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The Society of Technical Analysts (STA) is the oldest organisation dedicated to technical analysis in the world. Established in the late 1960s, it has grown to a membership of over 1200 individuals who are located on all four continents.
There are no prerequisites to joining the STA. Anyone with an interest in technical analysis is welcome to join! Our membership is culturally diverse. It spans the whole spectrum from students to retired members and from professionals to retail investors. There are several levels of membership which include: Student, Associate, Full, Affiliate (for other technical analysis organisations) and Fellows.
Interest in technical analysis is still growing and the STA Diploma qualification is internationally recognised by employers, who are ever more familiar with the subject matter and require a certain level of expertise from their job applicants.
Through our educational programme you can expand your knowledge of technical analysis. Should you wish to solidify that knowledge with an internationally accredited qualification, the STA holds four to six examinations per year. These examinations can be sat at British Council offices around the globe or at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) or at the University of London Union (ULU).
If you join as a member you will receive the STA Members Newsletter which features the latest information on technical analysis, educational courses, conferences and events.
Our monthly London meetings give you the opportunity to mix with professional and retail investors alike and to build a network with other like-minded technical analysts. These meetings can also help you maintain your FCA registration through Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Last but not least, several of our members have gained employment in banks, hedge funds or research institutions as technical analysts through the STA website job portal.
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The STA holds 11 monthly meetings in the City of London, including a summer and Christmas party where canapés and refreshments are served.
Chance to hear talks by leading practitioners
CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
The STA has been running educational courses on technical analysis for over 20 years.
Courses are taught by leading authorities in their field such as authors, highly regarded professionals and Fellows.
The STA also offers a Home Study Course for self-study.
As a service to our members, many of whom are unable to attend all our monthly meetings, we have been making videos of meeting presentations for several years.
Never miss the latest meeting.
Browse our extensive video archive of previous meetings.
Members have access to a question and answer forum which is available in the member’s area of the website.
Members can ask questions on technical analysis in the Technical Analysis Forum which a course lecturer, author or Fellow will answer.
The Society of Technical Analysts and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) have formed a partnership to work together on areas of mutual interest for our respective memberships.
CISI examination exemptions for STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 holders. MSTAs with 3+ years’ experience can become full members (MCSI).
Endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), members of the STA are entitled to receive continuing professional development points for their attendance at monthly meetings and taught course lectures.
Be informed of all new industry developments.
The STA “Market Technician” journal is published online and in hard copy three times per year.
Members receive the latest issue of the e-publication “Market Technician” . They are also able to access an archive of past editions in the member’s area. Technical analysts from all over the world contribute to the STA journal.
The STA has an extensive library of classic technical analysis texts. There are over 1150 books in the collection.
Members are encouraged to suggest new titles for the STA book collection and, where possible, these are acquired for the library. The complete listing of books held can be downloaded in Excel format from within the member’s area.
STA members benefit from significant discounts on technical analysis books, magazines and software.
STA members currently enjoy discounts from:
Your Trading Edge,
The Technical Analyst Magazine,
the Global Investor bookshop.
Next MeetingTuesday 11th September 2018 at 6.30pm SUBJECT: Quantitative Strategies for Technical Analysis SPEAKER: Mathew Verdouw
All too often a Technician’s first foray into being quantitative is performing a back test. Statistically, this is one of the worst places to start a quantitative process. A back test that is performed too early is based on many false assumptions and compounds many errors into the process. The result is that the back test returns are rarely repeatable in real life. In this presentation, Mathew will be explaining what these errors are, how we can avoid them (regardless of what tools you use), and reveal a new Monte Carlo method he developed which allows us to review a valid p-score for our models no matter if they are long term trend following or short term mean reversion strategies. Mathew will go on to explain how as Technicians there is a process that we can follow to rigorously test quantitative ideas.
For any Analyst who wants to research new ideas, or be able to present ideas that can stand up to rigorous quantitative scrutiny, this presentation will help you to see that not only is a quantitative approach is achievable, but as Technical Analysts, we are in the best position to drive advanced quantitative models.
The STA November monthly meeting will be a special MiFID II panel debate with the following experts:
have the right to: attend meetings and seminars, to receive Society publications, to contribute to Society publications, to use the Society’s Library facilities. Associate Members have joined the STA but have not passed the STA Diploma Examination.
have all the rights of: Associate Members and the right to stand for election to the Executive Committee, to attend and vote at general meetings (including any Annual General Meeting). Full membership is awarded to those who have passed the STA Part 1 and Part 2 examinations and they are entitled to use the initials MSTA after their name provided that they remain members of the STA. In exceptional cases, and where a potential member possesses a recognised professional equivalent as determined by the Executive Committee, they may also be granted full membership. The Committee’s decision in such cases is final.
have all of the rights of: Full Members and the right to use the initials FSTA after their name. They are not subject to the annual membership fee.