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Complete Idiots Guide To Market Timing [Paperback]

Scott Barrie
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Feb. 4 2003 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
The days of the great bull market are over-now it is more important than ever to understand the indicators that can signal a market up- or downturn.

The Complete Idiot's Guide’ to Market Timing offers easy-to-understand coverage of the most simple and reliable tendencies of the financial markets.

The only book that gives a comprehensive overview of the trends, indicators, and history of market timing-more content and more up-to-date!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Quite Good Dec 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was actually quite good. It does not have the 'magic formula' that some people may be seeking-but then again, no other book does either. There is no magic formula.
Instead, what you have are practical and useful bits of knowledge that can help one understand the overall market cycles.
This book is not trying to sell a system, nor does it attempt to pinpoint entry and exit signals.
Yet, it gives one the background against which one can calculate when to get in and out. This is a guide for the 'forest'. I found it very useful-when trying to navigate between the 'trees'.
I think people that incorrectly anticipate it to be a textbook on mechanically generated entry/exit signals are barking up the wrong tree.
This is excellent basic stuff-I have an MBA and still found it very useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Quite Good Dec 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was actually quite good. It does not have the 'magic formula' that some people may be seeking-but then again, no other book does either. There is no magic formula.
Instead, what you have are practical and useful bits of knowledge that can help one understand the overall market cycles.
This book is not trying to sell a system, nor does it attempt to pinpoint entry and exit signals.
Yet, it gives one the tbackground against which one can calculate when to get in and out. This is a guide for the 'forest'. I found it very useful-when trying to navigate between the 'trees'.
I think people that incorrectly anticipate it to be a textbook on mechanically generated entry/exit signals are barking up the wrong tree.
This is excellent basic stuff-I have an MBA and still found it very useful.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What a disappointment! I expected some discussion of market indicators and oscillators in timing the markets (see the promo), but instead got "invest in the last two years of a presidential cycle" and if you invest in the years when January is up, then you'll get an additional 0.5% return! While I admit that's timing the market, it's certainly not much to chew on, but I guess someone could make a case for these being indicators? Not me.
There apparently was no proofreader to catch missing verbs, misspellings, incorrect grammar, or to differentiate between "principle" and "principal". A few of the charts and tables bore little resemblance to the accompanying text and a couple end-of-chapter summaries contradicted the text being summarized. Also confusing were the filler chapters giving advice on selecting a financial advisor and how to manage your debt. I didn't see the connection to timing the markets. Nevertheless I did come away with a few choice tidbits, some interesting observations, and a generally better understanding of market behavior so the read was not a total loss, just not what I anticipated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I kept reading, hoping to be enlightened, but it never came Aug. 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a disappointment! I expected some discussion of market indicators and oscillators in timing the markets (see the promo), but instead got "invest in the last two years of a presidential cycle" and if you invest in the years when January is up, then you'll get an additional 0.5% return! While I admit that's timing the market, it's certainly not much to chew on, but I guess someone could make a case for these being indicators? Not me.
There apparently was no proofreader to catch missing verbs, misspellings, incorrect grammar, or to differentiate between "principle" and "principal". A few of the charts and tables bore little resemblance to the accompanying text and a couple end-of-chapter summaries contradicted the text being summarized. Also confusing were the filler chapters giving advice on selecting a financial advisor and how to manage your debt. I didn't see the connection to timing the markets. Nevertheless I did come away with a few choice tidbits, some interesting observations, and a generally better understanding of market behavior so the read was not a total loss, just not what I anticipated.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Quite Good Dec 24 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was actually quite good. It does not have the 'magic formula' that some people may be seeking-but then again, no other book does either. There is no magic formula.
Instead, what you have are practical and useful bits of knowledge that can help one understand the overall market cycles.
This book is not trying to sell a system, nor does it attempt to pinpoint entry and exit signals.
Yet, it gives one the background against which one can calculate when to get in and out. This is a guide for the 'forest'. I found it very useful-when trying to navigate between the 'trees'.
I think people that incorrectly anticipate it to be a textbook on mechanically generated entry/exit signals are barking up the wrong tree.
This is excellent basic stuff-I have an MBA and still found it very useful.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Enlightening Dec 28 2004
By Stew S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a gem, diamond in the rough! I found the authors words to be very wise. I actually bought it for a nephew who is interested in the Stock Market... thinking it had a bit more to do with day trading.

I read it on the airplane to visit him at school. I was surprised to find the book extremely enlightening, laying out several great cycles and ways to take advantage of the markets.

Being a professional in the investment industry working with institutions for over twenty years, I was surprised that such an awful title contained such great wisdom. I picked up a few things as well!

I would recommend this book to beginning investors and seasoned ones as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice-Wrong Title Nov. 9 2008
By Martin Asiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In MARKET TIMING, Scott Barrie addresses much information about the essentials of stock market trading, mutual fund investing, and other generally useful facts about this country's economic and financial environment. However, the title implies that Barrie will do more than the aforementioned so that the investor will be apprised of critical stock indicators that can in the aggregate point him to sell, buy, or hold. Aside from such common terms as Dogs of the Dow or a 30 day moving average, he adds nothing to the pot that might allow one to know when to slide in and out of the market on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Barrie might have had a chapter on the many variations and permutations of technical analysis that might be relevant to market timing. He avoids the controversy of the dangers of daily trading by not mentioning them. True, he does in one very brief sentence mention that 80% of day traders incur losses but it was the hope that one might be in the elite 20% that may cause potential traders to buy his book in the first place. Thus, MARKET TIMING serves admirably as a precursor for the total novice in investing but for those who consider themselves as more than that, then this book falls short of its hype.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Quite Good Dec 24 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was actually quite good. It does not have the 'magic formula' that some people may be seeking-but then again, no other book does either. There is no magic formula.
Instead, what you have are practical and useful bits of knowledge that can help one understand the overall market cycles.
This book is not trying to sell a system, nor does it attempt to pinpoint entry and exit signals.
Yet, it gives one the tbackground against which one can calculate when to get in and out. This is a guide for the 'forest'. I found it very useful-when trying to navigate between the 'trees'.
I think people that incorrectly anticipate it to be a textbook on mechanically generated entry/exit signals are barking up the wrong tree.
This is excellent basic stuff-I have an MBA and still found it very useful.
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