Reading List

Below you will find the reading list for all STA educational courses.

The STA is the professional body associated with technical analysis. We run annual courses for both experienced and novice analysts. Courses are held at the London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London and The British Bankers Association and all teaching is by qualified STA members. The courses are considered suitable for the annual PIA Continuous Professional Development Programme.

Reading List

Murphy, John J.

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets
New York Institute of Finance/Prentice Hall
Latest or current edition

John Murphy’s renowned book is essential reading for the beginner – and is also a core text for students progressing to Part 2 of the STA Diploma.

Pring, Martin

Technical Analysis Explained
Latest or current edition

Also immensely informative on a wide range of topics, written by another key figure in the world of technical analysis. More emphasis on momentum than Murphy; less detail on Elliott Wave.

Kirkpatrick, Charles D
Dahlquist, Julie R

Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians
Latest or current edition

An excellent complement to Murphy/Pring. In addition to core technical topics this book offers comprehensive sections on flow of funds, system trading and money management, and takes a brief look at statistics.

Linton, David

Cloud Charts: Trading Success with the Ichimoku Technique (chapter on Ichimoku only)

Updata plc
Latest or current edition – should be available directly from Updata’s London office (contact

 The Ichimoku section takes the reader through a clear and systematic explanation of the technique, and is enhanced by a large selection of high quality charts.

Nison, Steve

Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques
New York Institute of Finance
Latest or current edition

Steve Nison introduced candlestick charting to the West in the late 1980s. This, the revised edition of his original book, remains the authoritative text.

Lambert, Clive

Candlestick Charts
Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Clive Lambert’s extensive trading experience and engaging writing style make this book an informative and enjoyable core text for market participants – and an excellent addition to Nison.

du Plessis, Jeremy

The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure
Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

The title says it. Jeremy du Plessis’ book has become the definitive guide for students who want to develop a thorough understanding of this valuable technique.

Plummer, Tony

Forecasting Financial Markets
Kogan Page
Latest or current edition

Tony Plummer, who has worked in financial markets for more than 35 years, offers the student invaluable insights into crowd behaviour, the nature of cycles, and Fibonacci applications.

Prechter, Robert

R N Elliott’s Masterworks, the Definitive Collection
New Classic Library, a division of Elliott Wave International, Gainesville GA, USA
Latest or current edition

Edited by Robert Prechter, this expanded version of ‘The major Works of R.N. Elliott’ offers works previously out of print in addition to ‘The Wave Principle’ and ‘Nature’s Law – The Secret of the Universe’.

Elliott, Nicole

Ichimoku Charts: An Introduction to Ichimoku Kinko Clouds
Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Nicole Elliott’s 25 years’ experience of financial markets – both as analyst and trader – and ability to inject flashes of dry humour into her writing make the study of Ichimoku a pleasant as well as useful experience.

Keller, David

Breakthroughs in Technical Analysis (chapter on Gann)
Bloomberg Financial
Latest or current edition

David Keller’s compilation offers an impressive selection of expert views on a variety of topics. It includes a practical look at the complex – and often viewed as esoteric – ideas propounded by W.D. Gann.

Grafton, Christopher

Mastering Hurst Cycle Analysis
Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Christopher Grafton’s excellent book presents J.M Hurst’s ideas in clear and useable form.

du Plessis, Jeremy

21st Century Point & Figure

Harriman House Ltd

Latest or current edition

Suitable for the student who is already proficient in point and figure charting, this innovative book takes the technique to a whole new level.

Bandy, Dr. Howard B.

Quantitative Trading Systems – Practical Methods for Design, Testing, and Validation.

Blue Owl Press.

Dr. Bandy’s interesting book is a must read for anyone who wishes to develop a trading system.

Additional Reading

Sperandeo, Victor

Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Latest or current edition

A classic on the subject of investing.

Bernstein, Peter

Against the Gods – The Remarkable Story of Risk
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Latest or current edition

This widely acclaimed book is a fascinating exploration of the history of risk.

Schwager, Jack
Seykota, Ed

Hedge Fund Market Wizards
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Latest or current edition

Enlightening interviews with hedge fund traders who consistently outperform the markets.

Valcu, Dan

Heikin-Ashi: How to trade without candlestick patterns

For those who would like to learn more about Heikin-Ashi.

STA members can purchase this book with a 25% discount by contacting but please be aware that you will be charged $18 for shipping.

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