Reader Appreciation Day

Today I would like to show my appreciation to everyone who has continued to read my blog on a regular basis despite my errors and omissions. I will be giving away a copy of Robert Rhea's 1938 book "Dow's Theory Applied to Business and Banking." This book is the easiest to read and most applicable to not only the stock market but operating a business and determining the health of banks. This book is listed on with a starting price of US$85.00 all the way up to US$275.00. My copy of the book has a well worn jacket but the binding and pages are unblemished for such an old book. The following is the review of the book from Barron's:

When William Peter Hamilton 17 years ago, wrote the first book on the Dow theory he called The Stock Market Barometer, not because of the theory's value in forecasting the course of stock prices, but because of its value as a barometer of business. Most of the literature on the theory written since then has concentrated on technical studies of its method of identifying stock market trends, both bull and bear, shortly after their beginning.

In this book Rhea returns to Hamilton's original thesis, at which he pounded away steadily in his editorials in The Wall Street Journal and in comments in Barron's up to the time of his death in 1929. But whereas Hamilton had to depend on observation, Rhea has contributed to this subject the first detailed comparison of all the Dow theory bull and bear market signals back to 1897 with the movements of Barron's business index over the same period.

Rhea is well known as author of Dow Theory Comment, comprising air mail letters attempting to forecast stock and business trends; The Dow Theory, an introduction to the theory together with a complete collection of all of Hamilton's discussions of the price movement; and The Story of the Averages, a play-by-play history of every bull and bear market signal the averages have given since their inception and of the course of the market over the whole period. It is from this work that the Dow theory signals used in the new book are taken.

Business Book of the Week. Barron's. October 31, 1938. page 9

For the next two days I will be accepting emails from visitors to my site. I will print out the email addresses and put them in a basket. I will then randomly pull out the winner of the book. The email that is randomly selected will be notified to acquire the mailing address and the book will be sent within 10 days to wherever in the world it must go. Additionally, I will publish the winner's name on the blog. Touc.

Thanks again for reading my blog.

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