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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (October 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470109858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470109854
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Stock Trader's Almanac 2008

The Stock Trader's Almanac is a practical investment tool that has helped traders and investors forecast market trends with accuracy and confidence for over 40 years. Organized in an easy-to-access calendar format, the 2008 Edition contains historical price information on the stock market, provides monthly and daily reminders, and alerts users to seasonal opportunities and dangers. For its wealth of information and authority of its sources, the Stock Trader's Almanac stands alone as the guide to intelligent investing.

"Jeff Hirsch is following in the great tradition of his father, Yale Hirsch, with this nonpareil almanac of Wall Street data. It's a treasure for investors who want to remember the past as they plan for the future."
—Louis Rukeyser, late founding host, Wall $treet Week

"Information is key to successful investing and investors will find the Almanac a chock-a-block source of need-to-know stuff."
—Steve Forbes, President, CEO, and Editor in Chief, Forbes

"I have every issue since 1976 in my bookcase. The Stock Trader's Almanac is an invaluable resource."
—Marty Zweig, author, Martin Zweig's Winning on Wall Street

"The Stock Trader's Almanac should be on every investor's desk. It's an invaluable source of investment advice, trading patterns, and Wall Street lore. It's also fun to read. I refer to it frequently throughout the year."
—Myron Kandel, founding financial editor, CNN

About the Author

The Hirsch Organization (Old Tappan, NJ) was founded by Yale Hirsch;(Old Tappan, NJ) who first published The Stock Trader's Almanac, which provides historical information to investors, in 1967. Jeffrey A. Hirsch (South Nyack, NY) is president of The Hirsch Organization and has worked with Yale for over 15 years.  In 2001, he took over as president and editor. He appears frequently on CNBC and CNNfn to talk about market cycles and seasonal trends. He also edits The Hirsch Organization's monthly Almanac Newsletter. Judd Taylor Brown (Nyack, NY) is the Vice President of The Hirsch Organization.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BahGoat on January 19, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Amazon says this book is hardcover and it is. If you read carefully, it also says, "Publisher: Wiley; Spi edition (October 5, 2007)". I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is spiral bound within the hardcover; this is extremely useful because the hardcover book can lie flat on a table.

This book is a must-have for any active trader so you know what is going on during that time of the year. I mean seriously, it's only $25 and it's chump change compared to the amount in commissions you blow each month.

I was initially very excited about reading the book, but as time went on, I realized that the book mostly contains info-porn. You need to remember that most of what this book contains are averages of what happened in the past. Does it really help me to know that the authors believe that the probability that the S&P 500 will rise on January 22, 2008 is 38.1%? Nope, not really. The only thing it tells me is that I should probably hold my short positions for one more day just because this day has historically been weak. However, given that much of the recent market action has primarily been data driven (weakening economy, massive losses at banks, etc.), this information is of very little use.

There are, however, some things that are very relevant for 2008. In particular, the December low indicator (page 40) is extremely relevant because we just took out the December low.

UPDATE on July 24th: If I could figure out how to change the number of stars on this book's rating, I'd give it a one. You could probably make more money by flipping a coin rather than listening to this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is set up like a journal for taking notes through out the year. It is a quick read if you go straight through. It is meant to be read through out the year giving you an overview of how each month has done in the stock market over the years. It has great inserts of information after each month that explains past patterns like the pre-election years and how they out perform other years (The stock market has been up 68 years straight in a presendential pre-election years 2003,1999,1995,1991 etc.). The best 6 months strategy shows how investing from November 1st-April 30th out performs May 1st-October 31st over the last 55 years. If you invested $10,000 in only Nov-April in this time period you would have had an average return of 7.9% and $544,323, with May-Oct you would have had .3% and only $9,728. It has a great section about seasonal trading which explains what sectors go up and down traditional each year based on their business cycles.The almanac is all about increasing your odds of winning by making you aware of the times of the day, week, month and year do the best. It is truly shocking when you look at the historical data and how traders respond at different times due to psychology. Buy this journal and use it if you are a serious trader of stocks. It will make you more money by increases your odds of success.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ithildriel on October 13, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
My Stock Trader's Almanac 2008 arrived today. Some features of the 2008 Almanac that I am digging right now are

*2008 year at a glance
This shows you days the market is closed, option expiration dates and major holidays. Also includes the 2009 year at a glance towards the back of the Almanac.

*One page for each trading week, broken down by day.
What a great feature! You can incorporate your appointment calendar into the Almanac, making it more likely that you are looking at it on a daily basis. This part of the almanac also includes holidays, market profitability numbers, option expiration days, and icons that show days that have been 60% bearish or bullish on average during the past 21 years. Interspersed between all of this are Monthly statistics, and references to check other parts of the almanac such as Investor Seasonalities.

*Directory of trading patterns
This is the main reason I bought this book, was for the directory of trading patterns. Some of the patterns go back as far as 1900. Others not quite as far based upon data available, or a noticeable shift in patterns has occurred due to changes in the investment community (for example 401K availability increases).

*Strategy Planning and Record Section
Some really good spread sheets and checklists in this section. I am sure that I will be incorporating some of these into my tracking.

Whether you are new to investing, or a seasoned investor, Stock Trader's Almanac 2008 combines in one place the tools you need to track and improve your game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Erickson on February 8, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Educational. Fun to read. Not a source for making investment decisions. And, the calendar aspect could be a great way to journal your buying and selling thoughts.
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I purchased the Stock Trader's Almanac 2008 on the advice of a couple of folks on a discussion board I visit from time to time. Having used it now for about 6 weeks I find it stimulating but not as helpful as I hoped it would be. The quotes are rich -- but in today's market the trends it notes over the past many years do not seem to be holding up.
Perhaps it is all the ways the government is trying to intervene to bolster up the market. Don't know. But I do not consult it for serious investing.

Interesting -- yes. Big picture. Yes. Helpful to the beginning active trader -- marginal.
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More About the Author

Jeffrey A. Hirsch is president of the Hirsch Organization, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac® (Wiley), Almanac Investor newsletter and www.stocktradersalmanac.com. He started with the Hirsch Organization in 1990 as a market analyst and historian under the mentorship of his father Yale Hirsch. He was handed the reigns in 2000 and continues to run the operation from his Nyack, New York offices. Jeffrey regularly appears on major news networks such as CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and Fox News. As well as writing numerous financial columns and is widely quoted in all of the major newspapers and financial publications.

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