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Visual Guide to Chart Patterns



Visual Guide to Chart Patterns

Thomas N. Bulkowski

ISBN: 978-1-118-30144-9 November 2012 352 Pages

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The step-by-step visual guide to spotting potential price movements and improving returns

Bloomberg Visual Guide to Chart Patterns is a concise and accessible visual guide to identifying, understanding, and using chart patterns to predict the direction and extent of price moves. Packed with visual learning enhancements and exercises, this innovative book helps savvy investors and professionals alike master the essential skills of chart pattern recognition. Follow along as chart pattern expert Thomas Bulkowski teaches you to recognize important peaks and valleys that form patterns—footprints of the smart money.

Nearly 200 color charts assist in providing a step-by-step approach to finding those footprints, interpreting them, and following them. Popular patterns such as head-and-shoulders, double tops and bottoms, triangles, gaps, flags, and pennants are just a few of the many patterns explored throughout the book.

For the sophisticated trader or investor, the book also provides statistical research to support the claims of pattern behavior, trading signals, and setups, in an easy to understand way.

  • Discusses chart pattern identification guidelines, psychology, variations, failures, and buy and sell signals
  • Covers the most popular and common chart patterns as well as lesser-known ones like throwbacks, pullbacks, and busted patterns
  • Incorporates quizzes, step-by-step exercises, enhanced graphics and video tutorials to immerse the reader in the world of chart patterns

Designed for use by investors and traders, from beginners to experts looking for a practical, easy-to-use guide, comprehensive reference, Bloomberg Visual Guide to Chart Patterns provides a sophisticated introduction to the world of chart patterns.

How to Use This Book vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part I: The Basics 1

Chapter 1: Pattern Recognition Made Easy 3

Chapter 2: Minor Highs and Lows 13

Chapter 3: Trendlines 19

Chapter 4: Support and Resistance 29

Chapter 5: Gaps 39

Chapter 6: Throwbacks and Pullbacks 47

Part II: Pattern Identification 53

Chapter 7: Rectangles 55

Chapter 8: Ascending Triangles 69

Chapter 9: Descending Triangles 81

Chapter 10: Symmetrical Triangles 93

Chapter 11: Flags and Pennants 105

Chapter 12: Double Bottoms 115

Chapter 13: Triple Bottoms 127

Chapter 14: Double Tops 139

Chapter 15: Triple Tops 151

Chapter 16: Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms 163

Chapter 17: Head-and-Shoulders Tops 175

Part III: Basic Buy Setups 187

Chapter 18: Basic Buy Setups 189

Chapter 19: Failures 205

Chapter 20: The Throwback Buy Setup 215

Chapter 21: Measuring Flags and Pennants 225

Chapter 22: Busted Pattern Buy Setups 229

Chapter 23: Trading Setups and Tips 243

Part IV: Basic Sell Signals 251

Chapter 24: Chart Pattern Sell Signals 253

Chapter 25: Busted Pattern Sell Signals 271

Chapter 26: Triangle Apex Sell Signal 289

Chapter 27: Trendline Sell Signals 293

Chapter 28: Swing Rule 299

Chapter 29: A Tale of Two Trades 303

Bloomberg Functionality Cheat Sheet 309

Visual Appendix of Chart Patterns 311

Bibliography 317

About the Author 319

Index 321