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Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications (New York Institute of Finance) Hardcover – 1 Dec 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: NYIF; 2nd Revised edition edition (Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735200661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735200661
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Murphy is a professor of English at Brigham Young University.


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Format: Hardcover
This is truly excellent book. Suitable for the beginner and the experienced trader. It has been described as the bible, i would not disagree at the very least it is the "first" book that any aspiring trader should read.
Written in a very easy to digest fashion with a very sensible progression, the reader can not only learn techniques, but get a basic outline of all major TA techniques, from which one may decide on a more detailed course of reading that would have otherwise not been possible.
It is a must buy with the "Study Guide" as this gives one the chance to test your command of the subject matter.
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Format: Hardcover
10 out of 10
I have not finished reading it, I am only 60% of the way through, but I had to write a review NOW to help you decide.
Chances are, the price overwhelms you, and you are looking at many other TA books trying to find an equivalent cheaper one. There aren't any.
This book is worth ever dollar. Many other books make TA seem so complicated, difficult. Furthermore, it gives a much deeper understanding of what it explains, many other books simply tell you something but you don't learn why, how, what to do if there is a variance, etc etc you get the idea.
It is a huge book and very well presented. The graphs are well located to the text, easy to understand, each with its own detailed annotations directly underneath as well as references in the text.
It is recently updated, and might I say ~thoroughly~ updated, it has a section on Japanese Candlesticks which makes obsolete a previous book I bought (by the same author, looks like he pasted most of it in this book). Look at the contents, it covers most everything, including Elliot Wave theory. They have done an excellent job at updating it.
There are other TA "Bible" books out there, classic masterpieces, which are very good, however the recent updates made to this one, combined with its easy to read, learn and wonderful presentation make this the winner.
If you get one book on TA, get this one. It is worth the money. You will save money in three ways:
1. if you get another book instead, you won't have to purchase this one later when you realise how lacking the other one is (or worse, buy several trying to fill knowledge gaps)
2. you will make better trades
3. you will save time, learning faster
I really cannot emphasise how well the concepts are explained.
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Format: Hardcover
If anyone has even a slight interest in charting and interpreting stock market movements, then this is the book for you.From novice to expert this book is a must have 10/10.Clear easy reading and not hard to digest,once put into practise it can only improve your trading.
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Format: Hardcover
Anyone involved in the markets, on any time scale, will verify the fundamental need for Technical Analysis in making trading/investment decisions.
Many publications diversify into (very) esoteric theories about T.A., which may or may not be profitable, according to the individuals application.
I have found this book to be clear and concise, explaining the underlying concepts of T.A. in a way that anyone approaching the markets, cash in hand, needs to read to be "grounded" and enabling the reader to further study any given method of choice.
The term "Bible" has been used for this book, I would say for myself, that along with Nison's "Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques" and Bulkowski's "Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns" this book is a constant reference source which needs re-reading and keeping on the desk.
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Format: Hardcover
As an accountant and an economist I can not ignore this book. Anyone wishes to engage in trading shares or commodities, I suggest reading this book. It is a good introduction to a beginner, or to those, who wishes to engage in trading equities. Fundamental analysis is simply not enough to succeed, you must know about technical analysis as well! It's simple to read, BUT it is a must to practise, as TA is an art, as well a science! An econometrician will question some aspects of the book (i.e. random walk), but this does not mean that the techniques explained in the book are not applicable in the real world. I gave 4 stars out of 5, as Murphy did not include much of research Journals (to make academics happy as well) in his book.
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Format: Hardcover
I started studying Technical Analysis about a year ago. John's book was the seventh book I read. I wish it had been the very first. It would have helped tremendously. Highly recommended. Oh, and get it with the Study Guide. Better yet: buy two books - one for daily use and the other to keep!
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Format: Hardcover
It is an excellent book if you have some idea as to what technical analysis is.
I was new to technical analysis one year ago and this was the first book I bought. I found websites more helpful in getting used to the technical terms and to get an overview about technical analysis.
I have subsequently read the book several times and have found it to be incredibly useful.
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Format: Hardcover
You dont need a Phd to read it.
He discusses at length the key aspects of Primary,Intermediate and Short-Term trend,Continuation and Reversal patterns (while addtitionally catering to those who seek complication for its own sake).
His plain english style and compelling logic,mean no stubborn fundamentalist could possibly hope to recognise themselves after reading it.
Whether your likely to become a technical purist,or whether you want technical know-how to fine-tune fundamental buys,this is THE Book to get.Period !!
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