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From the author of the Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns comes his latest work, Trading Classic Chart Patterns, a groundbreaking primer on how to trade the most popular stock patterns. Written for the novice investor but containing techniques for the seasoned professional, this comprehensive guide includes easy-to-use performance tables supported by statistical research. By using a simple scoring system, you'll learn how to predict the performance of a chart pattern almost by looking at it.

If you're new to chart patterns, technical analysis, or to stock market investing itself, the "Getting Started" section provides new ideas on trendlines, support and resistance, placing stops, and avoiding common investment mistakes. As your trading knowledge and experience increase, the "Trading Classic Chart Patterns" section will serve as a handy reference guide for your favorite chart patterns, including broadening tops, head-and-shoulders, rectangles, triangles, and triple tops and bottoms. You'll quickly learn about the Adam-and-Eve combinations of double tops and bottoms, and how to select the best performers while avoiding the losers.

You'll discover:

• How to use the price trend leading to a chart pattern as a gauge of future performance

• Why breakout gaps often improve performance-but by less than you think

• How tall formations perform substantially better than short ones

• What a partial decline is and how to buy in early for a larger profit

• Whether high breakout volume really improves performance

• How to identify horizontal consolidation regions that may stop prices dead in their tracks

• A new tool, called the horizon failure rate, to assess performance over time

The scoring system makes trading chart patterns simple. Use the performance tables to score your stock pattern, then add up the scores. If they total above zero, the stock is an investment candidate; if they are below zero, you'll know to avoid that particular stock. It's that easy!

Trading Classic Chart Patterns is a trader's reference that's destined to become a classic. This book is an invaluable resource that provides the obvious answer-Yes!-for every investor who has wondered if trading chart patterns can be profitable.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulkowski, a full-time investor, shows how to predict the performance of a chart pattern. An introductory section overviews emerging ideas on placing stops, trendlines, support and resistance, and common mistakes, for those new to chart patterns, technical analysis, or to stock market investing itself. The bulk of the book explains how to interpret 14 chart patterns. While the book is written for novice investors, seasoned professionals will also find it useful. The author has written other books on investing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471435754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/8/2002
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #143
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,570,839
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS N. BULKOWSKI is a successful full-time investor, the author of Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, and a contributor to Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities. Before earning enough from his investments to "retire" from his day job at age thirty-six, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer with Raytheon and a senior software engineer for Tandy Corporation.

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Table of Contents


Part One: Getting Started.

1 Down Trendlines.

2 Up Trendlines.

3 Support and Resistance.

4 Stops, Bats, and Selling.

5 Common Trading Mistakes.

Part Two: Chart Patterns Reference Section.

6 Broadening Tops.

7 Diamonds.

8 Double Bottoms.

9 Double Tops.

10 Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms.

11 Head-and-Shoulders Tops.

12 Rectangles.

13 Scallops, Ascending.

14 Scallops, Descending.

15 Triangles, Ascending.

16 Triangles, Descending.

17 Triangles, Symmetrical.

18 Triple Bottoms.

19 Triple Tops.

Statistics Summary and Analysis.

Glossary and Methodology.


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