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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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Taking the long view: At the Bank of England

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 […]

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Thinking Man’s Trader Report

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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HypnoTrading: A practical guide by Catherine Stott

Some months ago I was invited to speak at an investors’ conference in Mayfair.  Several familiar faces were there but I was interested in listening to a new one, so I arrived extra-early to hear her talk.  It was not […]

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So long and thanks Milan: See you next year in Kuala Lumpur

Yesterday, the 15th October 2017, the 30th IFTA annual conference wrapped up in Milan and, based on posts and comments in social media, delegates and speakers judged it a success.  In case you didn’t get to go, here is a […]

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Head the one about Inverse Logic Spectral Analysis? And just in time for Halloween

Tuesday the 10th October 2017 the STA invited Dr Dmytro Bondar to speak at its members’ monthly meeting.  His topic: detecting market cycles using ILSA – the spectral analysis of the title.  His logic was sound and his mathematics rigorous, […]

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Raoul Pal interview: On Felder’s Superinvestors

This is the shortened link to the interview with Raoul Pal on Jesse Felder’s series of Superinvestors and the Art of Worldly Wisdom.  It’s a podcast recorded about two months ago and rated highly by Charles Newsome, deputy chairman of […]

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When the Liberals away, the STA can play: Annual Dinner a great success

As usual the STA Annual Dinner was timed to coincide with the Liberal Party’s annual conference, this year in sunny Bournemouth – as billed on their web site.  This means that we had the whole of their gorgeous club pretty […]

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Market Technician Issue 83 – September 2017

I don’t know about you but my email use is fairly chaotic.  Not only do I have two Gmail accounts – I could of course have more but I struggle as it is – but as well as my mobile […]

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Beta Group makes a Vix pop: Trevor tells all

A familiar face at STA monthly meetings, on Tuesday 12th September (the first chance members had to catch up after the summer holiday) it was Trevor Neil’s turn to stand at the podium.  Bravely admitting to 40 years’ experience trading […]

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New market: Fresh charts to work with

Considering how long I’ve been working in financial services, you’d think that one way or another I will have, at some point, covered most internationally traded commodities, stocks, bonds and derivatives.  Yet every now and then something or someone alerts […]

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Myanmar on the radar: Market Analysts Society

Michael Peel, writing in the Financial Times this month, certainly got my taste buds going, telling us about the growing foodie movement spreading through this long isolated country following the end of military rule in 2011.  A firm breakfast favourite […]

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Low, low volatility: Vix versus the rest

The Vix index, originally developed by Menachem Brenner and Dan Galai in 1986, was launched as a futures contract in 2004 on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (then options on this future introduced in 2006).  It followed the stock market […]

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How low can we go? What is affected

Since the great financial crisis started a decade ago the Bank of England has slashed its key Bank Rate to a record low 25 basis points.  To keep people on their toes all along they have been promising that any […]

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Why study for the STA Technical Analysis Qualification – my story

Like most investors in the Stock Markets when I started investing back in 1999 I was an amateur. I got caught up in the DotCom hype and after losing money after the bust, I stayed away from the markets for […]

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Ratios worth worrying about: Rules of thumb

As technical analysts we are used to working with ratios.  Perhaps the most famous are the ones devised by Fibonacci, the Italian mathematician called Leonardo Pisano who was born about 1170.  Picking up the Hindu-Arabic numeral system by living in […]

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US politics and cyclicality: cause and effect

Recent comments, comings, and goings at the US White House have been really too extraordinary for words.  Vowing to clean up the Washington ‘swamp’, Donald Trump has collected a coterie of unusual candidates in his inner circle.  So rather than […]

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Markets on the move: Early warning indicators

Donald Trump won the US Presidential election promising to ‘make America great again’.  Markets and investors took him at his word, hoovering up the US dollar and selling the most vulnerable – the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso – hard.  […]

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Book Club At Investors Chronicle

This Friday, the 21st July 2017, the latest issue of Investors Chronicle magazine will hit the news stands and I think will be of interest to STA members and their friends.  Part of the Financial Times stable of publications, and […]

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STA Summer Party

This week’s meeting was dedicated to the new MSTA’s who had recently qualified from the STA exams. It was apparent we had some excellent graduates from some of the conversations I had at the drinks portion of the evening. However, […]

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Terrific teamwork: Pulling together

Now called the J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge this annual race was first organised by Manufacturers Hanover (Manny Hanny to older readers) in New York in 1977.  The idea was to encourage fitness, camaraderie, and teamwork among work colleagues.  Today […]

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Shifting time: And changing expectations

This month my focus has been on sovereign bonds.  I am not alone here and one of the salient and frightening things is just how few people understand this investment vehicle.  Because of this most retail investors have missed out […]

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The Wyckoff Method: Remind me please

A few weeks ago an email dropped into my inbox talking about this method and saying: The Wyckoff Method Richard D. Wyckoff started his trading career in 1888. He was an eternal student of the subject. He was a successful trader […]

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Don’t bother day trading: in it for the long haul

Zaheer Anwari is a determined young man – and a confident one too.  A degree in software engineering under his belt but bored with it, he ditched that to teach English and travel around Asia.  Moving into photography, he says […]

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Babes are better traders: Yet men dominate the landscape

When I get invited to attend or speak at seminars and conferences on markets, technical analysis, and how to teach yourself trading, I am invariably dismayed by the sea of male faces.  Not necessarily pale and grey, just an awful […]

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The Wiley Trading Guide: Australian point of view

Some weeks ago Paul McLaren came to the STA’s monthly meeting to talk to us about how he uses volume at price.  He kindly brought with him some question and answer sheets and a few text books he was hoping […]

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Bob’s new book: fans snap it up

About thirty years ago I first met technical analyst Bob Prechter.  I hadn’t heard of him at the time but he must’ve been well known by then because the UK commodity broking outfit I was working for had invited him […]

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Finding value across asset classes using volume profile

Tuesday the 9th May Rajan Dhall, MSTA and a trader for the last ten years, told us how he uses volume profile.  As a moderator for the STA’s education forum his ability to explain new concepts concisely and clearly shone […]

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On balance volume: and its variations

I’m sure I’m not alone in scouring car number plates trying to spot fun or cool ones; I know that people pay good money for these.  The best I’ve ever seen was on a matching pair of his ’n her […]

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How not to write: And avoid looking silly

‘The break below 110.14 opens up some downside momentum. The first pivot area to watch here is 109.65-109.38; includes 50% retrace from the Sep. ’16 low as well as a minor equality target off the Mar. 30th high. The bigger […]

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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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