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Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell

“The author introduces an investing methodology with proven results and easily applied unequivocal decision making. Particularly impressive is the way he includes a selling discipline, not just a buying discipline. This book is a must for any concerned investor.”

Richard Arms, Analyst, Author, and Inventor of The Arms Index


“This is one of the best new investing books of the decade: succinct, practical, and timeless. Built on a foundation of 40 years of market wisdom, it combines technical analysis and portfolio construction that is supported by excellent research. It should be required reading for everyone from new investors to the most sophisticated hedge fund managers.”

Linda Raschke, President, LBRGroup, Inc.


“The author is an award winning Technical Analyst. In this book, he covers the basic principles, definitions, safeguards, pitfalls, and risks of investing. Believing in active management, he recognizes the benefits of multiple tools (fundamental and technical) and disciplines there-on, to construct a portfolio methodology with guidelines for both buying and selling, for maximum gain. This is a valuable book for any serious investor.”

Louise Yamada, Managing Director, Louise Yamada Technical Research Advisors, LLC.


“In this book, Charles Kirkpatrick demonstrates just how powerful a tool relative strength is, deftly combining technical and fundamental analysis to produce a superior long-term approach. This isn’t just theory, but the real-time work of a practitioner with an outstanding track record. For many years a small group of knowledgeable investors has known about this work, now you can too.”

John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, President, Bollinger Capital Management


“The author presents a clearly written, time-tested formula for investor independence and success through applying relative price strength for stock selection and portfolio construction.”

Hank Pruden, Golden Gate University


Over the past 25 years, Charles D. Kirkpatrick’s exclusive stock-picking technique has outperformed the S&P 500’s performance by a whopping 7.7 times. That’s right: If you’d invested ,000 in the S&P 500, you’d have 0,000 now…but if you’d followed Kirkpatrick’s published picks, you’d have ,000,000! If that’s not amazing enough, Kirkpatrick’s system is remarkably easy to use. In this book, he teaches you all you need to put it to work in your portfolio!


Kirkpatrick reveals why an active strategy based on relative stock rankings is the surest route to profit, and how just a few pieces of publicly available information enable you to create rankings that virtually guarantee exceptional performance. You’ll learn how to use his techniques to organize stocks into a portfolio that maximizes returns while reducing risk…uncover trigger points that tell you when to buy and sell…and systematically protect yourself against bad stocks and bad markets.


  • Why the conventional wisdom about investing is flat-out wrong
    What’s wrong with diversification, “random walks,” and the efficient markets hypothesis
  • Don’t even try to predict the markets: you don’t have to!
    Discover what the markets are actually doing: then react fast, with discipline
  • Invest the intelligent way: with “relatives”
    Measure what really matters: a stock’s relative strength and growth compared with the rest
  • Start using the market’s reliable investment triggers
    Recognize what to buy, what to sell, and when to make your moves
  • Mitigate the risks associated with broad market declines
    Intelligently decide when to move assets into cash


Rating: (out of 12 reviews)

List Price: $ 22.99

Price: $ 13.68

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5 Responses to “Beat the Stock Market”

  • Andy King says:

    Review by Andy King for Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell
    Although I would like to applaud the book and not wind up in the position of “reviewing the reviews”, a little of both is necessary. I bought the book on the strength of 6 very positive reviews. But I have to wonder about these reviews.

    The book makes it very clear that results from this method could not be achieved quickly. A good testing window would be a minimum of 3 to 6 months. The book was published in 9/2008. Some of the reviews were written in less than 3 months. I find it very hard to believe that these people: 1) tested the methods in the book; and 2) achieved positive results in that time frame. It would be especially hard to achieve positive results, given what most stocks were doing between 9/2008 and 2/2009.

    On the author’s web site as of today (4/9/09) it is clear that very minimally positive results have been achieved in the last 6 months from the best of the 3 methods outlined in the book. Add to that the fact that in the book, there are numerous spelling and grammatical errors, plus an error in captioning one of the more important charts, plus a few typos thrown in for good measure.

    I’m sure that Mr. Kirkpatrick is a learned and accomplished person, and it’s very likely his systems have achieved positive results. However, given the extremely shoddy proofreading, one has to wonder about the actual level of attention to detail in the content of this book.

