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Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications
ISBN: 0735200661     Date Published: 1999-01-04     Author(s): John J. Murphy
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John J. Murphy has now updated his landmark bestseller Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets, to include all of the financial markets.

`If one could read only one book on technical analysis, this should be the one.` --Knight-Ridder Financial Products and News (on the first edition, Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets, 0-13-898008-X)

This outstanding reference has already taught thousands of traders the concepts of technical analysis and their application in the futures and stock markets. Covering the latest developments in computer technology, technical tools, and indicators, the second edition features new material on candlestick charting, intermarket relationships, stocks and stock rotation, plus state-of-the-art examples and figures. From how to read charts to understanding indicators and the crucial role technical analysis plays in investing, readers gain a thorough and accessible overview of the field of technical analysis, with a special emphasis on futures markets. Revised and expanded for the demands of today`s financial world, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in tracking and analyzing market behavior.

`One way to get started in technical analysis is to read a good book on the subject. One of my favorites is Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications by John J. Murphy. It`s an easy read.` Ralph J. Acampora, CMT, Managing Director, Prudential Securities Inc.
 
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An excellent reference - well worth the investment, September 5, 2005 ByMichael A. Shoemaker (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications (New York Institute of Finance) (Hardcover) It is entirely possible to spend more time reading trading books than doing any actual trading. This is one of the few books that will remain on my bookshelf and I highly recommend it FOR WHAT IT IS INTENDED - an excellent reference on technical analysis (TA). What I was looking for was something to provide clear, concise descriptions on various technical indicators across all types - trend analysis, price patterns, candles, oscillators, etc. And Murphy not only does this well, but his work provides enough information that I do not see the need for another book on TA on my bookshelf, even though I know that other very good books are available (e.g. Pring). But this one is enough for me. It is well organized and indexed so that I can rapidly look up something while I am setting up trades and get the basic info that I need. One surprise was how well written the book was and how much I enjoyed reading it. I expected a dry reference book but instead found an...
 
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Technically speaking, one should buy this book, August 9, 2001 ByLance Mead (Traverse City MI) - See all my reviews This review is from: Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications (New York Institute of Finance) (Hardcover) Investing isn't easy. Investing profitably is even harder. As a result, investors are always looking for that `angle', that `edge' that will help them realize more consistent profits.In the past 2 decades, many on Wall Street have come to believe that technical analysis of stock charts is one of those tools. Having worked in the financial services markets since 1987, I do believe that technical analysis can be a helpful tool. And if you are looking for a definitive source of TA, then look no further.Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John Murphy covers all the basic aspects of TA: philosophy, chart construction, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trends, major technical pattern recognition, moving averages, oscillators, times cycles, computer trading systems and much more. He also covers different methods of charting, including bar, point and figure and candlestick (be aware that most of the analysis techniques he presents apply to bar charting, not PnF or...
 
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Bible of Technical Analysis., July 22, 2000 By"steve_08830" - See all my reviews This review is from: Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications (New York Institute of Finance) (Hardcover) This is by far one of the best sources on Technical Analysis that one can be lucky enough to find. Mr. Murphy has a clear and simple way of conveying the subject to us. The book starts off with the Philosophy behind Technical Trading, Dow Theory, chart construction, then moves onto the basic concepts of Trend, and General Patterns, Moving Averages, Oscillators, Japanese Candlesticks, Time Cycles, Money Management, and eventually leads onto a Checklist. What I like about Mr. Murphy is his way of showing and proving a point. Let me digress here to show you what I mean: Say you had a daughter and wanted to show her how to figure out the area of an Isosceles triangle. Well, you could tell her to memorize that it is base*height/2. Or if you really wanted her to learn it thoroughly you can show her how to draw a parallel line to the height, then join the ends to make a nice rectangle. Then to compute the area of a...
 
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