Technical Analysis for Beginnrs

Below, you'll find a series of articles about the basics of technical analysis. If you are new to charting, these articles will give you the “big picture” behind the charts on our site. If you are an “old hand,” these articles will help ensure you haven't strayed too far from the basics. Enjoy! ​PART 1 ... Read more

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Charting Made Easy

Introduction Chart analysis has become more popular than ever. One of the reasons for that is the availability of highly sophisticated, yet inexpensive, charting software. The average trader today has greater computer power than the major institutions had just a couple of decades ago. Another reason for the popularity of charting is the Internet. Easy ... Read more

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10 Laws of Trading

StockCharts.com's Chief Technical Analyst, John Murphy, is a very popular author, columnist, and speaker on the subject of Technical Analysis. John's essay - “Ten Laws of Technical Trading” - is a collection of recommendations that John frequently offers to people that are new to Technical Analysis. They are based on questions and comments that he ... Read more

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Asset Allocation and Diversification

Introduction The term “asset allocation” is often used to describe the money management strategy that designates how capital should be distributed within an investment portfolio. Typically this involves identifying how much of the portfolio should be distributed into various asset classes, or broad types of investments such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and cash. The objective ... Read more

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Random vs. Non-Random Walk

Introduction The great debate continues to rage between random walkers and non-random walkers. Two competing books best represent these theories. Originally written by Burton Malkiel in 1973, A Random Walk Down Wall Street has become a classic in investment literature. The book has been revised numerous times with new editions as recently as 2007. Malkiel, ... Read more

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Intermarket Analysis

Intermarket analysis is a branch of technical analysis that examines the correlations between four major asset classes: stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies. In his classic book on Intermarket Analysis, John Murphy notes that chartists can use these relationships to identify the stage of the business cycle and improve their forecasting abilities. There are clear relationships ... Read more

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Fundamental Analysis?

What is Fundamental Analysis? Fundamental analysis is the examination of the underlying forces that affect the well being of the economy, industry groups, and companies. As with most analysis, the goal is to derive a forecast and profit from future price movements. At the company level, fundamental analysis may involve examination of financial data, management, ... Read more

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What is Technical Analysis

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 ... Read more

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Security Analysis

Wall Street has scores of analysts, strategists and portfolio managers hired to do one thing: beat the market. Analysts are hired to find undervalued stocks. Strategists are hired to predict the direction of the market and various sectors. Portfolio managers are hired to put it all together and outperform their benchmark, usually measured as the ... Read more

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