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Trading ETFs: Gaining an Edge with Technical Analysis Hardcover – August 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1576603055 ISBN-10: 1576603059 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576603059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576603055
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Valuable not only for a comprehensive cataloguing of the vast array of exchange-traded funds that are now available but also for the insights into successful trading techniques. . . .This book is recommended both for professionals. . . as well as for the individual investor.”—Clive Corcoran, author, “Long/Short Market Dynamics

 



 “An excellent book, backed up by solid research and informative examples. . . .This is one of the most illuminating works on exchange-traded funds written in recent years.”—Alan Farley, author, “The Master Swing Trader”



“Deron Wagner has written a terrific book on ETFs based on his extensive experience as a trader. He provides numerous insights and examples of his successful trading style. This is truly a must-read book for anyone who trades or is thinking of trading this fascinating investment product.” —Michael Sincere, author, “Understanding Options” and “Understanding Stocks”

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"Valuable not only for a comprehensive cataloguing of the vast array of exchange-traded funds that are now available but also for the insights into successful trading techniques, Deron Wagner's Trading ETFs should become the definitive guide to this increasingly vital part of the capital markets. The book includes numerous examples of the kinds of techniques that Wagner uses in his selection of the most timely ETFs to trade and underscores one of the core insights of his trading discipline, which is to ‘trade what you see, not what you think.’ This book is recommended both to professionals who are using—or should be using—ETFs as an asset class within their portfolios, as well as for the individual investor who wants exposure to wider sectors and geographical regions than those available, with comparable cost-effectiveness,elsewhere."
Clive Corcoran, Publisher and editor, TradeWithForm.com
Author, Long/Short Market Dynamics
Pension fund manager and commentator on CNBC's European Closing Bell

"Deron Wagner has written an excellent book, backed up by solid research and informative examples. This is one of the most illuminating works on exchange-traded funds written in recent years. His incisive commentary on position sizing alone is worth the cost of the book."
Alan Farley, Publisher and editor, HardRightEdge.com
Author, The Master Swing Trader

"Deron Wagner has written a terrific book on ETFs based on his extensive experience as a trader. He provides numerous insights and examples of his successful trading style. This is truly a must-read book for anyone who trades or is thinking of trading this fascinating investment product."
Michael Sincere, Author, Understanding Options and Understanding Stocks

"Having traded the ETF markets since their infancy, Deron Wagner offers the reader a voice of true experience. In this book, he describes an analysis structure that has withstood the test of time. Investors looking for an edge in the ETF marketplace need look no further!"
Bo Yoder, Trader and risk management consultant
Founder, BoYoder.com

"With ETFs now available for the broadest market indexes to the most focused of sectors, Deron’s new book on ETFs is a must-read for investors and traders wanting to simplify the choice of which ETFs to trade and how to trade them."
Greg Capra, President and CEO, Pristine.com


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If you want to make money trading ETF, you must read this book.
Guoying Zhao
Wagner's other book, "Sector Trading Strategies", was good but "Trading ETFs" was excellent.
Edward D. Hamrick
I thought the book was very logically laid out and well written.
Wayne Schindler

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John T. Morris on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Deron Wagner,in Trading ETFs, has presented a very simple, logical and, I think, successful approach to trading ETFs. In a very readable and understandable style and utilizing numerous chart examples, Mr. Wagner describes how he goes about finding the highest probability trades, how he determines the optimum entry point, how he manages open positions, and how he exits positions be they big winners, breakevens, or losers.

He describes his approach as being a "top down strategy". His first step is to determine the direction of the broad market trend; then, once the trend is determined, he finds those indexes that have the most relative strength or weakness compared to the major indexes; then he selects the strongest ETFs within those indexes (or weakest if going short); then he looks at volume for confirmation; and finally he uses one or more of several techniques to properly time the new entry into the selected ETF.

The one thing that I liked most about Mr. Wagner's book was his use of clean and simple charts. He uses almost exclusively only two and sometimes three moving averages, draws simple trendlines and areas of support and resistance, and shows volume levels and averages. He does not "goop' his charts up with additonal indicators such as MACD-Histograms, slow stochastics, and RSI. While these indicators are certainly very useful to many traders, Wagner's plain, simple approach of looking only at price action and volume confirmation has a lot to be said for it.

Risk management and position sizing are touched upon only briefly but adequately and his comments about using trailing stops are most enlightening.

The two chapters describing case studies of 10 ETF's bought long and 10 ETFs sold short are most useful in illustrating the use of Mr.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Trader Mel on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you trade ETF based on technical analysis (chart reading), this is a book that you must read. I've been trading ETF for almost a year. As I'm trying to develop my own trading rules, and strategies, how lucky I am to be able to read a great book like this. It reinforces what I've already known, and completes what I don't know. To me, a successful trading system must clearly define all the following issues, and this book covers them all:

1. How to choose a trade. The book presents a top-down strategy based on relative strength, which is a very reliable indicator.
2. When to enter a trade. The book shows you how to enter on either pull back or breakout.
3. When to exit a trade. The book shows you how to exit a winning trade, as well as losing trade.
4. Position size. The book shows you how to calculate the position size based on volatility of the ETF so that the maximum risk of each trade is the same.

Armed by what I've learned from this book, I hope I am on the way to trading with consistent profit.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pros
- good information on ETF's
- a trading strategy backed up by explanations and examples - charts with winning and losing trades

Cons
- not very well laid out, important information is concealed within the body of the book, I would have liked a more clear and concise approach.
- lacked some explanations of the basic principles;
- the chart examples are not always easy to follow.

All in all this book could have been much better simply with better layout and better formatted illustations. I think I will need to re-read it with a highlighter pen and some post-its

The content is good and the cons should not preclude you from buying the book if you are interested in trading ETFs be it on a day, swing or position basis.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ramal Murali on December 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Wagner cooks up a delightful winning recipe with a clear exposition of ETFs marinated with a perfect blend of technical indicators. This book would satisfy the most discriminating palates of readers interested in trading any securities, not just ETFs, as long as they are open to understanding and using Technical Analysis.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) look and feel like mutual funds but trade like individual stocks. Since ETFs are synthetic instruments (made up of several underlying stocks or indexes) their average daily volume is largely irrelevant in determining their price and liquidity. Wagner provides a `logical step-by-step process that enables the reader to easily master ETF trading using technical analysis'.

In Chapter 1, Wagner gives an excellent review of the history and growth of ETFs. I agree with Mr. Wagner that `the beauty of his top-down strategy in selecting and trading ETFs lies in its simplicity.' First determine the broad market trend (up or down). Second, find the indexes with the most relative strength. Third, find the ETF with the most relative strength for the promising index. Fourth, determine the Long/Short position for the selected ETF that is likely to out-perform the market. Fifth and last, determine the entry timing most likely to out-perform the market.

Wagner cautions that his terminology `Relative Strength' is not the same as the standard RSI (Relative Strength Indicator). Since Wagner compares how one index or ETF acts in relation to the broad market, `Proportional Strength' may be a more appropriate terminology instead of Relative Strength, with the added benefit of avoiding any possible confusion with RSI.

Wagner's discussion on `Analyzing Volume' is interesting but leaves me a bit unsure, perhaps due to my naivete.
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