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Technical Analysis of Stock Trends Hardcover – February 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0814408643 ISBN-10: 0814408648 Edition: 9th

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"...worth a space on every technican’s bookshelf.”

-Technically Speaking (Market Technicians Association monthly newsletter), May 2007



“With a focus on pragmatic portfolio theory, editor Charles Bassetti significantly contributes t the technical analysis body of knowledge especially related to tactics, and has created a book worth a space on every technican’s bookshelf.”

-Technically Speaking (Market Technicians Association monthly newsletter)

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Technical Analysis of Stock Trends was the first book to produce a methodology for interpreting the predictable behavior of investors and markets. It revolutionized technical investment approaches and showed traders and investors how to make money regardless of what the market is doing. Now in its ninth edition, the book remains the benchmark by which all other investment methodologies are measured. An indispensable reference for technical traders, investors, and finance professionals, the ninth edition features:

* Expanded treatment of Magee’s ""basing points"" procedure

* In-depth discussion and dissection of Dow Theory

* Extensive new material on commodity trading

* Much-needed perspective on short-term and futures trading

The newest incarnation of one of the true classics of market analysis, this book will be a crucial resource for both seasoned veterans and the new generation alike."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 9th edition (February 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814408648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814408643
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was written in layman's terms with practical applications.
Ocky
After you have read this book you should be very skillful in drawing trend lines,channel lines, and identifying trends on any chart.
One-Day Reversal
There are so many nuggets buried in this book, I read it twice and I'm currently working through some sections for a third time.
M.M.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mike Carr, CMT on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If Edwards and Magee wrote the bible of technical analysis in 1948 when they first published "Technical Analysis of Stock Trends." then why do we need a Ninth Edition of their classic? This question was foremost in my mind as I began reading this recently released version of a book I spent many hours with as I prepared for the CMT exams. After reading all 832 pages, I realized that in many ways, the financial markets, and technical analysis, are finally maturing to the point where we can fully grasp the significance of what was first written almost sixty years ago. With a focus on pragmatic portfolio theory, editor Charles Bassetti significantly contributes to the technical analysis body of knowledge especially related to tactics, and has created a book worth a space on every technician's bookshelf.

In this edition, Bassetti delivers much more than an update - it's actually a new book. He focuses on strategies for increasing profits:

* The basics of traditional chart analysis are clearly presented, just as Robert Edwards meant for them to be. In keeping with the practice of earlier editions, Bassetti retains the original charts showing examples of patterns from the 1940s and earlier. He also includes more than two dozen new charts, demonstrating that the same old patterns still work today. The detailed discussion of the market psychology that forms these patterns may stimulate modern analysts to program the patterns.

* Adds a comprehensive explanation of Magee's "basing points" procedure for setting initial and trailing stops on any position. Bassetti adds a chapter and charts to clarify this powerful concept, which in itself is worth more than the cost of the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book has transformed the way that I think about markets more than any other. There are so many nuggets buried in this book, I read it twice and I'm currently working through some sections for a third time. The basic premise of the book is that human behavior never changes and can be discerned through careful analysis of the tape. After trading billions of dollars in energy commodities I can honestly say that I have found premise of the book to be absolutely true! For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, I encourage you to consider taking the summer class at Golden Gate University taught by Mr. Bassetti, which teaches students how to build trading systems around the concepts presented by Edwards and Magee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Rold on February 8, 2008
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Originally published in 1948, this book is absolutely one of the greats on technical analysis (i.e., using price action, volume and time). The authors claim that all a trader really needs to know is found in the charts. Fundamentals can be tossed aside. You just need to know how to interpret what the chart is saying and then act by taking a position.

But does this approach work? This will depend on the individual. For example, you and I can trade the same stock for 3 years applying technical analysis but the end result can very well be that one of us ends up with a big profit and the other a big loss. The reason is due to the following factors: which patterns to take, the spot where you get in, how far to let a position move against you, and where to take a profit. As you can see, technical analysis is somewhat subjective.

You probably know that there are no guarantees in the trading game. And chart formations are NOT infallible. All the stuff taught in this book will short circuit at one time or another causing a loss. You could even fall into a losing streak. Thankfully, the authors give fair warning about the dangers involved. But despite the unpleasant prospects, this book remains one of the very best places to learn the theory of technical analysis of charts. I recommend going with the 4th or 5th edition, that is all you really need to capture the essence of the material, plus, you'll save yourself a few bucks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John W. Davison on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you're reading this then you're probably skimming the reviews of this book in order to figure out if you should buy this book. The answer is yes. From what I, as a beginner, can tell, this book seems to be exactly what the other reviewers are calling it, _the_ traders bible.

As with any bible, if you are going to take short term trading seriously, (which you most certainly should), this book should not only be read, but carefully studied, and it's teachings analyzed and followed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By One-Day Reversal on September 2, 2007
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Most of the information presented in this book comes from the old classic 1948 version from the original authors John Magee and Robert D Edwards.
Technical Analysis of Stock Trends

You get more "bang for your buck" if you buy the used (Revised) 5th edition and still have some money left in your pocket.
I remember paying just $12.50 for 4th edition in the early 60's. I don't think the supplements(upgrade) to the text to bring in modern stocks is worth the extra bucks. Why spend the extra bucks and get hoodwinked? Charts are always open to interpretation but a master trader who trades everyday can eyeball charts and interpreted them a lot better. Haven't you noticed in everyday life the most skillful people who have the most knowledge come from family generations who did the same business.
You need to work at it to be just as skillful in any business since making profits in a stockmarket does not come easy at first.
What you see is the same type of stock patterns that your Grandpa would have seen if he traded stocks. These price patterns are like road signs you should be able to visualize them on any chart regardless what time-frame. Not knowing stock patterns when they are completed is like driving through stop signs. After you have read this book you should be very skillful in drawing trend lines,channel lines, and identifying trends on any chart. Even today using a newer stock symbol you see the same old basic chart patterns occur as the old fashioned charts a century ago. No oscillators or momentum-based indicators are needed on your chart.
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