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Technical Analysis For Dummies, 3rd Edition


Learn to:

  • Grasp and apply the basic principles of technical analysis
  • Improve your profits
  • Use data to decide when to buy or sell individual securities
  • Join the smart money crowd that knows when to hold, and when to fold

The guide to analyzing your way to greater profits

Savvy traders have been using technical analysis for over a century. It’s easier than ever with PCs and the Internet to use technical analysis to make smarter trading decisions. This hands-on guide includes the latest updates on technical indicators and practical examples that accurately reflect today’s financial atmosphere.

  • Open the technical analysis toolbox — get a clear overview of technical analysis; observe prices and make trading decisions in a new way
  • Get in the technical mind frame — discover how to select indicators that match your personality and preference for risk
  • Set the bar — understand how to observe price bars and small patterns to earn cold, hard cash
  • Be trendy — use indicators to identify whether your price is trending, the strength of the trend, and when the trend is at a reversal
  • Get dynamic — consider dynamic lines, momentum, and volatility to ramp up your technical analysis and profits

Open the book and find:

  • Why technical analysis does and doesn’t always work
  • Ways to identify crowd behavior and patterns
  • When to use chart indicators
  • How to draw a trendline
  • Guidance on transforming channels into forecasts
  • The simple arithmetic required for dynamic analysis
  • Tips for measuring momentum
  • Updates that reflect current market conditions

Barbara Rockefeller is an expert on technical analysis and the author of the previous Technical Analysis For Dummies editions. She writes daily newsletters on foreign exchange using both fundamental and technical analysis, as well as other investment books published by Wiley.

Introduction 1

Part I: Defining Technical Analysis 5

Chapter 1: Opening the Technical Analysis Toolbox 7

Chapter 2: Uncovering the Essence of Market Movement 23

Chapter 3: Going with the Flow: Market Sentiment 35

Part II: Preparing Your Mind for Technical Analysis 51

Chapter 4: The Ar t of Trading 53

Chapter 5: Managing the Trade 71

Chapter 6: Reading Basic Bars: How to Pounce on Opportunities 89

Part III: Observing Market Behavior 109

Chapter 7: Reading Special Bar Combinations: Small Patterns 111

Chapter 8: Redrawing the Price Bar: Japanese Candlesticks 133

Part IV: Finding Patterns 149

Chapter 9: Seeing Patterns 151

Chapter 10: Drawing Trendlines 165

Chapter 11: Transforming Channels into Forecasts 179

Part V: Dynamic Analysis 199

Chapter 12: Using Dynamic Lines 201

Chapter 13: Measuring Momentum 223

Chapter 14: Estimating Volatility 241

Chapter 15: Ignoring Time: Point-and-Figure Charting 253

Chapter 16: Combining Techniques 267

Chapter 17: Cycles and Waves 285

Part VI: Part of Tens 297

Chapter 18: Ten Secrets of the Top Technical Traders 299

Chapter 19: Ten Rules for Working with Indicators 305

Appendix: Additional Resources 309

Index 313