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The Master Swing Trader: Tools and Techniques to Profit from Outstanding Short-Term Trading Opportunities Hardcover – December 13, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 443 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071363092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071363099
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Powerful Strategies to Slip Between Day Traders and Long-Term Investors—and Grab Hidden Trading Profits!

Located in the gray area between the lightning-fast day trader and the endlessly patient buy-and-hold investor, the modern swing trader executes intermediate positions that offer highly lucrative results with less volatility. The Master Swing Trader contains a wealth of practical insights and information for using this powerful trading method to profit from short-term price moves often missed by other market participants. After beginning with a detailed background on Pattern Cycle applications and the trend-range axis, The Master Swing Trader presents:
* Dozens of specific trading strategies and setups that include precise reward, risk, and stop-loss considerations
* Concrete tips, tactics, and workflows to make informed choices at each stage of short-term trade evolution
* The 7 Bells – unique tools to uncover high-probability short-term trading prospects

With more than 200 charts and dozens of proprietary setups that illustrate both classic and highly original short-term tactics, The Master Swing Trader doesn’t leave your trading profits to chance. Coldly analytical and backed by real-time trading results, this proven course for short-term traders will help you improve your bottom line, lessen your risks—and increase your confidence in building solid profits in today’s volatile markets!

Biased news stories spun by insiders to manipulate options prices…Questionable stocks pushed by analysts so their trading departments can unload bloated inventories … Quick-trigger day traders chasing the latest chat room buzz …

Today’s top market players understand that our "efficient" markets are actually highly inefficient, driven by insiders with hidden agendas and an irrational pack mentality that has little to do with underlying value. Fortunately, this constant imbalance generates repeated, high-probability trade setups—and Alan Farley’s The Master Swing Trader reveals how you can find and profit from these difficult-to-spot opportunities before they disappear.

Farley’s innovative system is based on Pattern Cycles—shifting market stages that repeat in an orderly, predictable process through all price charts and time frames. These classic Pattern Cycles:
* Describe the machine language within market opportunity
* Reveal the origin of the trade setup
* Explain how to capitalize on inefficiency through every bull and bear phase
* Show exactly where to uncover consistent profit opportunities
* Offer natural methods to shift tactics quickly as conditions change
* Predict the impact of the emotional crowd on trend, range, and price development

The Master Swing Trader will help you apply Pattern Cycles to your advantage, over and over again. By encompassing virtually all market action, and revealing how price moves in a highly predictable manner, its powerful tools will give you the edge you need to take other people’s money before they take yours.

In today’s lightning-fast markets, open information makes profit opportunities decidedly more difficult to spot and capitalize upon—with the investing herd becoming far more skilled at spotting inefficiencies and closing them up quickly. The Master Swing Trader will teach you to recognize these trade setups one step ahead of the crowd, dive in for solid profits, and close out your position before the majority has even caught on.

Pattern Cycles are not easy or automatic; they require concentration, discipline, and skilled execution. But the payoff of these classic strategies is virtually unlimited. Turn to page 1 of The Master Swing Trader now, and open a new world of trading possibilities and profits—the world of the master swing trader!

About the Author

Alan S. Farley is publisher and editor of the Hard Right Edge web portal (, a well-respected resource for short-term trading that provides thousands of traders and investors with free educational materials covering technical analysis, short-term trading tactics, and more. An accomplished private trader and nationally recognized educator on technical analysis and short-term trading tactics, Farley has been featured in Barron’s, SmartMoney, Tech Week, Active Trader, MoneyCentral, Los Angeles Times, Online Investor, and

Customer Reviews

I would say: Dont waist any time or money on this garbage!
Billy Young
I think The Master Swing Trader will definitely stand the test of time, like Elder's Trading for a Living or Murphy's Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets.
Daniel Littman
The negative comments on this book mostly have to do with his writing style.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

