A Futures Market

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



Written by the highly-praised author of the popular financial books, the Market Wizard series, Jack D. Schwager’s creates another fully-fleshed out guide that is claimed to be the one and only source for reference. Schwager’s “A Complete Guide to the Futures Market: Technical Analysis, Trading Systems, Fundamental Analysis, Options, Spreads, and Trading Principles” is that book, and it solidifies itself as one of an essential guide and textbook for every market participant out there. Spanning in every range of the market’s aspects from technical analysis to trading principles, this second edition of Schwager’s “A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets” covers it all as well as feature materials and illustrations that will sure-fire give the reader one of the most in-depth and concise looks into the futures market. 

About the Author

Mr. Schwager is a recognized industry expert in futures and hedge funds and the author of a number of widely acclaimed financial books. He is perhaps best known for his best-selling series of interviews with the greatest traders and hedge fund managers of the last three decades: Market Wizards (1989), The New Market Wizards (1992), Stock Market Wizards (2001), Hedge Fund Market Wizards (2012), and The Little Book of Market Wizards (2014). His other books include Market Sense and Nonsense (2012), a compendium of investment misconceptions, and the three-volume series, Schwager on Futures, consisting of Fundamental Analysis (1995), Technical Analysis (1996), and Managed Trading (1996). He is also the author of Getting Started in Technical Analysis (1999), part of John Wiley’s popular Getting Started series. A revised edition of his first book, A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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: Midtrend 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 Expectations
    • Chapter 25: Incorporating Inflation
    • Chapter 26: Seasonal Analysis
  • 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: Options 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: 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 Considerations in Applying Regression Analysis
  • References and Recommended Readings
  • Index
  • EULA