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Im new and don't know where to start
Ive just finished reading my 3rd book on TA i have no clue as to where to start. right now im looking to be able to study charts to learn how to use them in the best way possible. any ideas on where i can start to study stock charts or should i just pick random charts and start drawing trend lines flags triangles ect thanks in advanced
You might want to start by exploring some the indicators in Chart School. The advantage of an indicator over a pattern is, you definitely know when it's giving you a signal to do something (even if you don't want to - you can't dispute whether the signal occurred, as you can with a pattern). Also, it's much easier to find past examples by scanning for indicator signals - or just finding them by eye - to see when they work and when they don't. Some of the most common indicators might be the best place to start - MACD, RSI, Stochastics. You might want to play with the parameters to see how the signals change. Then you might want to add a second indicator or overlay, like moving overages, to filter the signals from the first.
When you have explored a little, you will get a better idea of what the risks and rewards are - how many signals you get, how many work out and how much they pay, versus how many don't work out, and how much they cost. You can keep a table in Excel or by hand to keep track.
Then you want to think about questions like, how much time do you have for analyzing trades, how much information do you need to make a commitment, or end one, can you trade during market hours or only after hours, and what your trading temperament might be - are you happy to watch and wait for trades that line up perfectly, and then wait some more while they develop, or do you want to play every signal every day come what may - or are you somewhere in the middle. Your strategy has to fit your temperament, or you won't follow it. One way is not better than another, it just has to be right for you.
By the way, books can be useful. But don't expect to find THE answer in any of them, because there is no ONE answer. You will learn more, faster, by doing your own research on lots of charts, and believing what your own work tells you, - in other words, writing your own answers - than by reading so-called expert after expert. There are NO short cuts to knowledge.
I think Mark's suggestions above are very good and very well explained.
From my experience, which goes back some years before Chip created his great site, I began with Moving Averages and their relationship to each other and to price. For the most part now, I still use 20, 50, and 200 Exponential Moving Averages and their relationship to each other and price as part of my decision making.
Good luck. With TA, the learning never ends. It can be interesting and fun.