Outstanding Resources on How To Make Money with Charts - by Argentus Maximus

Outstanding Resources on How To Make Money with Charts

This is a piece which I started several weeks ago but which due to urgent matters at the time I had to put to one side.

Several times I have been asked for a reading list which can be used to raise the quality and ability of prospective investors and traders.

Here it is.

Sorry Ben Graham-ites! Your master didn't make the (my!) cut because this list is about the practical use of charts and intended to work on all timeframes. On a more serious note the Graham and Dodds thesis can be alternatively represented on charts as an approximate 10 or 20 years trading range which stock prices, earnings, and returns of assets employed, oscillate within and can be accordingly traded.


Technical Analysis of Stock Trends (6th or later edition)

Robert Edwards & John Magee

All time classic on bar chart analysis


Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Edwin Lefevre (Jesse Livermore)

The best book about trading there is


Forecasting Financial Markets.

Tony Plummer

Excellent Integration of Fibonacci, Cycles, Elliott Wave and Technical analysis


The Power of Oscillator Cycle Combinations

Walter Bressert

System trading properly with indicators, trading trends not reversals


The Profit Magic of Stock Transaction Timing

J M Hurst

Investment Classic


Geometry of Markets II

Bryce Gilmore

Gann & Elliott techniques


Elliott Wave Principle.

Robert Prechter & A J Frost

Complete explanation of Elliott Wave Theory


A Case for Cycles.

Cycles: The Mysterious Forces That trigger Events

Edward R Dewey

Wave theory model for markets


Trading is a Business

Joe Ross

Covers practical problems of making money


Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets.

J Murphy

Textbook summary of most available technical tools & styles (alternative primer by Pring would do fine)


Technical Analysis For a Trading Professional.

Constance Brown

Alternative to Murphy or Pring with some better presentation and less wide coverage


Volume & Open Interest

Ken Shaleen

Underlying structure of leveraged markets


The Undeclared Secrets of The Stock Market

Tom Williams

Volume Price Analysis


Rhythm ‘n Price (RNP)

Norman Greene.

Integrated Multidisciplinary Analysis (not a book) a video advisory analysis/trading training course


Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds

Charles MacKay

Social Mood that drives Markets is for prolonged periods erratic and irrational


The Market Wizards

Jack Schwager.

Successful traders interviewed (the original volume not the sequel)


Volume Cycles in The Stock Market

Trading With Equivolume

Richard Arms

Volume Characteristics of market Prices


Charting Commodity Price Behavior

L Dee Belveal

Volume Characteristics of futures prices



Several of the above books have been updated since I purchased my copy, and a more recent title may have been affixed to the same but updated work. Murphy, Williams, and Ross are examples. The later version is probably better. In some cases, like Schwager, a sequel has issued with similar title, but in this writer's opinion the original is the better one.

Some of my own work is in the list. This may provoke a response that I am being self serving. Well we all have our views on everything and I only say that in my view my work deserves to be in this list with those other works. I'm not about to write what I do in a book so that's what's available. So take it as advised and (I suggest) read them all.

I do believe that to try to trade financial markets without reading at least half of the works listed first is tantamount to throwing money away in the direction of more professional market participants. I doubt that without reading all of them, and also repeatedly over time, I would be able to make profits in markets. They are essential knowledge for the chartist. Now if somebody wants to use other inputs than charts, fine, but there are really good reasons over 75% lose money every year and 90%+ lose money over a three year period. Some of those reasons might just be included in the works listed. For an experienced trader they represent a good beginning or foundation.

There is a tendency to use the PDFand other electronic formats due to convenience and reduced cost. I have most of these in e-format in one filetype or other, but I have paper hard copies too. I use the e-book to look something up quickly. But for learning the e-book is a very low ranking and inferior substitute from which the intake of concepts and ideas is greatly reduced for the same time spend reading. At least I find it to be so. My many attempts to overcome this failing of screen based information have convinced me that for learning purposes, paper is superior by a very significant degree. I assume it is either, a personal trait in myself, or alternatively it is something to do with the way the intellect and eyes work to intake information. I suspect (strongly but can't prove it) that the tactile feel (of reality vs virtual?) plus the flippability of physical pages held between fingers for cross referencing with later text is a superior method, providing a standard that e-books have not yet attained. So the books are, to me, a more valuable resource than the e-books.

