Technical Analysis: Introduction
By Cory Janssen, Chad Langager and Casey Murphy
The methods used to analyze securities and make investment decisions fall into two very broad categories: fundamental analysis and technical analysis. Fundamental analysis involves analyzing the characteristics of a company in order to estimate its value. Technical analysis takes a completely different approach; it doesn't care one bit about the "value" of a company or a commodity. Technicians (sometimes called chartists) are only interested in the price movements in the market.
Despite all the fancy and exotic tools it employs, technical analysis really just studies supply and demand in a market in an attempt to determine what direction, or trend, will continue in the future. In other words, technical analysis attempts to understand the emotions in the market by studying the market itself, as opposed to its components. If you understand the benefits and limitations of technical analysis, it can give you a new set of tools or skills that will enable you to be a better trader or investor.
In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to the subject of technical analysis. It's a broad topic, so we'll just cover the basics, providing you with the foundation you'll need to understand more advanced concepts down the road.

Stock Analysis
Stock analysis is a term that refers to the evaluation of a particular ... 
Chartist
An individual who uses charts or graphs of a security's historical ... 
Technical Analyst
A technical analyst, or technician, is a securities researcher ... 
Fundamental Analysis
A method of evaluating a security that entails attempting to ... 
Technical Analysis
A method of evaluating securities by analyzing statistics generated ... 
Trend Analysis
An aspect of technical analysis that tries to predict the future ...

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How do technical analysts predict bull markets?
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How do I start using technical analysis?
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Why is the Moving Average (MA) important for traders and analysts?
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Can technical analysis be called a selffulfilling prophecy?
This has been a topic of much controversy since the invention of technical analysis, and it remains a very heated debate. ... Read Answer >> 
Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?
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