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Paperback Swing Trading: Power Strategies to Cut Risk and Boost Profits Book

ISBN: 047173392X

ISBN13: 9780471733928

Swing Trading: Power Strategies to Cut Risk and Boost Profits

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This essential guide to a trading strategy offers a viable (and profitable) alternative to both day-trading and the buy-and-hold mentality. Swing Trading presents the methods that allow busy people to... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Great and Excellent Book for the novice trader

I am new in the Stock Market and in the process of getting information to invest. I must say I really enjoyed this book. The techniques explained, were very useful to me. I wish I would have Read this book 2 years ago, before making horrendous mistake in the stock market. I personally recommended to those who are new and/or would like to find techniques to profit from the stock market. To some might be simplistic, it was not for me that way all.

A New Classic

By clearly describing the different methods of a half-dozen top traders, Jon Markman provides a very readable, yet extremely practical and profitable set of techniques that the individual investor can try on for comfort-fit. In clear and simple language, Markman makes technical analysis usable for the novice, while also providing tips and insights that will benefit experienced traders.This book is sure to become a classic in its field, with continual demand for its profitmaking insights. I will be recommending the book often to fellow members of our local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors.

Home Run Swing

I came to this book with positive expectations, and I wasn't disappointed. Jon Markman is a market researcher and a professional trader, so he has the all-too-rare advantage among writers of trading texts of actually knowing his subject matter. Equally important, however, he is an accomplished financial journalist whose contributions have regularly graced the MSN Money/CNBC site. Having worked with Jon on a number of columns for the site, I can vouch for the seriousness and integrity of his commitment to financial journalism. Before reading Swing Trading, I knew that it would be refreshingly free of hype, self-promotion, and the kinds of misleading presentations so common in the trading world.The format of the book calls to mind Jack Schwager's classic Market Wizards books, as each chapter is devoted to an exemplary practitioner of swing trading. There the analogy ends, however. While the chapters do include interesting personal details about the traders, they are not transcripts of interviews. Rather, they are attempts to capture the swing trading styles of each of the subjects, describe the styles in down-to-earth terms, and illustrate them with copious examples. The result is a fascinating potpourri of approaches to trading the markets over periods ranging from days to months.The potpourri includes charting methods from Terry Bedford, trend-following techniques from Bert Dohmen, momentum-based strategies from George Fontanills, Markman's own work with the StockScouter ranking system and HiMARQ seasonality patterns, Richard Rhodes' macroeconomic approach, and the sentiment-based work of Phil Erlanger. Each chapter attempts to show readers how they can duplicate the traders' work for themselves using readily available web-based charting and screening tools. The chapters also summarize trading rules from the pros that capture useful advice for both rookie and seasoned traders.It is this practical aspect of the book that makes it stand out from its peers. The chapter on Bedford, for example, not only delineates chart patterns, but details methods for determining profit targets and setting stops to reduce losses. In the Fontanills chapter, Markman details how to zero in on high momentum stocks using MSN Money charts and Excel spreadsheets. His own chapter contains very useful hints on combining parameters in the StockScouter system, such as sector strength and market cap, to identify strong and weak stocks over short swing periods. Any of these ideas is more than you'd get from the average high-priced trading seminar.If I have one reservation about Swing Trading is that we don't hear more from Markman-the-journalist at the end of the book. A final chapter, integrating the material and drawing common themes from the book's subjects, would have be informative and useful for readers who want to adapt the material to their own trading styles. My sense is that the common threads are present: each of the traders profiled has immersed them

Very helpful!

Markman gets major kudos for writing a clear and understandable book on swing trading. Other titles may be good but tough for beginner to understand. Chapter on Erlanger Squeeze Play seems especially valuable.

Awesome book -- learned a lot

This was exactly the book on swing trading that I was looking for. I had previously read the book on swing tradingy by Alan Farley but it was way too complicated and hard to follow. This book lays out the basic concepts -- chart patterns, indicators, sentiment ratios etc -- in a really easy to read fashion that I learned a lot from. It's done in a format similar to Market Wizards, where you learn about the techniques not just from the author but from old pros. So you're sort of invested in the personalities of these traders -- people like Terry Bedford, Phil Erlanger and George Fontanills -- before you find out about the techniques they use. If you only have time to read one chapter, read the last one, about Erlanger and his sentiment work. It is fascinating and very useful. It's worth the price of the book alone.
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