The STA celebrates its 30th anniversary dinner at the National Liberal Club – November 2016
Current and former presidents come together
On Wednesday, 30 November 2016, the Society of Technical Analysts celebrated its 30th Anniversary dinner at the National Liberal Club in London, commemorating three decades as the industry’s guiding body. The STA is in fact the oldest professional body of its kind in the world – its predecessor, the Association of Chart and Technical Analysts, or ACTA, was founded in 1968.
“Looking around at everyone here this evening, old members and new, brings home to me just how far we have come since 1968 in expanding awareness and understanding of technical analysis and behavioural finance,” said STA Chair Axel Rudolph, FSTA MCSI. “Half a century ago, technical analysis was about as mainstream as witchcraft. Today, our discipline is accepted and welcomed as a vital investment tool in an increasingly complex financial universe.”
Axel was able to thank two of his predecessors for their many years of hard work. The STA’s very first leader Philip Gray, Chairperson from 1986-89, made an audio presentation to the 119 guests assembled, while the after dinner speech was given by Robin Griffiths, who chaired the society from 1989-92.
Robin reminded members just how much financial techniques have advanced along with modern technology. His first adventures with technical analysis involved laboriously filling in sheets of graph paper – the methodology predates modern computers and spreadsheets by many years.
Also thanked at the dinner were STA Head of Marketing Karen Jones, responsible for the society’s Marketing Committee, former Chair Anne Whitby and honorary Fellow Mark Tennyson d’Eyncourt. Axel also presented Karen with the award of Fellowship to the STA in recognition of her significant contribution to professional technical analysis and the STA committee.
The next STA Annual Dinner will be held in the Autumn 2017.