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Study volume at price: To enhance your options

Paul McLaren, founder of technical analysis firm Enhance Your Options Pty Ltd ©2017, addressed STA members Tuesday with some very interesting charts and ideas.  Explaining how people, including us techies, can be divided into two camps – visuals and quants […]

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Forecasting error: Clouds decision making

When I read interesting articles (and I tend to prefer hard copy to digital) or see great charts, I usually cut them out and keep for later reference.  This is what I’m doing today with an interesting article in City […]

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Oscillators: Pick and mix

Last week a reader wrote in asking why I tended to use a clutch of oscillators in what he saw as a rather random manner; that set me thinking.  Which ones do I favour and why?  Why do I flip […]

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Back to the Bank of England: Black marks all fudges

Recently the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.  Now because Ms Charlotte Hogg was economical with the truth, flouting compliance rules she herself had drawn up.  Bagging a job that was […]

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Shaun Downey: Trading Time

This month’s STA talk was ‘Trading Time: using the 4th dimension to create a 3rd spatial visualisation from a 2 dimensional image’. While that may sound like a strange and convoluted title the concept is fairly straight forward. How do […]

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Of housing and hockey sticks: Anchoring and trends

Recent research by the Bank of England using Land Registry data from 1995 shows that the chance of quickly flipping the home for a profit depends on when it was bought – and at what price, of course.  At its […]

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Channelling the energy: Into parallel tracks

One of the nice things with networking at the STA’s monthly meetings is catching up with old friends and being reminded how we use different features of technical analysis.  Glyn Bradney MSTA many years ago gave a lecture at this […]

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Interest rates on the up: That old chestnut

At the start of another calendar year we have been warned that developed world interest rates can only go up.  Yes, again!  Just as they have been threatening for the best part of a decade; just because rates were at […]

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Nice legs: Shame about the face

Or to paraphrase: the Hindenburg Omen has a good name; shame about its reliability.  Developed to monitor shares on the New York Stock Exchange, it could be used for any other major international index but, surprisingly, is not.  While the […]

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Cycles in Trading: Emperical Mode Decomposition

Yesterday Dr Rolf Wetzer flew in via Germany from his base in Basel to talk about his work with the Dax index.  Past president of IFTA and editor of its journal, member of the Swiss Association of Market Technicians, he […]

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Why hide your light under a bushel?

CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’ Jim Cramer is certainly not my favourite business TV presenter (too much shouting!)  But for once he had something interesting to say, slipped in during quiet markets at year-end.  ‘You may not be a technician but you […]

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Chart on a role: Visual stunner

Last week the Financial Times published an article entitled: The Dow Jones – a flawed measure but with a rich history with the sub-heading A visual biography of the all-American average as it nears 20,000. Doesn’t exactly jump off the […]

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Bank Underground: Digging through 800 years

Fairly recently the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street took to Twitter with @bankofengland.  Describing itself as a forum for staff to share views that challenge – or support – prevailing policy orthodoxies, opinions are clearly labelled as those of the […]

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Suitable speakers: Swap market outlooks

As has been the case for the last few years, January’s monthly STA meeting takes a panel discussion format – where we continue to encourage audience participation.  Seeing as they were getting three speakers for the price of one, the […]

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A fistful of FSTAs come out to play

For those of you who couldn’t make the STA’s 30th birthday party on the 30th November – you missed a real treat.  Originally ACTA (the Association of Chart and Technical Analysts founded in 1968) Philip Gray, Fellow of the Society […]

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Russell Napier’s rapier: Incisive views

Describing himself as a financial historian Russell Napier’s talk at the STA’s December meeting was thorough yet refreshing.  Willing to cut through jargon, slice and dice received wisdom, hack through complacency, and generally challenge the status quo, he certainly got […]

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Dinner date to remember: At the National Liberal Club

For some years now the STA has been holding its annual dinner at the National Liberal Club – preferably when the Liberal Party’s MPs and supporters are off in another UK city attending their annual conference.  You see, STA members […]

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Variations on a pitchfork: Adding Quartiles

You may not use it yourself, but you’ve probably heard of the Andrews Pitchfork.  At first sight it looks like some sort of mean regression with standard deviations either side and, because of this, it is also known as the […]

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Heard the one about HypnoTrading? Well, you’re about to

Saturday I was invited to take part in a panel discussion at the Financial Trading Summit in London’s May Fair Hotel, organised by a UK online broker and spread betting firm; it was well attended and judged a success.  I […]

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Memories of October 1987: As markets reel at Trumponomics

Stock, bond, and FX markets have been on a wild ride since the so-called ‘surprise’ election of Donald Trump as 45th US President.  He doesn’t start the job until January but already there is much speculation as to who he […]

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The Importance of Cloud Charting

The evening of the US election, with a general consensus betting on a Hilary win, the STA flock turn up to see one of our very own speak at the Bitish Banking Association. Nicole Elliott is famed for bringing Ichimoku […]

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Round the Clock Trader: supported by the STA

Remember, remember the 5th of November – and while most of the UK was planning bonfires and baked potatoes, traders had quite another fish to fry.  Organised by Simon Campbell who has several years’ experience under his belt, the Connaught […]

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Long term charts: like gold dust

Historical data has value, adds perspective, and is an interesting pursuit in itself. Providers of analytics and technical analysis boast about how far back their charts go; the reality is that this is the case for only a handful of […]

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Asset class returns: From JPMorgan

I know this isn’t pure technical analysis but I thought you might be interested in some recent research from the bank’s Asset Management division which I received.  If nothing else it is a salutary lesson in how careful one must […]

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Will it keep going? And what about gravity?

An STA member very kindly sent me a link to an old but interesting article published in The Economist magazine.  It gives details of studies conducted into the concept of momentum in financial markets and how to square this with […]

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An act of faith: and an Australian soul

Yesterday’s speaker at the STA’s monthly meeting was a breath of fresh air – flying in from the outback via the Jesuits who helped him hone his fantastic memory for numbers (he says).  A handy skill as Stephen M Barrett […]

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Let’s start at the very beginning: With Technical Analysis

From time immemorial man has tried to predict the future.  Using omens, soothsayers and the stars, moving through to accountants who delve into the details of a company ‘Dragons Den’ style to decide whether to invest, or big-picture thinking known as macro-economics, the top-down study of global economic trends.

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Gold conundrum Can psychology help?

This year I’ve found charting gold very difficult indeed.  Not so impossible that I begin to doubt my abilities as a technical analyst, but hard enough to warrant a lot of head scratching, caution with my forecasts, and to remind […]

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The Fibonacci Numerical Sequence and Golden Ratio

An introduction to the Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci (circa 1170-1250), will be dispensed with as the man is less relevant to this article than what he documented in his 13th century book Liber Abaci: namely his discovery of the Hindu number sequence […]

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Local lad done good: Careers to be proud of

Lambeth born Lee Sandford started as an apprentice for Portsmouth Football Club at the age of 13 on just over 13 quid a week.  By 17 he’d turned professional working his way through to Stoke City and Sheffield United.  While […]

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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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