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Mastering the Currency Market: Forex Strategies for High and Low Volatility Markets [Hardcover]

Jay Norris , Teresa Bell , Al Gaskill
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Book Description

Nov. 30 2009

Make Volatility and Risk Work for You with Forex Trading!

“This book should be in every trader/investor’s library. As we come out of this depressed market . . . this book can be your companion, helping you avoid mistakes and enhance your trading/investment program.”
—Bill M. Williams, author of Trading Chaos

“Whether you’re just getting started trading the world’s most exciting financial market, or you’re looking to add to your trading edge, [the authors] have written an engaging book packed with powerful techniques that you can use right now.”
—Rob Booker, trader, author, educator, and founder and host of TraderRadio.net

The foreign exchange market is the largest trading market in the world, with average daily volume well into the trillions. Because the market is always characterized by high liquidity, forex traders benefit most from volatile markets—making it the ideal investment approach today and well into the future.

Mastering the Currency Market is a comprehensive guide to currency and futures trading strategies and techniques for both highly volatile and nonvolatile markets.

Putting to work their vast and highly diverse experience in forex trading, the authors explain how to take advantage of the many benefits of foreign exchange trading, including its low cost of entry afforded by margin, and the dynamic pricing by nature of the competitive marketplace. Mastering the Currency Market is divided into five sections covering:

  • The basics of trading currencies
  • Fundamental analysis of price valuation
  • Technical analysis and trading charts
  • Trading philosophy and psychological discipline
  • Volatility and risk management

With four decades of combined experience, the authors clearly communicate to you a trading method that will give you the confidence to both analyze markets and execute trades successfully, regardless of underlying market conditions.

As 2008 introduced nightmare scenarios for investors around the world, it was Al Gaskill’s most productive period of his trading career. He used the same trading methods spelled out in this book.

Apply the lessons inside and you’ll see profits rise during periods of high market volatility, and when the market slows down, you can downshift to countertrending methods. It’s a win-win investing method, and Mastering the Currency Market leads you through it every step of the way.



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Make Volatility and Risk Work for You with Forex Trading!

“This book should be in every trader/investor’s library. As we come out of this depressed market . . . this book can be your companion, helping you avoid mistakes and enhance your trading/investment program.”
—Bill M. Williams, author of Trading Chaos

“Whether you’re just getting started trading the world’s most exciting financial market, or you’re looking to add to your trading edge, [the authors] have written an engaging book packed with powerful techniques that you can use right now.”
—Rob Booker, trader, author, educator, and founder and host of TraderRadio.net

Forex traders perform exceptionally well in highly volatile, risky, and active markets. And with the leveling out of international markets and the increase in competition this breeds, dramatic growth is virtually assured—so now is the time to enter this exciting and lucrative market.

Mastering the Currency Market walks you through all the steps for entering the market with the confidence and smarts you need. It provides a solid foundation on the basics of foreign exchange, then examines more advanced topics, such as:

  • Hedging against fluctuations in currency values
  • Long-range planning and risk management
  • Techniques applicable to countertrending and low-volatility markets

About the Author

Jay Norris is a senior market strategist and trading instructor for BrewerFX in Chicago. He worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade throughout the 1980s and 1990s in various roles before moving to the customer side of the business in 2001. He has published several articles about trading in Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine.
Al Gaskill is an independent trader, an instructor, and a principal in Brewer Investment Group.
Teresa Bell is an educator for www.Trading-u.com.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for traders March 22 2010
By L. Bell
Format:Hardcover
This book is well written and very informative. I have read dozens of trading books and this is one of the most usefull, giving practical info and sound methods for trading the currency market. Much better than most books that cost twice as much. I highly reccommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But Basic TA Nov. 20 2009
By Mr. Allnut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I trade futures, stocks and options, with futures now making up the bulk of my trading. I am very interested in learning currencies and gaining additional flexibility in my trading. I came across this book and saw it was a new publication so I pre-ordered. I assumed it would have the latest inside information on currencies and how best to trade them. After the all, the title is "Mastering the Currency Market, Forex Strategies for High and Low Volatility Markets". I have to say that I was sorely disappointed.

The editorial review says the book is divided into these sections:

* The basics of trading currencies
* Fundamental analysis of price valuation
* Technical analysis and trading charts
* Trading philosophy and psychological discipline
* Volatility and risk management

The first 2 sections are the only parts of the book that offer anything unique to currencies. And out of a 292-page book, these sections end after only the first 48 pages. The rest of the book is a basic technical analysis indicator training manual with some candlestick signals thrown in the mix. Starting with simple candlesticks, covering basic chart patterns and looking at multiple time frames for trade confirmation. The book ends with a short treatise on psychology and trading journals, subjects that have entire works dedicated solely to them. There are no unique "Forex" strategies, just basic technical analysis education.

Chapter 1 discusses the basics, names of currency pairs, market times, etc.

Chapter 2 although seemingly lacking real depth may give the most insight to someone interested in mastering currencies. It discusses economic factors affecting currencies and the price movement. There is a handy chart showing economic reports and the usual effect they have on individual currencies.

