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Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications [Hardcover]

John J. Murphy
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Jan. 23 2003 New York Institute of Finance
John J. Murphy has now updated his landmark bestseller Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets, to include all of the financial markets.

"If one could read only one book on technical analysis, this should be the one." --Knight-Ridder Financial Products and News (on the first edition, Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets, 0-13-898008-X)

This outstanding reference has already taught thousands of traders the concepts of technical analysis and their application in the futures and stock markets. Covering the latest developments in computer technology, technical tools, and indicators, the second edition features new material on candlestick charting, intermarket relationships, stocks and stock rotation, plus state-of-the-art examples and figures. From how to read charts to understanding indicators and the crucial role technical analysis plays in investing, readers gain a thorough and accessible overview of the field of technical analysis, with a special emphasis on futures markets. Revised and expanded for the demands of today's financial world, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in tracking and analyzing market behavior.

"One way to get started in technical analysis is to read a good book on the subject. One of my favorites is Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications by John J. Murphy. It's an easy read." Ralph J. Acampora, CMT, Managing Director, Prudential Securities Inc.

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About the Author

John J. Murphy is President of MURPHYMORRIS, Inc., a producer of interactive educational products for technical analysis. A former technical analyst for CNBC and director of Merrill Lynch's Technical Analysis Futures Division, he is the author of The Visual Investor and Intermarket Technical Analysis.

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Before beginning a study of the actual techniques and tools used in technical analysis, it is necessary first to define what technical analysis is, to discuss the philosophical premises on which it is based, to draw some clear distinctions between technical and fundamental analysis and, finally, to address a couple of criticisms frequently raised against the technical approach. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technically speaking, one should buy this book Aug. 9 2001
Investing isn't easy. Investing profitably is even harder. As a result, investors are always looking for that 'angle', that 'edge' that will help them realize more consistent profits.
In the past 2 decades, many on Wall Street have come to believe that technical analysis of stock charts is one of those tools. Having worked in the financial services markets since 1987, I do believe that technical analysis can be a helpful tool. And if you are looking for a definitive source of TA, then look no further.
Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John Murphy covers all the basic aspects of TA: philosophy, chart construction, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trends, major technical pattern recognition, moving averages, oscillators, times cycles, computer trading systems and much more. He also covers different methods of charting, including bar, point and figure and candlestick (be aware that most of the analysis techniques he presents apply to bar charting, not PnF or candlestick).
What I like most about the book is that it written clearly, simply and logically. It uses many graphical examples that SHOWS the reader what to look for. It does not rage on about the merits of TA (which many investors feel is complete hooey) but how to apply basic (and sophisticated) TA techniques. I use TA frequently in my business and find that it helps me manage my client's portfolios more effectively, especially when it comes to SELLING a position, whether to lock-in gains or limit losses.
If you are a TA convert, or if you have an interest in learning more about it, this book is a useful guide and should be purchased. Today, it remains one of the few investment reference books that I keep in my office.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Technical Analysis May 6 2014
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They weren't wrong. If you own only one book on TA, it should be this one. Critical material for any investor's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, Detailed and good visuals Aug. 7 2013
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This is a good book for stock market beginners. It explains the basics of stock market investing, how to identify trends, support lines etc. One aspect i liked was the use of a lot of different visuals to help explain everything. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to get into the stock market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *THE* reference for Technical Analysis June 7 2006
This book covers everything. For the complete beginner, it's all explaind. For the veteran, it's a great refresher. It should be the corner stone of any technical analysis library.

The section on Candlesticks for example, is better than a lot of books that are just about Candlesticks.

I didn't quite think it went far enough into Fibonacci related items, but that's understandable. Altogether-- GREAT!
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This is an excellent book for anyone who is planning to start trading seriously as well as for those who are completely confused with trading. John Murphy consolidated all what is needed for understanding the underlying structure and psychology of the financial markets. The most what I liked about this book is how John reflects on and stresses the importance of trend in the financial markets. I used his book to trade in the FOREX Market - it works great. While not going into nuts and bolts of technical analysis, he embraces all major point in an easy and accessible language. Consider, however, that this book does not cover in great detail any specific technical indicator or oscillator. In conclusion, this book would be also useful for those who need to round up their knowledge and see a bigger picture.
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This book is excellent and I woul recommend it to anyone willing to learn about tech analysis, especially if you are complete new to this subject.
If you are no novice to this subject. It still can be a good thing to read this book and see what the writers view on technical analysis is and how he uses it to help him make right decisions.
Language used in this book is very easy so even if your English is not perfect you still can understand what the writer is saying.
In this book you will also find a recomendation list of books that specifies only on one technical analysis, for example a book about Point and Figure Chart. This is very helpful if you want to go deeper in to the subject of your interest.
Conclusion I give this book 5 stars because it gives you a good explanation how tech analysis works in understandable English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Worth the Read July 28 2003
This is one of the most comprehensive Books I have come across in my 5 years of trading. While most PM do not buy into technical analysis schemes publicly, they most certainly do privately. I have used many of the techniques presented in this book and have been reasonably happy. The only warning I can offer is that the trader needs to understand when a persistent tend is done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the modern TA books July 16 2003
Covers almost everything. I rank it up there with Bruce Kamich's more recent tome. He even does a good job with Elliott Wave Theory, which is none too easy. There is also a good study guide that goes with it. Good discussions on patterns, and he also covers indicators and even technical systems very well. A top beginner's book. I used it when I taught technical analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Bible' of Technical Analysis
Yes, I agree with many of the comments below; this book, and the workbook that is usually attached as a set, serve as one of the best introductions to the study of technical... Read more
Published on April 24 2009 by James DiCenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reference for Every Serious Trader
Murphy's tome on technical analysis is rqeuired reading for any practioner in the financial markets. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by "basket_trader"
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive
thorough and complete, the reader is left believing that upon completion they have seen and learned all there is to be known about charting. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on technical analysis
This is a great book on technical analysis. The fundamentals are all here from pattern recognition to indicators. Read more
Published on March 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary trading reference....
As a well-respected technical analyst with 30+ years experience, there are few markets John Murphy has not seen. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by P. Matt Blackman
3.0 out of 5 stars nice reference book ... nothing more
Very good compilation of decriptions on the subject. Will not give you any original idea, and unlikely any tradable idea.
Published on Feb. 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a real intro-book but still pretty good for beginners.
The language used in this book A-ok. Also, Murphy knows how to teach you something instead of just telling you some vague rules now and then. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by M. Deketelaere
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on the basics of technical analysis
This books details the basics of technical analysis fairly well. It focuses on chart patterns fairly extensively, but also deals with numerical methods, and other methods some... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Brian E. Mitchell
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