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Technical analysis - what is it?
How can I profit?
eNews + eBook Articles Update #64 - August 2014
Dear Reader,     
This Share Market eNews email is going to all of our subscribing Share Market Toolbox Members as normal, and to the non-Members who have expressed an interest in receiving it. (Any non-members who want to access the detail in the Members Area can easily join as a Toolbox Member - it's not expensive.)


Technical Analysis - What is it really?

In last month's eNews email we talked about studying and analysing price charts, and noted that it can be difficult to learn about technical analysis because we need to analyse a chart using our current knowledge of technical analysis, and then wait a few days or weeks before we can see if our analysis is accurate. And last month we offered some suggestions as to how to capture and record our analysis, so that it is easier for us to come back a few weeks later and review the analysis to determine it's accuracy. (If you missed that eNews, see it in the Toolbox eNews Archive.)
And while we go through the process of learning more about technical analysis, the following question often comes to mind: "exactly what is technical analysis?". You know, I used to go along to the monthly ATAA meetings, and learn something new, and make lots of notes, and sit back and think "so that is a part of technical analysis?". And it took me about 4 years of attending these meetings, and reading a couple of text books, to get an almost complete picture of what technical analysis is all about. I wasn't aware of any short training course or seminar that could teach all this in just one day.
That's why I maintain my Share Market Toolbox - to help streamline and short-cut this process for other people. And that was why I put together a powerpoint slide presentation a few years ago for display by the ATAA at the annual investing/trading expo events. And I updated those slides for the Expo in Melbourne this year (a week ago), and I am now making them available in the Toolbox for Toolbox Members. 
Please see all the details below.


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Please remember, anything mentioned here, and in the referred eBook Articles, is for general education only, and is not advice of any sort.

Please read on....  

About the eNews emails...
Just a short note to the recently new Toolbox Members:- These share market eNews emails always go to Toolbox Members (a part of the Toolbox service), and to the people who have registered to receive occasional information about the Share Market. This is a monthly email with some pointers and tips on focused topics - see a quick intro to the eNews emails. They often include references to specific eBook Articles in my Share Market Toolbox, as well as key web pages in the free area of the Toolbox (eg. on the extensive Share Market web page). I have been writing the eBook Articles since October 2008 - that's more than five years, and these eNews emails help you to navigate to related and useful information each month.
In This Issue
The eBook Articles
Articles summary
Front pages
Any Problems?

Robert is always very happy to receive feedback about the Toolbox, and the articles and weapons therein.

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Quick Links

Articles Master List of all eBook (pdf) Articles

Introductory information About the Articles

Detailed Topic Index

Robert's BullCharts charting software Knowledgebase
The latest
Table of Contents pages for:
Share Trading,
Technical Analysis

Share Market Toolbox - What is it?

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Price charts summarise the underlying opinions  
and emotions of the market participants. 
Every chart tells a story.
It pays to understand the stories in the price charts.
This month's focus:
Technical analysis - what is it really?
The opinion of market participants is captured in the price charts.We said here in this eNews last month that many people have seen the light, and can understand that the opinions of the market participants are captured in the price charts, and that the price chart does indeed tell a story (and exemplified in the chart at right - click on it for a larger version with more details and comments, and see the explanation here).

For anyone who has started their journey of learning about Technical Analysis, they have probably discovered over time that the subject is rather broad. And it can take a while to discover all aspects. And along the way, one challenge is to work out how much we need to learn about the subject. The reality is that we only need to focus on one or two aspects of technical analysis in order to be successful. And they can be whichever aspects we find easiest to understand and relate to. But it pays to be at least aware of all the different aspects so as to make a wise choice going forward.

For those who are still in the early stage of that journey of learning, it is difficult to find good information that helps clarify the fog. And that is where this month's eNews focus comes in. The material below is aimed squarely at these people, to help them hasten their journey of learning. If you are one of them, then please make sure to look through the materials.


Here are the links and details for this month's information (including any new or updated eBook Articles):-
  • New slide presentation - "Technical Analysis - What is it really? and how can I profit?" - This is the updated set of slides used by the ATAA at the Melbourne Expo and at monthly chapter meetings. See the presentation slides in the Toolbox (Toolbox regular members can download the plain slides, while Premium Members can download the full speaker notes version, and non-members can download the basic handout pages).
  • eBook Article TA-1100"Beginners start here" - Carried over from last month, this updated (and free for everyone) 4-page eBook Article is a good read for the beginners to technical analysis. It provides a quick overview of the journey ahead.
  • Share-market-ready? - Are you ready for the share market? I have updated the "Share Market Ready checklist" web page to include the new materials from recent months. It is a rather long check list, but it includes many things to think about before rashly investing in the markets.
  • Books - recommended reading - I have an informational page with a list of books classified as suitable for beginners, or intermediate, or advanced. See the Books web page.
  • Risk and money management - Before you start risking too much money, make sure to understand how to manage the risks, so as to maximise profits, and minimise the losses. See the Risk Management web page in the Toolbox.
  • Other relevant materials - Make sure to see other materials such as the list of PDF eBook Articles in the Table of Contents, especially eBook Article TA-2000, "Technical Analysis - Introduction".
Regarding my growing collection of eBook (PDF) Articles, don't forget to see the latest Table of Contents pages for all articles (see links in the side-bar above right). There are now a total of 146 Articles in this collection - a huge total of 673 pages of information! You can see the Table of Contents for all eBook Articles here (recently new or updated ones are highlighted), and the Master Toolbox Index which includes the eBook Articles, plus web page references, and helpful videos.
eBook (PDF) Articles - Summary

Since October 2008 I have accumulated quite a collection of eBook (PDF) Articles on three subject areas - Share Trading/Investing, Technical Analysis and BullCharts software (actually more than 630 pages of material in more than 138 articles). These Articles are invaluable for both new and experienced investors and traders. I write brief monthly notes in this eNews email to highlight specific Articles on targeted topics, and sometimes referring to new or updated web pages in the Toolbox (also see a history of Toolbox updates). I am also writing new Articles and updating existing ones as required. For more information please see: 

Article front pages 
For any new readers of my Toolbox eBook Articles, there are some useful introductory Articles including an Introduction and an Overview Article for each of the three subject areas. You can see them here:
Any problems?
What if you have some sort of problem with accessing the Toolbox and any of these Articles? Or maybe the Username and Password doesn't work. If there is any problem at all, simply contact me by email or phone. The best email address for this is: Occasionally emails disappear - the system thinks they are spam, or the ISP might think they are spam. If I don't reply within a day or so, please contact me by either email address or phone.
In Closing

There is nothing secret in this email, so feel free to forward it to someone if you think they might benefit from the information, or from being a Toolbox Member. The easiest way to do this is to use the "Forward Email" link at the bottom. 
I am also confident that my Toolbox Members won't be sharing their username and password with non-members. It is not fair that I spend all this time preparing the materials, and then my Toolbox Members pay money to have legitimate access, only to let some people pay nothing to read and view the details.
Please feel free to email an individual Article to others as a sample; but if they want online access to all the materials, it is pretty cheap, so they should subscribe as a Toolbox Member. There is information about Toolbox Membership in the Quick Links section at right. 
Always happy to receive feedback, or suggestions for new content or improvements.
Until next month,
happy investing or trading,

Watch out for the sharks in the ocean! Robert B. Brain
(mobile: 0438 355 910)

ps: watch out for the sharks in the ocean!  

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