Welcome to the 15th edition of my (normally
fortnightly) BullCharts software Tip Sheets, focussing on tips and
hints regarding the Australian BullCharts charting
I have been busy over the last couple of
weeks with a couple of things - preparing for
the latest Technical Analysis Introduction
seminar, which I presented recently on a
Saturday in Oakleigh with a good small group,
and then getting things ready for the series
of seminars and workshops that I will be
running in Vermont South through July to
September. The first one runs on Friday 17th
This series of sessions will include six
different hands-on 2-hour BullCharts
workshops. More details on these are in the
column at right, and also on my web site. The first one is very soon -
Friday 17 July. Seats are limited (only 6 for the BullCharts
workshops), and the sessions are being widely
advertised through Vermont and surrounding
suburbs (through the Community House and
their newsletters and mail-box drops). So if
you are interested, you will need to get in
quickly so you don't miss out.
In this BullCharts Tip Sheet below we cover
the useful details in the BullCharts Security
Manager. It is at first surprising how much
information is already available there, and
many people are not really aware.
Just to summarise, the Security Manager is
two things: a list of All (ASX) Securities,
and the securities that comprise each index
and sub-index. And it is your own Watchlist,
or collection of Watchlists. This
information is displayed in two panes in the
Security Manager panel window.
More details on the Security Manager are
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receive feedback and
suggestions for these Tip Sheets. Or if
anything in a Tip Sheet is not clear, please
feel free to contact me to ask about it (by
email or phone). Or maybe I have made a
mistake, which I will be pleased to correct
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acknowledgement for whoever spots it first).
Please feel free to
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Good luck with your trading.
Robert ("Brainy") Brain
(Contact details below.)
Topics in this Tip Sheet edition:
and Workshops, July-Sept series
Composition - Which stocks are in each index?
Groups - Energy, Materials, Industrials, etc.
- A list of the index codes
TipSheet might look strange?
The Security Manager window "panel" can be
displayed, or hidden. It is incorporated
within the BullCharts Control Panel. You can
show and hide this using the F8 function key.
When displayed, and with most "branches"
collapsed, the Security Manager panel can
look somewhat like the one in the figure
here (this one has been un-docked from the
window and is floating - just click and drag
the top of the panel).
Note the key elements are the upper and lower
portions of the panel. The upper portion
contains the navigation tree of fixed
security categories (more details below), and
the lower portion is the list of securities
within each category.
In the sample above, note in the upper
portion that the category "All Securities" is
selected, and the lower portion is the list
of securities in alphabetical order, with the
total of "2447 Securities" displayed near the
bottom of the panel. In this example, the
list is sorted by Symbol (see the small
upward pointing triangle next to the word
Symbol). If you click on the word Name in the
adjacent column heading, then the list will
be sorted by Name. Click on it again, and
the sort sequence will be reversed (either
alphabetic sequence, or reverse alphabetic
Across the very bottom of the panel are the
six tabs for each of:
|Index Composition - Which stocks are in each index?
In the Security Manager pane, if you expand
the "All Securities" branch, and then the
"Index Composition" branch, the view should
look similar to the accompanying figure.
Note: There are a couple of ways to expand
(or collapse) a branch. You can single-click
on the plus sign, or double-click on the name
of the branch, or right-click and choose
Expand from the drop-down menu. This is
common in many Windows software packages.
With the "All Ordinaries" branch expanded,
and "selected" as in the figure here, note
the list of securities in the All Ordinaries
index listed in the lower portion of the
window pane. When this screen shot was taken
for this figure, the number of securities in
the All Ords was 494 (shown in the bottom
line of the pane).
Also note that other market indexes are also
listed here, including an expandable branch
for the S&P/ASX 200.
BTW: Note that many of the indexes listed
here are all prefixed with the text "S&P/ASX"
because the Standard & Poors company
collaborate with the ASX to compile this list
of stocks in these indexes. And that these
indexes are re-balanced periodically (maybe
quarterly, or half-yearly, depending on the
index). Refer to the Standard
& Poors web site
for more details on this topic.
Also note that the All Ordinaries index is
not prefixed with the same text, as it's make
up is determined by the ASX. [BTW = By The Way]
|Industry Groups - Energy, Materials, Industrials,
If you look at the "Industry Groups"
in the Security Manager, and expand this
branch, you should see the list of GICS
industry groups and sectors. Note that a
number of the headings here can be expanded
so you can "drill down" to lower levels.
