CHAPTER 1

Why Use Technical Analysis with ETFs?

Unlike most books on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), this one offers you strategies based on technical analysis, not fundamental analysis. When I began trading professionally in 1999, before ETFs took the market by storm, people tried to convince me of the merits of studying fundamental factors, such as price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios, balance sheets, earnings growth, and news events. I've always believed that a deep knowledge of these items is theoretically important, but fundamentals seem to have a direct impact only on the long-term direction of a stock. In the short to intermediate term, the correlation between the actual price action of an ETF and its fundamentals is rarely significant. Technical ...

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