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Millions of traders participating in today’s financial markets have shot interest and involvement in technical analysis to an all-time high. This updated edition of Technical Analysis from A to Z combines a detailed explanation of what technical analysis is and how it works with overviews, interpretations, calculations, and examples of over 135 technical indicators—and how they perform under actual market conditions. Enhanced with more details to make it easier to use and understand, this book reflects the latest research findings and advances. A complete summary of major indicators that can be used in any market, it covers:

• Every trading tool from the Absolute Breadth Index to the Zig Zag

• Indicators include Arms Index, Dow Theory, and Elliott Wave Theory

• Over 35 new indicators

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071363488
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven B. Achelis is the founder of Equis International, Inc., a leading provider of investment analysis, portfolio management, and stock market data collection software. The designer of numerous trading software programs including MetaStock—the most popular technical analysis program in the world—Achelis is an experienced investment analyst and trader. He has written influential articles on technical analysis and investment market timing, and has made regular radio and television appearances on national networks including CBS and CNBC.
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Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition xiii
Preface to Second Edition xiv
Acknowledgments xv
Terminology xvi
Calculations xvii
Rounding xvii
A-to-Z Companion Spreadsheet xvii
To Learn More xviii
Part 1 Introduction to Technical Analysis 1
Technical Analysis 2
Some History 2
The Human Element 2
Fundamental Analysis 3
The Future Can Be Found in the Past 3
The Weatherman 3
The Roulette Wheel 4
Computerized Trading 5
Price Fields 6
Charts 7
Line Charts 8
Bar Charts 8
Semi-Log Verus Linear Scaling 9
Volume Bar Chart 11
Other Chart Types 11
Periodicity 12
The Time Element 13
Support and Resistance 14
Supply and Demand 18
Traders' Remorse 19
Resistance Becomes Support 23
Review 25
Trends 25
Moving Averages 27
Time Periods in Moving Averages 29
Merits 30
Traders' Remorse 30
Indicators 31
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) 31
Leading Versus Lagging Indicators 33
Trending Prices Versus Trading Prices 35
Divergences 36
Market Indicators 37
Categories of Market Indicators 38
Line Studies 41
A Sample Approach 41
Conclusion 43
Part 2 Reference 45
Absolute Breadth Index 46
Accumulation/Distribution Line 48
Accumulation Swing Index 51
Advance/Decline Line 52
Advance/Decline Ratio 55
Advancing-Declining Issues 56
Advancing, Declining, Unchanged Volume 58
Andrews's Pitchfork 60
Arms Index (Trin) 61
Aroon 64
Average True Range 68
Bollinger Bands 71
Breadth Thrust 74
Bull/Bear Ratio 78
Candlesticks, Japanese 79
Canslim 90
Chaikin Money Flow 93
Chaikin Oscillator 96
Chande Momentum Oscillator 100
Commodity Channel Index 103
Commodity Selection Index 106
Correlation Analysis 108
Cumulative Volume Index 110
Cycles 112
Demand Index 116
Detrended Price Oscillator 117
Directional Movement 119
Double Exponential Moving Average 121
Dow Theory 123
Dynamic Momentum Index 128
Ease of Movement 130
Efficient Market Theory 133
Elliott Wave Theory 134
Envelopes (Trading Bands) 137
Equivolume 138
Fibonacci Studies 141
Forecast Oscillator 145
Four Percent Model 147
Fourier Transform 149
Fundamental Analysis 151
Gann Angles 153
Herrick Payoff Index 156
Inertia 157
Interest Rates 158
Intraday Momentum Index 161
Kagi 164
Klinger Oscillator 167
Large Block Ratio 171
Linear Regression Indicator 172
Linear Regression Slope 174
Linear Regression Trendlines 176
Market Facilitation Index 178
Mass Index 181
McClellan Oscillator 183
McClellan Summation Index 187
Median Price 190
Member Short Ratio 192
Mesa Sine Wave 193
Momentum 195
Money Flow Index 197
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence 199
Moving Averages 203
Calculation, Simple Moving Average 207
Calculation, Exponential Moving Average 208
Calculation, Time Series Moving Average 210
Calculation, Triangular Moving Average 210
Calculation, Variable Moving Average 210
Calculation, Volume-Adjusted Moving Average 212
Calculation, Weighted Moving Average 212
Negative Volume Index 214
New Highs-Lows Cumulative 217
New Highs/Lows Ratio 218
New Highs-New Lows 220
Odd Lot Balance Index 222
Odd Lot Purchases/Sales 224
Odd Lot Short Ratio 225
Odds Probability Cones 227
On Balance Volume 229
Open Interest 232
Open-10 Trin 233
Option Analysis 236
Overbought/Oversold 240
Parabolic Sar 242
Patterns 245
Percent Retracement 250
Performance 251
Point and Figure 253
Polarized Fractal Efficiency 256
Positive Volume Index 257
Price and Volume Trend 261
Price Channel 263
Price Oscillator 265
Price Rate-of-Change 267
Projection Bands 270
Projection Oscillator 271
Public Short Ratio 274
Puts/Calls Ratio 276
Qstick 278
Quadrant Lines 280
R-Squared 282
Raff Regression Channel 284
Random Walk Index 285
Range Indicator 287
Rectangle 290
Relative Momentum Index 291
Relative Strength, Comparative 294
Relative Strength Index 297
Relative Volatility Index 300
Renko 302
Speed Resistance Lines 305
Spreads 306
Standard Deviation 308
Standard Deviation Channel 310
Standard Error 311
Standard Error Bands 313
Standard Error Channel 315
Stix 316
Stochastic Momentum Index 318
Stochastic Oscillator 321
Swing Index 326
Tema 328
Three Line Break 330
Time Series Forecast 333
Tirone Levels 335
Total Short Ratio 336
Trade Volume Index 338
Trendlines 341
Trix 342
Typical Price 344
Ultimate Oscillator 346
Upside/Downside Ratio 348
Upside/Downside Volume 350
Vertical Horizontal Filter 351
Volatility, Chaikin's 354
Volume 356
Volume Oscillator 358
Volume Rate-of-Change 360
Weighted Close 362
Wilder's Smoothing 364
William's Accumulation/Distribution 366
Williams's %R 369
Zig Zag 372
Index 375
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    Wide Territory but scimpy

    This is an alright book in that it covers a wide berth and lots of topics. That may be the trouble. It covers so much it barely touches anything. You can, however, gain a basic knowledge of what it's all about but don't expect much in lengthy explanations. He does however, have something to say about them all, albeit very short as a rule. There is just not enough room left for in depth coverage what with the amount of ground he covers.

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