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Steve Nison revolutionized the world of technical analysis when his two bestselling books introduced Japanese candlestick charting techniques to the western world. "Candles," he discovered, can signal shifts in trends and price patterns with amazing accuracy, and these "storyteller" charts also contain powerful applications for today’s volatile short-term markets.

In The Candlestick Course, Nison breaks new ground once again. From the basics through the more complex stages of pattern recognition, each chapter includes specific learning objectives, key terms, clear-cut instruction, and practical applications. Plus, each end-of-chapter quiz allows readers to perfect their charting abilities before moving on. This book is the ideal training tool for newcomers, and perfect for veterans looking to refine and hone their skills.

Focused on the needs of today’s active traders and investors, Nison:

  • Provides a solid foundation to candlestick charts–reinforcing key skills as you go
  • Reveals how to pinpoint critical market opportunities as they arise, by recognizing key candle signals
  • Tests your ability to accurately analyze and interpret candle charts
  • Demonstrates how candlestick concepts can trigger potent decision-support tools that can confirm–or enhance–buy/sell signals
  • Includes a valuable "progressive charting" case study
  • Ties all the aspects of candlesticks together through interactive examples and visual tests

Whether viewed as a supplement to Steve Nison’s other books and courses, or as your introduction to candlestick charting, this course book will familiarize you with the intriguing world of The Morning Star, The Hammer, The Dark Cloud Cover–and the many other powerful and precise patterns Nison shares with fellow traders and investors.

Not just a one-time read, The Candlestick Course can be used as a valuable reference source, and quick refresher course, time and again.

About the Author

STEVE NISON, CMT, was the very first to reveal the startling power of candlestick charts to the Western Hemisphere. He is acknowledged as the leading authority on the subject. Steve is the author of the "bibles" of candle charting analysis, Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques and Beyond Candlesticks. His work has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Worth magazine, Institutional Investor, and other publications around the world. Mr. Nison has appeared numerous times on CNBC, and his segment on FNN (the precursor to CNBC) brought in the most viewers that network ever had. He has taught thousands of traders and investors around the world. Mr. Nison holds an MBA in finance and investments and was a senior technical analyst at Merrill Lynch and a senior vice president at Daiwa Securities. He was among the first to receive the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation from the Market Technicians Association (MTA).
Mr. Nison is founder and President of CANDLECHARTS.COM which provides educational products and advisory services.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471227285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471227281
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Masonson on August 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Steve Nison, CMT, the author of two previous volumes on candlesticks, and an educator, trader, and seminar speaker, has written a basic workbook on the fundamentals of candlestick charting and how to interpret and use only the most significant patterns. I attended one of his Nison's candlestick workshops at an investor expo, as well as reviewed his video and found them to be excellent educational vehicles.
This book is for those individuals who like to read about certain candlestick characteristics, and then test themselves on their level of understanding. Each chapter begins with a bullet-pointed list of learning objectives and key terms to watch for. It then explains the concept, shows examples, provides highlighted key points, and then provides review questions, and detailed answers. In most all of the chapters, the review questions and answers take up more pages than the explanation of the candlestick pattern or the concept being taught. So, this is more of an instructional and teacher-student approach to the subject.
One chapter entitled "Progressive Charting" is about 50 pages long and contains a walk-through of an unfolding market scenario, a few candles at a time using 88 annotated charts. The purpose of this approach is to help the reader interpret each candle or pattern in a real market situation and learn from his/her experience.
The last chapter entitled "Bringing It Altogether" asks you 42 questions about candlestick charting and provides the detailed answers. This allows the reader to determine his/her level of understanding and areas for further study. The book contains a short "visual" glossary illustrating candlestick patterns.
For readers who are avid students and like to work through numerous exercises and examples of the basics of candlesticks, this book will serve their needs well. For other investors who want more "meat" and detailed information and explanation, then I would recommend Nison's "Beyond Candlesticks" instead.
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I'm reading this book now and it's amazing how much you can learn in so short a time. This is a small book but the information and the way it's presented is outstanding. I wish all of the books that required study put their material in this format. Each section has a quiz to determine that you understand the material. Not only that but detailed answers to each of the questions is included. You're getting double re-enforced learning. While it starts with the basics of candlesticks the book concludes with real examples of applying these patterns. What's really the kicker is that Steve shows how he integrates Western charting techniques with candlesticks to greatly improve the odds in trading.
I don't expect to be a trading wizard after reading through this book but I do expect my trades will be thought out more thoroughly with the right techniques.
Get this book even if you don't use candle charts now.
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This is a wonderful book. It does exactly what it claims. I've read a lot of trading books, and this is probably the only one that I've given 5 stars. Every trader has some familiarity with candlesticks, usually just enough to get into trouble trying to use them. Candlesticks can show changes in market psychology much more rapidly than traditional bar charts, but you need to know how to properly use them before using them as a major trading tool. This book really is a course that starts with the basics, then steps you through graduated complexity to using candlestick signals to trade a historical chart. Each section is followed by a quiz, with the answers provided. The answers are actually expanded course material. I learned the difference between a valid and an invalid signal. More than that, I learned how to properly use the signals. The book moves along rapidly, without a lot of irrelevant discussion or philosophy. It stays focused on the subject. I completed it in just a few hours. Get this book! Learn how to properly use candles in your trading. This course has made a difference in my trading. What more can I say?
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This is a great basic primer on candlestick charting techniques by the guy who allegedly introduced it into the west fifteen years ago. All the basic one, two, and three formations from spinning tops and high wave candles to piercing lines and cloud covers to three soldiers, harami cross and evening doji stars are there. It is pretty amazing that candlesticks are so much simpler but contain more information than standard western tick and point-and-figure charts. Among the things I learned were that hammers must have shadows twice as long as the real body, and the way windows (gaps) are used for support in Japanese trading. The book is arranged with quizzes, and while repetive (and there are a couple of minor mistakes, including on one of the questions), Nisson really drives home the message. Among the things he emphasizes are that candlesticks are best for signaling reversals, and that they are best supplemented by western techniques for price targets and confirmation. Although not quite a complete novice, I'm a slow reader but it only took me three hours to read this in the library. The last part of the book takes you through a chart and points out the formations-dispelling the common critique that technical analysis is completely subjective. Highly recommended and quite a contrast to the information overload of many other trading books.
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