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Chapter 7. Timing the Market > Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Most market timers use the tools of technical analysis. Technical analysis is the study of supply and demand, price trends, and price patterns for a company or for the market in general. The vocabulary for many technical analysis tools is common in the investment press. On the news, we commonly hear about the number of advancers and decliners, support and resistance levels, trends and troughs, and so on.

This chapter is not about technical analysis, per se, but about the consequences of trying to time the market. Indeed, there are entire books written about various forms of technical analysis. Some techniques graph prices and try to identify patterns that are repeatable, while others develop various measures that indicate when it is time to buy or sell.


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