Technical analysis has been used since the 1900s to predict stock market prices. Unlike fundamental analysis, market technicians believe that all available information is already reflected in a stock price, and day-to-day market fluctuations are more a function of human emotion (fear and green) than changes in the underlying value of a company.
When the average person thinks of stock trading, they think of someone running around the New York Stock exchange with paper flying all around them. While this used to be somewhat true back before computers took over, it does not describe the entire picture and there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. In this blog post, we look at some of the main technical patterns traders look for when trying to look at what to buy and how these influence their decision making.