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Markets in Profile: Profiting from the Auction Process Hardcover – February 16, 2007
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This book is a bold call to action for all investorsfrom day traders through the longest-term individual investors, to traditional asset managers and hedge funds that control trillions of dollars. It challenges serious traders, investors, and researchers to reach beyond price-based market analysis and traditional fundamental research for a more contextual approach . . . an approach that translates the principles of behavioral finance into actionable reality by examining the relationship between price, time, and volume.
The authors take a profoundly different approach toward the traditional separation between day, short-, intermediate-, and long-term investors, pointing out that even the longest-term professional investor is a day trader on the day they enter, exit, trim, or add to a position. Lead author Jim Dalton and coauthor Eric Joneshaving been heavily involved in selecting hedge funds and traditional managers for a leading Wall Street financial services firmcan attest to the importance of each basis point of performance in a world where one quarter's results can trigger financial triumph or a quick exodus.
In May of 2006, two months before the book was to be delivered to the publisher, the U.S. stock market broke eight percent in a matter of dayssending investors and the media into a tailspin. The authors saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate their theories in real-time, as opposed to cherry-picking historical events that supported their claims. The event unfolds in Chapter 6 and the authors offer sound advice and strategies on how to navigate market activity yet to unfold. The results are summarized in the Appendix, which was written after the book was submitted to the publisher. You be the judge.
Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, Markets in Profile teaches you the market's basic auction process, redefines how to view and conduct research, separates the markets into different time frames, illustrates the importance of inventory imbalances, and, in sum, demystifies market behavior by showing you how to organize the market's auction process in a scientific, systematic way.
From the Back Cover
"Good books teach, but the best books enlighten. Markets in Profile is much more than a lucid explanation of the Market Profile and its application; it is an enlightening perspective on auction markets and the principles underlying all trading, regardless of time frame. Clearly written with many practical examples, Markets in Profile moves seamlessly from trading how-to's to trading psychology and back again, emphasizing the trader's dual challenge of understanding markets and understanding self. In so doing, authors Dalton, Dalton, and Jones have produced a worthy successor to their classic Mind over Markets."
—Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author of The Psychology of Trading and Enhancing Trader Performance
"Markets in Profile is a brilliant, insightful work that should be required reading for any trader. Dalton, Dalton, and Jones will transform your trading technique through their unique knowledge of the markets and understanding of trading psychology."
—Martin Sheridan, commodities trader, NYMEX member
"This book provides a fresh approach to behavioral finance—ideas that I have used to great benefit."
—Gregory A. Ehret, Senior Managing Director, State Street Global Advisors
"Few people understand the dynamics of the auction process as well as Jim Dalton. Market Profile offers a graphic representation of this process and Markets in Profile illustrates Jim's mastery of it."
—Steve Dickey, Vice President of Market Data Products, Chicago Board of Trade
"Market data speak volumes and Jim Dalton has deciphered the code. In Markets in Profile, Jim shares his techniques of profitable trading in a most readable and entertaining format. Serious traders, both professional and amateur, should benefit from the application of Jim's volumetric approach to reading what investors are telling us through their collective buy-sell transactions."
—Walter Sall, professional investor
Top Customer Reviews
You can imagine, then, my delight when I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of the authors' new work, "Markets in Profile" and provide a review statement for the book's cover. I turn down these endorsement requests rather often. Frankly, many of them are simply favors being done by buddies and don't reflect an actual reading of the text. The least authors can do for their readers is keep it real.
There was no problem in my keeping it real when I wrote that "Good books teach, but the best books enlighten". Markets in Profile is one of those enlightening books, because it takes the conceptual framework from the first book and applies it to concrete trading time frames and trading scenarios. In that sense, I would say it is a worthy bridge between theory/understanding and practice.
A core theme of Markets in the Dalton, Dalton, and Jones text is the following nugget: "If you can correctly identify which timeframe is in control of market activity, and you have a good understanding of how the individual timeframes generally behave, then you are in a stronger position to trade, invest, and effectively control risk.Read more ›
One of the things that most, if not all of us forget when we're analyzing and trading the markets is exactly what's going on. We see the movement of prices and fail to remember what is really happening to create that price movement. That's the auction process. To quote the authors, "... price and volume move over time to facilitate trade in the pursuit of value."
A great deal of effort is expended by market participants to determine value. Fundamental stock market analysts spend hour upon hour trying to come up with a figure that represents the worth of a company based on earnings, book value, and other factors. That is all fine and good, but it is the market, in the end, which defines value. And it does so on a running basis.
The problem we market participants have is that we focus too much on price, which the authors indicate is merely the advertising side of the auction process. They demonstrate how price is just a way for the market to seek value. There's an important distinction here. Price is not value. It is just a way for the market to find value, which is defined as the price area where volume is generated because buyers and sellers meet in agreement.Read more ›
This book helped me understand why the Market Profile has not been widely adopted by traders, investors, professional money mangers--it's just not an easy concept to fully grasp without serious study and practice. Everyone wants a quick fix. An easy answer. A black box that prints money. People are generally not prepared to take the time and effort to learn what is essentially an art. This book combines potent theory with real-world examples of how the Profile makes it possible to take advantage of what Dalton calls "asymmetric risk opportunities."
There is no hedge fund Holy Grail. Dalton makes it clear that the Profile is not some magical technical system; it's simply a means of organizing market activity so that it's possible to recognize archetypes early enough to adapt and capitalize. The Profile is like a code that when cracked gives you phenomenal insight into market behavior. This book is a primer on how to understand that code--and yourself in the bargain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The reason why I gave two stars to this Book needs some explanation. I read James Dalton's Masterpiece Mind Over Markets: Power Trading with Market Generated Information, Updated... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Big Data Paramedic
Very Clear precise Concepts / Methods. Anybody who is serious about Trading should utilize this book for getting clarity on how markets work and evolve. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Helped my understanding of market structure and trading wisdom. Recommend it for anybody wanting to apply Market Profile to their trading strategy.Published 6 months ago by The Lone Comic
One of the missing parts to your security trading. It has changed the way I look at the market. A great book for any stock trader.Published 7 months ago by BrentBeck