Getting Started in Chart Patterns

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
An accessible guide to understanding and using technical chart patterns

Chart pattern analysis is not only one of the most important investing tools, but also one of the most popular. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Getting Started in Chart Patterns is designed to help both new and seasoned traders profit by tracking and identifying specific chart patterns. Expert Thomas Bulkowski opens with a basic discussion of chart pattern formation and how bad habits can hurt trading. He then moves on to introduce over 40 key chart formations as well as numerous trading tactics that can be used in conjunction with them. Readers will benefit from the specifics (actual trades with dollar amounts) outlined throughout the book and the frank discussions of how trading behavior can affect the bottom line. Anecdotes from Bulkowski's own trading experiences are also included to shed light on how one of the best in the business goes about trading with chart patterns.

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Smart Moneys Footprints
1
Chapter 2 Trading Psychology
5
Chapter 3 The Truth about Trendlines
15
Chapter 4 Support and Resistance
33
Chapter 5 Special Situations
49
Chapter 6 The Top 10 Performing Bottoms
73
Chapter 7 Common Patterns for the Toolbox
123
Chapter 8 Event Patterns
185
Chapter 10 More Trades
239
Chapter 11 The Art of Trading
261
Chapter 12 Crunching the Numbers
279
EpilogueClosing Position
285
Glossary
287
Index of Chart and Event Patterns
293
Index
301
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Chapter 9 Busted Patterns
215

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THOMAS N. BULKOWSKI is a successful investor with twenty-five years of experience trading stocks. He is also the author of Trading Classic Chart Patterns and Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns (both from Wiley), as well as a contributing writer for Active Trader; Stocks, Futures & Options; and Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazines. Before earning enough from his investments to "retire" from his day job at age thirty-six, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer with the Raytheon Company and a senior software engineer for the Tandy Corporation.

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