Mainstream and technical analysis Writing for the layman

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, and educational tools that I think they might find interesting.  Their grasp of charting is assumed to be proficient or highly developed.

For a major Hong Kong English language newspaper I write for a broad audience, on the whole fairly new to technical analysis but very keen to improve their investing skills.  I’m asked to focus on Chinese markets and not to dumb things down.  Readers have been coming along nicely, and from feedback in social media there is a keen uptake of the subject.

In Britain I write for the oldest financial weekly magazine aimed at private investors.  While their grasp of fundamentals, and dividend ratios is good (and their sense of perspective often excellent), shall we say that charting is not their forte.  Nevertheless, again the editor has asked me not to talk down to them, but allow them to develop these skills at will.

Sometimes guest writers do features, such as the one attached here, published in the first week of January, by Robert Merrifield.

Merrifield Feature

I think you might be surprised to see that one of his three pillars to investing is the technical one.  His charts are very basic but the way he explains how he uses these in conjunction with his other two pillars is good.  For STA members who may be considering writing as part of their career, the example here is for you to gauge at what level to pitch your output.  For others it’s a chance to see the extent to which our chosen subject has infiltrated the mainstream.


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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

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