Henry Pruden, Ph.D
Professor of Business and Executive Director, ITMA
the book

Read Hank's article:
The 21-st Century Technician
appeared in the September 2008 issue of Technical Analysis of STOCKS & COMMODITIES



Trading in today's markets
can be a difficult endeavor.

But with the right approach,
you can achieve success.


Author Hank Pruden, a top technical analyst and well-known
educator in the field of finance has actively traded his own account for more than twenty years, Pruden has placed real equity at risk based upon the theories he teaches.

And during this time, he's carefully followed a framework that has proven itself both profitable and reliable in real world trading situations.

Now in The Three Skill of Top Trading, Pruden looks to
share his experience and insights with you.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style this
comprehensive guide brings together the three skills
of top trading -- behavioral models for systems
building, pattern recognition, and mental state
discipline -- and examines how you can develop this
"triple threat" skill set to sustain or gain a true
competitive edge in today's challenging markets.

Divided into three well-rounded parts, this book
integrates elements of trading that are often treated
separately -- creating a mutually reinforcing
analytical package that makes intuitive sense.
Throughout these pages, you'll be introduced to:

  • A behavioral finance framework for system building that provides the structure for integration and interpreting indicators organized along the key dimensions of price, time, volume and sentiment
  • A pattern recognition plan for trading -- the
    Wyckoff Method of chart reading and technical analysis -- that contains a set of laws and principles, which can be used to interpret chart patters and take action
  • A model of trader psychology that is essential to the management of your mental state -- the Ten Tasks of Top Trading -- as well as various methods that will allow you to effectively maintain of modify this state

Engaging and informative, The Three Skills of Top
outlines a balanced set of skills that will
allow you to capture some of the most profitable
trading opportunities possible.

It will also help you sidestep timing pitfalls stemming from superficial data analysis and erroneous interpretations of market indicators.

With this book as your guide, you'll
quickly develop a better understanding of the elements
of systems building, pattern recognition, and mental
state discipline and learn what it takes to become a
complete trader.


HANK PRUDEN is a leading technical analyst with more than twenty years of active trading experience.

He is currently Executive Director of the Institute of Technical Market Analysis and on the board of Directors of the Technical Securities Analysts Association of San Francisco.

Pruden is also a professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he has taught technical analysis for thirty years. He has also served on the board of directors of the Market Technicians Association and served as vice chair of the International Federation of Technical

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"Professor Pruden's new book, The Three Skills of Top Trading is unquestionably the best book on a specific trading method and the necessary attributes for trading that I have read. His logic, understanding of human foibles, and use of the Wyckoff method of trading are broadly referenced, readable, understandable, and entertaining."

--Charles D. Kirkpatrick, II, CMT, coauthor of Tehcnical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financiaal Market Technicians, editor of the Journal fo Technical Analysis, and board member of the Market Technicians Association



"At long last, someone has taken the time and effort to bring the work and insight of Wyckoff to wider public attention -- and Hank Pruden has done so masterfully, with great clarity and eloquence. Hank has taken the best of Wyckoff's work, combining it with the essential aspects of trader discipline and psychology, to provide a highly readable and particularly useful guide to trading. MUST READING!"

Jacob Bernstein, www.trade- futures.com



"Hank Pruden puts all of the elements needed for successful trading into one volume. This book not only belongs on every trader's shelf but shoud be close enough for continuous reference."

Martin J. Pring, President, www.Pring.com



Dr. Pruden has brought together his lifetime of work in developing a modern approach to analyzing and trading the markets built upon classic market analysis from the early part of the twentieth cnetury and topped off with modern-day tenets of behavioral finance and mental state management."

Thom Hartle, Director of Marketing for CDQ, Inc. (www.cqg.com)



"I usually consider a book to be well worth reading if it gives me one paradigm shift. I believe that this book will give the average investor a lot more than just one."

Van K. Tharp, PhD, President, Van Tharp Institute


Listen to Hank Pruden's radio interview
with Chuck Jaffe
(20 min)