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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Murphy is a professor of English at Brigham Young University.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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 !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't buy this, it is out of date, high frequency trading by super computers now dominate the market and technical analysis as described in the book is obsoletePublished 7 hours ago by Ger
It is a very well written book and it is no accident that it has established itself as a classic.Published 2 months ago by Imre Szakal
A complex subject clearly explained. Essential reading for any trader in financial markets.Published 4 months ago by Sebastian Thynne
I've been day trading full time now since 2013, in that time I have bought over twenty five books on trading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Taylor
excellent book dealing with aspects of fundamental anaylsis even for a novicePublished 11 months ago by Laxmiram bethina
Comprehensive indeed! This book gives a solid grounding in the bases of technical analysis, as well as a thorough account of the key indicators with lots of examples. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David
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