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STA Monthly Meeting – May 2018

Tuesday 8th May 2018
Trading: It's completely mental!

In 2007, the Chairwoman of Qantas, Mrs Margaret Jackson, was supportive of a takeover bid for Qantas at $5.45 per share. With acceptances of the offer waning, Mrs Jackson told the Australian Financial Review regarding the impending withdrawal of the bid, “If anyone thinks this will happen without affecting the (share) price then they have a mental problem with how the market works.” She received sharp criticism for her comments, especially from the mental health community. In addition, she was accused of underestimating the abilities of the shareholder, many of which were retail investors, to make a rational decision. By late 2013, Qantas (QAN) shares hit a record low of 96 cents.

Had Mrs Jackson suggested that those shareholders who failed to accept the takeover offer were subject to several cognitive biases including the Status Quo Bias, and the Endowment Effect, she may have escaped the criticism, even if few people understood what she was referring to.

Sadly, the term “Mental” has been hijacked in popular parlance to represent a slur on a person’s character, and is short for mentally ill. However, its original meaning refers to things of the mind, specifically intellectual (cognitive) and emotional.

During this session, Paul will demonstrate that all aspects of trading can be affected by cognitive biases in two key parts.

  • How we trade; including mechanical versus discretionary trading, decision making and risk management.
  • Why and what markets we trade, which trading platform / software we use, which instruments we trade with, which broker we use, and our approach to financial education and training.

Key to the presentation will be an attempt to model the cognitive biases together to demonstrate those we are susceptible to at each stage of the trade, rather than viewing them as distinct phenomenon as is typically the case.

Of course, options trading will be a key part of the discussion. Paul will suggest that the first trade any new trader should make is a long call.

Paul will demonstrate to the audience that trading is completely mental! Be prepared for a fun, interactive and informative session.

Paul McLaren, Managing Director, Enhance Your Options Pty Ltd

Paul McLaren is Managing Director of his own company, Enhance Your Options Pty Ltd, specialising in training and education of options trading strategies. He has over 20 years’ experience in the local share market, and has a keen interest on options on futures.

STA Monthly Meeting – April 2018

Tuesday 10th April 2018
Avoiding the spikes…uses and abuses of Andrews and Schiff Pitchforks
Eddie Tofpik MSTA, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd

Eddie started from school in the City of London as a Warrants Clerk for LME Metals traders Transworld Metals in 1980. Realising the potential the City had in the 1980s for growth of the financial services sector and recognising his […]

STA Monthly Meeting – March 2018

Tuesday 13th March 2018
Fireside Chat with Tom Rubython

Jesse Livermore Boy Plunger is Tom’s first financial book and came about as a result of his admiration of Jesse Livermore and his trading methods over 20 years. The book was over 10 years in the planning as Tom and his close associate, David Peett, also a Livermore disciple, waited for Livermore’s own anonymous biography, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator,  to go out of copyright. Boy Plunger, which told the whole story of the life of Jesse Livermore in intimate detail, warts and all, was finally published in 2014. It has since sold steadily since in Britain and America. It is currently being licensed in most countries of the world for translation including China. Tom believes it will sell forever and many future generations of financiers, traders and analysts will want to read about the incredible life of Jesse Livermore.

In this special “Fireside Chat”, Charles Newsome MSTA, Investec Wealth & Investment, will interview Tom about Jesse Livermore in what promises to be a very revealing session!

Tom Rubython

Tom Rubython started his career as a market trader and wandered around England for six years selling china and pottery. In 1989, he noticed a gap in the market for a market trader’s newspaper and launched Marketeer, Britain’s first nationally […]

STA Monthly Meeting – February 2018

Tuesday 13th February 2018

In this special presentation, veteran trader and leading educator Dan Gramza president of Gramza Capital Management, Inc. and will share with you his proprietary strategy for trading Behavioural Japanese Candle charts.  His simplified approach will provide clarity to how you look at the markets. Dan will apply his unique way of trading current markets.  He will explore: What happened? Where are we now? Where are we going?  He will discuss these issues fundamentally and technically as he examines stock-indexes, FX, interest rate, metals, energy, bitcoin and markets identified by the participants.

Daniel Gramza BSc Eng MBA, President, Gramza Capital Management

Daniel Gramza is President of Gramza Capital Management, Inc. He is a trader, consultant, advisor to hedge funds, developer of equity and derivative securities, and co-inventor of two issued security patents. Daniel is quoted in media worldwide. He has authored […]

STA Monthly Meeting – January 2018

Tuesday 9th January 2018
Outlook for 2018 - Interactive Panel Discussion

The STA meeting programme will start the year with an interactive review of last year and outlook for 2018. Where are the key trends going? Which sectors look set to provide the best returns? Essential predictions and analysis for the up and coming year.