There is no detailed insight to the individual currency trading instruments or to the Forex market in general. Interesting, the title suggests strategies for high and low volatility. Looking in the book's index, volatility is discussed on one page, in one small paragraph, and it is a less than an introductory discussion. Which Forex strategies work best in which type of market? Where are the high and low volatility examples? What are the best pairs to trade? How do we hedge? Is there any currency correlation? We may never know.

It would have been simpler for the authors to write the first 2 chapters and then add a page that says, "Apply standard technical indicator trading techniques to the currency market." and end the book there.

If you were a beginner trader, I would say you could add this to your library. However there are hundreds, maybe thousands of technical analysis books on the market, many better than this. We surely do not need another one.

Perhaps a better name for the book would have been "A Beginners Guide to Technical Analysis: With some Forex pairs used as examples." Had that been the name, I would have saved myself the return shipping. 2 stars for basic technical analysis, 1 star for any real Forex insight.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Forex Book July 1 2010
By Joe Minotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great Book !!

This is a great Book for Forex Traders and anyone who wants to learn about Forex. The Book is straight forward and simple to understand. I've been trading for a while and I still found this book more than just a review. I like how the author pulls everything together in Chapter 9. Here, the book goes beyond just the technical's and shows you how to pull it all together. For me, the trade signals/triggers were helpful. The strategy was different from what I use and this book laid out a better way. I'm now using the new information in my trading and it really helps.
This book is not just about tech analysis. If you are looking for a book on "only" technical analysis there are others you might find more helpful. Personally, I think technical analysis is really simple. The hard part is applying the technical's to a moving market so you can make money. That is what I like about the last chapters in the book. The principals are sound and overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking to better their Forex trading.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mastering the Currency MArket May 14 2014
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am reading both of these books by Jay Norris. I give only 3 stars for both, because you can't really say to a trader which is the best method, and if your a beginner you will be on a long journey, possibly years before you achieve success as a trader. As a beginner for currency trading, this book is a good start. Seasoned or not. Jay Norris in my opinion is a very good instructor for trading. He explains trading very well, and to a beginner you need good instruction, not just half and bits of how to trade or be a good trader. Many books I have read, and I have read quite a few, believe me, do not explain there methods well, even though they are experts in Technical analysis. Probably because they want to keep selling as many books as they can while keeping you, the beginner in the dark. This book is good as a compliment to other trading methods, and especially price action. Some key components are candlesticks, momentum, MACD, Fibs, support and resistance, pivot points, which are nothing new, but Jay Norris is an excellent instructor. Well worth the price for his instruction.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars traditional method of trading forex July 25 2010
By grateful - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
after trading for a while, i'm sure intermediate to experienced traders would have settled down on a style or method that suits their personality, or have found success with. they would have customized certain chart indicators (or just price actions) and laid out their screen/s in a way that is consistent, and not likely to change from one new indicator to the next. for this group of traders, this book may not be useful in that it discusses the "traditional" method of trading using MACD(12,26,9), Stochastic(14,3,3), and RSI(14) using default settings as proposed by the inventors of these indicators. Chapter 9 is the main part that teaches actual trade setups using these indicators, and unless you also used the same combination of MACD/Stochastic/RSI in your own trading, this book would not be relevant if you already settled on other indicator systems.

Chapters 1-8 are basic introductions to the world of forex (including the influence of fundamentals) and technical analysis. Chapter 9 ties all together in trade signals. Chapters 10-13 discusses trading philosophy and risk management. i gave the book 4 stars in that it is a complete manual for trading ....... if you use MACD/Stochastic/RSI combination. there are no new revelations about forex or trading in general, no special techniques or secrets, and nothing you would not have read elsewhere on the internet. However this does not imply the methods don't work, as the authors had successfully traded and taught the same methods for years to their clients and students.

for beginners and novice traders, this book is all-in-one manual and you don't have to read hundreds of internet articles only to find the same materials are covered comprehensively in this book. it will give you a good start in using MACD/Stochastic/RSI combination. i personally don't use MACD and quickly discovered in Chapter 9 that i would not be using the trade signals they taught (no 5 stars). however, i found the book very well written and had in fact gone back to finish reading the other chapters for the basics, no matter how experienced i may be.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent currency trading education Feb. 14 2010
By Ramona Renner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recently started studying with Jay Norris and his currency trading method. Previously I had 5 years of currency trading education but was not as successful with the methods I had learned and was using. What I found to be the most helpful with Jay's approach was teaching me what information I should DISGARD in identifying a set up. He really helped me refine my shorter time frame trading, which is very helpful in this market with these market conditions. I also found it extremely refreshing to not have to box myself into whether I traded fundamentally or technically. This method really focuses in on the price action on the right side of the chart and how to best identify a trade set up so you don't miss a great trade on ANY time frame. Jay has also helped teach me to look at "fact based trades" versus trading emotionally. I finally can discipline myself so much easier with this method. Best of all, Jay is very personable and loves what he does for a living.
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