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beyond candlesticks I Steve Nison

beyond technical Analysis, second edition i Tushar Chande contrary opinion I R. Earl Hadady

cybernetic trading strategies i Murray A. Ruggiero, Jr.

encyclopedia of Chart patterns i Thomas Bulkowski

expert Trading systems /John R. Wolberg

four steps to Trading success /John F. Clayburg

fundamental analysis I Jack Schwager

gaming the market I Ronald B. Shelton

genetic algorithms and investment Strategies / Richard J. Bauer, Jr.

intermarket technical analysis i John J. Murphy

long term secrets to short term Trading / Larry Williams

macro trading and investment strategies i Gabriel Burstein

managed Trading I Jack Schwager

McMillan on Options / Lawrence G. McMillan

Neural network time series forecasting of financial markets i E. Michael Azoff new market Timing techniques I Thomas R. DeMark new trading dimensions i Bill Williams nonlinear pricing I Christopher T. May option market making /Alan J. Baird option strategies, second edition I Courtney Smith pattern, price & Time / James A. Hyerczyk point and figure charting i Thomas J. Dorsey profits from natural Resources / Roland A. Jansen schwager on futures I Jack Schwager seasonality i Jake Bernstein

stock index futures & options i Susan Abbott Cidel

study guide for Trading for a living i Dr. Alexander Elder

study guide to accompany fundamental analysis i Jack Schwager

study guide to accompany technical analysis i Jack Schwager

technical analysis /Jack Schwager

technical Analysis of the options markets i Richard Hexton

technical market indicators i Richard J. Bauer, Jr., and Julie R. Dahlquist

the day Traders manual 1 William F. Eng

the dynamic option selection system I Howard L. Simons

the hedge fund edge I Mark Boucher

the intuitive Trader i Robert Koppel

the mathematics of money management j Ralph Vince

the new market Wizards / Jack Schwager

the new money management I Ralph Vince

the new options market, fourth edition i Max Ansbacher

the new science of technical analysis / Thomas R. DeMark

the new Technical trader / Tushar Chande and Stanley S. Kroll

the option advisor I Bernie G. SchaeffeX

the options course / George A. Fontanills

the options course workbook i George A. Fontanills

the Traders tax Solution / Ted Tesser

the Traders tax survival guide, revised edition i Ted Tesser the Trading Game / Ryan Jones

the ultimate Trading guide i John Hill, George Pruitt, Lundy Hill the Visual investor J John J. Murphy Trader vic ii I Victor Sperandeo

Trading applications of Japanese candlestick charting I Gary Wagner and Brad Matheny

Trading chaos 1 Bill Williams

Trading for a living i Dr. Alexander Elder

Trading on expectations 1 Brendan Moynihan

Trading systems & methods, third edition i Perry Kaufman

Trading the plan / Robert Deel

Trading to Win I Ari Kiev

Trading with crowd psychology i Carl Gyllenram Trading without fear f Richard W. Arms, Jr.


Using Everyday Indicators to Achieve Extraordinary Profits


JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. New York Chichester Weinheim Brisbane Singapore Toronto

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For my grandparents

Dr. William F. Clayburg 1889-1969 Dora Bellamy Clayburg 1888-1958

John 0. Anderson 1888-1975 Faye C. Anderson 1896-1991

And my parents

Frank T. Clayburg 1916-1975 Claribel Clayburg 1915-1992

To my wife, Karen, my best friend since 1964

To our children, Gary, Roger, Kathy, Tom, Michael

Also Adam, Amber, Beth, Eric, Ryan, Tom, Trish, & Margie. You guys know why.

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Four steps to trading success : using everyday indicators to achieve extraordinary profits / John F. Clayburg. p. cm.-(Wiley trading)

Includes index.

ISBN 0-471-41482-4 (cloth: alk. paper)

1. Investment analysis. 2. Stock price forecasting. I. Title. II. Series.

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A great musician can create a work of art with his/her voice alone, while a poor one couldnt get it right with the most expensive organ and sound mixing equipment.

A good carpenter can make a great house from a collection of used, recycled boards. A bad carpenter couldnt erect a decent doghouse with the finest mahogany or walnut construction materials.

The same is true of trading.

There are no "good" indicators in my opinion, but there are good traders. Good traders can trade well with lousy indicators because they observe. Poor traders trade poorly even with good indicators because they dont.

Average traders, and most of us are average, can trade very well with average indicators. Yes, some indicators are better than others in a given scenario, or even in a general sense. But, with considerable effort, most traders can be successful using commonly available trading


The indicators that we use in this book certainly arent the most complicated and obviously arent the most expensive. They are actually provided free with most basic charting packages.

Good traders can trade well with common indicators such as the ones we will use here. The key is that the intrinsic worth of an indicator is mostly derived from the traders ability to observe and ascertain the behavior of their favorite indicators against all market conditions. Many of the top traders focus entirely on using one or two simple indicators to trade only three or four stocks. Their key to success revolves around the constant, painstaking observation of their trading tools as they interact with their stock of choice. It can take a significant amount of time to become intimately familiar with these chart/indicator relationships. The time needed to master these

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