Investor's Guide to Charting [Paperback]
An Analysis for the Intelligentby Alistair Blair
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Description of Investor's Guide to Charting"Without question, some people have made astonishing amounts of money from studying share price charts and foretelling whether share prices would rise or fall. It is equally certain that further astonishing amounts of money have been lost in the same exercise."
Alistair Blair's Charting is a complex and sometimes derided world, but one that nonetheless commands an enormous following. Some basic knowledge of charting is essential for any keen investor, and this fully revised and updated edition of Alistair Blair's Guide to Charting is the independent, introductory overview of technical analysis for the private investor. Guide to Charting is packed with purpose-drawn charts and worked examples, and explains in detail how charting theories work.
Written with the private investor's viewpoint in mind the book's coverage will give you all that you need to start practising technical analysis and, unlike other books on the subject, will also interest the more sophisticated, experienced practitioner by:
* Comparing technical analysis with fundamental analysis
* Examining the records of some of charting's most renowned exponents
* Applying technical analysis to recent FTSE company price charts
* Providing alternative interpretations of 'live' charts
* Identifying both successful and failed recommendations by professional chartists
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Financial Guru ReviewsFor those of you who decide charting is the way to work out which shares to sell and buy, this is the easiest read. Blair explains the art of a chart and what itís all about. Find out what all the chart jargon means, like 'double tops', and whether charting is suitable for you. What's really good is the discussion of how much of chart theory and practice should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Press and Industry Reviews'A thought-provoking book. If you're interested in investment you should read it - whether you bracket chartism with astrology or not.'
- Sir Christopher Hogg, Chairman, Reuters
'Alistair Blair makes charting make sense. You'll soon discover why chartists believe 'the trend is your friend' - and why this book should be your constant companion.'
- Matthew Vincent, Editor, Investors Chronicle
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About Alistair BlairAlistair Blair is the No Free Lunch columnist for the Investors Chronicle magazine and writes about business and investment for many other publications. In 1999, he was voted the Periodical Publishers' Association's Business Writer of the Year. After reading PPE at Oxford and completing an MBA at Manchester Business School, Alistair gained practical experience of the City by working at Hill Samuel and Fidelity.
Contents of Investor's Guide to Charting1. The Art of the Chart: Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis
2. The Trend is Your Friend: Basic Components of Any Price Chart - Trends, Trend Lines, Moving Averages, Scales
3. The Head and Shoulders, and Friends: The Classic Patterns, Reversal Patterns Tops & Bottoms, Continuation Patterns
4. The Supporting Cast: Secondary Signals to Support the Main Conclusion - Volume, Relative Strength, Breadth, Momentum, Welles Wilder's RSI, Stochastics, MACD
5. How They Do It In Japan, and Increasingly Here Too: an Introduction to Japanese Candlestick Charting - Bodies & Shadows, Candlestick Patterns, Windows, Jack Schwager's Tests
6. Is the Price Moving? Really Moving? - How to Compile a Point & Figure Chart, Trend Lines and Trading Signals, The 'Count'
7. A Quick Guide to the Chartists Gospels: Fibonacci, Elliott Wave, Gann, Coppock
8. Whoever Made Money from Charting? Livermore, Sperandeo, Trout, Kroll, Bolton
9. A Modest Grapple with Real Life: A Look at Some Real Charts
10. Will It Work For You?