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Books embracing Risk-Taking: Or cautionary tales for want to be traders?

At the end of last month the Books section of the Weekend FT carried a review by Andrew Hill, senior business writer at the FT, of two Harvard-linked writers pondering the viability of sensible risk-taking. These were not the more […]

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STA AGM and Xmas Party: Tuesday 12 December 2023

At 6:30 pm One Moorgate Place was abuzz with at least two office Christmas parties. The STA one kicked off sedately with our usual Annual General Meeting where Chairman Eddie Tofpik outlined some of this year’s highlights. April’s Technicals to […]

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Old men and obituaries: Looking back, short and long term

Last week legendary investor Charlie Munger died at the ripe old age of 99. Born in Omaha like Warren Buffet, the two were key to the success of their firm Berkshire Hathaway. Unassuming men, they hold a special space in […]

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‘‘The digital euro is on the move!’’ ‘We need to prepare our currency for the future’, Christine Lagarde

Up until today I have made a point of not discussing, writing or opining on crypto and digital currencies. This is because, quite frankly, I don’t understand the subject. My slight shift in emphasis here was prompted by Madame Lagarde’s […]

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‘Surfing the Waves of Social Mood’ STA presentation by Robert R. Prechter, CMT

In the mid-1980s I worked at a small London commodities trading house. Staff were an outgoing, noisy lot which included the now famous Nigel Farage. The head of financial derivatives invited Robert Prechter to give a technical analysis talk to […]

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Fickle followers of fashion: Who, and why, do they choose to move on?

Many moons ago I remember the morning my colleague, Mariella Cassar, brought a book into the office at Midland Bank, City of London. She was clearly very excited about it and wanted to share – and discuss – some of […]

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Crisis, what crisis? Can technical analysis help?

A word bandied around a lot of late, so I looked up its correct definition in my Collins Dictionary of the English Language (second edition 1986). The meaning is as follows: ‘1) a crucial stage or turning point in the […]

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Keep their quant tactics incognito

Off to One Moorgate Place, London, on the 10th October 2023 and an unusually balmy evening, for an in-person monthly meeting of the STA. The presentation by Thiru Nagappan was billed as: ‘Quantative Strategy Construction with 3 Critical Stats’. Opaque […]

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Tips, tops and the odds: Can you spot a swindle from afar?

Late last month the Commodity Trading Futures Commission, the US’ main derivatives regulator, decided not to allow exchange traded bets on American political parties. They said: ‘the contracts involve gaming and activity that is unlawful under state law and are […]

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The STA’s 55th Birthday Party: Drinks, canapés and a good crowd

The first week of September 2023 was the hottest ever for this time of year in Britain. The following week, on the 14th, was the STA’s party at the lovely National Liberal Club on the Embankment; I was worried we […]

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‘Elliott Wave Outlook on Global Equity Markets’: The GPS of the markets works on fractals

A virtual STA monthly meeting 12th September 2023 saw a presentation by Ashish Kyal who describes himself as: ‘Trader, Mentor and Founder of Wavesstrategy.com’. Based in Mumbai, it was nice to see that his many Indian followers had signed up […]

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International Technical Analysts Day: Remember, remember the 9th of September

Last year, instigated by the Board of the STA with Chair Eddie Tofpik a keen proponent of the idea, the concept of a day in which to recognise the profession of technical analyst was registered with the authority overseeing these […]

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The generation game: Fault lines and advantages

Earlier this year I had lunch with a good friend; she brought along her eldest daughter. I’ve known the kid since she was about five years old; today she’s a poised, smart adult running a small London legal practice. Talking […]

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Elastic bands, bonds and rebounds: How to spot reversals – in charts and thinking

As a kid, did you fear an elastic band? Today in Britain you are likely to see these scattered along residential streets, discarded by Royal Mail postmen (little kids sometimes collect them in a ball). In the school playground however, […]

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To infinity and beyond! Can price charts cope?

I recently read a review of a musical theatre piece based on a book by Michael R. Jackson called ‘A Strange Loop’. Following on from a previous Barbican production starring Joana Seguro and Royal Society Fellow Marcus du Sautoy, the […]

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‘Chaos Kings: How Wall Street Traders Make Billions in the New Age of Crisis’ by Scott Patterson

Apologies for the sensational title, but this book was reviewed by Katie Martin in the Weekend FT ten days ago. While I skim through several online news services during the week, I physically go out and buy a hard copy […]

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Panel Review for the Second Half: Speakers’ brevity and honesty at the fore

Exactly six months ago our trusty panel of speakers presented their outlook for key areas of financial markets for the calendar year 2023. They bravely decided to reconvene yesterday (11th July), the STA with a technical analysis-based view, The Broker […]

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Graphing vibration and its varients: Sound waves being just one of many

Take a close look at my first chart, initially published in the Weekend FT a few weeks ago. It plots the – by now almost inevitable – decline in the biodiversity of the five major continents with the global average […]

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Point and Figure is Pro-Level Tic, Tac, Toe: Noughts and Crosses to us Brits

Andreas Clenow flew in from Zurich to give an in-person presentation at June’s regular STA monthly meeting. Billed in a lengthy promotional email as: ‘This presentation will demonstrate that there are flaws in point and figure which can be fixed. […]

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INSTAGRAM AND ME: Social Media’s ups and downs

A few years ago a friend gave me his old smartphone (ageing [him], he opted for a bigger screen that gave him a better chance of reading the text and hitting the correct letters). Having avoided this sort of device […]

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