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Fashion hits London: But what about the trends?

At last week’s STA monthly meeting one of the pale, male and greyer members of the society bounded up to me proffering a copy of that weekend’s colour supplement of a best-selling UK broadsheet.  ‘’London Fashion week starts Friday’’, he […]

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Back with a bang! Two for one offer

I was looking forward to the STA’s first monthly meeting after the summer break.  What I hadn’t expected was a sort of ‘two for the price of one’ offering, with two executive committee members, Tom Hicks and Luise Kliem on […]

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The Trading Game: By Rajan Dhall MSTA

Randomness is one of my favourite subjects and I don’t really fancy getting into the subject of the efficient market hypothesis but I want to explain a story about technicals and odds analysis. At one of my previous places of […]

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Careful with email: Tips from the professionals

Last month my email provider, the increasingly popular and dominant Gmail, warned me they were going to tweak the service, offering a chance to have a peak at their new version.  Oh no, I thought, not another new gismo I […]

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You have the option – But do you want to pay for it?

Many novice traders think that options are a great idea: You buy unlimited potential to profit and a guaranteed stop-loss which you can quantify right from the very beginning.  What’s not to like?  But as my daughter found out on […]

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Sublime symmetry: Mathematical precision, mesmerising art

A small but exquisite exhibition with this title is now on, free to all visitors, at the Guildhall Art Gallery (11 May – 28 October 2018).  I chose to pop in yesterday because I’d heard there was a guided tour […]

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Are you a superforecaster? I’m not

But I know of one who is!  Philip E Tetlock, and colleague Dan Gardner, are the authors of the book ‘Superforecasting: the Art and Science of Prediction’ published by Cornerstone Digital in 2015.  A Toronto-born academic, he works at the […]

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The New Beginners, Please The Investors Chronicle 1975

And how I get by with a little help from my friends.  This gem of a book was included in our book club article in Market Technician magazine, issue 84, because it’s a favourite of STA Committee member Mark Tennyson […]

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Remembering Brian Marber: Who died last month

STA members and the Committee are always a font of knowledge.  Now that they know I’m always on the lookout for ‘content’ – as it’s known in the trade – they give me leads for further enquiry, newspaper clippings, photos […]

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‘The Life Cycle Hypothesis’ – Tony Plummer’s talk and book

Front row seats for veteran technical analysts, Trevor Neil and myself, at this eagerly awaited presentation. WD Gann expert Tony kicked off saying that the US economy has a 36-year cycle.  I don’t know what cycle our speaker’s body clock […]

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Famous fifteen have fun: Running 5K in the sun

On the hottest day so far this year, amid weather warnings from the organisers and signal failure causing untold disruption on all London south-bound trains, the intrepid STA fun-runners pitched up for another fund-raising event.  An established date of the […]

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Eyes on the Executive Committee: Change at the top

Following on from last week’s blog where we discussed briefly what Chairman Axel Rudolph had to say at the STA’s 50th birthday party at City Hall – and the bombshell (for me at least) that he was stepping down at […]

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50th Birthday Party: Because we’re worth it!

Dear Reader, In case you couldn’t make it, or that you didn’t manage to get round to talking to all the interesting people who were there, this week your scribe will try and give you a glimpse of what must […]

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Body language rules: 12 ways to be a more powerful speaker

You’re probably thinking: What on earth has this got to do with technical analysis?  Well, in my efforts to make this blog relevant/interesting/amusing to STA members and their friends, I trawl media sources for stories, articles and all sorts.  To […]

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The Gartley Pattern: ‘Harmonic Trading’

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 […]

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For traders, its all in the mind: Says Paul McLaren

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 […]

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Jesse Livermore Boy Plunger by Tom Rubython

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 […]

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Payback time for QE looms: And it will be pricey

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: […]

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Technical Analysis goes full throttle Mood and the quest for speed

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the book edited by Robert Prechter, Socionomic Studies of Society and Culture.  We return to it this week because Chapter 34 was reprinted with permission from Murray Gunn, an article he had […]

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Eddie’s pitch for the STA: Not one, but two pitchforks

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 […]

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Socionomic Studies of Society and Culture: Edited by Robert R Prechter

Robert Prechter is a perennial favourite among technical analysts, having revived the work of R. N. Elliott and lectured on the subject all over the world.  More recently he has been concentrating on the Socionomics Institute, a research centre dedicated […]

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Trending FAANGS Markets, fashion and technical analysis tools

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 […]

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Pitching a pitchfork All the vogue this spring

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, […]

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Towering figures in finance: Take a tumble

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 […]

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Tim Harford: The undercover economist

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 […]

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Simply Measured Measures social media

As a financial journalist I get access to all sorts of email – solicited and sack-loads of unsolicited, research papers, books to review, reader comments and so on.  At the STA I am their e-journalist, writing this blog on www.sta-uk.org […]

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Fib’s fab: Three cheers for Fibonacci!

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 […]

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Dan tips up on pancake day: STA monthly meeting 13th Feb 2018

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 […]

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Suns, stars and all things lunar: Looking up into the sky

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 […]

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The Buddhist Trader Feng Shuis her work space

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 […]

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About Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Social Psychology) Nicole Elliott has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. Whether in sales, trading or forecasting technical analysis has always been the bedrock of her thinking. Key expertise lies within all areas of treasury: foreign exchange, money markets, fixed income and commodities.

She has also added to the body of knowledge of the industry writing the first western book on Ichimoku Cloud Charts. Strong media links and a cult following are due to her prescient calls on the markets and often entertaining format.

Nicole can be contacted at trending@sta-uk.org

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