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  • Moving averages made simple by Heidi Schmidt

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Moving averages made simple by Heidi Schmidt Once a beginning chartist successfully learns trend identification and channel drawing (Stocks & Commodities, January 1988), moving averages are often the next technical tool to master. Moving averages may be used on price or yield to generate a simple trading system or to confirm an opinion from the charts. Moving averages ""smooth"" the data, allowing trends to be more easily seen and provide a benchmark by which to judge if a reversal has begun. Simple and exponential moving averages are the most popular types used by technicians. A moving aver...

  • Trends and price channels by Heidi Schmidt

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trends and price channels by Heidi Schmidt For the beginner, it is important to know that technical analysis is based on the belief that current market prices are related to prices that occurred previously. In other words, technical analysis is the opposite of the random walk theory, which states that prices are not related to each other from one day to the next. Thus, the technician analyzes past price (or yield) activity hoping to glean from it the future direction of prices. Technical analysis does not attempt to establish a mathematical model of market activity, such as an econometric mod...

  • Night trading: the impact on technical charts by Heidi Schmidt

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Night trading: the impact on technical charts by Heidi Schmidt The new night trading session at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is causing worry among technical chartists. Should technical analysts adopt the new child at first sight and incorporate the data into their painstakingly kept charts and indicators? What if the session is declared a flop and halted -- will pristine charts be forever blemished? Chartists have two choices: incorporate the new session into the daily trading range and merely continue their current charts or keep two sets of charts until the success/impact of the new n...

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