Is Technical Analysis for Investors Really All Technical?

Michael N. Kahn, CMT

What a terrible name has been bestowed upon this method of market analysis—technical. It is about as technical as singing. Designing electronic circuit boards is technical. Developing a new bio-medical implant device is technical. Market analysis? That is not technical.

True, there are technical terms and complicated research. Mathematical modeling can also play a role, but strip away all the advanced-level components, and technical analysis is just a tool investors and traders use when deciding to buy or sell a stock, bond, currency, or commodity.

One analogy that can be used is that of the carpenter. Market technicians carry with them a technical toolbox filled with ...

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