The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure: A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practical Use of the Point and Figure Charting Method (2nd Revised e

The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure: A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practical Use of the Point and Figure Charting Method (2nd Revised e

By: Jeremy du Plessis (author)Hardback

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Point and Figure charts are one of the great secrets of the Technical Analysis world. Highly sophisticated and with a thoroughbred pedigree, they can, however, be overlooked by traders today. Jeremy du Plessis - one of the foremost Point and Figure experts in the world - returns with a fully updated second edition of this definitive guide in an effort to redress this imbalance. This second edition, with an extensive revision to the text and introduction of brand new techniques, demystifies the world of Point and Figure charting. It includes a detailed explanation of the history and development of the technique from its invention to the modern day, and covers the makeup of the chart patterns, why they are created, and how to interpret them. Throughout, readers are encouraged to understand Point and Figure charts from first principles, rather than just remember the names of a series of patterns. It is the first major work for 50 years to discuss in depth the original 1-box reversal method of Point and Figure charting and contrast it with the more popular 3-box reversal method.Further, the explanation of how to use Point and Figure charts to project targets and calculate risk-reward ratios is the most comprehensive ever seen. Also featured in the second edition are: a step-by-step analysis of the FTSE 100 Index using the 3-box method, as well as the NASDAQ Composite Index, using the 1-box method; a detailed discussion of optimising techniques; an in-depth chapter on Analysing Point and Figure charts, extensively rewritten from the first edition; a new explanation of how Point and Figure parameters are chosen and the implications of choosing them; two new Point and Figure construction methods never seen before. Point and Figure's contribution to market breadth, with a look at bullish percent and two brand new indicators; full discussion of Point and Figure gaps and how they provide valuable information about the chart; lesser known, more advanced techniques such as the use of moving averages, parabolic SAR and Bollinger Bands on Point and Figure charts; and price and volume activity histograms and how they provide information about support and resistance.All this is illustrated with numerous colour charts and observations from years of trading experience. According to du Plessis, Point and Figure charts are the 'voice of the market'. This book helps you listen to, and understand, that voice. Part of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) required reading list.

About Author

Jeremy du Plessis, CMT, FSTA, trained as an automotive engineer, then an economist, but gave them both up to become a Technical Analyst. In 1983 he founded Indexia Research and pioneered the development of PC-based technical analysis software with the Indexia range of technical analysis systems. During the 1980s he developed a number of technical tools and indicators under the banner of Indexia, such as the Indexia Market Tracker and Indexia moving averages, which are still used in software to this day. He is an expert on Point and Figure charts, and the Indexia software was the first PC-based system to draw them correctly and clearly in the early 1980s. He lectures the Point and Figure module for the Society of Technical Analysts and sets the Point and Figure syllabus for the International Federation of Technical Analysts. He has taught Technical Analysis, and in particular Point and Figure, to thousands of professional traders and investors over the last 20 years. In 2001, after running Indexia Research for nearly 20 years, he agreed to merge the company with Updata plc, where he is now head of Technical Analysis and Product Development, and the designer of the Updata PC and SmartPhone technical analysis software. He is a Fellow of the Society of Technical Analysts (FSTA) in the UK, and a member of the American Market Technicians Association (MTA) as well as the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts (AAPTA). He is a holder of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation awarded by the MTA.


About the Author Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction Introduction to Technical Analysis 1. Introduction to Point and Figure Charts History and development Where did Point and Figure charts get their name? The use of Point and Figure charts over the years The voice of the market 2. Characteristics and Construction Characteristics of Point and Figure charts Point and Figure construction 3-box reversal charts 5-box reversal charts 2-box and other reversal charts Summary so far The move from intra-day to end-of-day - The great controversy End-of-interval time-frame Point and Figure charts Log scale Point and Figure charts Summary 3. Understanding Patterns and Signals 1-Box and 3-Box Reversal Charts Point and Figure signals The strength of the pattern The breakout and pullback Terminology clarification 1-box and 3-box patterns Traps Broadening patterns Bullish and bearish patterns that reverse Poles Other Patterns Congestion analysis Signals with the trend or against the trend Summary 4. Understanding and using Trend lines Trend line breaks 45 Bullish support and bearish resistance lines Trend lines and signal rules Summary 5. Projecting Price Targets Counts on 1-box reversal charts Counts on 3-box reversal charts Things you should know about Point and Figure counts Counts on other box reversal charts Counts on log scale charts De Villiers and Taylor 3-box horizontal counts Risk and reward Another way of projecting targets - Fibonacci retracements Summary 6. Analysing Point and Figure Charts Implications of changing the construction parameters Choosing your chart parameters Drawing your first Point and Figure chart Showing gaps Other ways of determining box size Analysis of 3-box reversal charts Analysis using 1-box reversal charts Analysis of 2-box charts Stoplosses on Point and Figure Low-risk entries Summary 7. Point and Figure Charts of Indicators Point and Figure of relative strength Point and Figure of on-balance volume Point and Figure of oscillators Summary 8. Optimisation of Point and Figure Charts The case for and against optimisation Approaching Point and Figure optimisation Optimising for specific patterns Conclusion 9. Point and Figure's Contribution to Market Breadth Introduction A caveat Bullish Percent Bullish Trend Percent X-Column Percent Other Market Breadth Indicators based on Point and Figure Market Breadth on other markets Summary 10. Advanced Point and Figure Techniques Moving averages on Point and Figure Parabolic stop and reverse (SAR) on Point and Figure Bollinger Bands on Point and Figure Activity histograms Summary 11. Chart Examples Spot Euro Dollar (daily) 0.01 x 1 Spot Euro Dollar (60 minute) 0.01 x 1 Gold PM Fix 5 x 1 Gold PM Fix 5 x 3 Brent Crude Index (IPE) 2% x 1 Brent Crude Index (IPE) 1% x 3 MIB 30 Index 1% x 3 Nikkei 225 Index 100 x3 Hang Seng Index 100 x3 DJ Euro Stoxx 50 1% x3 Infineon Technologies AG 2% x 3 IBM 1% x 3 Compuware Corporation 1% x 1 Intel Corporation 0.25 x 3 American Express Company 1.5% x 3 Three month sterling interest rate future (June 2005) (60 minute) 0.025 x 1 Gold 15 x 3 US 10 year yield 0.025 x 3 Brent Crude Summary 12. Dividing your Stocks into Bullish and Bearish Conclusion References and Further Reading Appendix A - Construction of 2-Box Reversal Charts Example of a 10 x 2 Point and Figure chart Appendix B - Construction of 1-Box Reversal High/Low Charts Example of a 10 x 1 Point and Figure chart using high/low prices Appendix C - Construction of Log Scaled Charts Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780857192455
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 540
  • ID: 9780857192455
  • weight: 1061
  • ISBN10: 0857192450
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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