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Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017

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Download the PDF Master the Markets by Tom Williams. It is free and communicates the same methodology in a much more clear, organized manner. If you do some relatively simple web searches, you might Trading In the Shadow of the Smart Money as well...

The book is not the worst I have read about the market. However, it is flimsy, disorganized, terribly edited, and pushes the software and core methodology to the point that it undermines the credibility of the author. Some of the charts and transcripts are helpful, but the author spends far too many pages on beating very simple concepts to death. It is a huge waste, and the amount of usable information, while somewhat helpful, is minimal. As another reviewer noted, it takes an inordinate amount of time to extract value from this book the way it is structured.

Gavin Holmes is the protege/successor of Tom Williams, who was an apostle of Richard Wyckoff, and the VSA methodology. Sadly, Tradeguider has started pushing products like signal services, that cause me to severely question the value added of their line of products. Please excuse the digression, but it is important background to understanding the motivations behind the release of this particular book.

The methodology is useful, but this book, at $50, is a total waste. If you cant find it online, download Master the Markets, and search for VSA on Babypips and ForexFactory, both of which have excellent threads dedicated to the methodology in this book.

Also, check out the Anna Coulling Volume A Complete Guide to Volume Spread Analysis. It is $5 if I recall correctly and is a worthwhile addition to your kindle library, especially as an introduction, if you dont find combing through forums to be convenient.

Overall - PASS on this book.

Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017

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This book is ok. He is definitely showing hindsight trading. I looked for his foresight videos etc. they dont exist. It would be better to look for Wyckoff books instead. This book should be about $12 or less, there isnt much use for it really. I believe he is just trying to pump his software system. I regret buying it.

Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018

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Gavin has very clearly mastered profitable trading and shares these concepts here. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, not just those looking to learn about trading. (See chapter 9.) May God always bless you, Gavin Holmes! And thank you for making such a positive impact on so many lives, including mine. I feel extremely lucky to have found this.
Truth wins!

Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2013

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The information in this book is badly structured and hard to get the usefull info out of it.
He starts of talking about vsa stuff he didnt even explain yet,
It seem like the book is designed to give you information and confuse you at the same time, and then sell you his software.

and also frustrating to read the definition of what an up-bar is for the 34e time near the end of the book.

Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2013

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A very difficult book to extract the valuable information. Two things make this a hard book to get useful information. First the graphs are cheap copies that are impossible to read even with a magnifying glass. If you are not using their computer program, descriptions of their computer symbols are confusing and useless. I would not recommend this book unless you are willing to spend considerable effort to dig-out the useful information or have purchased their computer program. I also think a paperback for this price is too much.

Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2014

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This book confirms all my suspicions. The markets ARE manipulated. Gavin will explain how and show you how to profit from this.

Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015

Verified Purchase

everyone who is even thinking about trading should first read and understand this proven system of reading the charts.

Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2012

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Read this book and see what only 5 % of the traders know. This is The Best And The Most Dangerous Book About The Stockmarket. Reading this book AND understandning it will change your life.

Top reviews from other countries

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful waste of money - advert for a software product

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2021

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This entire book takes you through chart signals and screenshots from a piece of software TraderGuide. It’s literally mentioned in every chapter, almost every page. There’s no free to download link, and not even a discount code. So you pay top bucks for this book to hear you need the software. The content isn’t bad, it’s just the book should come free with the software, not be on sale for fifty or sixty bucks on its own.

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on volume

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2019

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The principals explained in this book really resonate with me. Volume offers an invaluable insight into the validity of a move and there is no doubt in my mind that these principals work and can give you an edge in the market (although Im still working on mine!). One negative however is the constant plugging of his VSA software package. Other than that, if you are interested in volume, then this book is an excellent buy.

5.0 out of 5 stars Lo mejor que existe sobre Trading con Precio y Volumen

Reviewed in Spain on August 28, 2017

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Es un libro redondo, va al meollo del asunto: cómo analizar un gráfico basándote sólo en el precio y el volumen. Sin introducciones pesadas, sin marear la perdiz, ofreciendo información muy clara y reveladora de cómo funcionan los equilibrios/desequilibrios de la oferta y la demanda. Si estás interesado en este tipo de trading este libro, junto con Master The Markets de Tom Williams, es la biblia.

1.0 out of 5 stars giant infomercial

Reviewed in Canada on September 5, 2014

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No educational material here. Its an infomercial to subscribe to the authors trading system

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 20, 2014

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Poorly laid out and hard to read. Needs a lot of editing.

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