A Short Course in Technical Trading


A one-of-a-kind guide to technical trading

"In trading, timing is everything, and now is the time to read this excellent and easy-to-follow book on technical trading systems by Perry Kaufman. He shares his trading tips, insights, and sound advice. He takes you from his rules on price to the recognition of trends and the importance of breakouts. Enjoy this book and find out why trading systems work and which ones work the best."
–Ralph J. Acampora, CMT
Director of Technical Research, Prudential Securities, Inc.

"Investors and traders who have been battered by the markets in recent years may find themselves saying, ‘There must be a better way.' There is: systematic trading. In this timely book Perry Kaufman provides an excellent introduction to the world of systematic trading, where rules–not emotions–rule."
–John Bollinger, CFA, CMT

"This book is a terrific basic text for those who are looking for a clear and concise introduction to technical analysis. Of great value are the personal insights of the author, a noted authority on the development of trading systems."
–David Krell, President and CEO
International Securities Exchange, Inc.

PERRY J. KAUFMAN is a leading expert in trading systems and the developer of successful investment programs for over thirty years. He is actively involved in the practical analysis needed to support international investment management. Kaufman is the author of Trading Systems and Methods, 3rd Edition (Wiley) as well as eight other books. He has published numerous articles in Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, Futures Industry, and Futures magazine. This book is the result of a graduate course taught at Baruch College in the Spring of 2002. Mr. Kaufman can be reached at


Timing Is Everything

Charting the trend

Breakout Trends

Calculating the Trend

The Trading Game

Channels and Bands

Event-Driven Trends

Controlling the Risk of a Trade

One-Day Chart Patterns and Reversals

Continuatiohn Patterns

Top and Bottom Formations

Retracements, Reversals, Fibonacci Numbers, and Gann

Volume, Breadth, and Open Interest

Momentum and MACD

Overbought/Oversold Indicators and Double Smoothing

Managing Your Entry and Exit

Volatility and Portfolio Management

Dow Theory