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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Feb. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470382058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470382059
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By magellan on Feb. 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a good starter book for the beginner, although it will be much too basic for the intermediate or advanced trader. But if you're just starting out, the first 133 pages will give you a basic introduction to the different technical indicators and chart reading. The next half of the book deals with the application of the indicators to mutual funds and other topics. I would just read the first 133 pages, and then go on to one of the more advanced texts now that you have some background, as this book by itself isn't enough to give you a good understanding of the subject. Murphy himself has a more advanced book, and Martin Pring also, and many others. Just be advised this is really just the beginning. The book is also a bit overpriced but I will say it's probably the easiest book I've seen recently for getting your feet wet on the subject.
Perhaps the most important part of the book is Murphy's mentioning that the head and shoulders pattern was investigated by the Federal Reserve and found to be statistically significant, and supposedly now is using the indicator to time its currency interventions. However, the real use of technical analysis is not that the patterns mean anything in and of themselves, its having the experience and judgment to know which pattern applies in a given situation that makes them truly useful, and the fact the traders themselves believe in them, so to some extent they become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So the field of technical analysis is itself a combination of art and science.
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By J. E. Bond on Feb. 8 2014
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This book is a very useful tool in my stock charting analysis.

Easy to understand with lots of useful information with many examples. One of the best books I have read on technical analysis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely nothing special at all. Target audience is on par of those reading Elder's Trading for a Living. Teaches a little bit of everything, but nothing very well. An advanced trader should literally be able to flip through the book, look at the charts and infer all that is necessary from this book. The few strong points that I saw were linked to intermarket relationships which Murphy has already written an entire book about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Whitaker on April 6 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on impulse, in part due to my respect for John Murphy's reputation. The book is well organized and well written and should give the beginner or novice trader good reliable explanations of various analytical tools and how to properly use them. If you're looking to delve more deeply into Stochastics, Bollinger Bands, Candlestick charting and the like, look elsewhere.
If you've bought more than a couple of books on trading and technical analysis, chances are Murphy's book won't add much to your knowledge. Given the price tag, its a good purchase for an earnest beginner, but vastly overpriced if you're looking for uncommon insight or depth.
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By A Customer on Feb. 9 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would describe 'The Visual Investor' as more of an all-round charting tour,rather than a primer : the first quarter is given to the basics,followed by more complex aspects,and then there's a discussion of Mutual fund investing and Intermarket stuff.
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Format: Hardcover
Murphy has written a good primer on Technical Analysis, which he calls Visual Analysis because he feels that 'technical' intimidates novices. That should set the tone for you right off the bat.
The book's strength is that is a very basic book, what is a chart? Why weeklies? What is a trendline? How do you draw one, etc...This should not be ignored and since most people do this basic skill incorrectly one cannot ignored solid advice and Murphy does a great job on that. He also cover the major chart patterns & indicators but he does not explain the underlying psychology of the chart pattern, you would need the dry tomes of Magee & Edwards or the very complete analysis & more readable Bulkowski for that; John does not feel that part of it is necessary. He is a real 'purist'.
There is information on sectors and his pivotal intermarket analysis with a nod to sector rotation and what is a sector. All of these things make this a solid "dummies" guide, or a solid reference if you don't already own one.
The downside to this solid reference is Indicator Failure or Divergences. Murphy really does not hammer this one down & that is just as necessary as why channels (Andrews pitchforks, Raff Regressions etc) are good to know. He also does not show how channels, pitchforks et alia can show you how to visually see a pattern. But then it's a basic guide, no real flesh added on.
Just how to use the basic set of indicators, not go beyond them & read the nuances.
But still you cannot go wrong with this solid performer if you are beginning; it just won't do much more.
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Format: Hardcover
This is probably my favorite introduction to technical analysis. John Murphy discusses some of the more important technical indicators, and gives you a firm technical basis to go on and read other works on technical analysis.
This book is nont all-encompassing, but it does touch on the basics, and even some of the more advanced topics, like intermarket analysis.
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