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Thomas Bulkowski’s successful investment activities allowed him to retire at age 36. He is an internationally known author and trader with 30+ years of stock market experience and widely regarded as a leading expert on chart patterns. He may be reached at

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Chart Patterns: After the Buy
Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition book.
Trading Basics: Evolution of a Trader book.
Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.
Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.
Visual Guide to Chart Patterns book.
Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition book.

Bulkowski's Favorite Books

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Market
Industrials (^DJI):
Transports (^DJT):
Utilities (^DJU):
Nasdaq (^IXIC):
S&P500 (^GSPC):
As of 01/13/2017
19,886 -5.27 0.0%
9,202 57.87 0.6%
657 -0.99 -0.2%
5,574 26.63 0.5%
2,275 4.20 0.2%
YTD
0.6%
1.8%
-0.4%
3.5%
1.6%
Tom's Targets    Overview: 12/30/2016
19,250 or 20,250 by 01/15/2017
8,880 or 9,550 by 01/15/2017
625 or 690 by 01/15/2017
5,650 or 5,400 by 01/15/2017
2,350 or 2,240 by 01/15/2017
Indus strength: None YTD
Mutt Losers: None YTD
Mutt Winners: None YTD

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Below are a few of my favorite books. I read about 40 books a year, on average, mostly fiction. The books that follow are sorted by author and are not meant to be a complete list of the books I like. To rate as a fiction favorite, the plot must be engaging and believable, and the prose written flawlessly.

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My Books

Trading Basics: Evolution of a Trader book.

Trading Basics: Evolution of a trader discusses money management, stops, support and resistance, and 45 tips every trader should know.

Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.

Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading: Evolution of a trader covers value investing (buy and hold) and well as position trading.

Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a Trader book.

Swing and Day Trading: Evolution of a trader discusses how to swing and day trade with specific trading setups.

Visual Guide to Chart Patterns book.

 

Visual Guide to Chart Patterns introduces how to find patterns visually. Includes links to four videos and lots of quizzes.

Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts book.

Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts is the only book that takes an in-depth look at over 100 candlesticks, shows which ones work and which ones don't, in an easy-to-use format. Includes behavior and rank, identification guidelines, statistics, trading tactics, and sample trade for each candlestick.

Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition book.

Getting Started in Chart Patterns is as entertaining as it is educational. An easy read for those new to chart patterns as well as for professionals that want additional trading tips. Discusses many actual trades.

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition book.

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition, is the best reference book available on chart and event patterns. Over 1,000 pages packed with statistics for both bull and bear markets, identification guidelines, focus on failures, trading tactics, and sample trade for each pattern.

Trading Classic Chart Patterns book.

Trading Classic Chart Patterns is mostly a reference book that discusses a scoring system for chart patterns, but has five narrative chapters on trendlines, support and resistance, stops, and trading mistakes.

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Favorite Finance Books

Options for the Stock Investor by James B. Bittman. This (the first edition) is the best introductory options book I've read. Shown above is the 2nd edition.

How to Buy Stocks by Louis Engel. This is another stock market introduction book, one of the first I bought. An entertaining read. I have the 1963 edition.

Way of the Turtle by Curtis Faith. This book gave me ideas about improving my trading, how the markets work, and the turtle methods. It's a good review for system traders.

The Master Swing Trader by Alan S. Farley. This is not an easy read because the author invents so many terms. If you can push past the learning curve, he gives many trading tips.

The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt. This is a good book for value investors. See book reviews for more information.

How Charts Can Help You in the Stock Market by William L. Jiler

A Short Course in Technical Trading by Perry J. Kaufman. His discussion of volatility and a volatility stop is worth the price of the book by itself.

Day Trading the Currency Market by Kathy Lien, gives a good overview of the Forex market. She also provides trading tips and strategies. See book reviews for more information.

When to Sell by Justin Mamis and Robert Mamis. A how-to book on, well, when to sell. Shown is the updated edition of the book I read.

Forex Patterns & Probabilities: Trading strategies for trending & range-bound markets by Ed Ponsi. An introductory text for the Forex market that includes numerous trading setups. An easy read that's well worth the price. See book reviews for more information.

Technical Analysis for Dummies by Barbara Rockefeller. Barbara cites many sources as she steps you through learning technical analysis. She has lots of interesting trading tips. My copy has a dozen post-it notes sticking out.

Stock Market Primer by Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. This is a wonderful introduction to the stock market and fundamentals. An easy read.

One Up on Wall Street by John Rothchild. This is an entertaining read that will make you think of the fundamentals before trading.

The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics... by Ralph Vince. If you are heavily into mathematics and want to learn about portfolio theory, this is the book.

Stan Weinstein's secrets for profiting in bull and bear markets... by Stan Weinstein. A very good book for investors.

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Favorite Fiction Books

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson. Unique style. Good writing. Plot lacks a motive behind first 1/2 of book. Character arc is too abrupt, too.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. One of many good books by him.

Airframe by Michael Crichton. This is one of many of his books I consider good.

The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey. Ending dragged but wonderful writing technique with hooks, plot twists, foreshadowing.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Gertude by Hermann Hesse

Colossus

by D.F. Jones. No picture is available. The book was made into a movie called The Forbin Project. The two sequels to this book are also good.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Puppet on a Chain by Alistair MacLean.

The Way To Dusty Death by Alistair MacLean.

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

2nd Chance by James Patterson with Andrew Gross

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This is great except for the 75 pages where Galt gives a speech.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Nothing Lasts Forever by Sidney Sheldon.

Memories of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon.

Impossible by Danielle Steel. Lots of telling but last 2/3 was good. Ending kinda sucked.

The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann. A talented author who died too young. I enjoy Valley of the Dolls too.

Investigation

The Investigation by Dorothy Uhnak. Very good. Slow through first half because she describes every little detail, but unexpected twists at end make up for it. No image available.

Millennium by John Varley. I first saw this as a movie but the book is just as good.

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Favorite Nonfiction Books

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

How to Write Romances by Phyllis Taylor Pianka

Our Story by The Quecreek Miners, Jeff Goodell

Flight, My Life in Mission Control by Chris Kraft. If you are into NASA, then this is a good book. It is an autobiography of space flight.

Venturing Underground: The New Speleo's Guide

by Ben Lyon. No image is available

How to Tell a Story by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost. This is a how-to-write book.

Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger. Another writing book.

Creating Characters by Dwight V. Swain

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain. The best how-to-write book I have read.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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