Subject: Brainy's FREE BullCharts TipSheet #15
Brainy's BullCharts* TipSheets
Number 15
Published: 8 July 2009

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the 15th edition of my (normally fortnightly) BullCharts software Tip Sheets, focussing on tips and hints regarding the Australian BullCharts charting software package.

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 July.

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 included below.

I am always happy to 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 in the next Tip Sheet (along with an acknowledgement for whoever spots it first).

Please feel free to send me feedback, or requests for additional topics for these Tip Sheets or the monthly eNewsletter articles.

Good luck with your trading.

Robert ("Brainy") Brain
(Contact details below.)

Topics in this Tip Sheet edition:
  • Seminars and Workshops, July-Sept series
  • Security Manager
  • Index Composition - Which stocks are in each index?
  • Industry Groups - Energy, Materials, Industrials, etc.
  • Indices - A list of the index codes
  • Your Watchlists
  • More information
  • This TipSheet might look strange?

  • Security Manager
    Click here to see a larger image.

    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 sequence). 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, etc.

    If you look at the "Industry Groups" heading 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 sector.

    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 Types" heading. Note that there are only three entries here: Indices, Ordinaries, and Unit Trusts.

    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.

    Your Watchlists

    If you collapse all branches of the "All 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 information

    More details on some of the topics in these Weekly Tip Sheets are included in Brainy's Monthly eNewsletters that are available to subscribers (for a very modest amount). Feel free to click on the relevant link at right to view samples and more details.

    These weekly Tip Sheets for BullCharts* users are intended to be short, quick grabs of information. They are not a replacement for the monthly 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.

    FEEDBACK? - I am very keen to receive feedback about these weekly BullCharts Tipsheets. Please feel free to email me with comments, or suggestions. Contact details are included below.

    * - BullCharts is: " innovative charting and technical analysis system. It provides a feature rich and powerful set of tools with access to the latest strategies from local and overseas authors in analysing the dynamics of the stock market."

    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

    Seminars 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 BullCharts workshops.

    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 people only).

    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 contact the 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 meeting).

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