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

  • Technical Analysis 101 is a short course in the basic tenets of the field, designed to provide newcomers with a working background of technical analysis.

In-Depth Articles

  • Why Analyze Securities?-
    This article 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.
  • Technical Analysis-
    This article 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-
    This article 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-
    This article describes 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-
    This article 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-
    This article describes the Random Walk Theory of financial markets and its counterpart, the Non-Random Walk Theory.

Technical Analysis Rules, Laws and Guidelines