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Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market: Charting Elliott Wave, Lucas, Fibonacci, Gann, and Time for Profit, 2nd Edition by Dawn Bolton-Smith, Jeff Greenblatt

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CHAPTER 1

Underlying Structure of Markets

Welcome to twenty-first century technical analysis! In this work we are going to shatter myths, gore sacred cows, and finally build a better mousetrap. For the past several hundred years, technicians have relied heavily on price and volume studies as the most important factors on a price chart. Don’t get me wrong, these are very important. However they do not give us a complete picture. Time studies are the least understood, yet are a critically important element in technical analysis. For this new edition we are going to include some of the work of W.D. Gann and his most important discovery. So let me say that, while we are in twenty-first century technical analysis, the roots lie in work done 80 to 100 years ago that was ignored by the majority of the trading community. Even today on the three most important media outlets that give us wall-to-wall coverage of markets, the time element is still ignored.

The first edition of this book was released several months before this pattern completed. As early as April 2007 we had been telling our regular readers at the time that a very important pivot was coming in October, as seen in Figure 1.1. The essence of the book was to teach people how to recognize patterns such as this. Had anyone recognized and understood the significance of this market turn they could have taken appropriate action to protect themselves. We revisit this Dow episode later in the book as well because I told people the turn ...

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