Chip Anderson

Chip Anderson
About the author: is the founder and president of StockCharts.com. He founded the company after working as a Windows developer and corporate consultant at Microsoft from 1987 to 1997. In this blog, Chip shares his tips and tricks on how to maximize the tools and resources available at StockCharts.com, and provides updates about new features or additions to the site.

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ChartCon Takes a Break in 2013. Will be back in 2014!

by Chip Anderson

We have reluctantly decided to take a year off from ChartCon.  The logistics and effort involved in holding a conference for 400 people is significant for a small company like ours and, ultimately, we decided that we didn't want to hold a conference just for the sake of holding a conference.  We want to make sure that ChartCon is always special and very valuable for all attendees.  By taking a year off, we will be able to ensure that ChartCon 2014 will be even bigger and better. Please note that we will be holding at least six SCU Seminars throughout the country in 2013 in Read More 

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StockCharts.com Rated "Best of the Best" by AAII

by Chip Anderson

We are thrilled to learn that we have been called "the Best of the Best" in the latest comparison review of technical analysis websites by the American Association of Individual Investors!  You can read the full review by clicking here: http://www.aaii.com/computerized-investing/article/the-top-technical-analysis-charting-websites?a=20130126 - Chip Read More 

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New Method for Creating, Using and Organizing ChartStyles and StyleButtons

by Chip Anderson

We've just released a new, OPTIONAL, method for creating, using and organizing ChartStyles and StyleButtons.  As a quick reminder, ChartStyles are essentially templates for new charts.  StyleButtons are little grey squares that appear to the left of each chart and let you quickly switch the current chart to a different ChartStyle. StockCharts Members should now see an additional arrow icon located just to the left of the top of each SharpChart.  Clicking on that arrow causes a panel to slide out from the left side of the workbench.  That panel looks similar to this: Read More 

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Scan Engine and SCTRs Quickly Find Last Year's Stock Market All-Stars

by Chip Anderson

Here's all you need to know in order to find all-star stocks: [min(200, SCTR.sp5) > 50] That Advanced Scan will return all stocks in the S&P 500 that have had a StockCharts Technical Rank (SCTR) of that has been higher than 50 for the past 200 trading days. Again, our SCTR ("scooter") rankings quickly show you how technically strong a stock is compared to the other stocks in its group (in this case, the S&P 500 stocks).  SCTR rankings go from zero to 99.9.  For a stock to have a SCTR ranking above 50 for 200 days or more is very impressive. Right now Read More 

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PctDiff Function Added to Advanced Scan Workbench

by Chip Anderson

Today we're adding a new function to the Advanced Scan Engine called PctDiff. PctDiff will return the percentage difference between two values. PctDiff can be found in the Technical Indicators list on the Advanced Scan Workbench.   For example, PctDiff(close, SMA(50,close)) will return the percentage difference between the current closing price and the 50-day simple moving average of the close. Here is what a simple scan might look like:    [type = stock] and [pctdiff(close,sma(50,close)) < 5]      Since Read More 

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A Solution for Kaspersky Users with Scrambled/Slow Charts

by Chip Anderson

Apparently, the good folks at Kaspersky - the Windows Anti-Virus company - hate us.  We don't know why.  We don't know what we did to bring on their wrath.  But Kaspersky's Anti-Virus and Internet Security programs have given us - and more precisely many of our users - nothing but trouble for weeks now.  Around that time, we started get reports from people who were seeing something like this on their screens: Whoa!  Who hijacked our charts and turned them into monsters?! After lots of digging it turned out to be, you guessed it, Kaspersky Read More 

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Sandy the Trouble Maker

by Chip Anderson

While we, StockCharts.com, are located near Seattle, we are still very concerned about Sandy and what could happen in the northeast part of the US on Monday and Tuesday. First off, we are concerned about all of our friends and users that live in the path of this thing. In addition, we are starting to get precautionary emails from the data providers and stock exchanges in the NY/NJ area saying that they may have to make "accomodations" for the storm.  While no one is sure what exactly will happen, I wanted to let everyone know that if the storm impacts Wall Street, it Read More 

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Price Increase Coming on November 1st for ExtraRT Members

by Chip Anderson

Our ExtraRT service provides members with realtime data from the NYSE, Nasdaq and TSX exchanges as well as realtime index data from vendors like Dow Jones, Russell, Standard & Poors and others.  Ever since we launched our ExtraRT service back in 2004, we have charged $9.95 per month more than our regular Extra service for that "official" realtime data.  That $9.95 went into paying for the so called "exchange fees" and other fees that our data vendors charge us whenever we add a new realtime subscriber to our service. In reality, $9.95 has not covered the full cost Read More 

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Scan Validation, Thicker OHLC Bars, and New Step-by-Step Articles

by Chip Anderson

We've been busy working on a bunch of things during the past couple of weeks.  Today we released several of the smaller items.  (We're saving the really big one for next weekend!)  The updates include: A new button on the scan results that shows you a chart based on your scan's indicators Thicker OHLC and HLC bar charts A whole seriers of Step-by-Step blog articles that will appear over the course of this weekend Extra and PRO users will now see that a red icon has been added to their scan results in addition to the three icons they were familiar with.  This is Read More 

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What the Heck Have We Been Talking About? Also, What's a Wordle?

by Chip Anderson

Just for fun, here are some "wordle" images for several of our popular blogs.  A "wordle" is an image created by a computer program from the commonly used words in recent blog articles arranged in a interesting - but somewhat random - manner.  Enjoy! - Chip Chip Anderson: Don't Ignore This Chart: Art's Charts: ChartWatchers: The Canadian Technician: and The Traders Journal:   Read More 

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