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Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition

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“The book is called an ‘Encyclopedia’ for a reason. In roughly 1000 pages, it contains 53 chart patterns plus 9 more event patterns which will pretty much cover you for any chart you come across…. if you take technical trading seriously, it is a book that should be on your shelf.”
Alan Battista, Book Review

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The Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, recognized as the premier reference on chart pattern analysis, extends its lead with this Second Edition. This definitive text includes new bull and bear market statistics, performance sorted by volume shape and trend, more than a dozen additional chart patterns, and a new section covering ten event patterns. Significant events—such as earnings announcements, stock upgrades and downgrades—shape today's trading, and Bulkowski gives readers the best information on what happens after those events occur. He also shows you how to trade them and uses reliable statistics to back it all up.

In each chapter of Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition you'll learn the following about each pattern:

  • Results Snapshot—A statistical summary of pattern behavior, including its performance rank, breakeven failure rate, average rise or decline—all separated by breakout direction and market type (bull or bear)
  • Tour—A broad introduction to the pattern
  • Identification Guidelines— Characteristics to look for
  • Focus on Failures—What failed patterns look like, why they failed, and how to avoid them
  • Statistics—The numbers and what they tell you, separated into bull/bear markets and breakout direction, including average rise or decline, failure rates, volume shapes, performance by size, and busted pattern performance
  • Trading Tactics—Strategies to increase profits and minimize risk
  • Sample Trade—Puts it all together, showing the chart pattern in action, with hypothetical or actual trades using real data
  • For Best Performance—A table of selection tips to boost performance

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition also includes summary tables ranking chart- and event-pattern performance for easy reference; a glossary; a chapter on methodology explaining what each statistical table entry means and how it was calculated; and a visual index to make chart pattern identification a snap.

The result is today's most comprehensive and valuable technical analysis reference—one that will save you critical time in identifying chart patterns and increase your likelihood of buying near the price bottom and selling near the top.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 2nd edition (May 2, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 1040 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0471668265
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0471668268
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.93 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.1 x 2 x 10.1 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Thomas N. Bulkowski is recognized by many as one of the world's leading authorities on chart patterns. He is a successful investor and trader with over 35 years of experience trading stocks. He is also the author of the books:

Fiction Titles

Bedroom to Boardroom (a romance novel)

Remember Me (a collection of short stories)

Bumper's Story (a dog story)

Head's Law (a story of good versus evil)

Non-Fiction Titles

Chart Patterns: After the Buy

Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition

Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a Trader

Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition

Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader

Trading Basics: Evolution of a Trader

Trading Classic Chart Patterns

Visual Guild to Chart Patterns

His best selling books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Over 130 of his articles have been published in Active Trader; Stocks, Futures and Options; The Technical Analyst; Traders'; The Trader's Journal; Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities and other magazines.

Before earning enough from his investments to retire from his day job at age thirty-six, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer at Raytheon, a senior software engineer for Tandy Corporation, and a software manager for Tracor-Westronics.

He was the president and charter member of the Keller Writers’ Association, vice president of membership and later treasurer of the Keller Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Keller Parks and Recreation board, president of Keep Keller Beautiful, and vice president of the Friends of the Keller Library. He authored the Keller Recycling Task Force report and Park System Study for the City of Keller.

He enjoys writing fiction, chasing cars with his bicycle, watching flowers bloom in his gardens, woodworking, photography, and reading.

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Quite frankly, and this is coming from a professional technical market analyst, this belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who has advanced beyond the basic introductory concepts of technical analysis. I would highly recommend that anyone who is new to the discipline first begin with the similarly must-have text entitled "How to Make Money in Stocks" by William J. O'Neil. If you have absorbed the phenomenal introduction to charting provided in said text, you will most certainly make frequent use of this text by Thomas Bulkowski. It is absolutely a reference book, rather than a page-turner of a method-based instructional book; for those who are ready to progress towards advanced charting, perhaps those considering taking any of the CMT exams, this is a worthwhile investment!
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