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Learn how to translate the "language" of volume!

Mark Leibovit, a leading market strategist and technical analyst with more than 35 years of trading experience, possesses a solid track record of predicting important movements in the financial market—including Black Monday of 1987, the bear markets of 2000 and 2008, and the “flash crash” of May 2010.

Now, with The Trader’s Book of Volume, his secrets are yours!

Focusing exclusively on volume technical analysis, The Trader’s Book of Volume describes the basics of volume, explains how to use it to identify and assess the strength of trade-worthy trends, and provides in-depth techniques and strategies for trading volume indicators for profit.

With more than 400 charts and graphs, The Trader’s Book of Volume also exhaustively illustrates how readers can profit from a wide array of volume indicators, including:

  • Broad Market Volume Indicators—Cumulative Volume Index, ARMS Index, Upside-Downside Volume, Nasdaq/ NYSE Volume Ratio, Yo-Yo Indicator
  • Volume Indicators—Accumulation/ Distribution, Intraday Intensity, Negative Volume Index, On-Balance Volume, Open Interest
  • Volume Oscillators—Klinger Oscillator, Chaikin Money Flow, Ease of Movement, Volume Oscillator
  • Leibovit Volume Reversal Indicator™, the author’s proprietary methodology

Under the author’s expert guidance, you can seamlessly incorporate Volume Analysis into your day-to-day trading program. Without a proper approach to Volume Analysis, Leibovit asserts, you’re essentially trading in the “land of the blind.”

Use The Trader’s Book of Volume to gain the clearest view possible of market trends and react to them with the confidence and smarts for consistent trading success—and avoid every market crash the future holds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071753753
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 606,759
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Leibovit was a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, a former “Elf ” on Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street Week television program, and a frequent guest on PBS Market Monitor’s The Nightly Business Report. He developed the Volume Reversal Indicator and newsletter in 1979, the latter evolving into the popular Web site, where he currently serves as Chief Market Strategist. Timer Digest named Leibovit the number-two Market Timer and the number-two Gold Timer for the ten-year period ending in December 2009.

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The Definitive Guide to Volume Trading

By Mark Leibovit

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Copyright © 2011Mark Leibovit
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-07-175376-0




Is it volume which causes price changes, or do price changes cause volume—the hen or the egg, which came first?

—H. M. Gartley, Profits in the Stock Market

Back in 1934, R. W. Schabacker commented in Stock Market Profits, his 300-page treatise on trading: "In our entire study of Plate V we have given no consideration to the factor of volume of trading, though this is another highly important and valuable angle of the technical approach to short-swing trading."

Having recognized the value of volume, he spent only three paragraphs discussing this highly important and valuable tool. Why was so little consideration given to volume? One explanation is that the data required for Volume Analysis were largely unavailable at the time and reserved only for the eyes of an elite group of market participants, an "insiders' club" comprising floor traders, market makers, and institutions.

Today, with the development of sophisticated desktop trading interfaces along with more readily available market data, traders can access information that was previously in the exclusive realm of insiders. This more accessible data flow has opened the door into the realm of Volume Analysis and the strategic deployment of volume-based indicators, oscillators, and overlays to enhance trading performance.

In this chapter, we challenge you to rethink any preconceived notions of price and volume as they relate to your trading strategy and offer you a short primer on the basics of volume.

The Case for Volume

Volume Analysis provides a trader with a clear and focused view of the collective behavior of financial market participants. Overwhelmingly, we traders have been indoctrinated with price-based indicators, but what if what is lying under the hood staring us in the face has eluded us? What if, at the end of the day, the behavior revealed by volume is the high-octane fuel that creates, accelerates, or decelerates market conditions?

We've been told that market trends are created by market participants agreeing in aggregate that a fair price for a stock or commodity can be found and that price moves accordingly to higher or lower levels. In Volume Analysis, we view the development of market trends as a dynamic process that cannot simply be explained based upon price movement alone. Our standard for identifying and predicting trend changes incorporates the volume action accompanying these price movements. Throughout our exploration of volume, our guiding principle will remain arguably simple.

