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The most profitable traders succeed because they can see what others cannot. Now, with The Insider Edge in your hand, you have everything you need to follow in their footsteps and put yourself on the path to trading for windfall profits.

Time and time again, author and trading guru Guy Cohen has successfully anticipated market events—including the fall of Bear Stearns—which most commentators failed to see coming.

In The Insider Edge, Guy shares his proven secrets so that you, too, can read the markets like a pro and make better trading decisions. Many of the savviest, best informed traders gravitate towards the options market, and this book reveals a revolutionary new trading indicator, the OVI (Options Volatility Indicator), that uses options transaction data to follow what these experts are trading so that you can spot—and capitalize on—new trends as they emerge.

Introducing the OVI for the first time, explaining why it works, and what it can do for you, this book shows you how to combine the OVI with the right chart pattern to build a robust trading plan. Offering a helpful overview of the most popular chart patterns and identifying those that work best with the OVI, The Insider Edge is designed to help you make money when breakout opportunities emerge, while minimizing risk at all times.

Groundbreaking and innovative, this is a book about making smart decisions, uniquely informed by what the pros are doing. Providing readers of all levels of trading experience with access to invaluable additional resources online, including the top twelve OVI charts, this is the only book you need to gain the ultimate insider edge.

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"Guy Cohen's work confirms that the observation of price and volume action alone is all that is necessary for investment success. Here he creatively expands on this essential investment principle by seeking an edge through the incorporation of price and volume information inherent in options transaction data, namely trading volume and open interest, in conjunction with favorable technical patterns and trends that are identifiable in the underlying stocks. The end result is an inspiring, concrete, and elegant system that investors can both learn from and readily employ in their own trading."
—GIL MORALES, coauthor of Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market and co-managing director of VirtueofSelfishInvesting.com

"The Insider Edge is a new twist to discovering price activity that avid traders are sure to enjoy."
—LARRY WILLIAMS, trader

"Guy Cohen developed the proprietary Options Volatility Indicator (OVI) to help confirm chart pattern setups. The Insider Edge explores that marriage of indicator and patterns with numerous examples followed by trading plans to manage those trades. If you are having problems getting chart patterns to work, perhaps the OVI can help."
—THOMAS BULKOWSKI, author of the bestselling Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition, and owner of ThePatternSite.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118245288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118245286
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Actually, this certainly was a waste of time and money. I could hardly wait to get the book from Amazon, I even paid for next day delivery. Mr. Cohen's other books that I have bought have been very good and I consider my best research and reference source. INSIDER EDGE is a great title and that's where it stops. It appears to me that it's a great instruction manual for his system, but getting the cart before the horse. Leading an individual into buying his system and paying for the instructions first. How many more surprises? Yes Sir Mr. Cohen I still respect your knowledge and abilities and will continue to follow THE BIBLE OF OPTION STRATEGIES as a how to book. After all this isn't my first rodeo, I'm 81 years young and looking forward to continue trading options. Just thought this might cut down on my allotted research time. Not buying any green bananas. I'm surprised that you used this method to hood-wink your followers. Giving this one star for creativity.

Gone Fishin,
Robert
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I completed reading the book in 4 days and am a critic for 'The Insiders Edge'. Generally, I do not make any comments on most of the books but being a critic, I am giving 5 Stars because the author Mr. Guy Cohen has written an excellent concept in a simple way that can be easily understood even by a layman without any sophisticated mathematical/technical/ option concepts even though I may not agree logically whether it will work always. I come from Math/Science/Fundamentals background where I always analyze stocks based on moat of business, the Earnings/Cashflow/Valuation perspective of business and will be biased to technical indicators as I do not believe/understand much.

This book is targeted to Short-Term Speculators and with this in mind, I read the above book which summarizes into 3 main concepts such as "Chart Pattern + OVI (Option Volatility Indicator) + Trading Rule = Success". Chart Patterns in simple terms explains how to spot a bullish trend in terms of VMV (If we write the letters VMV closely and tilt to 20 degree angle to down side towards right - we get a bullish chart pattern of 'Support' and 'Resistance' lines if we view the stock price for 3 months or more) and bullish channel pattern which is same as VMV but goes on sideways instead of down side. Mr. Guy has created an OVI Indicator based on Options data where the insider's has an edge and start buying Call or Put Options for Stocks/ETF's and he has devised a own indicator based on options buying pattern algorithm which simply measures in the form of graph of -1 to +1. Anything above 0 to +1 indicates a bullish pattern and anything below 0 to -1 indicates a bearish pattern.
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I read this book in literally a couple of days, mainly because there are so many pictures, which I found easy to understand.

The book is focused on a single strategy that I found easy to implement and certainly makes logical sense. The OVI is an indicator based on options transactions and has a logical basis that I have found very insightful and profitable. Stick to the bigger stocks with enough liquidity and that keeps the workload down to a few minutes, and makes more sense for the indicator.

The strategy also has echoes of O'Neil, which was reassuring, so definitely a keeper.
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I rarely write reviews but this was such a waste of time I had to this time. There is zero value in this book, just 250 pages of cherry-picked success stories with an indicator that is not defined and remains a mystery. It would be of some value if it was an indicator you could actually learn, create and put to work in real time situations. If you want to make money trading based on Institutional Options Flow there are plenty of good websites, book is a waste of money and time though it only took 12 minutes to read because it is mainly filled with worthless charts.
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I heard about this book on a radio show and was not disappointed. It was simple enough for me to understand and implement, and Mr Cohen certainly seems to have a good thing going with his OVI indicator. I am already having joy with it and I'm only a beginner. His emphasis on sticking to his trading plan is a must.

Definitely worth the read and following up with real application.
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