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A Complete Guide To Volume Price Analysis Paperback – September 21, 2013
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Hi - my journey into the financial markets was prompted by a desire to make sense of the jargon filled replies I usually received when asking any financial adviser, the simplest of questions. Clearly they believed as a mere woman, I was incapable of understanding the complexities of the markets. This prompted my desire to learn, and since then I have been involved in every aspect of trading and investing for over seventeen years. Now at last, I have the luxury of time, to devote the next phase of my life to writing a series of books with one aim. To explain complex subjects and concepts surrounding the financial markets, in a clear and simple way. I actually began my professional life, as an English teacher. However, English was not my first language, having arrived in the UK from Italy at the tender age of three. At that time I spoke no English whatsoever, and my first memories are of my little village school in Scotland where I grew up, and where I learnt to read and write, chalk in hand! Very old fashioned, but what a wonderful way to learn. Since then, I have never stopped talking! - well I am Italian and as I'm sure you know, Italians ALWAYS have an opinion on EVERYTHING!! Languages must be in my blood, as I also studied French and Spanish. I've now transferred the 'teaching gene' into written form through the power of Amazon. I hope, that whether you are a trader, investor or a speculator, you will find one, or perhaps more, of my books useful in your own approach to the markets. Kind regards Anna
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Regarding the actual VPA, I found it is useful on futures/forex and in micro timeframes, by micro I mean 1min ~ 15min chart. However if you apply it to stocks, there will be too much noise as often the stock move with the rest of the market or industry, and the specialists have many ways to manipulate the price and hiding the volume. It still helps you on analyzing the move, but by itself does not form a system.
Throughout the book, the author used lots of paragraphs to emphasise "the great value", "great power", "extremely powerful", "so powerful" of VPA, I would say almost 5% of the words are used on that, too much that almost like a brainwashing. A logical reader will automatically realize the value if it truly benefits, this is totally unnecessary.
Generally, it helped me on getting more insights on the market, very good book for beginners.
Anna's excellent ground up cause and effect presentation has made a lasting and continuing improvement in both my trading style and results.
The first, glaring, issue, is, the way overuse, and incorrect use, of, too many commas, in this, book and the run on sentences, and, the overuse, of, exclamation points! Minus, one, star.
The second issue is the glaringly false claims (minus 2 stars):
-She claims that it's impossible for market makers to hide volume. Not true. 40% of all volume occur in dark pools, options exercise can hide volume, and ETFs don't include the volume of the underlying assets.
-The second strange claim is that because trading is subjective, it is impossible for computers to trade the market. First, computers are programmed by subjective humans. Second, algos are estimated to be 50% of all market volume. Third, has she not even heard of latency arbitrage?! Anna, go read Flash Boys and Dark Pools.
-The third incorrect claim is that volume can be read the same regardless of the time frame. Wrong! In the intraday charts you can see volume always forms a U shape. You won't see this in daily or weekly charts.
Third issue is she claims stock bottoms are flat consolidation patterns. But one just needs to look at any stock and see that while tops are often flat, bottoms are usually V-shaped. Tops can also be inverted V-shaped.
She has made interesting claims about 'volume anomalies' which got me thinking. I'm really big on looking at volume myself, and I'm pretty good at predicting volume spikes before they happen. I agree with 2/3rds of what she says and I think this book overall helped me up my game.
The book is an easy read but there is too much repetition. The author provides a bullish and bearish case for each situation but I find it overkill to go in the same lengthy details. Once you understand the bullish case then the bearish is just the opposite and the author should trim it down. I hope you like the word "whilst" because you will probably find 500 occurrences of that word in the 150 or so pages :) I was quite surprised when I got the book with its unusual format (for a book that is) of 8.5 x 11! I then thought this was great for displaying large charts to actually find out their size would fit in a much smaller standard book. Unfortunately the biggest drawback of this book are the charts. Not only they are small (compared to the book size) but they are almost impossible to read. You cannot distinguish a bullish to a bearish candle. The charts are grey on black. I can't believe the publisher printed it out as is.
I would give a 3 stars for that because it is a crucial part of the book where everything is put together and the chart quality makes it hard to follow. However I am rating it 4 stars because technical trading should be kept to simple things and this is what this book is promoting. Volume + Price is everything. Everything else derives from it.
As you get the hang of her methods, and as you get more practice, you can find entry points and exit points for stocks. Trend changes can pop out. This has to be one of the most helpful investment books that I have read.
I found the kindle version works very well. The charts in the last few chapters have to be enlarged, but the kindle will do that.