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Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to Technical Analysis 1
Chapter 2: The Basic Principle of Technical Analysis--The Trend 7
Chapter 3: History of Technical Analysis 21
Chapter 4: The Technical Analysis Controversy 33
Part II: Markets and Market Indicators
Chapter 5: An Overview of Markets 57
Chapter 6: Dow Theory 77
Chapter 7: Sentiment 91
Chapter 8: Measuring Market Strength 143
Chapter 9: Temporal Patterns and Cycles 177
Chapter 10: Flow of Funds 195
Part III: Trend Analysis
Chapter 11: History and Construction of Charts 219
Chapter 12: Trends--The Basics 249
Chapter 13: Breakouts, Stops, and Retracements 281
Chapter 14: Moving Averages 305
Part IV: Chart Pattern Analysis
Chapter 15: Bar Chart Patterns 333
Chapter 16: Point and Figure Chart Patterns 367
Chapter 17: Short-Term Patterns 393
Part V: Trend Confirmation
Chapter 18: Confirmation 439
Part VI: Other Technical Methods and Rules
Chapter 19: Cycles 481
Chapter 20: Elliott, Fibonacci, and Gann 509
Part VII: Selection
Chapter 21: Selection of Markets and Issues: Trading and Investing 533
Part VIII: System Testing and Management
Chapter 22: System Design and Testing 559
Chapter 23: Money and Portfolio Risk Management 589
Part IX: Appendices
Appendix A: Basic Statistics 611
Appendix B: Types of Orders and Other Trader Terminology 639
Bibliography 643
Index 675

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Already the field's most comprehensive, reliable, and objective guidebook, Technical Analysis, Third Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the field's latest advances. Selected by the Market Technicians Association as the official companion to its prestigious Chartered Market Technician (CMT) program, this book systematically explains the theory of technical analysis, presenting academic evidence both for and against it.

Using hundreds of fully updated illustrations and examples, the authors explain the analysis of both markets and individual issues, and present complete investment systems and portfolio management plans. They present authoritative, up-to-date coverage of tested sentiment, momentum indicators, seasonal effects, flow of funds, testing systems, risk mitigation strategies, and many other topics.

Technical Analysis, Third Edition thoroughly covers recent advances in pattern recognition, market analysis, and systems management; new confidence tests; popular methods such as Kagi, Renko, Kase, Ichimoku, Clouds, and DeMark indicators; innovations in exit stops, portfolio selection, and testing; and the implications of behavioral bias; and the recent performance of old formulas and methods. For traders, researchers, and serious investors alike, this is the definitive book on technical analysis.

About the Author

Charles D. Kirkpatrick II, CMT, relative to technical analysis, is or has been:

  • President, Kirkpatrick & Company, Inc., Kittery, Maine--a private firm specializing in technical research; editor and publisher of the Market Strategist newsletter.
  • Author of several other books on aspects of technical analysis in the trading markets.
  • Adjunct professor of finance, Brandeis University International School of Business, Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Director and vice president, Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts--a charitable foundation dedicated to encouraging and providing educational courses in technical analysis at the college and university level.
  • Editor, Journal of Technical Analysis, New York, New York--the official journal of technical analysis research.
  • Director, Market Technicians Association, New York, New York--an association of professional technical analysts.

In his life in the stock and options markets, Mr. Kirkpatrick has been a hedge fund manager, investment advisor, advisor to floor and desk traders and portfolio managers, institutional stock broker, options trader, desk and large-block trader, lecturer and speaker on aspects of technical analysis to professional and academic groups, expert legal witness on the stock market, owner of several small businesses, owner of an institutional brokerage firm, and part owner of a CBOE options trading firm. His research has been published in Barron's and elsewhere. In 1993 and 2001, he won the Charles H. Dow Award for excellence in technical research, and in 2009, he won the MTA award for his contributions to technical analysis. In 2012, he and Julie Dahlquist together won the Mike Epstein Award from the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation for their dedication to expanding technical analysis courses into college and university graduate schools and for creating this textbook to be used in professional courses on technical analysis. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College (A.B.), and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.), he was also a decorated combat officer with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He currently resides in Maine with his wife, Ellie, and their various domestic animals.

Julie R. Dahlquist, Ph.D., received her B.B.A. in economics from University of Louisiana at Monroe, her M.A. in theology from St. Mary's University, and her Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University. Dr. Dahlquist has taught at the collegiate level for three decades. Currently, she is an associate professor of professional practice in economics and finance at the M. J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. Dr. Dahlquist is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She is the coauthor (with Richard Bauer) of Technical Market Indicators: Analysis and Performance (John Wiley & Sons) and Technical Analysis of Gaps (Pearson). Her research has appeared in Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Technical Analysis, Managerial Finance, Applied Economics, Working Money, Financial Practice and Education, Active Trader, and the Journal of Financial Education. She is a recipient of the Charles H. Dow Award (2011) and the Epstein Award (2012). She serves on the Board of the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation and as editor of the Journal of Technical Analysis. She and her husband, Richard Bauer, have two children, Katherine and Sepp.

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