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 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
BOOKING NOW OPEN for our Diploma Level 1 and Diploma Level 2 courses. Visit the Courses and Training pages for more information.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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IFTA Conference 2014Unravelling the DNA of the Market
New speaker! Bob Prechter has joined Prof du Sautoy, Dr Alexander Elder, John Murphy, Tony Plummer FSTA, Cyril Baudrillart MSTA, David Sneddon MSTA, Robin Mesch and Prof Richard Taffler as a speaker at the 2014 IFTA Conference.
Don’t forget that STA members get preferential rates at this event.