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Technical Analysis For Dummies Paperback – March 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 078-5555868915 ISBN-10: 0764540440 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764540440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764540448
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The tools to perform your own analysis – and beat the market

Study the data, measure your risk, and win in the market!

Sick of losing in the market? Tired of relying on other people’s investment advice? Don’t worry! Technical Analysis For Dummies is the smart way to get on a winning track. This straightforward, non-intimidating guide explains the principles of technical analysis and provides tools you need to develop guidelines you can trust – your own.

Praise for Technical Analysis For Dummies

"Barbara Rockefeller shows that technical analysis works without math and formulas. Her back-to-basics approach is practical and comprehensive . . . This is a great way to learn technical analysis, or a valuable review of how we should trade."
– Perry Kaufman, author of "Trading Systems and Methods" and "A Short Course in Technical Trading"

"This book is written in a clear, concise, no-nonsense style with lots of common-sense ideas . . ."
– Martin J. Pring, President of pring.com, Editor Intermarket Review

Discover how to:

  • Identify the trends
  • Improve your timing
  • Never take a big loss again
  • Plan the trade from start to finish
  • Treat trading and investing as a business
  • Learn when to sell

About the Author

Barbara Rockefeller is one of the world’s foremost authorities on technical analysis and is the author of two newsletters and three popular books, including CNBC 24/7 Trading: Around the Clock, Around the World and The Global Trader.

Customer Reviews

If you want to learn how to read the markets BUY THIS BOOK!
Edward Mcgilly
I like the Dummies books because they are an easy read, but are written by experts on the subject.
BEER30
I have read over a dozen books on the subject of Technical Analysis.
Don Asplen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Helene Hoffman on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Fortunately for me, this was one of the first books that I bought when I began learning technical analysis. This is probably the best book I own which touches on virtually every aspect of the subject. It is clearly written, and you can certainly read it even if you know nothing. Beleive me, we have all been there. And technical analysis can seem overwhelming when you begin.

My copy of this book is worn, is thoroughly underlined, and I have marked the most important pages. I still refer to it. If you want to get your money's worth, believe me, you should buy this book!
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Edward Mcgilly on March 25, 2004
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If you want to learn how to read the markets BUY THIS BOOK! I have been in the financial markets since '93 and have read dozens of books on technical analysis; I just wish this one was out ten years ago- because I would have saved myself a ton of time.
This book is so simple to understand yet extremely insightful, I call it the "manual to the markets", because its methodologies are explained in detail and applicable to ALL markets. I trade currencies and now use a lot of Barbara's techniques. My favorite chapter is chapter 11 "Transforming Channels into Forecasts".
If you are like me and need to know what the market is trying to tell you then this book is for you. A lot of books out there are heavy on math and light on descriptive illustration this one is the opposite, I cannot stress how easy this book is to digest...If you're a veteran or a newbie to the markets you'll be quite pleased with this one.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Erving on April 18, 2005
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Ms Rockefeller has accomplished a difficult task. Take a broad topic and cover it in a comprehensive and concise manner. The author is a true professional and it shines through out her book from cover to cover. I have a small library of books on technical analysis. However, this is one book I pick up to re-read again and again. She gives a sense of realistic expectations one can rely upon technical analysis for and how to integrate the discipline into one's trading plan. The pros and con's of each aspect of technical analysis is discussed and highlighted. The material flows logically in clear easy to understand manner. This is an indication of an author who truly understands and has practiced the craft and communicates it effectively. I whole heartedly recommend this book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert Evan Neilsen, Jr. on February 25, 2006
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This is an excellent book for investors wishing to understand the theory of technical analysis trading, while acquiring tools to translate the theories into one's own trading strategies. The author's explanations are clear, her practical examples thorough and easy to follow, and her disclosures regarding the built-in limitations of any mathematical approach necessary. Ms. Rockefeller's Resources appendix suggest follow-up websites and texts from which to build on her text. I've read more theoretical approaches to this subject, but prefer her balanced text, setting forth the theories, but moving on quickly to practical considerations. The author is very honest about her own limitations but always points readers to the correct resources to resolve lingering questions. I recommend this book to traders of all levels as a resource to which they will enjoy returning.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bible Belt Unbuckler on July 24, 2006
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I've checked out lots of books on Technical Analysis and I've found this far and away the best, both for its understandability and its breadth. It's not a simple read, because technical analysis isn't a simple subject. But if you dedicate yourself to understanding it (with more than one reading), it will pay you back every step of the way.

This is definitely the book to start with (and maybe end with too) if you're serious about learning the discipline of technical analysis, rather than just dabbling in it. It's like being taught by a friend who's "in the business."
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dean G. on August 21, 2004
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After reading(or trying to read)a few books on technical analysis I really found myself either not understanding the material or worse yet, just bored. Barbara Rockfeller's TA for dummies puts some extremely hard information to grasp and puts in a way that is understandable and enjoyable to read. I found the book not overly simple however and I believe it could be used by technical analysists at various levels. I rarely read a book cover to cover, but this one I did. If you've been struggling with TA-I recommend giving this book a try.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Y. Weizman on March 16, 2007
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This book is pretty good for a reference, it covers all the basic issues and ideas that one should know when dealing with technical analysis.

My disappointment is that it lacks the prctical section. OK, so I know the basics, I open the chart at any charts system, and now what??

It doesnt give any methods of analysis, it just gives the tools.

Bottom line, as I see it, after reading the book you can't just go and start working...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on February 26, 2005
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I was surprised with how informative this book really is. I was expecting to get a very broad overview of TA, but this book really has a lot of useful information that can help you make money in the markets. Well worth the money if you ask me.
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