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Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets [TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF THE FINA] Paperback – January 31, 1999

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press (January 31, 1999)
  • ASIN: B002E9LTSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,645,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John J. Murphy is a former technical analyst for CNBC and has over forty years of market experience. He is the face of, which provides financial information to online investors via technical analysis tools. Murphy has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN's Moneyline, Nightly Business Report, and Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser. In 1992, he was given the first award for outstanding contribution to global technical analysis by the International Federation of Technical Analysts, and was the recipient of the 2002 Market Technicians Association Annual Award. In addition to the First Edition of The Visual Investor, he is also author of Intermarket Technical Analysis and Intermarket Analysis, all of which are published by Wiley. He also authored Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets. Murphy has a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of business administration from Fordham University.

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Anyway, this book is still very good for beginning traders.
Robert Goodman
This book breaks it down for someone like me to where I can TRULY understand what a chart is telling me.
This is a very good book for beginners in Technical Analysis.

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268 of 272 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Shoemaker on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is entirely possible to spend more time reading trading books than doing any actual trading. This is one of the few books that will remain on my bookshelf and I highly recommend it FOR WHAT IT IS INTENDED - an excellent reference on technical analysis (TA).

What I was looking for was something to provide clear, concise descriptions on various technical indicators across all types - trend analysis, price patterns, candles, oscillators, etc. And Murphy not only does this well, but his work provides enough information that I do not see the need for another book on TA on my bookshelf, even though I know that other very good books are available (e.g. Pring). But this one is enough for me. It is well organized and indexed so that I can rapidly look up something while I am setting up trades and get the basic info that I need.

One surprise was how well written the book was and how much I enjoyed reading it. I expected a dry reference book but instead found an excellent and engaging read, perhaps with the exception of the chapter on point and figure which was not up to the rest of the book. (If you are completely new to TA, you might find it less entertaining, but in comparison to the dry tome that I expected when the monster-sized book arrived, Murphy is remarkable in his ability to convert most TA topics and examples into 'normal' English.) He also is not a proponent or zealot about any one indicator type, which I appreciate. He does a good job of describing each within the context of its value without trying to convert anyone to any specific indicator. As I do not believe in magic bullets in trading, I appreciate his straightforward approach.
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254 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mead on August 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Investing isn't easy. Investing profitably is even harder. As a result, investors are always looking for that `angle', that `edge' that will help them realize more consistent profits.
In the past 2 decades, many on Wall Street have come to believe that technical analysis of stock charts is one of those tools. Having worked in the financial services markets since 1987, I do believe that technical analysis can be a helpful tool. And if you are looking for a definitive source of TA, then look no further.
Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John Murphy covers all the basic aspects of TA: philosophy, chart construction, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trends, major technical pattern recognition, moving averages, oscillators, times cycles, computer trading systems and much more. He also covers different methods of charting, including bar, point and figure and candlestick (be aware that most of the analysis techniques he presents apply to bar charting, not PnF or candlestick).
What I like most about the book is that it written clearly, simply and logically. It uses many graphical examples that SHOWS the reader what to look for. It does not rage on about the merits of TA (which many investors feel is complete hooey) but how to apply basic (and sophisticated) TA techniques. I use TA frequently in my business and find that it helps me manage my client's portfolios more effectively, especially when it comes to SELLING a position, whether to lock-in gains or limit losses.
If you are a TA convert, or if you have an interest in learning more about it, this book is a useful guide and should be purchased. Today, it remains one of the few investment reference books that I keep in my office.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By "steve_08830" on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is by far one of the best sources on Technical Analysis that one
can be lucky enough to find. Mr. Murphy has a clear and simple way of
conveying the subject to us.
The book starts off with the
Philosophy behind Technical Trading, Dow Theory, chart construction,
then moves onto the basic concepts of Trend, and General Patterns,
Moving Averages, Oscillators, Japanese Candlesticks, Time Cycles,
Money Management, and eventually leads onto a Checklist.
What I
like about Mr. Murphy is his way of showing and proving a point. Let
me digress here to show you what I mean: Say you had a daughter and
wanted to show her how to figure out the area of an Isosceles
triangle. Well, you could tell her to memorize that it is
base*height/2. Or if you really wanted her to learn it thoroughly you
can show her how to draw a parallel line to the height, then join the
ends to make a nice rectangle. Then to compute the area of a rectangle
just multiply the two sides, one being the height, the other being
half the base. She will then "derive" this and
"understand" how they got the formula. You see, then she can
compute the area under a hexagon or a tetrahedron or any complex
Well, Mr. Murphy will show us the same way and
"derive" for us concepts such as how a resistance line later
becomes a support line! The reson for this is so amusing that after
one reads about it we just go "wow..."" Now I understand why
this occurs". You will see how Trend is the most important
concept in this field, how some indicators are trend following and why
at other times we need other indicators for sideway markets.
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