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The Evolution of Technical Analysis: Financial Prediction from Babylonian Tablets to Bloomberg Terminals

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A comprehensive history of the evolution of technical analysis from ancient times to the Internet age Whether driven by mass psychology, fear or greed of investors, the forces of supply and demand, or a combination, technical analysis has flourished for thousands of years on the outskirts of the financial establishment. In The Evolution of Technical Analysis: Financial Predic ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by Bloomberg Press (first published August 11th 2010)
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Chris Esposo
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of the history of technical analysis from Babylonia to right before the contemporary machine learning era in finance. The author does a good job of showing how technical analysis arose from a "scientific mindset" albeit one that was unveiled in mysticism and astrology, when ancient traders and money changers augmented observation of harvest, politics, and flows of goods with star-gazing to serve as predictive indicators to phenomena in the forthcoming seasons.

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Keith
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People spending time in and about the stock market
Shelves: business, math
The first half of the book says that technical analysis is an ancient, low prestige, profitable occupation. The second half of the book goes into the modern evolution of technical analysis, and that it is hardly more respectable now than it was then than. The authors point out that there are flaws in the dominant theory, which is the Efficient Market Hypothesis, and therefore technical analysis has value.

According to the book, for thousands of years, Technical Analysis has not been respected, a
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