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The Secret Code of Japanese Candlesticks

The Secret Code of Japanese Candlesticks

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  • The Truth about Japanese Candlesticks
  • The Spirit of Sokyu Honma’s Method: The Master and the Disciple
  • The Five Sakata Methods: The Objective Part of the Method
  • Trading with Sokyu Honma’s Method
  • Thirty-seven Applications Involving Indexes, Stocks, and Futures
  • Back to the Samni No Den
  • Learning to Analyze the Markets from a Trader’s Viewpoint
  • All You Will Ever Need to Know about Stops
  • Putting It All Together in a Simple but Winning Approach
  • Some Thoughts about Trading Philosophy
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The Secret Code of Japanese Candlesticks

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Felipe Tudela

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Tudela, Felipe.

The secret code of Japanese candlesticks/Felipe Tudela.
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1 The Truth about Japanese Candlesticks


2 The Spirit of Sokyu Honma’s Method: The Master and the Disciple


3 The Samni No Den of the Market: The Subjective Part of the Method 5

4 The Five Sakata Methods: The Objective Part of the Method


5 Trading with Sokyu Honma’s Method


6 Japanese Candlesticks: A Precision Tool within the Market’s Great


7 Algorithm in Tabular Format for the Five Sakata Methods within
Sokyu Honma’s ‘Great Cycle’


8 Thirty-seven Applications Involving Indexes, Stocks, and Futures


9 Back to the Samni No Den


10 Learning to Analyze the Markets from a Trader’s Viewpoint


11 Your Magic Talisman




12 Before Taking a Position Think!


13 How to Exit a Trade


14 How to Manage Your Risk


15 All You Will Ever Need to Know about Stops


16 Putting It All Together in a Simple but Winning Approach


17 Trade Now!


18 Some Thoughts about Trading Philosophy




Appendix What Is a Candlestick?









I want to thank, first of all, Thomas DeMark without whom this book would not
exist. He immediately recognized the value of my work, encouraged me in my
research, and made it possible for this book to be published by John Wiley &
Sons, Ltd. I have always admired Tom’s work and his encouragement gave me the
confidence and resolve that I needed to complete this book.
I must also thank Patrick Sauty, Vice President of AFATE (French Association of
Technical Analysis), who was the first to organize a seminar in Paris in which I was
able to explain this new perspective of Japanese Candlesticks. Thanks also go to
Thiérry Béchu, former president of AFATE, teacher at Dauphine and fund manager
for SGAM (Société Générale Asset Management); Etienne Laisney, who teaches
Technical Analysis at l’ISEP and l’ESG; Julien Nebenzahl, CEO of Day by Day and
President of AFATE; and Joël Villecroze, CEO of Trium, Equity & Derivatives.
In addition, I would like to thank my friends, Don Mack, former editor of
the Traders Masterclass series at Pitman Publishing Financial Times, and Albert
Labos, teacher, trader and magician, for having shared their insightful knowledge
of markets with me.

I extend a very special and unique thank you to my wife, Annie, whose love,
company, and support helped me to create the space and time in which to do this

Finally, a word of thanks to those who helped me along the way to make this
book a reality. Here I especially want to mention Cherline Daniel of Integra, Pamela
van Giessen of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Caitlin Cornish, Aimée Dibbens,
Karen Weller and Louise Holden of John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, whose help was
indispensable. I would also like to thank Shawn Fawcett, who provided me with
the best possible blueprint to create a book, George Robinson, who gave attentive
and focused care to the edit, and Jose Antonio Pancorvo, who also took the time to
read the book and make useful suggestions to improve it.
Lastly, a thank you is due to all of my friends and students who helped me along

the way.


Would you like to acquire a powerful trading tool that is efficient and precise? Such
a tool exists. It is the foundation to ‘Japanese candlesticks.’ This book is about
them. You are about to discover the truth about Japanese candlesticks. It is a truth
that no one has ever explained before!
Japanese candlesticks are fashionable. Their exotic nature attracts the public to
them and they are surrounded by an aura of arcane science and seem inaccessible
to the uninitiated. They have a magic of their own – the magic of an ancient
civilization – and also have strange-sounding names – Dojo, Marubozu, etc.
However, they do not work efficiently, except for a very small number of traders.
The reason for this is that few people today are willing to study a trading method
until they master it. Candlesticks are also difficult to handle, given the diversity of
their patterns. Most important is the fact that Japanese candlesticks have a unique
master key that must be understood in order to make them work.
We are going to explain this key and illustrate it with practical examples. It will
change your way of looking at candlesticks and at markets.


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