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A Beginner's Guide to Charting Financial Markets

A practical introduction to technical analysis for investors

By Michael Kahn

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About the Author

Michael Kahn

Michael N. Kahn currently writes the twice-weekly column "Getting Technical" for Barron's Online. He also produces the daily technical market newsletter Quick Takes Pro.

Previously, he was chief technical analyst for BridgeNews, a division of Bridge Information Systems.

He has been a regular guest on the ... Read more on Michael Kahn

Contents Listing

Introduction

Part 1 - Introduction to Charting

1. The Basics of Chart Reading
- What is a chart?
- A brief history of charting
- What is the market?
- Styles of market analysis
- Why charts matter
- Just why do charts work?
- What are we really trying to do here?
- So what is technical analysis?
- What technical analysis is not
- Why use it?
- When not to use it?

2. How To Read A Chart
- The basic parts of a chart
- What creates the chart?
- Everything supports price

3. Understanding Each Part Of A Chart
1. Price
2. Volume
3. Momentum
4. Structure
5. Sentiment
Pulling it all together

4. How To Use Charts - The Basics
Sanity Check
A bad reaction to good news
Value play or dying stock?
Checking out an idea
Weighing your options - Should you invest at all?
How will this make you a better investor?


Part 2 - Putting Charts to Work for You

5. Putting Stocks to the Technical Test
The three basic goals of the tools
Checklist for success
OK, let's do it!
A good candidate to buy
A good candidate to avoid
A stock that gets a "maybe"
What if you made a mistake?
Knowing when to sell
How about the fundamentals?

6. Technical Analysis In Action
What is going on around you?
The real world
The real reason we do this

7. When The Real World Does Not Follow The Script
Technicians License
Variations
Let the market talk
Summary - the real world

8. Examples

9. Conclusion
Introduction

Part 1 - Introduction to Charting

1. The Basics of Chart Reading
- What is a chart?
- A brief history of charting
- What is the market?
- Styles of market analysis
- Why charts matter
- Just why do charts work?
- What are we really trying to do here?
- So what is technical analysis?
- What technical analysis is not
- Why use it?
- When not to use it?

2. How To Read A Chart
- The ba ...

Jacket Text

This book is about arming you with one simple tool that will enhance your investment decision-making process - the chart. It is not the Holy Grail and even if applied exactly as offered there is no guarantee that you will be successful. But owning a high quality hammer is no guarantee that the user will build a beautiful house. The hammer is a tool and in most cases the user will still need other tools - and knowledge - to build that house.

Despite its enormous and still growing popularity, technical market analysis still gets a bad rap. Purveyors of this art have been called tealeaf readers and many similar names, but that has nothing to do with what technical analysis is attempting to do. If we strip away all the fancy indicators and obtuse jargon, what is left are time-tested methods of finding investment opportunities and assessing their risk. There is no fortune telling here; only figuring out what we can do about the market. And what we do is the only part of the markets that we can control.

What this book will do is give you the basics needed to look at a chart and get a feel for what the market or individual stock is doing. It covers only the nuts and bolts of chart analysis, barely touching upon the next level concepts and definitely leaving the whiz-bang stuff well alone.

It should be stressed that this book will not replace your current methods of stock selection and investment strategies. What it can do, however, is add a new dimension to the analysis to confirm or refute what is already known. Basically, there is no need to give up other methods for selecting stocks although by the end of the book you may be drawn to further learning and eventually discover that charts can, indeed, be the primary, if not sole, investment decision-making tools.

Professional Reviews

"Michael Kahn's new book is a nice, clear attempt to explain the art of technical analysis to novices. [It] fulfils its stated purpose very nicely, and will help newcomers decide whether technical analysis is really for them." - Investors Chronicle

"This is one simple, albeit high-quality, tool that will enhance your chances of trading profitably. This book strips out the fancy indicators and gives you the basics needed to look at a chart and get a feel for what the market or the individual stock is doing. It covers the nuts and bolts of chart analysis." - Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities May 2008

"Michael Kahn's new book is a nice, clear attempt to explain the art of technical analysis to novices. [It] fulfils its stated purpose very nicely, and will help newcomers decide whether technical analysis is really for them." - Investors Chronicle

"This is one simple, albeit high-quality, tool that will enhance your chances of trading profitably. This book strips out the fancy indicators and gives you the basics needed to look at a chart and get a feel for what the market or the individual stock is doing. It covers the nuts and bolts of chart analysis." - Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities May 2008


Media Coverage

Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities

"This is one simple, albeit high-quality, tool that will enhance your chances of trading profitably. This book strips out the fancy indicators and gives you the basics needed to look at a chart and ...

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Biz Radio

Interview with Michael Kahn.

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Investors Chronicle

"Michael Kahn's new book is a nice, clear attempt to explain the art of technical analysis to novices. Plain English and an easy writing style do a good job of getting across the basics. The emphasis ...

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Media Review

This is one simple, albeit high-quality, tool that will enhance your chances of trading profitably. This book strips out the fancy indicators and gives you the basics needed to look at a chart and ...

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Moneyshow.com

for beginning technical analysts or for fundamentalists looking to improve their results, this little book will give you the basics from which you can build your technical skills.- MoneyShow.com1st ...

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Investorschronicle.co.uk

a nice, clear attempt to explain the art of technical analysis to novices...[it]fulfils its stated purpose very nicely, and will help newcomers decide whether technical analysis is really for ...

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