David Damant

David Damant was for many years at Investment Research in Cambridge, which was founded in 1945 by Alec Ellinger, one of the pioneers of technical analysis in Europe.

At various London firms David subsequently pioneered Modern Portfolio Theory in Europe, issuing the first publicly offered index (tracker) funds in London and in Paris, and executing the first re-organisation of a pension fund portfolio into index matching mode on the floor of the London Stock Exchange.

For the last decades of his career he was involved in the setting of international standards for accounting (now IFRS) and auditing. David has a degree in Logic from Cambridge.

STA Monthly Meeting – October 2014 Charts & the Efficient Market Theory

When the Efficient Market Theory (EMT) emerged in the 1970s it horrified the fundamental fund managers, and disturbed the chartists. But the chartists should have been much more positive in their immediate reaction, since they had been saying since the nineteenth century that all the views of investors were in the share price – just what, at first glance, the EMT people were now claiming – with scientific back-up. But there was a difference. The proponents of the EMT held that the result was PERFECT pricing – 100% efficiency, for shares in large informed markets. The chartists claimed rather that the markets also reflected the emotions and foolishness of investors which could from time to time over-ride reality. David will discuss the middle ground in the EMT debate and why charting is important in the investment process.

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