I always enjoy going to the STA’s monthly meetings. Sometimes the speakers are entertaining and amusing, more often than not they make me sit up and listen. Occasionally I learn to see things in a different way, and even if […]
Welcome to the STA’s educational blog which is written by the Nicole Elliott who has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. For the first time ever we are introducing a blog to our website, a regular feature that is intended to be a forum for new ideas, reviews, and trends in the thinking behind behavioural finance and technical analysis.
Designed to be educational, and hopefully entertaining, we would like to canvass opinion for content that members would feel is useful, enjoyable, and hopefully both! Unlike other blogs, it will not be a trading tip-sheet type of thing – there are probably way too many of those already – but something more along the lines of informed opinion and discussion. Themes are myriad and as well as techniques, tactics, software and publications, we aim to include discussions of the industry in general, employment conditions, and help in Diploma exam preparation.
Australia’s Paul McLaren literally flew in and flew out to give his talk at the STA’s May monthly meeting. I know this because his Facebook entry says he’s been on 19 different flights to 13 countries recently. He also took […]
Subtitled ‘The Man Who Sold America Short in 1929’, and with a foreword by famous American trader Paul Tudor Jones, this is a book I can recommend. I thought it would be a good read because its author, who spoke […]
The STA poker night is usually the stuff of legends, Tom Hicks MSTA, board member and organiser had much to live up to after the last event near Cannon Street. The stage on this occasion was Devonshire Square in the […]
So wrote Merryn Somerset Webb in her Investing column in the FT Money section of the latest Weekend Financial Times. I attach the chart she used for the article, and am tempted to change the title of my piece to: […]
His talk was entitled ‘Avoiding the Spikes’ (though originally he had thought of something with innuendo), and reminded us that an article on pitchforks was in the latest Market Technician magazine. Eddie Tofpik is a familiar face with many media […]
Continuing on from last week’s blog where we looked at the resurgence in the popularity of the Andrews pitchfork, this week’s focus is linked to how fickle is fashion, how suddenly things can change, and when to spot a turn […]
No, the STA isn’t a slavish follower of trends, let alone fashion. Catwalks, including the IPO and takeover kind, have their place, as do more conventional designer ones – even the Sylvanian Families toy one in Hamleys this Easter. Yes, […]
Isn’t life funny? Last week I wrote about Charles Mackay – he of the Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds 1841 book – who said, ‘those who sound the alarm over an approaching railway crisis have somewhat exaggerated […]
Writing for the Financial Times stable as I do, you might assume I’m biased. More realistically, as a technical analyst you’re probably going to ask, why on earth have I chosen to focus on this chap, this week? Because he’s […]
In our Spring 2017 Market Technician journal, David McMinn did an article predicting we were due a sell-off in the stock market in December 2017. The actual event arrived later than expected in early February 2018 with two one day […]
Most technical analysts will probably agree that Fibonacci retracements are one of our favourite tools. After drawing trend lines – which might be likened to the kids’ game of joining the dots – and moving averages (simple or otherwise), these […]
Industry veteran Daniel Gramza’s address at our new address, the Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC2M 7QH, was eagerly anticipated. He reminded us that once before he had travelled to Britain from his native Chicago to address […]
Wednesday January 31st saw a rare super blood moon – turning a fabulous red colour in some parts of the world as the earth passes directly in front of it. The moon also appeared to be bigger and brighter than […]
Last week we looked at how to organise, spruce up, or Spring clean one’s office. Now I’ve come across a piece written by an acquaintance of mine which involves doing Feng Shui on your trading desk. She suggests: ‘Create harmony […]
As a journalist, I am bombarded with unsolicited mail; the various email inboxes I have are a complete disaster with anything up to 10,000 missives requiring attention. Much as I’d like to, deleting the lot is not an option. Sometimes […]
This @STA_ORG blogger wears several hats, all of which have the #technicalanalysis moniker. I write for a tip top professional audience, Society of Technical Analyst members and some of their friends, in a weekly where I scour for articles, trends, […]
For some years now the STA’s January meeting takes the format of a panel of experts outlining their views for different markets over the coming year. This week it was a team with a twist, thought up by Head of […]
Straight from the vampire squid’s mouth, I kid you not. For a firm that traditionally has eschewed technical analysis, this piece is quite an eye opener, both in terms of the quantity and range of charts used and the interesting […]
As technical analysts we well know that a picture is worth goodness only knows how many words. Charts are just one type of picture though; we have photos, video, fine art and cartoons – a list that to which I’m […]
Yesterday, Tuesday the 12th December 2017, the STA held its 31st annual general meeting. Some members of the board were lined up in a row at the front of the conference room, desks their only defence against members facing them, […]
An arm of Elliott Wave International, this video of the editor of European Financial Forecast looks at EU stock indices noticing the 10-year gaps between their highs. This reminded me of the 10-year gap between the Nikkei 225’s peak in […]
This week a familiar face at STA monthly meetings, Ron William, sent me a piece he had co-authored with Robin Griffiths FSTA. I’m sure they’ll be at our Christmas party on Tuesday 12th December so, if you have any questions […]
Free newspaper City AM is my morning tube-ride read of choice. Topical, relevant, and mercifully concise I can usually get through it by my destination. On the 31st October, they ran an interesting article called: ‘Why cutting through noise is […]
New rules as to how investment research is distributed and gets paid for come into force on the 3rd of January 2018. They’re called MiFID II because this is the second version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. Dreamt […]
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, as Britain’s Central Bank is fondly known, was founded in 1694 but only moved to its current premises in 1734. Public subscription had raised £1.2 million and it was open for business as the […]
Context is the critical element in your search for opportunities, not a price and direction forecast. Enthusiasm, what Greenspan called back in the 90’s “irrational exuberance” is the hallmark to a late stage of a Great Bull market, like it […]
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