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Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0131531131
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"I’ve been reading technical analysis works for forty years. This is the first book on the subject worthy of being called both comprehensive and disciplined. It will be a great asset to both practitioners and serious students alike.”
—Phil Roth, CMT, Chief Technical Market Analyst, Miller Tabak + Co.

“The authors deftly straddle the divide between the artistic and the rigorous aspects of technical analysis. The publication of this text is an important financial-market event and the authors are to be congratulated.”
—John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, President, Bollinger Capital Management

“The authors have done a superb job of making the subject so understandable, setting goals for each chapter, and seeing they are met, with a concise summary at each chapter’s end. After four decades of practicing the subject, I am proud to place my colleagues’ book in a prominent spot in my technical analysis library.”
—Alan R. Shaw, CMT, former Managing Director, Smith Barney, second President of Market Technicians Association

“As both a technical analysis teacher and practitioner, I have long looked for a book that covers the subject from a practitioner’s perspective and at the same time meets a student’s need to learn a complete body of knowledge. Kirkpatrick’s and Dahlquist’s book is the first I have seen that hits the mark on both fronts.”
—Bruce M. Kamich, CMT, Adjunct Professor of Finance, Baruch College, and former president, Market Technicians Association

About the Author

Charles D. Kirkpatrick II, CMT, is president of Kirkpatrick & Company, Inc., a technical analysis research firm. He has appeared on CNBC and Wall Street Week, and has been quoted in Barron’s, Money, and BusinessWeek. An instructor in finance at the School of Business Administration, Fort Lewis College, he is a two-time winner of the Market Technicians Association’s prestigious Charles H. Dow Award for research in technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician, a member of the board of directors of the Market Technicians Association and the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation, and editor of the Journal of Technical Analysis. He is a graduate of both Harvard (AB) and the Wharton School (MBA).


Julie R. Dahlquist, Ph.D., received her B.B.A. in economics from University of Louisiana at Monroe, her M.A. in theology from St. Mary’s University, and her Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University. Currently, she is a senior lecturer, Department of Finance, at the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. Dr. Dahlquist serves on the UTSA Executive-MBA faculty and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She is the coauthor (with Richard Bauer) of Technical Market Indicators: Analysis and Performance (John Wiley & Sons, 1999). Her research has appeared in Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Technical Analysis, Managerial Finance, Applied Economics, Working Money, Financial Practices and Education, and the Journal of Financial Education. She serves on the board of the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation, on the editorial board of the Southwestern Business Administration Journal, and as a reviewer for a number of journals, including the Journal of Technical Analysis.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131531131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131531130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Masonson on December 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Charles Kirkpatrick II, CMT, and Julie Dahlquist, Ph.D., the authors, have decades of experience in using and/or teaching technical analysis on the college level. Their subject mastery is apparent in this well-written all-inclusive textbook , which is clearly and logically written. Each chapter builds on the knowledge learned in prior chapters. In addition, there is an extensive 18-page bibliography.

This 672-page 23-chapter book is written in a college textbook style. For example, each chapter begins with a handful of objectives, followed by the subject matter including large easy-to-read charts and tables (many created using TradeStation charts and data from Ned Davis Research, Inc.), and ends with a conclusion section, as well as review questions.

In the introduction to the subject, the authors review the history of technical analysis, as well as the importance of trends, and the controversy surrounding the validity of the random walk hypothesis and the efficient market hypothesis. Next, the focus is on market indicators (Dow theory, market sentiment, market breadth indicators (ARMS Index, 90% down days, new highs and new lows, and percent of stocks above their 10 and 30 dmas), cycles and patterns, and fund flows into the market. Also reviewed are breakouts, stop placements, retracements, and moving averages.

There is an extensive review of chart construction, chart pattern analysis and trend confirmation using bar charts, candlesticks, and point-and-figure charts. Also covered is a discussion on cycles, Elliott wave, Fibonacci and Gann. Furthermore, there is a discussion of trading and investing and market and issue selection. A chapter on system design and testing, and money and risk management provides additional insight into the subject.
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Technical Analysis by Kirkpatrick and Dahlquist has raised the bar and set the standard for TA books. It's far more advanced than Murphy's Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets, and a much easier read, as well as more scientific, than Pring's Technical Analysis Explained.

It consists of 629 pages loaded - I'm talking small type - with brilliant insights on stock analysis and market analysis. The book serves as a guide, a text book on TA, and a myth buster of some of the "pie in the sky" vodoo that tends to distort the image of TA. It tells you - with statistics and scientific research - what's effective, what was never effective and what used to be effective. After already having read several investment books on TA and fundamental analyis and having went to B-School, I still learned both fundamental things and TA things from this book.
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This is by far the best book I have read on technical analysis. It is a complete guide to all the different aspects of T/A. The best part of the book and the reason it I give it 5 stars, is the fact that the author has tested all of the indicators himself (and his team), and if he hasn't tested them personally, he list someone who has. He provides you with the success/failure rate of different indicators, what % of the time the stock will rise after say a declining wedge, and how often contrarian trading works to your advantage.

If you have not read a book on T/A before, I would recommend reading something like Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets. I think you will get more out of the book if you already have a good knowledge base built up before hand.
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By Jackal on November 29, 2008
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If you don't know the field and want an overview this textbook is very good. You get the overview, but that is all. You have to do with very basic fundamental description. You don't get any information about the usefulness of each approach. So don't expect to use this book directly for trading. It will however direct your search for further information, even though I would have appreciated a "further readings" section in each chapter. If you already know the field, the book is still okay. Since it covers all areas of technical analysis it can be good to see what you have missed.

I give it only four stars for two reasons. First, I don't think it is essential to have a textbook at all. I prefer to go to the source material. Second, the authors use data from Ned Davis Research for some chapters. This is all interesting, but that data is only available for institutional investors so it does leave the independent investor/trader a bit in the dark.

I have written several short reviews on trading books. The best way is to compare the score on the books I've read. Many reviews on amazon.com are just glorious 5 star reviews. I use all five categories; sorry but everything isn't "great". Books rated 5 are very good. Books rated 4 are good solid books well worth reading. Books rated 3 can be bought by some people who read a lot or have very specific needs. Books rated 1 or 2 I would not recommend buying or reading. Naturally all in my humble opinion.
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This will be a short review. If you have any desire to learn more about Technical Analysis, every aspect, from zero level to advanced. This is the only book you need. I trade actively and this book is always within reach. 95% of all financial investment books are crap, picking your pocket, this book is worth the price. We refer to it as the bible in my trading firm. Fear not.
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