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A Beginner's Guide to Charting Financial Markets


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Introduction Part 1 - Introduction to Charting 1. The Basics of Chart Reading - What is a chart? - A brief history of charting - What is the market? - Styles of market analysis - Why charts matter - Just why do charts work? - What are we really trying to do here? - So what is technical analysis? - What technical analysis is not - Why use it? - When not to use it? 2. How To Read A Chart - The basic parts of a chart - What creates the chart? - Everything supports price 3. Understanding Each Part Of A Chart 1. Price 2. Volume 3. Momentum 4. Structure 5. Sentiment Pulling it all together 4. How To Use Charts - The Basics Sanity Check A bad reaction to good news Value play or dying stock? Checking out an idea Weighing your options - Should you invest at all? How will this make you a better investor? Part 2 - Putting Charts to Work for You 5. Putting Stocks to the Technical Test The three basic goals of the tools Checklist for success OK, let's do it! A good candidate to buy A good candidate to avoid A stock that gets a "maybe" What if you made a mistake? Knowing when to sell How about the fundamentals? 6. Technical Analysis In Action What is going on around you? The real world The real reason we do this 7. When The Real World Does Not Follow The Script Technicians License Variations Let the market talk Summary - the real world 8. Examples 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Michael N. Kahn currently writes the twice-weekly column "Getting Technical" for Barron's Online. He also produces a daily technical market newsletter, Quick Takes Pro, ( Previously, he was chief technical analyst for BridgeNews, a division of Bridge Information Systems. He has been a regular guest on the Nightly Business Report on PBS, has appeared on CNBC and was the editor of the Market Technicians Association newsletter Technically Speaking. His first book, Real World Technical Analysis, was published in January 1998 and his second, Technical Analysis: Plain and Simple, is now in its second edition (2006) and is published in several languages. Prior to writing technical commentary, Mr. Kahn was a senior product manager for Knight-Ridder Financial before that company was merged into Bridge. He was responsible for the marketing design of several of the firm's charting software platforms and launched technical analysis coverage for Knight-Ridder Financial News. He was also a co-editor of the Tradecenter Market Letter. Prior to joining Bridge/Knight-Ridder Financial in 1986, Mr. Kahn was a senior municipal bond specialist with Merrill Lynch. He also worked in the Financial Planning Department at Shearson Lehman American Express. Mr. Kahn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Economics from Brandeis University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. He is also working on his Chartered Market Technician professional designation.

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