Once again, if you select any of these
sub-headings (eg. Energy), you will see a
list of the stocks in that sector in the
lower pane, and the number of stocks in that
If you want to understand a little more about
which industry groups our stocks are grouped
into, just take a browse through this section
of the Security Manager.
|Indices - A list of the index codes
Now take a look at the "Security
heading. Note that there are only three
entries here: Indices, Ordinaries, and Unit
If you select the first one - Indices - you
will see a list of the 26 index codes (eg.
XAO - All Ordinaries). You can produce a
price chart for any of these index codes as
though they are regular stocks. So you can
view the performance of the XJO (ie. the
S&P/ASX 200), or any of the other indices. This table is your
master look-up table to
find the code for our indices.
If you select the "Ordinaries" heading, you
will see a list of all the securities in our
market. Note that this is NOT the same as
the All Ordinaries (XAO) index. The All Ords
only has about 500 stocks.
The third heading - Unit Trusts - you will
see a list of the 129 or so Unit Trusts.
If you collapse all branches of the
Securities" tree, and expand the "Watchlists"
branch, you will have a view something like
in the accompanying figure.
In the sample here there are a number of
Watchlist folders. The labels on these ones
are fairly self explanatory.
You can create or delete watchlist folders,
and add stock codes into any of your
watchlists. More details in another Tip
Sheet (or Brainy's monthly eNewsletters).
Note that the very first entry in this list
is "Last Scan Results". Every time you run a
Scan, a list of the resulting stocks is
automatically saved in this Watchlist. You
can rename this watchlist to anything else
that you like. And you can move this
watchlist into a watchlist folder.
More details on some of the topics in these
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detailed Brainy's eNewsletter articles, which cover these same topics
but in much more detail. The eNewsletters articles also cover Technical
Analysis and Share Trading topics.
Also see the BullCharts on-line help (in
BullCharts, hit the F1 key), and the relevant User Guide
Chapter for more details (this is supplied with the
software and copied to your hard drive as a PDF file).
Note: Any screen shots shown in this
newsletter are snapped from BullCharts version 3.8.
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|This TipSheet might look strange?
This TipSheet has been composed in HTML and
distributed using an online service, and is
intended to be viewed in HTML (ie. web language) format. Some parts
might look a little strange, especially
if you are viewing a basically text-only version. I am
working on a text-only version.
We have also found that some web-mail clients
(eg. Hotmail and Yahoo mail) can mess up some aspects.
Please feel free to send me feedback if
anything looks strange.
Good luck with your trading.
Robert ("Brainy") Brain
and Workshops, July-Sept series
I had dabbled in the share market on and off
over many years, and then I got serious about
Technical Analysis (TA) and joined the ATAA,
and in the meantime I had been running the
BullCharts software User Group.
Then through 2008 I could see a real need for
some high quality, no-nonsense, and totally
independent "education" for share market
investors and traders. You have probably seen
that there are too many organisations out
there who give focused and somewhat
inadequate information and advice.
So I decided to combine and utilise my
training and presenting skills with my
knowledge and expertise in the share market. I spent many days last
year preparing two
seminars - the Share Market Boot Camp, and
the Technical Analysis Introduction seminar. I delivered these a couple
of times last
year, and again early this year.
Since then I have prepared a couple of other
workshops - most notably the Hands-on Trading
Workshop. I have also been searching around
Melbourne for a good quality and price
effective computer lab to run some hands-on
Anyhow, it is now happening in school term 3
this year - July to September - at the VSCH
(Vermont South Community House). I will be
running the Boot Camp, and the TA Intro
seminar, and the Trading Workshop, plus six
hands-on BullCharts workshops (for up to 6
The first of these events is happening very
soon on Friday 17 July - The BullCharts
Introduction seminar/workshop (7pm to 9pm). This first event can
accommodate up to 12
people as it is intended to be an
informational seminar to demonstrate the key
features of BullCharts, but you will be able
to play with it as well.
More information about all these events are on my
web site here.
To enrol for any of these, you need to
VSCH directly by phone or email. If you
have any questions about these, please feel
free to email or phone me (or catchup at a
BullCharts User Group meeting, or an ATAA