A Complete Guide to the Futures Market

Review A Complete Guide to the Futures Market: Technical Analysis, Trading Systems, Fundamental Analysis, Options, Spreads, and Trading Principles

by JACK D. SCHWAGER, MARK ETZKORN

A Complete Guide to the Futures Market

Description

This book is the ultimate resource guide to futures. It discusses everything from trading systems, technical and fundamental analysis, spreads, options, and practical trading principles. It contains fundamental terms to the futures market, key analysis, and techniques on forecasting. 

This book discusses the topics in a direct and no-nonsense manner. It generally appears to be a textbook and does not follow a narrative of some sort. It only gives what the reader needs, which is a concise discussion about futures markets. 

It does a good job of naming key concepts and terms, followed by a thorough discussion of each. The topics are divided into multiple parts and chapters to make it easier to navigate. Everything is listed on the table of contents, so readers can simply skim through the whole thing or find a particular topic they want to learn about. Overall, it does a good job of providing knowledge about futures markets, and it can be a reliable resource guide for many years. 

About the Authors

JACK D. SCHWAGER co-founded FundSeeder, a web-based investment, and technology business that connects undiscovered trading talent with sources of investment capital. He has written numerous renowned financial books, one of which is the Market Wizards series. 

MARK ETZKORN founded FinCom Media and served as Editor-in-Chief of Active Trader magazine and as an editor at Futures magazine. He wrote, contributed, and edited over ten books on finance and financial markets. He is a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Table of Contents

About the Authors

PART I PRELIMINARIES

CHAPTER 1 For Beginners Only

CHAPTER 2 The Great Fundamental versus Technical Analysis Debate

PART II CHART ANALYSIS AND TECHNICAL INDICATORS

CHAPTER 3 Charts: Forecasting Tool or Folklore?

CHAPTER 4 Types of Charts

CHAPTER 5 Linking Contracts for Long-Term Chart Analysis: Nearest versus Continuous Futures

CHAPTER 6 Trends

CHAPTER 7 Trading Ranges

CHAPTER 8 Support and Resistance

CHAPTER 9 Chart Patterns

CHAPTER 10 Is Chart Analysis Still Valid?

CHAPTER 11 Technical Indicators

PART III APPLYING CHART ANALYSIS TO TRADING

CHAPTER 12 Mid Trend Entry and Pyramiding

CHAPTER 13 Choosing Stop-Loss Points

CHAPTER 14 Setting Objectives and Other Position Exit Criteria

CHAPTER 15 The Most Important Rule in Chart Analysis

PART IV TRADING SYSTEMS AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT

CHAPTER 16 Technical Trading Systems: Structure and Design

CHAPTER 17 Examples of Original Trading Systems

CHAPTER 18 Selecting the Best Futures Price Series for System Testing

CHAPTER 19 Testing and Optimizing Trading Systems

CHAPTER 20 How to Evaluate Past Performance

PART V FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS

CHAPTER 21 Fourteen Popular Fallacies, or What Not to Do Wrong

CHAPTER 22 Supply-Demand Analysis: Basic Economic Theory

CHAPTER 23 Types of Fundamental Analysis

CHAPTER 24 The Role of Expectation

CHAPTER 25 Incorporating Inflation

CHAPTER 26 Seasonal Analysis

CHAPTER 27 Analyzing Market Response

CHAPTER 28 Building a Forecasting Model: A Step-by-Step Approach

CHAPTER 29 Fundamental Analysis and Trading

PART VI FUTURES SPREADS AND OPTIONS

CHAPTER 30 The Concepts and Mechanics of Spread Trading

CHAPTER 31 Intercommodity Spreads: Determining Contract Ratios

CHAPTER 32 Spread Trading in Stock Index Futures

CHAPTER 33 Spread trading in Currency Futures

CHAPTER 34 An Introduction to Options on Futures

CHAPTER 35 Option Trading Strategies

PART VII PRACTICAL TRADING GUIDELINES

CHAPTER 36 The Planned Trading Approach

CHAPTER 37 Seventy-Five Trading Rules and Market Observations

CHAPTER 38 50 Market Wizard Lessons

APPENDIX A Introduction to Regression Analysis

APPENDIX B A Review of Elementary Statistics

APPENDIX C Checking the Significance of the Regression Equation

APPENDIX D The Multiple Regression Model

APPENDIX E Analyzing the Regression Equation

APPENDIX F Practical Consideration in Applying Regression Analysis

References and Recommended Readings

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