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Fake News: And alarmist headlines

Never mind the ‘fake news’ on social media. Alarmist headlines, sloppy opinion pieces masquerading as reporting, and targeted advertising mean many – like me – are becoming increasingly cynical. On Tuesday morning, in a print version of a free newspaper […]

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Robin Wilkin’s video: On the divisive Elliott Wave theory

Robin Wilkin, Director of Global Cross Asset Strategy at Lloyd’s Banking Group, uses R. N. Elliott’s wave count theory as his main technical analysis tool. Market professionals – and amateurs even more so – often find this topic tricky and, […]

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Trend channels extraordinaire: See palladium fly and platinum sag

Normally in soaring markets one is guaranteed oscillators that cannot cope, almost non-existent consolidation phases – and therefore few recognisable chart patterns – and moving averages that lag badly. Associated with such moves investors start hyperventilating, suggesting the sky’s the […]

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Richard Adcock: ‘When overbought or oversold signals continuation’

The STA is very lucky in that its pool of talent is deep and its contacts list extensive. Because February’s speaker unfortunately had to pull out at short notice (Kevin Bull will instead speak on the 14th May), Richard Adcock, […]

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‘Do equities outperform bonds?’ Ask Terry Smith

FTMoney, one of the sections of the Weekend Financial Times, has guest contributors writing on a regular basis. On Saturday 10th November City legend Terry Smith posed the question above, and the article was so very good I urge you […]

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Secondary technical indicators: Their moment in the limelight

Being a ‘fear and greed’ sort of technical analyst, I’ve been having a great time with stock market indices this month; big moves, punchy candlesticks, speechless equity analysts backpedalling.  Such  fun!  One thing that did make me sit up and […]

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Dr Van K. Tharp: And his Super Trader Programme

Over to the conference centre at America Square yesterday evening, to an event jointly hosted by the Society of Technical Analysts (STA) and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA).  A great layout with semi-circular tables for the many attendees, […]

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Ambiguity: “When nothing is sure, everything is possible”

Said author Margaret Drabble who came to my school to give a talk years ago.  The quote was used recently by Penelope Freeland, a teacher at another school of mine, who was writing about how uncertainty is a condition of […]

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Platinum’s parabolic curve: Time to stop and reverse?

All technical analysts have their favourite ways of drawing charts and the indicators and oscillators they find the most useful; that’s only normal.  The trouble for those new to the discipline is that the same old charts, on the same […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Europe viewed from across the pond: Video from European Financial Forecast

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 […]

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Are you MiFID fit? Second time round, yes (hopefully)

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 […]

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Nicole Elliott Interview series: Anne Whitby FSTA

Anne Whitby FSTA kicks off our series of interviews with leading technical analysts. As part of our social media programme, and in an effort to help and educate budding professional and amateur chartists, this series aims at giving a light-hearted […]

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Are histograms of any use? To technical analysts, of course

Primary school first introduced us to basic charts, cutting up a pie into equal-sized portions to feed all those around the table, plotting the height of class members as a histogram, or a line linking the number of hours’ worth […]

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FTSE’s 6,000 line has been respected by the market yet again!

On 18th February, on behalf of the Society of Technical Analysts, I presented the inaugural Finance Society lecture at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School and showed the following chart. I argued that before making significant new highs […]

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Using Fibs for profit targets

First of all I would like to say I hope I can do the blog justice in Nicole Elliott’s absence as I have immensely enjoyed her posts so far, secondly I wanted to post something in this blog that I […]

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Vix and volatility: To be anticipated

The S&P 500 index this year had held in the tiniest range in decades – 3.5 per cent either side of its opening level – then in August the beast turned nasty. Taking so many by surprise the Vix index, […]

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Drawing the line: Correctly

The quickest and easiest way to establish a trend is by drawing a trend line, yet it is unbelievable and frightening how often these are done incorrectly. At the risk of being pedantic and accused of treating readers condescendingly, we […]

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The STA makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of any information on the blog or found by following any link on blog, and none of the STA, STA Administrative Services or any current or past executive board members are liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.

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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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