Take care and may you be successful in your journey

Argentus Maximus

The author posts daily commentary on the gold and silver markets in the TFMR forum: The Setup For The Big Trade. More information about the author & his work can be found here: RhythmNPrice The author advises that he trades and holds market positions in accordance with his own opinions.


lnardozi's picture


At least I didn't just say "first".

TomMack's picture

thanks argentus

for the list.  i read the Murphy book about 10 or 15 times over the years.  and picked through a couple of the others.

Tooth also!  (2nd)

stack on  

Turd Ferguson's picture

AM, thank you


Really appreciated.

silver66's picture


I believe that I am ahead of you this morning


one tick on the score sheet for me....lol

I shall reward this victory with 10 oz of silver from the LCS at lunch today


​Edit: AM nothing wrong with suggesting your book, a man should be paid a fair wage for a honest days work and you my friend fit into that category with your essays here

flyinkel's picture

Thanks AM

How very thoughtful of you, greatly appreciated.

batting500's picture


I think this one can be found free (as a digital download) as it is beyond Copyright protection (written in 1923).  It is a great read and one that I reread about once a year.

Good Luck All...


Bluebellkid's picture


Investor's Business Daily is all you need and read the book the founder of the paper wrote (How To Make Money In Stocks by William O'Neill).  Institutions drive the markets so one needs to learn to "track" them - they account for 75% of all action. One needs to watch weekly charts more so than the daily charts and price and volume action are key - where did the stock close the week (upper half or lower half of trading range).  And William will point out the sell signals that you need to learn - this is one area that most investors fail to educate themselves.  Everyone goes into the markets thinking profits but it doesnt always work out that way even with the best candidates.  The only TA you will ever hear from IBD is the 50 day and 200 day as these are places the big boys like to add to their positions.  I have done some reading on TA just to enhance what they taught me and The Master Swing Trader is a good one - you will learn about Bollinger Bands, Fib retracements etc.  

BarnacleBill's picture

Thanks, Argentus.

Very useful.

Joseph Warren's picture

Make money with charts ?

. . . how about printing them, rolling them up in tight bundles and selling them as fire starters?

P.S. - ask a real, long term market pro - someone like Rob Kirby, what he thinks of current 'markets' and TA today.

argentus maximus's picture

Your cynicism might be

Your cynicism might be justified for the majority who try it. But I assure you it is misplaced where the higher ability few are concerned.

Knowing the rules of tennis does not make one into a professional, nor into a champion. The same goes for golf, boxing and every other competitive or combat activity. The ways of trading off charts works in a similar fashion, most who try will eventually lose all of their money. Most - not all.

Your post referenced long term ... I am not a newcomer at this game ... 20 years ago I was training forex dealers to use TA for the very banks you assume to be omnipotent. So what do you think the trading systems use for trading rules? Well TA of course. TA against TA. It's another competitive sport. So why trade against the winning trader and lose, when you can trade the other side simultaneously and siphon off profits they will otherwise take? If the mysterious "they" are going to win, just do what "they" do! Don't be helpless. For a simplistic take away: buy after they drive it down rather than before.

The more ability and skill I see in a trader the less I hear them complain about how impossible it is. They just get on with doing what is necessary. It's a trait that sets them apart.

Joseph Warren's picture

You may not have noticed . . .

but it's not 20 years ago and we don't have 'markets', we have interventions. 

I don't know where you got the idea that I said the banks are omnipotent. That is your assumption, and you know what they say about making assumptions.

I've made money trading in the past, but don't trust the current environment of high freq front running. So, I mainly just stack now & trade little. But good luck to you and others.

argentus maximus's picture

Well it's not 20 years ago

Well it's not 20 years ago now and I am still trading. I did trade copper during the period Sumitomobank were manipulating the copper price and it is possible that I could have learned about how to trade in such an environment before the HFT computer programmers began to emulate that extremely old practise using their modern higher speed tools.

