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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I am new to investing and, as a beginner, I've been building up a library of books I can use to learn more about the market and different trading strategies. I purchased this book in Kindle format thinking that since it is an annual affair I wouldn't want a physical copy that would just take up space once it became out of date.

I want, above all else, to say that the contents of the book are great. As a budding investor I didn't struggle too much with the conceptual points or strategies the book hones in upon; they are described well in sparse, readable prose. Although I'm not sure I have the ability to employ all the strategies from the book the historical patterns and precedents will inform my intuition and I will probably mark up a calendar so that I can reread sections at the appropriate dates to build up some context for the annual patterns it reveals.

The big HOWEVER for ANYONE PURCHASING THIS IN KINDLE FORMAT is that the material is chock full with graphical content that is rendered as an image with mixed results. I have a Kindle DX2 which has a much larger screen than the normal Kindle and I still had difficulty with the calendar pages (they have quotes for each day) and some of the charts (e.g. Market Charts of Presidential Election Years where the patterns are visible but the names are blurry (in technical terms - they render the text as an image so it anti-aliases the lettering making it fuzzy). Even increasing the font size will make no difference since this content is presented as an image.

Fortunately I also have an iPad 2 with the Kindle reader app - on this device the material is a bit more palatable and the pinch/zoom features of the tablet make it much easier to deal with the image based content. I suspect that this is the same with the Kindle Fire though I do not have one to test with.

One final thought is that the material itself, even though it's tied to a specific year (2012), lends itself to a physical copy since the pages containing calendar dates include space presumably for the reader to make notes in. Although I'm not sentimental about physical copies of a book, this intentionality of space for notes reveals, to me, a broader intent about making the book interactive in a physical way - one which could be simulated with a digital calendar and a bunch of alerts, but not as well.

To sum up: this is a good book full of trading ideas, strategies, and techniques that trading neophytes should not find intimidating. It is well written and designed such that it can be a reference one can return to for the whole year for which it's written. However, if you purchase a digital version, be prepared to do some compensating on your part because of content rendered in small images, and text from those images being blurry and hard to read. If you have an E-Ink Kindle you will struggle. On Kindle tablets or iPads it is less of a problem. I am almost certain the issues have to do with the publisher "converting" the book to digital format without considering what would work best for the reader who views it in E-Ink form.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
The October 31, 2011 Wall Street Journal has a great article about how the Stock Trader's Almanac has called the 2011 market to near perfection. In my view, the market anomalies identified by the STA cannot be ignored. No, they are not right all the time, but they are right often enough to bear close watching -- particularly the January Barometer and the Best Six Months strategy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I've always found a pattern in the stock market. For example, I find that Friday is usually the best day to buy and the worst day (one of the worst days) to sell. This information is borne out in this fascinating and helpful book. I find it so useful in my investing. I don't follow it, or any book or newsletter, word for word. But I've found that history pretty much always repeats itself. And I'm a big believer in not being a victim when history says I'm doing something that will make me one. By the same token, I like to be a winner if history shows me the way. Why reinvest the wheel?

This book has helped me to make wise investment decisions and, in addition, keep a record of my investment decisions in the pages of the book where the calendar provides for such entries. Being a spiral bound book, it's very handy.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
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Stock Trader's Almanac 2011 (Almanac Investor Series)

As others have stated the text is too small in the charts. It's barely legible when blown up full size on a 24" LCD monitor. I would recommend not getting the Kindle version since there are no visible page numbers and there are a great number of references to page numbers in the text. The Kindle version has locations that are numbered but there is no possible way to find things by page number. I am a "Pattern Day Trader" and the information seems pretty relevant to me. It's not a technical trading reference but offers a plethora of observations regarding market patterns for things like months of the year that historically are more frequently up and what happens in election years. The book is organized by months in an almanac format but has a great deal of explanatory material and many charts. Lots of historical observations. It offers some salient advice that is always correct like stressing the need for making notes of your trading activities, recording observations and the causes for your success and mistakes.

This was my first Kindle book that I didn't just read front to back. Without page number to location capability it is tough to use as a reference. I don't know if you can return Kindle book purchases but I would if I could. Either way, I will buy the printed version. It's the same price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
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I may have to send this back because most of the text is in such small fonts and/or and crammed together as to render many parts of it unreadable - and I have decent eyesight. Suggest the company consult an editor who has knowledge of readability principles. Wow. It's really, really, bad. I felt compelled to warn others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Visit any trading floor on Wall Street, or spend time at any firm that has substantive trading activities, and you will see the Stock Trader's Almanac. The Almanac is one of the few must reads that all investors should have, and regularly consult. Steve Sears, Barron's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
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FOR ANYONE THAT TRADES STOCKS ON A REGULARLY THIS BOOK IN INVALUABLE. I HAVE PURCHASED MANY PREVIOUS YEARS OF THIS BOOK AND I ANXIOULY AWAIT THE NEW ADDITION.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is not a book that you read. This is a book that you use.

I have been using the Stock Trader's Almanac for years. And I use at least every week - sometimes daily. If you are an active trader in the market, this is an essential element of your tool kit.

There are certain market phenomena that occur with uncanny regularity. Joel and Yale Hirsh have done an excellent job researching and compiling nearly 100 years of history into a concise and easy to use format.

I use this for both investing and protection opportunities.

The STOCK TRADERS ALAMANAC is a on the desk of nearly every serious trading legend. My favorite quote on the back cover is by KEN FISHER "...If you don't find something here that tickles your mind, you probably don't have one."

This book is not for everyone. However, for those who are seriously and actively trading in the US stock market, it's a unique and invaluable resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2012
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For market junkies like myself, this annual publication is a must have. It has detailed data for all major averages back to 1950 with each new year's data added into subsequent editions. Many market cycles are illustrated with supporting documentation. Bull and Bear markets throughout the 20th century are detailed and yearly high and lows of major market averages are available in an easy to read tabular form. Also has a comprehensive section in the back to update your portfolio changes and keep tabs on things such as basis cost when reinvesting dividends with DRIPS. For the price, you cannot find more useful data short of digging through hundreds of back issues of Barron's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
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6/18/2012

A reader intuitively expects a reference work to come in small, florid fonts like Times Roman, so as someone with an only nascent interest in the stock market, I was willing to compromise a little. And further, I have to admit I've never seen the paper graphics and typeface for "The Stock Trader's Almanac". But if the Kindle version is any indication I'll go to a different source book or maybe second hand references.

Throw your $10 for the Kindle version in a trashcan and buy the peper and a magnifying glass.

Emperor Norton
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