I read Technical Analysis for Dummies...and am looking for a more detailed insight into the topic.

  • @Ganesh: Why close this when it is very similar to this question and yet that question has JoeTaxpayer answering it (and not closing it). It seems this question is not a produce or service recommendation, but a reference request (which should be valid on ANY *.SE site).
    – Peter K.
    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:38
  • @Peter It's asking for a book recommendation, which I think comes under product recommendation. These kinds of questions definitely get closed on StackOverflow (see e.g. stackoverflow.com/questions/943139/http-book-recommendation) though the close reason there does explicitly mention 'book'. In practice my attention was drawn to this one because it attracted a spam flag for the most recent answer, which highlights one of the difficulties of recommendation requests - it's hard to distinguish between advertising and a genuine recommendation. Mar 8, 2016 at 13:03
  • @GaneshSittampalam : Thanks for the response! I disagree, but there you are. :-)
    – Peter K.
    Mar 8, 2016 at 13:32

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The book Come into my trading room is a great mix of technical analysis and trading psychology.

  • Is it a beginner book in your opinion?
    – Victor123
    May 9, 2011 at 18:48
  • I think so. it doesn't go into any crazy mathematical models. Just how to apply the most basic technical indicators but also how to manage risk.
    – Vitalik
    May 9, 2011 at 20:05

Whether you're into value investment or not, Ben Graham's The Intelligent Investor is a must-read, though it focuses less on technical aspect of investment, but emphasizing on investor's discipline and investment framework.

If you're looking for an in-depth (non-introductory) technical analysis, I'd recommend you another Ben's masterpiece - The Security Analysis.

  • The Intelligent Investor was not an easy read for me the first time. I am having a second go. I will hold off on the other book for now since it is not a beginner one
    – Victor123
    May 3, 2011 at 22:11
  • Good to hear that you own the book, take your time to enjoy it :)
    – ASF
    May 5, 2011 at 6:06

Agreed with the user above about John J. Murphy. Here are my favorites below:

  • Trend Trading for a Living by Dr. Thomas Carr - Click the link for a review
  • Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets Book and Study Guide - John J. Murphy
  • Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques - Steve Nison

"Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications" by John Murphy is a classic written in a easy to understand style, and is not only for Futures. Most of the technical indicators discussed apply to stocks as well.


I'd recommend "The 1-Day Technical Analysis Expert Guide" from the Amazon website or from the author's website: Amazon Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017FYKDBY/ PDF Edition: http://www.etradingpicks.com/product/the-1-day-technical-analysis-expert-guide/

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