- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118087070
- ISBN-13: 978-1118087077
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Janus Factor is an entertaining and learned discourseon the stock market. Anderson’s explanations of complexsubjects, such as entropy and feedback, are superb, and his Janusmethod introduces many intriguing concepts that he tests forimproved profit performance. It’s an excellent, well-written,and informative book that ends with specific methods to help youmanage your portfolio. You won’t be able to put itdown.”—Charlie Kirkpatrick, co-authorof Technical Analysis and author of Beat theMarket
“For the past 30 years computers have aided the masses topush a button to become hopeful experts in technical analysis ofinvestment markets. This powerful software revolution has almostsingle handedly replaced original thinking and innovation in thefield of market analysis. I have followed Gary’s unique andinsightful work for many years. In The Janus Factor Gary describesin wonderful detail his methodology which can be found nowhereelse. This work is a one of a kind lesson on what drives marketsand profits.”—Peter Mauthe,Chief Implementation Officer, Mauldin Companies
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To A Trader, some profits may seem to come more easilythan others. There is a reason for this—known as the JanusFactor—and it’s the single most powerful influence onyour trading results.
Nobody understands this better than author Gary Edwin Anderson--athirty-five-year market veteran and winner of the 2003 Charles H.Dow Award from the Market Technicians Association. And now, withThe Janus Factor, he shares his extensive insights on thisimportant topic with you.
Janus was the Roman god of gates and doors and was represented bytwo opposing faces, suggesting the two-sided nature of things.Here, Anderson uses the metaphor of Janus to explain the dualnature of the markets and how the markets vacillate between twodifferent environments: one which is dominated by trend followersand the other by contrarian bargain hunters.
As Anderson addresses how to recognize these shifts--which will putyou in a better position to improve your odds of success frommarket to market--he also offers a systematic view of how positiveand negative feedback loops drive capital flows in the stockmarket. With a firm understanding of how those flows tend to favoreither sector leaders or sector laggards at different time, you'llnot only be better equipped to find the market's high-probabilitysweet-spot, but you'll also discover how to avoid low-probabilitytrades. Along the way, Anderson also shows you what it takes tocompute "The Spread," which he considers a trader's ultimaterisk-management tool.
Whether you're a new trader or a seasoned pro, The JanusFactor has what you need to succeed. Filled with valuableinsights into market behavior and new methods for interpretingstock market trends, this reliable resource will help you enter themarket with confidence and exit with profits.
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The indicators are of sufficient interest to me that I plan to add them to my own indicator library. In reviewing the manuscript for the book a colleague did some tests of some of these indicators and the results are indeed encouraging. One innovation called Direction of Momentum or DOM shows potential as a general market timing indicator. It has the very interesting property of smoothness achieved without the lag inducing effect caused by moving average smoothing.
The book is written in a very understandable and entertaining manner but it never talks down to the reader. If you are interested in technical analysis in general, analysis of industry groups and any form of relative strength investing this books is a gold mine.
It's fair for the reader of this review to understand that I know the author personally. I sought Mr. Anderson out as result of my interest in his innovative research on relative strength investing. My interest in Gary's research grew and when I heard he was considering writing a book I was very much in favor. The reader should also know that Mr. Anderson wrote a favorable review of a book I wrote, however my decision is to write this review is based only on my strong opinion that the Janus Factor is an excellent book. It has certainly set my thinking on the subject in a new direction.
David R. Aronson
Hood River Research Inc.
The Janus Factor's existence raises an interesting question: How many other brilliant works are out there and remain relatively unknown?
You'll never look at the market in the same way after you read this book -- as all serious market analysts and money managers should.
-- Walter Deemer (Charter Member, MTA)