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New Year, clean sweep: Or plan for a Spring clean

As a journalist, I am bombarded with unsolicited mail; the various email inboxes I have are a complete disaster with anything up to 10,000 missives requiring attention.  Much as I’d like to, deleting the lot is not an option.  Sometimes […]

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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, […]

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January’s review and outlook: STA Board get grilled

For some years now the STA’s January meeting takes the format of a panel of experts outlining their views for different markets over the coming year.  This week it was a team with a twist, thought up by Head of […]

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One hundred most interesting charts of 2017: According to Goldman Sachs

Straight from the vampire squid’s mouth, I kid you not.  For a firm that traditionally has eschewed technical analysis, this piece is quite an eye opener, both in terms of the quantity and range of charts used and the interesting […]

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Taking a long-term view: with help from a picture

As technical analysts we well know that a picture is worth goodness only knows how many words.  Charts are just one type of picture though; we have photos, video, fine art and cartoons – a list that to which I’m […]

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Fun and games after the AGM: Food and drinks for sustenance

Yesterday, Tuesday the 12th December 2017, the STA held its 31st annual general meeting.  Some members of the board were lined up in a row at the front of the conference room, desks their only defence against members facing them, […]

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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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Market fragility: Are equity markets due a reaction?

This week a familiar face at STA monthly meetings, Ron William, sent me a piece he had co-authored with Robin Griffiths FSTA.  I’m sure they’ll be at our Christmas party on Tuesday 12th December so, if you have any questions […]

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Filtering out noise: To see the wood for the trees

Free newspaper City AM is my morning tube-ride read of choice.  Topical, relevant, and mercifully concise I can usually get through it by my destination.  On the 31st October, they ran an interesting article called: ‘Why cutting through noise is […]

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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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The views and opinions expressed on the STA’s blog do not necessarily represent those of the Society of Technical Analysts (the “STA”), or of any officer, director or member of the STA.

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.

None of the information on the STA’s blog constitutes investment advice.

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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