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Investor's Guide To Charting

Investor's Guide To Charting

Analysis for the Intelligent Investor
2nd Edition

Alistair Blair

Oct 2002, Paperback, 264 pages
ISBN13: 9780273662037
ISBN10: 0273662031
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"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

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

1. The art of the chart
fundamental analysis
technical analysis
patterns and profits
options, futures and indexes
chartists do it up and down
buyers, sellers, greed, fear and psychology

2. The trend is your friend: basic components of any price chart
trend lines
moving averages

3. The head and shoulders and friends
words of warning on the classic patterns
reversal patterns - tops
reversal patterns - bottoms
continuation patterns

4. The supporting cast: secondary signals to support the main conclusion
relative strength or share price relatives
breadth and the advance / decline line
welles wilder's RSI
moving average convergence-divergence (MACD)

5. The technique from Japan: an introduction to candlestick charting
bodies and shadows
candlestick patterns
jack schwager's tests

6. Is the price moving? Really moving?: point and figure charts
how to compile a point and figure chart
trend lines and trading signals
the count

7. A quick guide to chartist gospels
elliot wave theory

8. Whoever made money from charting?
jesse livermore
victor sperandeo
monroe trout
stanley kroll
anthony bolton
crispin odey

9. A modest grapple with real life (a look at real charts)
not a scientific test
a sprinkling of expert views
a sympathetic hearing
how to use this chapter
randomness is restricted
get a system and look twice

10. Will it work for you?
two charts
what works for the professionals
just the gold-plated signals
or dime-a-dozen
not needing to understand but needing to change
should professional chartists be rich?
and fundamentalists?
and you?

11. Net gains for Charting: what the internet can do for chartists
obliging online brokers
community offerings
gold standard
breathless in the US - platinum standard
net advice GlossaryFurther ReadingIndex

Alistair 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.

"The best introduction I've seen" - The Daily Telegraph, July 2006

"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