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July 2016  Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine Product Review

My review of was published on pages 40-43.

May 2016 Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine Quick Scan

My review of THE WIZARD software is presented on pages 42 to 45.  This is an updated review of I wrote for this magazine in June 2011.  If you to go look for the blog link you’ll find a link to the reprinted article.

Bonus Issue 2016 Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities

This annual issue focuses on the Readers’ Choice Awards in about 19 different categories.  In the category “Favorite S&C article” my interview in the March 2015 issue (mentioned below) came in as a Finalist.

March 2015 Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Interview

I was interviewed in the March 2015 issue which focused on the BDH strategy.  Subscribers to the magazine can see the article in their monthly issue or online.  The magazine does not permit a link to their magazine, as they consider it copyrighted material.  Paid subscribers to can go to a link on the site to pull up the magazine issue.

June 18, 2013

Investor’s Business daily published an interview with me about ETF investing on page A10.  The link is below:

December 14, 2012 has posted a version of the Buy Don’t Hold V2 strategy on its website with the link provided above. This is updated as necessary.

The BDH V2 strategy was modified by this site’s owners.  They include Indicator#1 which I no longer use.  They use short selling which I don’t use. They use the S&P 500 to track the results compared to the NASDAQ Composite which I use.  And they don’t use a confirming MACD indicator on Indicator #8.  However, it is interesting to see their results and their description of the model.

December 3, 2011

I recently wrote a review of for Technical Analysis of Stock & Commodities:

August 18, 2011

Interview on Sound Investing Podcast

I was interviewed by Paul Merriman on his show which was made available on August 18.  Here is the link:

June 2011 Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Product Review

I reviewed THE WIZARD software program.

May 10, 2011

Buy DON’T Hold was ranked #1  today on Amazon’s Mutual Fund Best Seller List.

April 2, 2011

I’m pleased to announce the publication of two books that have been listed on Amazon recently.  The first one is a 34-page ebook titled Profiting from ETF Rotation Strategies in Turbulent Markets selling for $7.19.  This book is not published in hardcopy, so you need a Kindle or similar device or you can download it to your PC with  free software from Amazon.  This book provides two back-tested strategies using a universe of 15 ETFs that focus on high relative strength and a moving average, respectively.  Each month the portfolio is reviewed for changes and is  invested 100% of the time.  There are equity and fixed income ETFs in the portfolio to allow for changing market conditions.  These strategies are for those who are looking for a more active investing approach than is offered in Buy DON’T Hold.

The next book  is All About Market Timing 2nd Edition (selling for $12.27 hard cover and $9.99 Kindle) that I substantially updated from its first printing in November 2003.  There are five stand-alone strategies that can be used to time the market that have worked well over time.  For those of you looking for another way to invest, this book will provide additional options to consider.

Either book can be purchased by clicking on the links on the right sidebar which contains the cover of each of the book.  Hit the “Amazon”  link to be directed to the site.

Also, Buy DON’T Hold is ranked #1 today on Amazon’s Mutual Fund Best Seller List.

October 29, 2010

The recently published Stock Trader’s Almanac 2011 has named Buy DON’T Hold one of 2010’s “Top Investment Books.”

July 28, 2010

Larry MacDonald reviewed the book on  Here is the URL:

It was also published on Canadian Business online:

As of this morning Buy DON’T Hold is #1 Best seller in Amazon’s Mutual Fund category, as it has been on and off for past three months.

May 19, 2010

#1 AMAZON Best Seller List  for Mutual Funds 

Buy DON’T Hold hit the top of the Mutual Fund  Best Seller Category as of today May 19, and many days in May and early June since then.  It is even ahead of a recent book writen by the well-known mutual fund expert John Boge, founder of the Vanguard Funds, and co-author David Swensen.

May 4, 2010

Mebane Faber, the best selling author of The Ivy Portfolio, mentioned on his website that he is reading my book.

There have been a number of very favorable reviews posted on AMAZON regarding the book.  Here is one review:

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book about investing with ETFs, April 29, 2010
By T. Conaghan – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buy–DON’T Hold: Investing with ETFs Using Relative Strength to Increase Returns with Less Risk (Hardcover)

If you want to invest using ETFs and you are willing to spend a few minutes every week reviewing the conditions of the market and performing a relative strength ranking for 66 ETFs, this book is for you. I have read several other books on investing using ETFs, but none of them are as practical or cover all the key points like this book does. In this book, the author describes in detail a 6 step approach which includes key items such as determining your risk level, assessing the market’s condition, ranking the ETFs, and using stops. The book includes specific instructions on how to perform each of these steps using free web sites where you can implement this approach. He has asset allocation recommendations for 4 types of investors based on your risk tolerance. If you no longer believe in the “buy and hold” approach, you owe it to yourself to read this book.


The following individuals were provided advance copies of the books and provided a quote:

“Masonson is a master Almanac Investor. In Buy–DON’T Hold, he shows investors and traders how to buy and sell the right ETFs at the right time with proven strategies, technical tools, and indicators.”
Jeffrey A. Hirsch, Editor-in-Chief, Stock Trader’s Almanac

“Masonson not only shows you when to be in and out of the market, but also which ETFs to buy and when to sell them. This is a complete investing program that all investors can benefit from. I expect the vast majority of readers will agree with me that this book is a ‘Strong Buy.’”
Price Headley, CFA, CMT, Founder of

“The author provides investors with a step-by-step investing plan that focuses heavily on protecting principal, while at the same time offering a systematic approach that will help investors meet their goals and stay on the right side of the market. Buy–DON’T Hold offers an effective strategy that can make a huge difference in an investor’s bottom line.”
Paul Merriman, Founder of Merriman, a Seattle-based investment advisory firm; Editor of and the Sound Investing podcast

“Masonson is a highly regarded stock market researcher who provides investors with his discerning perspective on an ETF investing strategy using relative strength. In this succinct and sharply focused book, Masonson develops a logical and easy-to-use strategy with all the necessary steps to maximize returns while ably managing risk.”
Nelson Freeburg, Editor of Formula Research, a financial newsletter that develops systematic investment models for stocks and bonds

“My 40 years of experience has convinced me that relative strength is one of the very best methods of managing portfolios. Exhaustive research shows that investments that have demonstrated the highest price strength over a significant past period are likely to outperform the market going forward. Buy only the strongest investments and hold these as long as they stay strong. Masonson’s easy-to-read book shows you a workable way to execute this winning method.”
Robert W. Colby, CMT, Chairman of Robert W. Colby Asset Management, Inc.; author of The Encyclopedia of Technical Market Indicators, Second Edition

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