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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Feb. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470382058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470382059
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.


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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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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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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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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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I have read most of the books on technical analysis and this is probably the best. The book is well organized, has great examples and charts, and most importantly, the concepts can be applied to real trading.
The book is organized in 4 sections. Section 1, deals with the importance of using charts AND fundamentals, explains when and how to use daily, weekly and monthly charts, and summarizes the most important chart patterns.
Section 2 deals with the indicators. Mr. Murphy cuts to the chase and discusses the most significant indicators in detail. I appreciated this section, because one can quickly become lost in the trees and never see the forest when trying to understand TA, and this section clearly shows the forest.
Section 3 deals with "linkage". A very good discussion on markets, sectors, economics, rotation which provides a good, top down reference for investing.
Section 4 covers mutual funds and global investing.
Mr Murphy wraps up with a summary and some great references for web sites, courses, magazines, software and books.
There are so many garbage books and information available, it is refreshing find a book and reference that is well written, logical and most importantly, usable in the real world.
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