My deduction regarding your held views on markets may be wrong, but if it was approximately correct I would say you are not alone in thinking those ways. If wrong I apologize for possible offense caused.

So I merely remind that all the forces pushing a market in one direction are just added momentum to both sides, which is higher volatility, nothing more. Traders have been measuring momentum since the time the Fed began. You don't have to decide to be a momentum follower if you know what a dominant trader has in store for those people. But when a trend begins not being a momentum follower carries a cost, that of watching from the sidelines as somebody else cleans up.

There was a trading book I did not put in the list above, but the title is very observant of the conundrum of opposites we must deal with: Bird Watching in Lion Country by Dirk du Toit. I always thought he picked the very best title for a trading book. It described things so well.

Joseph Warren's picture

of course, I could be wrong . . .

but given what many of us see in the blatant corruption of such organizations as comex, ('crime-x' to many of us), it's not even trading , per se, which gives us greatest concern. An example is rehypothecation of customer accounts ala Corzine, but the examples are legion. And this doesn't even get into the ultimate 'true value' of the paper fiat which one may receive if they win.

That said, I do keep some 'powder dry' for trading purposes. This is primarily for potential leveraged plays on miners, if conditions sufficiently improve. Given how they have been beaten down, there may be opportunities there - unless the bad guys play more dirty tricks and change the existing rules. (A tactic they often use.) Best wishes in your endeavors. I much prefer your more optimistic viewpoint over my more skeptical one. 

Safety Dan's picture

The ~7 Year Cycle(s).. What's Next??

I see a pattern, ever since the OCT 19, 1987 stock market crash.

It appears there's about a seven year stretch between crashes in the market. So will this Sept 11,2015 be another day that continues the seven year cycle? Remember AM's posts - about ~7 year cycles: (His identified cycles were 7.8 years)

The gold post:  http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/blog/6069/gold-2ndterm-us-presidents

​The silver post: http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/blog/6144/where-long-term-silver-cycles-are-now

Green Lantern stated that he goes back and re reads the old posts. He suggested to me to do so until I internalized the info. Great suggestion.Thanks! 

Notice the event’s are getting MORE precise & intense, with each new cycle of seven years..

1. Black Monday October 19th 1987
2. Black Tuesday Sept. 17, 2001
3. Black Monday Sept. 29, 2008
4. Black Friday Sept 11, 2015 ???

 What do you think Argentus Maximus ?

Safety Dan's picture

Does this Seven Year Cycle of

Does this Seven Year Cycle of Economic Crashes Predict the Date of the Global Financial Collapse?

from Silver Doctors:

NY Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Cahn of The Harbinger & The Mystery of the Shemitah joins Metals & Markets to discuss the 7 Year Debt Cycle of Economic Crashes that has gone viral in the alternative media:

1. Could a 7 year debt cleansing cycle called The Shemitah (literally The Collapse) explain the majority of financial crises in US history, and predict that the next major […]

argentus maximus's picture

The seven year cycle is two

The seven year cycle is two three and a half year business cycles in length.

It's been around a long time, but I wouldn't assume every seven years to the the dominant frequency, it comes in sets of waves like a surf and taking the sets as groups of smaller waves with the big one following. I would probably say look to the 5th 3.5 wave for the big one (on average) which is approximately after a 17.5 year period.  So if a 17 year cycle is falling due, the 7 or 3.5 on either side of the turn of the big one might be magnified or alternatively might even reduce dramatically for a while.

Look at the 7 year period, but also look at it's variant forms which are in the history to be studied.

TheFanMan's picture

That is a nice reading list!

Are these books listed in the order that you would read them?  How would you arrange the reading so that someone working through the list would get the most out of it and have the knowledge reinforced in the best way?

Also, great point regarding the tactile benefits of tangible books - I also like books because they seem easier to lend, exchange, and revisit.

Thanks again.

btcgoldbull's picture

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Edwin Lefevre

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