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07
DEC
2015

Skyscraper Index is Triggered

  FBN Securities’ JC O’Hara put together a presentation titled “Skyscraper Index is Triggered,” which includes a 100-year-long chart showing this correlation* with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Notable examples include the Sears Tower coinciding...
26
NOV
2015

The Collective Noun for Technical Analysts

There is no collective noun for a group of technical analysts. Let us decide what to call ourselves before anyone else decides something unflattering like: A Confusion of Technical Analysts. Our language has some wonderful collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We...
23
OCT
2015

Europe’s Electricity Production by Country and Fuel Type

The share of electricity generated by different energy sources has changed significantly in Europe over the last two decades. The major story here is the decline in consumption of fossil fuels. More specifically, the combined share of petroleum products and solid fuels (meaning...
12
OCT
2015
Economists forecasts

Economists Never Learn

Shouldn’t the role of economists be limited to explaining data and to stay away from forecasting? Forecasting is something they are terrible at. They seem to consistently crowd as a group at the wrong answer. Usually when people are consistently bad at something they stop...
28
SEP
2015

Courses now approved by CFA Insitute

We are pleased to announce our Introduction and Advanced Technical Analysis, Short Term Trading Techniques and Portfolio Construction Techniques courses operated by The Technical Analyst at CE Approved Activity. You will receive 12 hours credit for each of these two-day courses....
20
MAY
2015

Discretionary or Systematic – Which is Best?

In this blog I take a look at how CTAs using systematic and discretionary processes have fared over the short and longer duration, and what states have discovered the marked difference in their performance track records over time. After several years of lacklustre performance,...
13
MAY
2015

Empowering professional investors to do more of what they’re good at, and less of what they’re not.

The buy-side is notoriously bad at reflecting critically on its own processes and performance. I find them to be very susceptible to biases such as over confidence. Last night at an MTA UK talk at Cass Business School Clare Levy, the Founder and CEO of the software house...
20
APR
2015

Can of Coke spill bought down Bloomberg’s global terminal network?

    Bloomberg’s terminals, heavily relied upon by traders, went down for about two and half hours early Friday causing headaches – and delayed offerings. Rumours circulating around Bloomberg’s own newsroom apparently point to a very low-tech cause for the two and a half...
09
APR
2015

ACI Lunch and Learn for FX and Money Market traders

The first of a series of 2015 Lunch and Learn took place on the 24th March hosted by Royal Bank of Canada in their board room in London. Trevor Neil of BETA Group gave an interesting and insightful presentation on the practical application of technical analysis strategies and...
02
APR
2015

Warren Buffett’s Real Value to Investors? – His Experience

Warren Buffett’s new yearly letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders has not been given the attention it deserves. I wonder if this is because economic journalists feel like they simply can’t publish yet another story about how exactly wise Warren Buffett is. I feel this is...