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Getting Started in Technical Analysis [Paperback]

Jack D. Schwager
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Feb. 4 1999 Getting Started In..... (Book 19)
Revered by many, reviled by some, technical analysis is the art and science of deciphering price activity to better understand market behavior and identify trading opportunities. In this accessible guide, Jack Schwager-perhaps the most recognized and respected name in the field-demystifies technical analysis for beginning investors, clearly explaining such basics as trends, trading ranges, chart patterns, stops, entry, and exit and pyramiding approaches. The book's numerous examples and clear, simple explanations provide a solid framework for using technical analysis to make better, more informed investment decisions and as the basis for mechanical trading systems. Along with Schwager's invaluable trading rules and market observations culled from years of real-world trading experience, Getting Started in Technical Analysis offers in-depth coverage of:
* Types of charts-bar, close-only, point-and-figure, candlestick.
* Chart patterns-one-day, continuation, top and bottom formations, the importance of failed signals.
* Trading systems-trend-following, counter-trend, pattern recognition.
* Charting and analysis software-price data issues, time frame/trading style considerations, software research.
* he planned trading approach-trading philosophy, choosing markets, risk control strategies, establishing a trading routine.

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"competent introduction to technical analysis." -- Shares, 28th June 2001

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Getting Started in Technical Analysis provides a fantastic overview to the world of technical analysis, with topics ranging from the age-old fundamental vs. technical debate to outlining of trading guidelines. Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book is also easy on the eyes (which cannot be said of many financial books).
Schwager uses the first seven chapters to define many of the technical factors that novice traders should know before they can trade in today's active market. Part One illustrates a wide range of basic technical-analysis tools and how they are (or should be) used. Chart patterns, oscillators, trends and the like are explained concisely with easy-to-follow sample charts. The reader can quickly absorb these basic ideas before moving on to Part Two.
In Part Two, the reader gets his/her first taste of the "how" of technical analysis. The author delves into topics like pyramiding, stop-loss points and exit signs. This is also the part where the author's "Most Important Rule in Chart Analysis" is laid out. Part Two can easily make a reader anxious to start (or get back to) trading.
The third section of Getting Started in Technical Analysis approaches trading systems and software. The author describes the most pertinent options that a trading software package should contain, leaving the legwork to the reader. In the discussion of trading systems, there is no magic formula here, simply guidance to develop and test a trading system of one's own.
Part Four is vital to the trader...novice or otherwise. The author (who is CEO of Wizard Trading) offers practical trading rules and market wisdom.
Getting Started in Technical Analysis is an excellent source of information for the soon-to-be, novice, or expert trader. This book should have a reserved shelf space in every trader's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Experts can make the mistake of forgetting how little people know when they first get started. That is clearly the case with this book by Mr. Schwager. If you really want to get started with technical analysis for trading, you will need to find something simpler! Then you can graduate to this overview.
I have had the benefit of reading many books on technical analysis and having discussed it with many technicians. From that perspective, I found the book to be a delightful, down-to-earth, nondoctrinaire explanation. But I wouldn't have made it past the first five chapters when I was just getting started with technical analysis.
I graded the book as a one star for beginners and as a five star for intermediates, and that averaged to three stars. Judge accordingly!
Most investors argue strongly in favor of or against price-based analysis. Those who trade a lot usually swear by charts, and those who are long-term investors usually ignore charts. The classic debate is between the "random walkers" who say there ae no patterns in the markets and the chartists. No one has ever proven definitively that charting does or doesn't work for investing. The key problem is nicely stated by the author, " . . . [C]hart analysis is based on general principles, its application depends on individual interpretation."
The book operates on the principle that "[c]hart analysis provides a means of acquiring common sense in trading." The book articulates a variety of reasons why charting can be helpful. I think the best reasons are for helping you explicitly manage the risk you want to take on. This book has a very helpful discussion on that subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crucial for beginners Jan. 18 2001
This book is dense with information and cannot be approached lightly. I read "New Market Wizards" in one week but this book took two months. As usual, the effort expended is proportional to the benefit received. In particular, the chapter on "Real Life Chart Analysis" is worth the price, and should be three times longer. There, Mr. Schwager shares two dozen of his own real-life trades, accompanied by the charts and technical analysis he used at the time. The reader is given the opportunity to personally apply the techniques learned from the book to second-guess the author. Only on flip pages are the actual trade results shown, annotated with ruminations on what, if anything, should have been done differently. Examples of both successful and unsuccessful trades are given. Approximately half of the book explains technical analysis, and the other half explains basic trading techniques such as money management, system testing, and the psychological (emotional) pitfalls to avoid. In my humble opinion, no one should trade until understanding the principles presented here. My one criticism is that the book would be easier to follow if the charts were on the same page as their related commentary, but it is only fair to mention that most technical analysis books suffer the same shortcoming. Overall it does a decent job presenting crucially important information for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's book Jan. 27 2004
I'm familiar with Schwager from his two Market Wizards books, in which he interviewed and profiled many of the great traders of our times, such as Paul Tudor Jones, the great futures and swing trader. So when I saw this I decided to check it out.
I would recommend this as a good beginner's book. Read this before you undertake Martin Pring's book on technical analysis, for example, as his exhaustive analysis of chart patterns will be too dense and forbidding if you're just starting out. Schwager strikes a good balance between getting the concept across and inundating the beginner with too many details. Most technical analysis methods aren't that hard to understand, even the ones based on more sophisticated math; it's the application to the real-world charts that takes some skill and experience.
For me the best chapter was the 82 Rules of Trading, which contains 82 short statements about trading principles, including such classics as never selling a stock that is making new highs (probably as close to an "absolute" principle as there is in the markets). This chapter may be most useful to someone with more trading experience in the market who's experienced what happens when you violate these principles, but they're there anyway, and it won't hurt you to get exposed to them right off. Overall, a well written, clear, and concise introduction on this aspect of trading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Book Layout
Jack Schwager's book has good content. He knows what he is talking about. This book has a terrible physical layout and printing format. It is noticeably a bad layout. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer
This is the kind of book that you should keep as a constant reference. With many trading computer programs that will do all of your technical analysis for you. Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by Review Monster
1.0 out of 5 stars Not author's best
The prevailing guidance of the book is that traders "need to experiment to see what works" (this phrase is found numerous times in the book). Then why read the book? Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by B. KENNEDY
3.0 out of 5 stars good TA intro
A good TA basic but not a balanced treatment of the subject. Jack concentrats on chart patterns analysis and only a few indicators are mentioned. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by Robert Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need This Book
An extremely good introduction to TA analysis. If you are going to be serious about getting the foundations of investment desisions correct right from the start then you should... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2001 by "arthurmaddock"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to "Getting started in Futures"
This book is true to its title. For any one who is is new to self directed investing, this book is a must. I found the book easy to read, with lots of examples and charts. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily a Beginner's Book.
It was a little difficult to read and took a couple of months to finish. It's not what I expected from a "Getting Started In...." book. Read more
Published on April 20 2000 by dsfa
5.0 out of 5 stars Master this.
If you want to trade commodity futures (and who doesn't?), there's no better place to start than with the "Getting Started..." series, and this volume in particular. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2000 by Rufus M. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I found this book to be very useful in my investments. You need to learn what moves the markets to be successful. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2000 by Robert Almy
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