What is Technical Analysis?

Technical Analysis is the forecasting of future financial price movements based on an examination of past price movements. Like weather forecasting, technical analysis does not result in absolute predictions about the future. Instead, technical analysis can help investors anticipate what is “likely” to happen to prices over time. Technical analysis uses a wide variety of charts that show price over time.

"Must Read" Introductions to Technical Analysis

In-Depth Articles

  • Why Analyze Securities? Examines the three types of market analysts, what they believe about financial markets and why. It will help you understand the big picture when it comes to deciding the “best” way to invest
  • Asset Allocation and Diversification Describes how asset allocation combined with technical analysis can be used to control portfolio risk
  • Technical Analysis Explains what Technical Analysis is, how it works, and the general steps one should take when using technical charts and indicators to analyze stocks. It concludes with a look at the strengths and weaknesses of using charts to make investment decisions
  • Fundamental Analysis Describes Fundamental Analysis and explains the general steps that a fundamental analyst takes when evaluating a stock. It also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of fundamental analysis
  • Intermarket Analysis Examines the relationships between four key intermarket players: Stocks, Bonds, the Dollar and Commodities. These relationships are then tied in to the business cycle and sector rotation within the business cycle
  • Irrational Exuberance and Behavioral Finance Describes the findings in Robert Shiller's book, Irrational Exuberance. The 12 precipitating factors of the 2000 stock market bubble are detailed as well as cultural and psychological factors influencing the decision process for investing in stocks
  • Random Walk versus a Non-Random Walk Explains the Random Walk Theory of financial markets and its counterpart, the Non-Random Walk Theory

Technical Analysis Rules, Laws and Guidelines

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