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The illusion of control

Last Updated July 17th, 2016

Leaving the trees could have been our first mistake. Our minds are suited for solving problems related to our survival, rather than being optimised for investment decisions. We all make mistakes when we make decisions. The list below gives a top ten list for avoiding the most common investment mental pitfalls. Continue reading

The maths behind the system

Last Updated July 10th, 2016

What is the benefit of mechanical trading systems? In contrast to classical technical analysis, which attempts to capitalize on price history patterns subject to interpretation, mechanical technical analysis is objective and the buy and sell signals it generates are indisputable. It is the objectivity of trading signals derived from mathematical technical analysis that makes them the indispensable foundation of the majority of mechanical trading systems. Continue reading

Risk analysis techniques

Last Updated July 10th, 2016

The purpose of this class is to provide an idiosyncratic review of the techniques for risk analysis that a risk management professional should be familiar with. This document contains a large number of references and you should spend some time tracking a few of them down, particularly in areas where you feel less comfortable with your own experience or the class content. There is no guarantee that the information presented here is either correct or what the examiners will be questioning you on. Continue reading

Upside/Downside Ratio

Last Updated April 1st, 2015

The Upside/Downside Ratio shows the relationship between up (advancing) and down (declining) volume on the New York Stock Exchange. Continue reading

Chaikin’s Volatility

Last Updated March 19th, 2015

Chaikin’s Volatility indicator compares the spread between a security’s high and low prices. It quantifies volatility as a widening of the range between the high and the low price. Continue reading