466 of 487 people found the following review helpful By RICH D on March 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I realize there are many people who are very passionate about this book, but I am not one of them.
I bought this book when it first came out and have tried multiple times to get something out of it. I just can't. It is an impressive looking book to flip through, though. There are complicated looking charts throughout, and the natural first thought is how exciting it will be to be able to utilize these charts and the tools behind them. I kept reading and reading, waiting for him to get to his point. It just never comes. And the book is written in this almost sing-song like tone. I wish I was an English major so I could better describe it. It's almost like reading an endless string of fortune cookies. Here's a random example from a random page I just opened up to (all of the writing in the book is just like this): "Modify personal style frequently as skills grow. Experience awakens fresh tactics. Trading rules should not strangle fresh ideas. Update them to incorporate your trading evolution. Decide where to place focus at the beginning of each market day. Choose wisely and setups will explode as predicted." Picture over 400 pages of this kind of writing and you have this book.
I realize I will get panned by those who are, for some reason, really into this book. I am writing this review to try to appeal to those who can be objective. There is a common thread among the negative reviews for this book. Pay attention to it. It is not just a coincidence.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By R. McDonald on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was too abstract for a trading book and didn't have much substance. There really isn't much you can use in this book to actually make trades with. Farley is basically a legend in his own mind I think. If you want a good book that has a lot of substance and will actually teach you how to trade, get 'how to profit in bull and bear markets' by stan weinstein, I consistantly make money from the techniques and ideas in that book. Take care, Bob.
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133 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Ed Davis on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, I thought that the author is extremely dishonest, and that the book should be named as

"Swing Rambling On Specially Selected Stock Charts By A Random Mind".

If there is anything that could be called "new" in this "book", it is the dishonesty of the writer who made such "tardemark-claim" on the so-called "seven bells". Yet there is nothing, not a single "bell" is defined in any way, even not defined loosely. That's only useful for the writer: since nobody could test it, or claim whether or not they actually work. Sound familiar? Uh!!! It reminded me the infamous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

I would like to give the writer a second chance: If he could define a single thing out of the "7 bells" on this board, I will be more glad to tell him what is wrong with his "work."
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bray on July 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As I write this there have been 229 reviews before mine. So, I'm not sure what my input will accomplish at this point but I feel compelled to give it anyway.

First, let's get the issue of the author's writing style out of the way. No one's going to confuse him with Steinbeck, but he's NOT difficult to understand if you're a trader with a high school education and you're fluent in English. If you're of reasonable intelligence and, more importantly, if you already have experience with trading and technical analysis, you'll understand everything just fine. In other reviews people have commented that they have a need to be entertained while reading books such as this, which makes me very happy because that's one less person I have to compete with for stock market profits. Worthwhile trading instruction doesn't grow on trees, and I'm more than happy to read a book like this just for the wealth of information it contains. If you want a great read, I'd recommend the new Dean Koontz. If you want to consistently make money in the markets, this is one book that can help you.

The writing notwithstanding, the meat of this book--the concepts--are priceless. I'm an experienced swing trader myself, and I tell you, success in short term trading is very, VERY difficult. It takes no less skill than does being a professional in any other field, and the learning curve is just as long and expensive. It's common knowledge that most new traders fail, and in this business failing means you've lost hard earned money. People say trading is a zero sum game, but that's way too kind--the small trader starts out in a hole.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mink Sahafi on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I can only read a few pages of this book at one time before becoming brain-fogged from the choppy, over-dense writing style.

An example that is typical of nearly every sentence without relief: "Each fresh piece of information shocks the common knowledge and builds a dynamic friction that dissipates through volatility-driven price movement."

Huh? It's rather fascinating in a way because one can understand all the words, but still not quite get the sentence. Page after page after page of this stuff until you want to scream from having to read the same sentence repeatedly.

The book was expensive enough that I regret having bought it, because I'm sure I'll never wade through it. He may have some good ideas, but he definately doesn't have the skill to communicate them through writing.

One almost gets the feeling the author is a foreign speaker with a too-extensive English vocabulary or that he consulted a thesaurus every third word.

I'm giving it 2 stars because one can't help but believe all that verbiage must mean *something.*
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More About the Author

Alan Farley is a private trader and publisher of Hard Right Edge, a comprehensive resource for trader education, technical analysis, and short-term trading techniques. He is author of the McGraw-Hill best-seller "The Master Swing Trader", and popular columnist for The Alan has been on the market scene for well over a decade as a trader, adviser, and author. He is a powerful lecturer on swing trading, including the original strategies and tactics found at Hard Right Edge.

Alan is a frequent contributor to CNBC. He has also been featured in Fidelity Outlook, Forbes, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, Barrons, Smart Money, Futures Magazine, Tech Week, Active Trader, MSN Money, Technical Investor, Bridge Trader, Online Investor, America-Invest, the Los Angeles Times, and Trading Markets.

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