    To be sure, I plan on taking up the author on one of his recommendations, and paper trading using his admittedly best system, in real time. It’s possible I will subscribe to the newsletter he liberally touts in the book. But I wanted to add a more realistic opinion of the book, and of the process by which I purchased the book, to Amazon’s review collection. No one should buy this book based on the 6 highly positive reviews previous to this one, without knowing that there may be a few warning signs lurking between the lines.

  • Michael Liyu Fang says:

    Review by Michael Liyu Fang for Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell
    The book is short ans succinct in describing his investment philosophy and methodology. Easy to understand and a quick read. I was able to duplicate his Bargain List results using a backtesting website called Keep in mind that Kirkpatrick advocates the use of an overal portfolio filter to determine whether and how much you should be in the market. This is regardless what his stock screen is telling you to buy. Reason is his individual stock selection and disposition method, although will outperform the market over a cycle if fully invested at all times, can have some fearsome drawdowns in a short period of time when the overall market is in correction mode. This was borne out by my portfolio123 backtesting. So if you are sure the market is in a bull market, his methodology does really well. But you need to have portfolio-level risk management in place to control the losses.

  • GSN says:

    Review by GSN for Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell
    I read the previous book Kirkpatrick co-authored, “Technical Analysis,” and so when I saw that he had a new book, I ordered it at once. It arrived on a Saturday morning. I started reading it and didn’t get up — couldn’t get up — until I finished it. I’ve read many books on the stock market. I only need this book to make money. Kirkpatrick is a leader in his studies of relative strength investing. (Several pages are devoted to his methods in Robert Colby’s “The Encyclopedia of Technical Market Indicators.”) He has been trading his techniques for 30 years and the results are astounding — far outperforming the market. His approaches are as simple and straight-forward as they are powerful. Moreover, nothing is proprietary. I am able to duplicate his methods myself without needing to subscribe to his newsletter, even though I do subscribe because I enjoy it. I particularly recommend his chapter on market timing — how to avoid getting caught in the horrors of a bear market such as we are experiencing now. I highly recommend this book.

  • M. Ghens says:

    Review by M. Ghens for Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell
    Charles Kirkpatrick is one of a select few who provides individual investors a valid method to outperform the market. There is so much crap out there – from popular investing shows to investment advisors – all there to simply entertain you, or worse yet, to take your money. New stock market investors have a hard time grasping the fact that the market is not here to make them money, it is here to take their money. If you are going to successfully invest in individual stocks you must learn to play with the pros. You absolutely need a valid stock selection method and buy and sell rules. All of these are provided in this book. From a time investment vs. performance yield perspective this book ranks at the top of the list.

    To implement the methods presented in this book the reader has a couple of simple choices. You can subscribe to the author’s weekly newsletter for 195/yr (an incredible bargain), or if you prefer more of the DIY approach you can subscribe to a data source charting service, such as, High Growth Stock investor or Telechart. Either which way you will be using a method that puts you into winning stocks and gets you out when they start underperforming, locking in profits. Forget buy low sell high platitudes. You want to buy high and sell higher. You’re almost certainly not going to outguess institutional money with their resources and researh teams, so don’t play that game. Trying to do so is a low probability proposition for the average investor. Buying low also means buying stocks that the institutional investors find unattractive – that’s a big clue. If institutional investors want a stock you want it because their large volume purchasing pushes the price up. If they don’t want it you don’t want it. It is as simple as that. The relative strength methods presented in this book will put you into stocks that institutional money is buying.

    Are you an investor managing a brokerage account, IRA or 401k, but don’t know much about how to make money in indivual stocks and are afraid to learn? Are you stuck in mutual funds and tired of their fees and lackluster performance? Are you willing to do just a little work on weekends to adjust your portfolio? This book is perfect for you.

  • YB says:

    Review by YB for Beat the Market: Invest by Knowing What Stocks to Buy and What Stocks to Sell
    This is arguably the best investment book I have read (and I read quite few). Very well written and right to the point. Original ideas and points of view can be found on every page. After reading several chapters I signed up to the author’s newsletter and ordered his previous book “Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians”. Looking forward to reading this one.

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