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Getting Started in Chart Patterns, 2nd Edition

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Your plain-English guide to understanding and using technical chart patterns

Chart pattern analysis is not only one of the most important investing tools, but also one of the most popular. Filled with expert insights and practical advice from one of the best in the business, Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition helps new and seasoned traders alike profit by tracking and identifying specific chart patterns.

Substantially revised and expanded, this new edition stay true to the original, with author Thomas Bulkowski's frank discussion of how trading behavior can affect the bottom line. Interwoven throughout the technical presentations are fascinating anecdotes drawn from the author's quarter-century as a professional trader that vividly demonstrate how one of the best in the business leverages the power of chart patterns.

  • Includes additional charts for ETFs and mutual funds

  • Introduces more than 40 key chart formations, as well as trading tactics that can be used in conjunction with them

  • Supplies actual trades, with their corresponding dollar amounts

  • If you're looking to gain a better understanding of this discipline, look no further than the Second Edition of Getting Started in Chart Patterns.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Contents
    6. Preface to First and Second Editions
    7. Acknowledgments
      1. Other Books by Thomas Bulkowski
      2. Regarding Serious Inquiries
    8. Chapter 1: Introduction to Chart Patterns
      1. What Are Chart Patterns?
      2. Enter the Retail Investor
      3. Advantages of Chart Patterns
      4. Disadvantages of Chart Patterns
      5. What Does It Mean?
      6. What We Learned
    9. Chapter 2: Identifying Chart Patterns
      1. The Blank Chart
      2. Connecting Peaks
      3. Connecting Valleys
      4. Patterns with Curves
      5. Patterns with Diagonals
      6. That's a Wrap
      7. What We Learned
    10. Chapter 3: The Truth about Trendlines
      1. What Are Trendlines?
      2. A Trendline Example
      3. Trendlines: External, Internal, and Curved
      4. Touch Spacing
      5. Trendline Touches
      6. Trendline Length
      7. Trendline Angles
      8. Trendline and Breakout Volume
      9. Measure Rule for Trendlines
      10. Drawing Trendlines
      11. 1–2–3 Trend Change Method
      12. Sample Trade Using Trendlines
      13. Advanced Trendline Tactics
      14. What We Learned
    11. Chapter 4: Support and Resistance
      1. What Is Support and Resistance?
      2. Chart Pattern SAR
      3. Fibonacci Retracements
      4. Peaks and Valleys
      5. Horizontal Consolidation Regions
      6. Round Number SAR
      7. Trendlines and Channels
      8. SAR and Volume
      9. Using SAR to Trade
      10. What We Learned
    12. Chapter 5: Ten Buy Signals
      1. High and Tight Flag
      2. Pipe Bottoms
      3. Inverted and Ascending Scallops
      4. Three Rising Valleys
      5. Rounding Bottoms
      6. Descending Triangles
      7. Ascending Broadening Wedges
      8. Eve & Eve Double Bottoms
      9. Triple Bottoms
      10. Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms
      11. What We Learned
    13. Chapter 6: Ten Sell Signals
      1. Head-and-Shoulders Tops
      2. Diamond Tops and Bottoms
      3. Double Tops
      4. Ascending and Symmetrical Triangles
      5. Flags and Pennants
      6. Pipe Tops
      7. Measured Moves and the Simple ABC Correction
      8. Broadening Tops and Bottoms
      9. Triple Tops
      10. Selling Details
      11. What We Learned
    14. Chapter 7: Special Situations
      1. Bull and Bear Markets
      2. Bull and Bear Traps
      3. The Dead-Cat Bounce
      4. The Inverted Dead-Cat Bounce
      5. Flat Base
      6. Gaps
      7. Lower Highs and Higher Lows
      8. Partial Rises and Declines
      9. Quick Rises and Declines
      10. Spikes and Tails
      11. Stops
      12. Throwbacks and Pullbacks
      13. What We Learned
    15. Chapter 8: Busted Patterns
      1. Single, Double, and Triple Busts
      2. Busted Broadening Patterns
      3. Diamonds, Doubles, and Head-and-Shoulders
      4. More Busted Patterns
      5. Busted Trading Tips
      6. Busted: How Often?
      7. What We Learned
    16. Chapter 9: More Trades
      1. IMC Global
      2. Giant Industries
      3. Lam Research
      4. EMC
      5. Rohm and Haas
      6. JLG Industries
      7. Southwest Airlines
      8. Honeywell
      9. Great Plains Energy
      10. What We Learned
    17. Chapter 10: The Art of Trading
      1. Before Buying
      2. When to Sell
      3. General Trading Tips
      4. Trading Psychology
      5. What We Learned
      6. Chapter 1 : Introduction to Chart Patterns
      7. Chapter 2 : Identifying Chart Patterns
      8. Chapter 3 : The Truth about Trendlines
      9. Chapter 4 : Support and Resistance
      10. Chapter 5 : Ten Buy Signals
      11. Chapter 6 : Ten Sell Signals
      12. Chapter 7 : Special Situations
      13. Chapter 8 : Busted Patterns
      14. Chapter 9 : More Trades
    18. Chapter 11: Crunching the Numbers
      1. Chart Pattern Performance: Notes
    19. Glossary
    20. Visual Index of Chart Patterns
    21. About the Author