Markets in Profile: Profiting from the Auction Process / Edition 1

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Fifteen years since publishing Mind over Markets—their seminal work on markets and investor behavior—Dalton, Jones, and Dalton have greatly expanded their scope, delving deeply into the ways in which the auction process reveals the actions of all investor time frames. They believe that by understanding timeframe behavior through developing market structure, it is possible to identify asymmetric opportunities that can ameliorate risk and help ensure financial dominance.

This book is a bold call to action for all investors—from day traders through the longest-term individual investors, to traditional asset managers and hedge funds that control trillions of dollars. It challenges serious traders, investors, and researchers to reach beyond price-based market analysis and traditional fundamental research for a more contextual approach . . . an approach that translates the principles of behavioral finance into actionable reality by examining the relationship between price, time, and volume.

The authors take a profoundly different approach toward the traditional separation between day, short-, intermediate-, and long-term investors, pointing out that even the longest-term professional investor is a day trader on the day they enter, exit, trim, or add to a position. Lead author Jim Dalton and coauthor Eric Jones—having been heavily involved in selecting hedge funds and traditional managers for a leading Wall Street financial services firm—can attest to the importance of each basis point of performance in a world where one quarter's results can trigger financial triumph or a quick exodus.

In May of 2006, two months before the book was to be delivered to the publisher, the U.S. stock market broke eight percent in a matter of days—sending investors and the media into a tailspin. The authors saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate their theories in real-time, as opposed to cherry-picking historical events that supported their claims. The event unfolds in Chapter 6 and the authors offer sound advice and strategies on how to navigate market activity yet to unfold. The results are summarized in the Appendix, which was written after the book was submitted to the publisher. You be the judge.

Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, Markets in Profile teaches you the market's basic auction process, redefines how to view and conduct research, separates the markets into different time frames, illustrates the importance of inventory imbalances, and, in sum, demystifies market behavior by showing you how to organize the market's auction process in a scientific, systematic way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470039090
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #278
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 710,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES F. DALTON has been a pioneer in the popularization of the Market Profile, a unique method of identifying trading/investment opportunities. Most recently, Mr. Dalton was director of research for managed accounts at UBS Financial Services. He began his career in the investment industry as a broker with Merrill Lynch and Shearson Lehman.

ROBERT BEVAN DALTON is a freelance writer and creative director for a variety of agencies, organizations, and nonprofits in the great northwest.

ERIC T. JONES has observed markets and investors throughout his twenty-three years of developing investment products and leading investment manager research teams.

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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1 The Only Constant.

The Creation of ERISA.

The Rise and Fall of Relative Performance.

The Fall of the Great Bull.

The Rise of Absolute Return.

Succeeding in an Absolute Return Market Environment.

Pure, Unbaised Information.

People Change Markets, Markets Change People.

CHAPTER 2 Information.

Fundamental Information.

Rational or Irrational?

Market-Generated Information.

The Auctions.

Fair Value.

Market Profile Fundamentals.

Authors’ Note.

Demystifying Market Behavior.

CHAPTER 3 Timeframes.

Breaking Down Market Timeframes.


Day Trader.

Short-Term Traders.

Intermediate Traders/Investors.

Long-Term Investors.

Your Timeframe Is your Strategy Cornerstone.

CHAPTER 4 Auctions and Indicators.

The Search for Value.

Concept Review.

Key Market-Generated Indicators.

Perfecting the Art of Visualization.

CHAPTER 5 Long-Term Auctions.

Auctions in Action.

The Compound-Auction Process.

The EBB and Flow of Balance.

Where Do Trends End and Brackets Begin?

Clarity in the Maelstrom.

The Big Picture.

Asymmetric Opportunities and Risk.

Long-Term Strategy Development.

Assembling the Big Picture: Context within Context.

CHAPTER 6 Intermediate-Term Auctions.

Convergence and the Bracketing Process.

Defining the Intermediate Term.

The Transition from Bracket to Trends.

The Transition from Trend to Bracket.

The Convergence of Intellect and Emotion.

Accelerate the Learning Process.

Prelude to a Sea Change.

Hear the Bells A-Ringing.

Countertrend Auctions.

The Quest to Do Better than "Normal."

Oh, the Difference a Few Points Makes.

CHAPTER 7 Short-Term Trading.

Analyzing Short-Term Markets.

Common Mind Traps.

When and Where to Look for Short-Term Trades.

Opportunities Around Intermediate-Term Brackets.

Technical Indicators.

Your Own Worst Enemy: Your Brain.

Seeking the "Exceptionally Tasty Patterns."

All Prices and Opportunities Are Not Equal.

Ongoing Forensic Investigation.

Looking for the All-Important Reference Points.

Never Be a Laggard.

A Golden Opportunity.

Fade the Extremes, Go with Breakouts.

"The Expert Reasons Contextually."

CHAPTER 8 Day Trading Is for Everyone.

What’s a Day Trader to Do?

What You Don’t Do May Be More Important than What You Do.

The Real World in Action.

Top Down.

Lack of Conviction.

Flight to Safety.

Inventory Imbalances.

Correction of Inventory Imbalances.

Trend Traders’ Trap.

Market Condition.

Yesterday’s Trade.

Example 1.

Example 2.

Example 3.

Trader Checklist.

The Market Is Open.





Day Trader’s Checklist.

Example 1.

Example 2.

Example 3.

Practice, Practice, Practice.

CHAPTER 9 Profiting from Market-Generated Information.

Timeframe Diversification.

The New Paradigm.

Appendix A: Market Update.

About the Authors.


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