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Technical Analysis Plain and Simple: Charting the Markets in Your Language (3rd Edition) Hardcover – January 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137042012 ISBN-10: 0137042019 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 3 edition (January 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137042019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137042012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Top technical analyst and Barron’s Online columnist Kahn demystifies technical analysis.

While many investors view technical analysis as a mystical “tea-leaf reading” process, “this could not be further from the truth,” says the author, in the second edition of this handy guide to technical analysis. Indeed, Kahn teaches investors how to bring clarity and objectivity to their market decisions by augmenting their fundamental research with the use of technical analysis. Beginning with a general overview of the subject, the author then moves on to the core concepts of chart analysis and the various facets of the investment process. Finally, he covers more advanced topics like candlesticks, cycles and Elliot waves, and also explains common technical terms and jargon and how to identify patterns, listen to the market and “reality check” broker recommendations.

Investors will appreciate this straightforward and clear guide to technical analysis.

 

--Kirkus Reports, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (March 31, 2006)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

“This book is an excellent primer. As a proponent of the art-versus-science school of technical analysis, his primary focus is on the practical aspects of chart reading and how to translate the intelligence derived from charts into investment decisions. If you have ever wondered what technical analysis is, or how you could get started doing it, this is a good place to start.”

JohnBollinger, CFA, CMT, President, Bollinger Capital Management

 

“Here is the place to discover why the RSI goes up while the price is going down, how to measure potential moves from a breakout, how not to look at a chart with preconceived notions of what the market will do--‘Let the market talk....' The advice is above all practical. [This is] a book to own, particularly in the earlier stages of your investment career.”

MichaelSmyrk,STA Journal

 

“Finally, an easy-to-understand explanation of how technical analysis works! This primer shows investors how to spot trends and patterns in the markets that can help them choose winning stocks. Full of practical advice, this is a must have for both individual and professional investors.”

SusieGharib, Coanchor,PBS Nightly Business Report

 

TheBest-SellingIntroduction toTechnicalAnalysis: Updated withNewExamples, Techniques,andGuidance!

  • Fully updated with new coverage of bubbles, sector rotation, and rare “black swan” market events

Technical analysis offers powerful, objective tools for picking stocks and making money--and in today's market environment, that makes it more indispensable than ever. Unfortunately, most technical analysis books confuse investors instead of enlightening them. In this clear, practical, fully updated book,Barron's Onlinetechnical analysis columnist Michael N. Kahn introduces proven technical analysis techniquesin simple language that any investor can understand and use.

 

Kahn explains how technical analysis works and then teaches you how to read charts and translate them into investment decisions. You'll learn how to use technical analysis to complement your current approach to stock selection, discover what makes a stock look promising, and objectively assess both risk and reward.

 

This completely revised third edition contains many new examples reflecting today's transformed market environment. You'll find detailed new coverage of recognizing bubbles, including real estate (2006), oil (2008), and bonds (2009). Kahn presents powerful new insights into the relationship between technical analysis and market psychology and crucial, up-to-date guidance on sector rotation in rapidly changing markets. He also presents a full chapter on navigating through chaotic, once-in-a-millennium, “black-swan” market events.

 

  • Why technical analysis works
    Bringing real objectivity to investment decision-making
  • Chart patterns: See the forest and the trees
    Recognizing markets that are changing, need a rest, or are about to take off
  • Understand the central importance of price...
    And what you must know about volume, time, and investor sentiment
  • Down the road: a taste of advanced technical analysis
    Candlesticks, cycles, Elliott waves, and how to debunk those guys on TV
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More About the Author

Michael Kahn has been working with charts and technical analysis since 1986 and currently writes the weekly 'Getting Technical' column for Barron's Online. He was formerly Chief Technical Analyst for BridgeNews and a regular on such financial programs as PBS' Nightly Business Report, Yahoo Finance Vision and WebFN. He has written three books on technical analysis, most recently "A Beginner's Guide to Charting the Financial Markets,' and has appeared frequently as an instructor on online schools such as BloombergUniversity.com and WebStreetUniversity.com. Kahn has also served as Director of Marketing for the Market Technicians Association.