Volume Action Is Linked to Price Movement

Most traders have a minimal understanding that a price move accompanied by strong or heavy volume is likely to continue in its current direction, and, conversely, if volume is lighter than "normal," the trend may be suspect. These concepts are about as in-depth an understanding as most traders will ever develop about volume. So what of the behavior of volume in technical chart patterns, in trend continuation and reversals, and in volume overlays?

It is our belief that volume is an essential component of every price move and pattern. If a trader is unable to read or translate volume information, if his understanding of it remains limited, then he is forced into the trading strategies and routine guidance more commonly serving the interests of the institutional crowd. By taking our trading off-road and examining the complexities of volume, we are taking a detour from trading based on price-driven data alone. It is our hope that as you explore the pages of this book on volume, you will gain predictive insight into trend direction and reversals and ultimately develop your own set of defensive tactical strategies.

A Dynamic Volume Analogy

There are many analogies to describe the dynamic effects of volume on price trends. Most commonly, it is compared to fuel in a car engine. If the tank is low on gas (i.e., weak volume), the car engine eventually will falter and stall. Had the tank been full (i.e., strong volume), the car would have just cruised on down the road. Just as too much fuel can flood an engine, too much volume, in the form of spikes and surges (indicates an emotionally charged trading environment), can signal that the "engine" might stop heading in its current direction (i.e., a change in trend is near).

In The Trader's Book of Volume, our focus will be to translate the meaning of volume information into trading strategies and ultimately into tactical volume overlays. How to begin to do this is to understand some volume basics; the coordinates we are measuring will act as our guide. We begin by understanding what information is embedded within and represented by volume.

Volume as a Measure of Supply and Demand

On any given day, both volume and price in the markets are constantly readjusting to accurately reflect the current market environment. If there is an imbalance of buyers in the market, price may adjust to higher levels to entice existing holders to sell their positions to offset demand or buying pressure. If there is an imbalance of sellers, price may adjust to lower levels to entice new buying to offset supply or selling pressure.

As more traders line up and execute their intentions on either the buy side or the sell side, the increased activity shows up in the form of volume. How volume interacts with price on any trading day reveals the level of supply and demand in the market for that security or commodity. The behavior of volume during the trading day represents hard evidence that the imbalance between buyers and sellers is being resolved. Ultimately, it is the volume action, not the price action, as most of us have been taught, that signals the first indication of the direction of that resolution.

Volume as a Gauge of Trader Sentiment and Interest

When we look at a fuel gauge, we get a sense of our ability to go the distance. Similarly, we can take a volume measurement to represent how much bullish or bearish sentiment there is in trading a particular market, index, or issue. Elevated interest in the form of higher-than-normal volume gives clarity as to when and at what level the next potential price move may occur. "Normal" volume will depend on our trading time frame and the unique volume characteristics of the index or issue being traded, but once normal is determined, any departure from that is significant.

A case in point: Using a volume moving average, a trader can identify higher- than-normal volume with small price swings, which may indicate that shares are being either accumulated or distributed in a sideways market. Below-normal volume on larger price swings, especially in trending markets, may signal to a trader that a shift in trend is imminent. Volume Analysis thus serves to improve a trader's predictive ability as to the timing and direction of trends and reversals.

Using Volume to Track the Major Market Players

A major strength of Volume Analysis is its ability to track the trading activity of the largest market participants: that is, mutual funds, large hedge funds, and institutional players. These elite players often intentionally camouflage their positions. By using Volume Analysis, a trader has the ability to recognize their volume patterns and uncover their tracks. Traders with volume expertise are in the enviable position of being able to take the lead or tailgate their positions.

Measuring and Charting Volume Data

Much as drivers assess coordinates before taking their vehicles off

Excerpted from THE TRADER'S BOOK OF VOLUME by Mark Leibovit. Copyright © 2011 by Mark Leibovit. Excerpted by permission of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Case for Volume; Chapter 2. Trader's Mantra: Volume Precedes Price; Chapter 3. Volume Analysis; Chapter 4. Using Volume to Assess Trend StrengthChapter 5. Taking Volume Off-Road: A Trader's Application of Volume to Chart Patterns; Chapter 6. The Volume Indicators; Chapter 7. Timeframe Analysis and Indicator Selection; Chapter 8. Hybrids: Pairing Volume Indicators; Chapter 9. Keeping a Trader's Eye to the Terrain

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