Last week in Part 5, we looked at Point and Figure charts. This week, we look at one of the relatively newer style of charting methods that is yet to catch on in a more global sense: Equivolume. The rapid advancement in technical analysis and charting package technology over the last half of the 20th century, has allowed for many more innovative technical analysis solutions to come to the fore. One such method is that of Equivolume. [Read more…]
Last week in Part 3, we looked at line charts and bar charts. This week, we take charting a step further by looking at a concept introduced by the Japanese: Candlestick charts.
A Brief History
It is debatable who developed the candlestick concept. Many attribute Munehisa Homma, a Japanese rice trader, as the inventor of the candlestick charting approach. Others say it was more probable that candlestick charts arose from general trading activity and practices in the early part of the Meiji period in Japan (in the late 1800’s) and the need to disseminate information. What can’t be argued though, is that during this period, it was discovered that there was a relationship between price, traders’ emotions and the supply and demand of rice. Adding in emotions to the equation added a whole new dimension to the analysis of the rice market. Traders, like Homma, appreciated that raw supply and demand factors weren’t the only driving force behind the price of an asset and that human interaction had a big influence on the shape of the rice market at any given time.
Candlestick charting methods only really hit the Western world in the mid to late 20th century. As technology and computers also developed, it allowed this style of charting to spread more easily and become more widely understood. Candlestick charting is now globally used as a highly effective approach to analysing financial price data, for both the trader and investor in the short and longer term. [Read more…]
Last week we looked at some of the basic rules you need to know in technical analysis. This week we start our focus on the actual tools of the trade, beginning with a look at Line Charts and Bar Charts. Charts are like maps to navigate. The analyst has to pilot his or her way through the data, translate the stories and come up with a forecast as to the future journey they think any given asset will take. One chart can tell a thousand stories.
In this and the next four blogs, I am going to cover the rudiments of what I call the ‘common core’ suite of charts. These include: Line & Bar charts, Candlesticks, Point and Figure, Equivolume and Market Profile. The more exotic sounding charts: Heikin Ashi, Renko, 3 Line and Kagi will be covered later in the series. We start though by looking at two forms of chart: the Line Chart and the Bar Chart. Both have their own pro’s and cons but when diving into technical analysis, these are a great place to start. [Read more…]