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Getting Started in Technical Analysis

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Technical analysis is the art and science of deciphering chart patterns in order to better analyze and predict prices of a given security. Jack Schwager demystifies technical analysis for investors, introducing them to oscillators, price-and-time charts, on-line charting applications, and much more.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 4th 1999 by Wiley
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Douglass Gaking
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A reasonable introduction to chart analysis that clearly explains basic concepts and points you in the direction of more complex tools that you can explore later. The author encourages critical thinking and developing a trading style that fits the reader's own personality and risk tolerance. The target audience seems to be people interested in creating technical trading systems for day-trading, but it is still helpful for people who want to incorporate some technical analysis in other ...more
Duffy Pratt
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Given a finite sequence of numbers, how does one prove either that they follow a pattern (and will continue to do so), or that they are random? As a pretty thorough skeptic, I've been fairly sure for a long time that there is no proof, one way or the other. So why do I come back again and again to the possibility of trading, and technical trading at that?

I got this book to get reacquainted with the trader's way of thinking and talking. On that level, it certainly did why I wanted it to do. I
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I first read this back when it came out in 1999. The book is part tutorial, but its main goal is to help the reader establish a trading system. I've returned to it often.
Carley Garner
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
A classic! This is a great starter book and the concepts are timeless.
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Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This book provides a lot of information that seems to be more for someone who has read some previous TA texts of has previous knowledge of the subject matter. It doesn't help that a lot of the charts that he describes are on different pages to the descriptions and requires constant flipping back and forth.

Overall I think that Schwager has a lot of very good infomration to present, but falls down slightly on how he goes about it. There is one very good chapter in the book about real-life trading
Aug 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
It has taken me over 3 years to finally wade through this book. I made several stabs at it, but found it so incredibly tedious that I would put it down for weeks on end. As someone who trades, I should have gobbled this up, but it just did not grab me one iota.

The charts in the book are dotted all over the place, often pages away from the text referring to them. The print quality is really poor and the charts are hard to read. This book covers a few technical analysis basics, but it most
T.k. Chun
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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Pros: Wide range of topics
Cons: No depth

The books does exactly what its meant to do, get you started. Technical analysis is a complex subject with a wide variety of sub-topics. The author goes through each of them briefly but explains enough to get you well acquainted. Its contents are well organized and easy to understand. Overall a very good intro to TA.

*If you're looking for something with more depth, you can go for either Kirkpatrick & Dahlquist, Murphy, Pring, or Edwards & Magee's
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A great book I wish I had read sooner
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
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Good book on technical analysis, especially if you are or want to become a stock broker. It is a difficult read for beginners, but if you're interested in day trading, this is a good book to read.
Bob Johnston
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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I've read this 3 times now but I'm such a dumbass that it's gonna take 3 more times before it sticks.
Scott Jensen
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Excited... reads like a textbook, but is the counter argument to Random Walk Down Wall Street.
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Jack Schwager is a recognized industry expert in futures and hedge funds and the author of a number of widely acclaimed financial books. He is currently the co-portfolio manager for the ADM Investor Services Diversified Strategies Fund, a portfolio of futures and FX managed accounts. Previously, Mr. Schwager was a partner in the Fortune Group, a London-based hedge fund advisory firm, which ...more

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