Welcome to the Society of Technical Analysts

The STA is a not-for-profit organisation which is dedicated to the promotion and understanding of technical analysis and its role within behavioural finance as a vital investment tool. We aim to educate the public, the investment community and our members, in the theory, practice and application of technical analysis. Our commitment is to raise professional standards and ethics globally.

Founded in the late 1960s as ACTA (the Association of Chart and Technical Analysts), we are the oldest such organisation in the world. ACTA changed to the Society of Technical Analysts (STA), a company limited by guarantee, in 1986.

The STA was one of the founder members of IFTA, the International Federation of Technical Analysts, and to this day serves on its board.

Since the early days, the STA has continued to expand and develop. We have taught thousands of professionals and non-professionals alike through our educational courses over the past two decades.

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What is Technical Analysis?

Technical analysis is the study of prices in the market place, with these prices representing the balance of supply and demand for an equity, bond, currency, or commodity and their corresponding futures markets, taking into account all the different knowledge, opinions and emotions of all the participants in that particular market place.

By studying price we can often get a sense of impending change, because trend reversals often start to occur before the full fundamental picture is widely known. Therefore the study of price can help us to assess the risk/reward inherent in any market.

Technical analysis not only incorporates watching the price itself, but also how the price is moving and the momentum of its move. Many indicators have been developed over the years to aid in the assessment of price action and gauge whether or not the trend is likely to continue or reverse. In addition, studies of volume, volatility and open interest all contribute to the analysis.

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Courses created to achieve great results

The STA runs a comprehensive education programme, gives monthly lectures (also available via video links), publishes its journal three times a year and offers its members access to an extensive library. All the educational courses and examinations are accredited by IFTA, the International Federation of Technical Analysts.


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The STA Promise

The STA Diploma is regarded as the kite mark for technical analysis. We have been running courses for over 20 years and we aim to educate the public, the investment community and our members in the theory, practice and application of technical analysis. Our commitment is to raise professional standards and ethics globally.

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For your profit, not ours

The STA is a not-for-profit organisation with over 1200 members globally.

Interest in technical analysis is growing and more and more employers insist on employees having passed the STA Diploma Examination and being a MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts).

Technical analysis is a discipline which can be used in conjunction with quantitative, flow and fundamental analysis. It helps investors to identify investment opportunities and to mitigate risk.

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Coming Up | Latest | Featured

Next Meeting, AGM & Christmas Party: 8th December 2015

Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 6pm

Speaker: Russell Napier, ERIC

Booking with the office is required for this event


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With access to so many resources STA membership offers great value for technical analysts of all levels.

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Home Study Course + Exams Home Study Course Diploma 1 Diploma 2 Continued Professional Development Other Exams

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Current and past STA Diploma students have access to our technical analysis mentors. These are STA Diploma Course lecturers and are there to help you.

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Unless otherwise stated, all STA monthly meetings take place at:
British Bankers Association
Pinners Hall
105 – 108 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1EX

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“This course has, from a standing start, increased my knowledge considerably but, more importantly, it has ignited a passion within me for Technical Analysis.”

Steven Jackson, private investor and student on the Diploma Level 1 Course 2012

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