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Book Review: “The Handbook of Trading Strategies for Navigating and Profiting from Currency, Bond, and Stock Markets”

Author: Greg N. Gregoriou

This is a book I enjoyed reading. Compared to some other arid titles in finance, “The Handbook of Trading Strategies for Navigating and Profiting from Currency, Bond, and Stock Markets” represents a change in approach which I appreciated.
Why? Well, the answer comes in relatively easy. “The Handbook of Trading Strategies” is not an academic book which takes you painfully slow chapter by chapter through the arid domain of the trading theory. On contrary, Gregoriou has put together a thick handbook of case studies from which various authors derive generalized conclusions about trading on various market environments.
Each chapter is actually a case study in one trading domain. Authors apply their specific knowledge to various topics, such as arbitrating the various currency markets (Chapter 17. Disparity of USD Interbank Interest Rates in Hong Kong and Singapore: Is There Any Arbitrage Opportunity), applied technical analysis (Chapter 7. Profitability of Technical Trading Rules in an Emerging Market) or parallel trading (Chapter 2. Informed Trading in Parallel Auction and Dealer Markets: The Case of the London Stock Exchange).Read More »Book Review: “The Handbook of Trading Strategies for Navigating and Profiting from Currency, Bond, and Stock Markets”

“Forex Chartist Companion – A Visual Approach To Technical Analysis” by Michael Duane and James Lauren Bickford – A Book Review

If you read my previous book reviews, then you certainly know how much I like this type of companion books. Mostly I enjoy the graphs and seeing the logic behind- and the more I see, the more puzzled I am (but this is another topic). “Forex Chartist Companion – A Visual Approach To Technical Analysis” was no exception to the rule – I enjoyed massively the approach laid out into its pages.

“Forex Chartist Companion – A Visual Approach To Technical Analysis” is written at a basic level which builds up to higher (more advanced) topics. In this respect, the book is somehow typical for the American educational books (it could have easily been called “Charting for Dummies”). It has also some advanced features, but overall it is written at an intermediate level.

The book is written with the average trader’s needs in mind – you should not expect advanced techniques described there. It could not do it without sacrificing the width of treating the topic – and here the book does a fantastic job in listing almost any imaginable type of forex chart. If you thought you knew them all, “Forex Chartist Companion – A Visual Approach To Technical Analysis” can prove you wrong.

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Book Review – “Handbook of Finance, Volume III – Valuation, Financial Modeling and Quantitative Tools” by Frank J. Fabozzi (editor)

This week I managed to get over another monster book in finance – the third volume of a well respected series of handbooks put together by the Yale Professor in the Practice of Finance, Frank. J. Fabozzi. It is hard not to be impressed when you first look at such a book – it is a massive tome of 835 thin pages, premium quality paper and full of articles by various authors. So at first I was very curious – what is inside?

I was quite surprised – the book is quite comprehensive. I would say that it is maybe a bit too comprehensive for the finance practitioner who wants a quick reference for an expert issue in the field. Just for your broad idea, here’s the book’s summary listed shortly:

Volume III. Valuation, Financial Modeling, And Quantitative Tools. Read More »Book Review – “Handbook of Finance, Volume III – Valuation, Financial Modeling and Quantitative Tools” by Frank J. Fabozzi (editor)

A Book Review – “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market” – by Stephen T. McClellan

Two weeks ago, I was posted a review copy of the Stephen T. McClellan’s title “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market”. Below you can find our doitinvest.com review…
I was quite curious about the book since it had a good press from other reviewers. Furthermore, the author was an investment analyst for quite a long time by then, so I thought it would be interesting to see the insider’s guide on how the big banks treat their investments.

Much of the text is autobiographical anecdotes about what it’s like to be an analyst. Those parts reminded me of “Beat the Forex Dealer”, the book written by Augusto Silviani, where he has a nice small chapter dedicated to the investment analysts. Silviani told there that the analysts are…well… full of you know what. The argument was that their only job became to protect the guild and not to balance too much on one side or another, unless there was overriding evidence on it. In other words, cover yourself and be able to pretend at any time that you were on the winning side.
The book works pretty well for the reader, since McClellan has some years of experience in the field. Read More »A Book Review – “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market” – by Stephen T. McClellan

Book Review – “Currency Trading For Dummies” by Brian Dolan and Mark Galant

A simple search on this title over any search engine will show you the true power of the concept – there are 118,000 results only on Google. I don’t know if this because of the “Dummies” franchise or because of the number of traders willing to learn the ropes of the field. Certainly there is an incredibly high demand for this title and the reasons are simple – the demand for online currency trading is surging.Read More »Book Review – “Currency Trading For Dummies” by Brian Dolan and Mark Galant