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Recommended books for FA and TA.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I used to have a little widget in my blog which listed the books I would recommend to anyone who might be interested in learning about Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis through self-study. Unfortunately, that widget from Amazon slowed down the speed at which my blog was loaded and, so, I removed it.

Since then, I would have to list the books for readers who might email me for a book list. So, I have decided to provide the book list here in a blog post. This would make it easier for both readers and me. This is, perhaps, long overdue.

For fundamental analysis:

1. Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage.
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Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage



2. Fundamental Analysis For Dummies.
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Fundamental Analysis for Dummies

What's the key to multibillionaire Warren Buffett's five-decade run as the most successful investor in history? Fundamental analysis. Now, "Fundamental Analysis For Dummies" puts this tried and true method for gauging any company's true underlying value into sensible and handy step-by-step instructions.

For those who prefer e-books:
Fundamental Analysis For Dummies



For technical analysis:

1. Technical Analysis Plain and Simple: Charting the Markets in Your Language (3rd Edition).
See:
Technical Analysis Plain and Simple: Charting the Markets in Your Language


For those who prefer e-books:
Technical Analysis Plain and Simple



2. Technical Analysis For Dummies, 2nd Edition.
See:
Technical Analysis for Dummies


For those who prefer e-books:
Technical Analysis For Dummies



3. Candlestick Charting for Dummies.
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Candlestick Charting for Dummies



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2 comments:

Felix Chia said...

Hi AK,

Can I ask you a general question? In order to decide what investments to make, we should learn about Fundamental and Technical Analyses?

Are the general ways of stock investment done either DIY through broker or Packaged like unit trusts, mutual funds, insurance related investment etc?

Is it then down to the picking of stocks that is the most important aspect?

After we have saved money, what to do with it is the next question. Factors to consider to decide which stock to buy will be covered in FA and/or TA?

I understand there's definitely more to it but are the general concepts more or less like that?

The word "investment" comes with words like "difficult", "complicated", "clueless". Hopefully if a lay man and clueless person like me can slowly pick up the concepts, then I hope others can also learn.

Warmest Regards,
Feli

AK71 said...

Hi Felix,

Definitely, saving money is the first step to achieving financial security and, later on, financial freedom.

Generally, I would avoid unit trusts/mutual funds and definitely ILPs. Plenty of fees to pay and I won't be wrong to say that most of them don't do well.

FA helps us to look at the fundamentals of a company. We want to make sure that the company we invest in is in good health unless it is a speculative position. TA helps by letting us peek into market sentiments which is useful in helping us identify supports, resistance, trends etc.

Try self learning by reading books or online resources first. It is the most economical way to learn. If you decide that you need guidance through structured learning later on, that is when you sign up for courses.

I will share an old blog post with you which I think you will find helpful as a compass to find your own direction:

Motivations and methods in investing.

Understand our motivations and we will know the methods most suitable for us. :)

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