Customer Reviews

This book is a "must read" if you've wanted to learn more about this sometimes intimidating subject.
Doug B.
Mr. Kahn has done a great job of taking a subject that could be made to appear difficult and he demystifies and truly makes it Plain and Simple to read and understand.
Jaime Jesus
The author touches on many aspects of technical analysis but doesn't go as deeply as Pring or Murphy.
James Lor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Lor on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good beginner's guide to technical analysis. The author touches on many aspects of technical analysis but doesn't go as deeply as Pring or Murphy. As an example, the author explains Elliot Waves in 4 pages, and there are 3 diagrams in those pages.

The book is 300 pages, but it's also 37 chapters. The chapter heading takes about a third of the page, there are breaks between subjects, there are a lot of charts, and not all the pages are filled completely top to bottom. There is less than you think. Take away the large headings, the subject breaks, the charts, fill up the pages completely and this book is probably only 150 pages to explain 37 chapters of material, which is barely enough to scratch the surface, which is what a beginner's book should contain.

One thing I like is that the author uses REAL LIFE examples. One thing I don't like is that while the author does a decent job of explaining the patterns, he doesn't show how to use those patterns as entry or exit points to help you make some $$$.

Overall, an average book at a good price if you want to learn technical analysis, but not trading. But if you want a GREAT book at a good price instead of just an average book, do yourself a favor and invest an extra $10 and buy "How Technical Analysis Works" by Bruce Kamich.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morefield on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for people who are fairly sophisticated about the market but don't have a clue about technical analysis (that would be me). It cuts the jargon to a minimum and treats each facet of technical analysis as a tool, explaining its use and its limitations. It gives the careful reader insight into the market, and is useful both as an introduction and as a reference. If you want to be a serious investor, I'd say this is a very useful book, perhaps even an essential one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Neil Pennington on March 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is good if you have no clue about the role that intangibles (investor sentiment, momentum, etc.) play on a security's price fluctuations. There are plenty of good cliches about how a stock is priced. But other than that, I gained nothing in terms of actual technical analysis skill. The author spent too much time arguing the validity of using technical data with fundamentals which I would assume anyone who purchased the book, already knew there is value in technical analysis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Burt on March 21, 2012
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The true introduction to technical analysis. This isn't as much of a "how to" book, than an explanation of how the market determines the price of securities. I have read numerous books on technical analysis and if I could re-choose what order to read them in, this would be among the first. I won't give it away, but this book does have a happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1000Books on June 30, 2007
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I am more interested in books that marry financial and technical analysis. Kahn does a reasonable attempt at that. Some reviewers mention this book is a bit on the basic side. I would have them look at the title and what it suggests the book is trying to accomplish, i.e. a simple and plain review of technical analysis. That it does quite well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Houman Tamaddon on June 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am very skeptical of technical analysis but was interested in learning more about it. This book is clear but mostly definitional. You will learn about various tools technicians use and different chart patterns but there is very little on how to actually profit from these tools. For example, is the trader supposed to anticipate "head and shoulders" chart pattern before it happens or trade after it happens? Perhaps that is because you can't profit consistently from these tools but of course many successful traders would disagree with me. Whether it is useful or not, the fact remains that investors and speculators see these terms used widely and this book will get you familiar with the terms.

Now a challenge for all fans of technical analysis ... Take a random stock and look at its chart for a random period of time. It is important that you don't know what ultimately happened to the stock. Can you predict what will happen to the stock? You can instantly see if you are right. I would be curious to see how successful technicians are with this exercise.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doug B. on April 19, 2009
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This book is a "must read" if you've wanted to learn more about this sometimes intimidating subject. You'll certainly learn to incorporate a few concepts of Technical Analysis (analyzing stock prices and volume trends over time) as an important part of your investing decision making. This book takes a very complex subject and breaks it down into some solid, easy-to-understand explanations for those of us who simply want to know "the basics". For example, one of the chapters is entitled, "This Isn't Brain Surgery". The author seems to be writing toward those of us who are thinking in a broader sense and want to utilize technical analysis as an additional validation to confirm our buy, hold, and sell decisions. The author's chapter on "When to Sell" is worth the price of this book alone. Yes, this book does cover some of the more intricate technical analysis tools, but, thankfully, the author provides a decent explanation, spends a little time on it, and then moves on (before we nod-off, that is!). If you've always wanted to know more about Technical Analysis (but were afraid to ask your "geek" friends), you'll enjoy this author's method of sharing these concepts along with some of his own investing wisdom. If you are willing to spend some of your own time every week incorporating a few of these tools into your investing decisions (just like Jim Cramer on CNBC advises every night on his TV show), then this book is definitely for you!
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