The panel will be chaired by Nicole Elliott MSTA, known to many of you as the writer of the STA Blog and twitter feed. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Social Psychology) Nicole has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. Our panel of speakers includes:

Panel Speakers
Richard Adcock MSTA, Managing Director, Adcock Analysis

Richard Adcock is managing director, Adcock Analysis, an independent technical research service, offering subscriptions for weekly reports and daily updates, on FX and rates markets. Adcock Analysis Ltd has been voted top independent technical research house for FX in 2017 & 2018, and Richard Top Fixed Income Technical Strategist, in the Technical Analyst magazine poll for 2009, 2011 & 2013, as well as runner up in 2010 and 2012. Top spot in the best Fixed Income Technical Analyst section of the Extel Awards was also achieved during his time with UBS.

Nick Kennedy MSTA, Independent Strategy Ltd

Nick Kennedy is currently Senior Economist at Independent Strategy Ltd, having spent over 20-years working in firms across the City in sales, trading and strategy roles. He is involved in all aspects of Independent Strategy’s investment research process, with a focus on […]

Clive Lambert MSTA, Founder, FuturesTechs

Clive is the founder, and continues to be the main contributor, for FuturesTechs. He has been in the City for 24 years, has been in the futures market for 20 years as a broker and trader, and has been writing technical analysis for over 10 years. He is the author of the book “Candlestick Charts: An Introduction to Using Candlestick Charts”.

David Watts MSTA, STA Committee, Software/Systems & Website

David is a Trading System Consultant and professional engineer. He first became involved with the LIFFE markets after being commissioned to provide IT support and write a trading model for a number of LIFFE traders in 1992. Since then he has used his engineering expertise on a number of innovative trading projects

Ben Tyler MSTA, STA Commitee Member

Ben has had three formal careers: auditor, finance director of new media companies and, since 2000, investment strategy developer for pensions and long term savers. He stopped work at 50 to manage trials of proprietary strategies, write multi-asset research papers […]

STA AGM & Christmas Party – December 2017

Tuesday 12th December 2017

The STA Annual General Meeting and  Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday 12 December at the British Bankers’ Association.

No speaker this month as it is the Annual General Meeting

STA Monthly Meeting – November 2017

Tuesday 14th November 2017

The STA November monthly meeting will be a special MiFID II panel debate with the following experts:

Panel Speakers
Chris Deavin, Chairman, Euro IRP

Chris Deavin is Chairman of Euro IRP, having served on the Board since 2014.  He is currently the Global Head of Sales for TS Lombard, an independent research provider specialising in macroeconomic and political analysis. Previously, Chris led the development […]

Pedro Fernandes, CEO, ResearchPool

Pedro has 15 years’ experience in financial markets, serving for 4 years as Head of Exchange Traded Products at Euronext for Europe, before co-founding ResearchPool in January 2015. Pedro has extensive and unique knowledge on market infrastructure, financial regulation and […]

Tom Hicks MSTA, Partner, Dantom Consulting

Tom is a Fixed Income Trader and Ex Big Four Consultant. He has over 15 years’ experience in the financial industry as a Fixed income trader and Sales person.  Tom has a wealth of experience and regulatory knowledge having worked […]

Tim Parker MSTA, CEO, Messels

Tim Parker is the CEO and founding partner of Messels Ltd, an independent technical analysis research firm based in the UK.

STA Monthly Meeting – October 2017

Tuesday 10th October 2017
Detecting Market Cycles using Inverse-Logic Spectral Analysis

The ability to detect market reversals in a timely manner has become a key task for traders and analysts. Inverse-Logic Spectral Analysis (ILSA) takes it to the next level by overcoming limitations of traditional methods. It was developed by the speaker for the purpose of cycle detection in a volatile environment and is currently pending patent (No GB1709967.2).

ILSA operates with input data of any length, even shorter than the cycle itself. It detects market cycles earlier than conventional methods (based on Fourier or Hilbert transform), and generates in-phase functions, which can used as oscillators or trading signals with virtually no lag.

Practical results demonstrate fast and accurate cycle detection and show cyclical market reversals forecasted months before they occur. The performance of a simple trading model using ILSA for daily GBP/USD trading is presented for a 27-year period, showing a robust P/L growth with the Sharpe ratio of 2.5.

Dr Dmytro Bondar

Dr Dmytro Bondar holds a PhD in electronics engineering. He has over seven years of experience working as a technical strategist in the City of London with most of it in fixed income research at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

STA Monthly Meeting – September 2017

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Trevor Neil will present the VIX Pop Trading Method. This method uses spikes in the VIX to generate buys in the S&P. While this is a known trading method, but the practical problem is defining the VIX spike itself. Trevor uses two timeframe Bollinger Bands and a reversal trigger. It is a system and has a trailing exit. The full system testing results will be shown. The method was created using modern development and testing software. This method with these parameters was first shown at the 2015 IFTA conference. We can see the results at the time. We can now do a true walk forward test and study the performance since then and determine if it is genuinely a robust method. All rules and code will be made available to those interested.

