of the things that struck me the most is the fact that mr Nison explains the psychological and emotional aspects that go with almost every pattern. That's what the chart reading is supposed to be.
Shorting a stock has almost been a taboo for me for a long time, but since I learned to spot "the dark cloud" on strong volume and some other things, I became much more confident with the short side of the market.
This book is for everyone: for the novices, the intermediate, the advanced and professional traders too. This, I think, is a very rare thing to find in a trading book nowadays. Get it, no matter how versed of a trader you are!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pv Martins on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Among my many books on technical analysis of the financial markets I rate this book as excellent and highly recommended to more middle to experienced trades. Motivation for the latter statement is that in my opinion one needs some basic knowledge of technical analysis before delving into Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques. The book is very comprehensive with many candlestick charts that are easy to understand with detailed, easy to follow explanations. It also compliments other books on technical analysis such as "Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John J. Murphy".
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jessing on July 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Nison's book showed me all the classic reversal patterns that a chart forms. This book doesn't make you an expert trader, it only introduces the patterns that indicate reversals. It doesn't cover all the indicators that are based on price and volume, like MACD, ADX, RSI Bollingers and all that, it looks only at the price patterns formed by the candles.

This book is well worth the price, but buy "Trading for a Living" and "Market Wizards" to pick up the "Why" behind price movement.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Hawkeye Richardson on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As with most of my reviews, my intent is to tell you whether a book is worth the money or not. If you are a beginning trader/investor, spend your money elsewhere (see some of my other reviews on market books.) If you are interested in getting more into the details of charts and technical analysis, specifically 'candlestick charts', then this is the book to have.

Steve is considered the 'Father' of Candlestick charting in the US and probably the westerm hemisphere. He pretty much single-handedly brought the concept here from Japan. So,if you want to learn about something, might as well learn from the horse's mouth.

Do you need to understand how candlestick charts work and how to use them in order to be a successful trader? If you are only investing on a long-term basis, probably not. If you want to 'swing trade' over a few days or weeks, or day trade, it would probably be useful to have some understanding of the basics (and perhaps the advanced) concepts of candlestick charts.

As Steve himself says, don't use candlesticks as your primary decision factor for making trades. Used in conjunction with other technical indicators, it is useful to check the candlestick charts to make sure you aren't about to jump into a trade expecting 'sunny' going when the previous day's candlestick chart showed a "Dark-Cloud Cover". Yes, there are lots more interesting patterns and names (Hanging Man, Doji Star, Abandoned Baby) that are entertaining, and sometimes useful to know about and understand.

So, if you have $50 or so burning a hole in your pocket that you have no other good use for, having purchased and digested this book you will know all one needs to know about candlestick charts.
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