The Handbook of Technical Analysis: The Practitioner’s Comprehensive Guide to Technical Analysis


  • Format: PDF
  • Pages: 978
  • Published Date: 2016


The Handbook of Technical Analysis provides a unique and comprehensive reference for serious traders, analysts, and practitioners of technical analysis. This book explains the definitions, concepts, applications, integration, and execution of many technical‐based trading tools and approaches, with detailed coverage of various technical and advanced money management issues. It also exposes the many strengths and weaknesses of various popular technical approaches and offers effective solutions wherever possible. Innovative techniques for pinpointing and handling potential market breakouts and reversals are also discussed throughout the handbook. A dedicated chapter on advanced money management helps complete the trader’s education.


This handbook will prove indispensable to foreign exchange, bond, stock, commodity futures, CFD, and option traders, especially if they are looking for a fast and comprehensive route to mastering some of the most powerful tools and techniques available for analyzing price and market behavior. It is replete with hundreds of illustrations, tables, and charts, giving the trader and investor an instant visual understanding of the underlying principles and concepts discussed. Markets analyzed include bonds, commodity, equities, and foreign exchange.

With extensive content and coverage, The Handbook of Technical Analysis also provides the perfect self‐contained, self‐study exam preparatory guide for students intending to sit for examinations in financial technical analysis. This book helps prepare students to sit for various professional examinations in financial technical analysis, such as the International Federation of Technical Analysts CFTe Levels I and II (USA), STA Diploma (UK), Dip TA (AUS), as well as the Market Technicians Association CMT Levels I, II, and III (USA) examinations in financial technical analysis. This handbook is organized in an accessible manner that allows the students to readily identify the topics and concepts that they will need to know for the exam. It covers the most important topics, as well as incorporating the latest technical developments in the markets so as to give the students a real‐world appreciation of the topics learned. The student will find important learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter.

The Handbook of Technical Analysis aims to be as visual as possible. Most of the charts and illustrations in this handbook were created with the objective that they would provide a rapid and efficient review of all the concepts and applications upon the second or third reading. This makes it the perfect tool for students reviewing for an examination.


  • Introduction to the Art and Science of Technical Analysis
  • Introduction to Dow Theory
  • Mechanics and Dynamics of Charting
  • Market Phase Analysis
  • Trend Analysis
  • Volume and Open Interest
  • Bar Chart Analysis
  • Window Oscillators and Overlay Indicators
  • Divergence Analysis
  • Fibonacci Number and Ratio Analysis
  • Moving Averages
  • Envelopes and Methods of Price Containment
  • Chart Pattern Analysis
  • Japanese Candlestick Analysis
  • Point‐and‐Figure Charting
  • Ichimoku Charting and Analysis
  • Market Profile
  • Basic Elliott Wave Analysis
  • Basics of Gann Analysis
  • Cycle Analysis
  • Volatility Analysis
  • Market Breadth
  • Sentiment Indicators and Contrary Opinion
  • Relative Strength Analysis
  • Investor Psychology
  • Trader Risk Profiling and Position Analysis
  • Integrated Technical Analysis
  • Money Management
  • Technical Trading Systems