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Our ‘gold standard’ technical analysis courses are held once a year, starting in October with the Part 1 course followed in January by the Part 2 course. Beginners to technical analysis are advised to complete both courses however those with more experience can progress directly onto the advanced Part 2 course*.

The most flexible way to become a qualified technical analyst is by completing our Home Study Course. You can choose how long to take to qualify as technical analyst based on the amount of time you have to dedicate to study each week. The home study course is designed for those who need a truly part-time study option with greater flexibility.

Full details on the above can be found on our education pages.

We’re here to help: We take the time to really understand your goals, so if you need a bit of extra advice choosing the right course to suit your exact requirements – or have any questions – please contact a member of the STA team on info@sta-uk.org or call 020 7125 0038.

* In order to become fully qualified those wishing to only complete Diploma Part 2 must book and pass the Part 1 exam separately.

Reading List

Below you will find the reading list for all STA educational courses.

The STA is the professional body associated with technical analysis. We run annual courses for both experienced and novice analysts. Courses are held at the London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London and The British Bankers Association and all teaching is by qualified STA members. The courses are considered suitable for the annual PIA Continuous Professional Development Programme.

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets
Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets

Murphy, John J.

New York Institute of Finance/Prentice Hall
Latest or current edition

John Murphy’s renowned book is essential reading for the beginner – and is also a core text for students progressing to Part 2 of the STA Diploma.

Technical Analysis Explained
Technical Analysis Explained

Pring, Martin

McGraw-Hill
Latest or current edition

Also immensely informative on a wide range of topics, written by another key figure in the world of technical analysis. More emphasis on momentum than Murphy; less detail on Elliott Wave.

Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians
Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians

Kirkpatrick, Charles D
Dahlquist, Julie R

Latest or current edition

An excellent complement to Murphy/Pring. In addition to core technical topics this book offers comprehensive sections on flow of funds, system trading and money management, and takes a brief look at statistics.

Cloud Charts: Trading Success with the Ichimoku Technique (chapter on Ichimoku)
Cloud Charts: Trading Success with the Ichimoku Technique (chapter on Ichimoku)

Linton, David

Updata plc
Latest or current edition

The Ichimoku section takes the reader through a clear and systematic explanation of the technique, and is enhanced by a large selection of high quality charts.

Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques
Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques

Nison, Steve

New York Institute of Finance
Latest or current edition

Steve Nison introduced candlestick charting to the West in the late 1980s. This, the revised edition of his original book, remains the authoritative text.

Candlestick Charts
Candlestick Charts

Lambert, Clive

Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Clive Lambert’s extensive trading experience and engaging writing style make this book an informative and enjoyable core text for market participants – and an excellent addition to Nison.

The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure
The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure

du Plessis, Jeremy

Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

The title says it. Jeremy du Plessis’ book has become the definitive guide for students who want to develop a thorough understanding of this valuable technique.

Forecasting Financial Markets
Forecasting Financial Markets

Plummer, Tony

Kogan Page
Latest or current edition

Tony Plummer, who has worked in financial markets for more than 35 years, offers the student invaluable insights into crowd behaviour, the nature of cycles, and Fibonacci applications.

R N Elliott’s Masterworks, the Definitive Collection
R N Elliott’s Masterworks, the Definitive Collection

Prechter, Robert

New Classic Library, a division of Elliott Wave International, Gainesville GA, USA
Latest or current edition

Edited by Robert Prechter, this expanded version of ‘The major Works of R.N. Elliott’ offers works previously out of print in addition to ‘The Wave Principle’ and ‘Nature’s Law – The Secret of the Universe’.

Ichimoku Charts: An Introduction to Ichimoku Kinko Clouds
Ichimoku Charts: An Introduction to Ichimoku Kinko Clouds

Elliott, Nicole

Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Nicole Elliott’s 25 years’ experience of financial markets – both as analyst and trader – and ability to inject flashes of dry humour into her writing make the study of Ichimoku a pleasant as well as useful experience.

Breakthroughs in Technical Analysis (chapter on Gann)
Breakthroughs in Technical Analysis (chapter on Gann)

Keller, David

Bloomberg Financial
Latest or current edition

David Keller’s compilation offers an impressive selection of expert views on a variety of topics. It includes a practical look at the complex – and often viewed as esoteric – ideas propounded by W.D. Gann.

Mastering Hurst Cycle Analysis
Mastering Hurst Cycle Analysis

Grafton, Christopher

Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Christopher Grafton’s excellent book presents J.M Hurst’s ideas in clear and useable form.

21st Century Point & Figure
21st Century Point & Figure

du Plessis, Jeremy

Harriman House Ltd
Latest or current edition

Suitable for the student who is already proficient in point and figure charting, this innovative book takes the technique to a whole new level.

Quantitative Trading Systems – Practical Methods for Design, Testing, and Validation.
Quantitative Trading Systems – Practical Methods for Design, Testing, and Validation.

Bandy, Dr. Howard B.

Blue Owl Press.

Dr. Bandy’s interesting book is a must read for anyone who wishes to develop a trading system.

Additional Reading

Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master

Sperandeo, Victor
John Wiley & Sons IncLatest or current edition

A classic on the subject of investing.

Against the Gods – The Remarkable Story of Risk

Bernstein, Peter
John Wiley & Sons IncLatest or current edition

This widely acclaimed book is a fascinating exploration of the history of risk.

Hedge Fund Market Wizards

Schwager, Jack
Seykota, Ed
John Wiley & Sons Inc. Latest or current edition

Enlightening interviews with hedge fund traders who consistently outperform the markets.

Heikin-Ashi: How to trade without candlestick patterns

Valcu, Dan

For those who would like to learn more about Heikin-Ashi. STA members can purchase this book with a 25% discount by contacting info@sta-uk.org but please be aware that you will be charged $18 for shipping.

Education Videos

Please find below three video clips of STA educational courses to give you a feeling of the type of lectures we teach at the London School of Economics and at Queen Mary University, London.

STA Diploma Part 1 Course on Candlesticks

This excerpt of a STA Diploma Part 1 Course video shows Clive Lambert giving a lecture on candlesticks. He is the founder of FuturesTechs, one of the UK’s leading and multi-award winning independent technical analysis companies, and author of the book “Candlestick Charts: An Introduction to using Candlestick Charts.”

STA Diploma Part 2 Course on Elliott Wave Principle

The above video clip shows Thomas Anthonj, JPMorgan’s FX Technical Strategist, explain the Elliott Wave Principle during a STA Diploma Part 2 lecture.

STA Diploma Part 2 Exam Preparation Session

This video is an excerpt of the STA Part 2 Exam Preparation Session which helps students pass the STA Diploma examination. In it Luise Kliem, who has worked as a technical analyst for Merrill Lynch, Commerzbank and Credit Suisse, explains how to analyse charts and write coherent reports.

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