From the Publisher
Now in a book aimed at the huge and growing market of individual investors in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, John introduces readers to the art and science of visual analysis. Clearly and simply he explains the principles of technical analysis in terms that nonprofessionals can understand and shows individual investors how to track the ups and downs of stock prices by visually comparing charts--instead of relying upon abstruse mathematical formulas and rarefied technical concepts. He also introduces readers to his widely acclaimed Intermarket Analysis--a proven analytical approach based on understanding the impact that all the different markets have on each other and what that means to investors. Features dozens of easy-to-read charts and graphs with step-by-step instructions on how to understand and interpret them. Includes leading software demo disks.
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From the Inside Flap
Visual analysis, also known as technical or chart analysis, is one of the best ways to invest in today's markets—and it's not as hard as you might think. This proven approach allows you to follow almost any market, without having to be an expert on any of them, and it can give you an enormous advantage over those who prefer to use some form of economic or fundamental analysis.
With over forty years of market experience and a number of bestselling financial books to his name, John Murphy, one of the world's foremost technical analysts and educators, knows what it takes to make it in this field. Now, with the Second Edition of The Visual Investor—which has been completely updated for current markets—Murphy shares his invaluable insights on this subject with you.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this updated guide will introduce you to "visual" investing by explaining a variety of charting techniques that professionals have used for decades, and shows you how specific visual tools can put you in a better position to successfully trade commodities, currencies, bonds, and stocks in both domestic and global financial markets. With the real-world examples and comprehensive charts found here, you'll quickly discover how to:
- Tell the difference between markets that are trending and those that are not
Locate important breakouts or breakdowns
Spot significant support and resistance levels
Implement asset allocation and sector rotation strategies through exchange-traded funds and mutual funds
Utilize moving averages to keep track of trends
Incorporate essential price patterns into your investment analysis
Along the way, Murphy takes you through the ins and outs of reading price and volume charts that can help you make sensible investment decisions, and highlights how you can track the ups and downs of financial markets by visually comparing charts—instead of relying upon complex mathematical formulas and confusing technical concepts.
Knowing why a market is moving is interesting, but not crucial to investment success. In order to trade profitably, all that really matters is what the markets are actually doing. Visual analysis is the best way to determine this, and with the Second Edition of The Visual Investor as your guide, you'll learn how to put this effective approach to work for you to enhance the performance of your portfolio.