Trevor Neil, BETA

Trevor Neil has been a trader for over 40 years and technical analyst for more than 30. He is a past board member of the STA and runs BETA Group, which gives market timing skill seminars to institutions internationally.

STA Summer Party & Awards Ceremony – July 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017

The evening started with the presentation of STA Diploma certificates to the latest cohort of successful candidates. Only some of the many who studied were able to be there in person as they live far away abroad or because of prior commitments, but we were delighted to welcome those that could make it. The ceremony was followed by a light-hearted talk by Stephen Hoad before members mingled during the summer drinks reception.

Stephen Hoad, Founder, The Stop Hunter

Stephen is an algorithmic, quantitative, technical analyst trader. He has 25 years+ global financial markets experience as a PM, proprietary trader, options trader, quantitative analyst and senior risk manager. Now the CIO of his own fund – IGOE Financial Ltd […]

STA Monthly Meeting – June 2017

Tuesday 13th June 2017
Ignore the noise of the crash and profit from this bull run
Zaheer Anwari, The Dynamic Trader

Zaheer is a full time trend trader and a member of The Dynamic Trader community since 2007. He specialises in FX, stocks and commodities. Zaheer is regularly invited to guest speak on his much sought-after but little understood approach to trading and also contributes to FX Street and FX Trader Magazine. He first presented at the STA back in 2014.

STA Monthly Meeting – May 2017

Tuesday 9th May 2017
Finding Value across asset classes using Volume Profile

Rajan will speak on Volume Profile and Value.

Rajan Dhall MSTA

Rajan Dhall has been trading/investing professionally since 2007, managing various funds. He is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts and is also a Chartered Financial Technician with the International Federation of Technical Analysts. Rajan has vast experience, in developing and testing complex trading systems, focusing on the equity, futures and foreign exchange markets. He also provides market commentary services to many dedicated investors, traders as well as financial institutions and hedge funds. Rajan believes psychology is the key to trading success and focuses on this aspect in all areas of trading.

STA Monthly Meeting – April 2017

Tuesday 11th April 2017
Volume at Price: Not all prices are equal!

Volume At Price (VAP) is an extremely useful, easy to use visual tool that confirms other visual indicators. It has not been given much coverage in the Technical Analysis field. Paul will outline both the theory behind the indicator and it’s practical application

The Theory
•         Steidlmayer Distribution: the current Market Profile®
•         Volume at Price(VAP): the new market profile
•         How the VAP is calculated
•         VAP confirms support and resistance
•         VAP and Pivot Points
•         VAP and gaps

The Practical
•         VAP and price targets in short term trades
•         VAP and the choice of strike prices in options strategies

Come prepared for an informative, interactive evening that will help all technical analysts view the price charts from a new perspective.

Paul McLaren, Managing Director, Enhance Your Options Pty Ltd

Paul McLaren is Managing Director of his own company, Enhance Your Options Pty Ltd, specialising in training and education of options trading strategies. He has over 20 years’ experience in the local share market, and has a keen interest on options on futures.

STA Monthly Meeting – March 2017

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Trading Time: Using the 4th dimension to create a third spatial visualization from a two dimensional image

The talk will be preceded by the latest STA Awards Ceremony for those students who recently achieved MSTA status and the award for the 2016 Bronwen Wood Memorial Prize. This event was postponed following the threatened underground strike earlier this week.

Shaun Downey, Senior Technical Analyst, CQG

Shaun is Head of Technical Analysis at charting software provider CQG. He provides daily research to CQG clients such as banks and hedge funds and is highly regarded for the reliability of his market forecasts. He is also a partner at Oasis Research.

STA Monthly Meeting – February 2017

Tuesday 7th February 2017
Cycles in Trading, Empirical Mode Decomposition

The concept of cycles is very popular among technical analysts. Books and articles define them in various shapes and lengths. They are also very appealing to investors since they imply the old idea of buying low and selling. Unfortunately, trading is not that easy and in reality, identifying and measuring cycles properly seems to be very hard. Most of the tools suggested fail since asset prices behave non-linear and most of the properties are time depending. This presentation describes a technique to identify cyclical behaviour called Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD).

Dr Rolf Wetzer, CEO and Founder, Ghiribizzo

Rolf Wetzer, PhD, is past president of IFTA. He redesigned the CFTe syllabus, was the editor of the IFTA journal and is heading the MFTA program since 2011. He is a member of the Swiss Association of Market Technicians (SAMT) and the prestigious German Statistical Society (DStatG). Rolf is a portfolio manager with a twenty-year track record of managing institutional and private assets, heading teams and trading successfully proprietary money within major financial institutions. Currently he is CEO and co-founder of Ghiribizzo, a company specialized in algorithmic trading of proprietary money.

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