Christopher Gurkovic, CMT

Christopher Gurkovic, CMT

Christopher Gurkovic, CMT, is an internal Market Strategist at ICAP/First Brokers Securities and earned an MBA from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.

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We focus on the practical in this month’s newsletter. From trading psychology to trading tools and trading strategies, we have tried to provide you with new ideas that you can apply in the slow summer market. Of course, the slow summer market is probably a myth but we all need to find time to explore ideas and tools that might help us become better at what we do. Trading seems to be the point where theory meets practice in technical analysis. Hopefully you will find the techniques and tools we highlight to be useful. Although trading is often associated with short-term analysis, many traders analyze long-term data. In the long-term, stocks can move up or down just as they do in the short-term. SRC Stock Charts offer a long-term perspective on markets and we conclude this issue with a chart of Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index. The Nikkei ended May with a one-week loss of 15% but is up about 50% in the last year. Shortterm volatility can mask the relentless down trend that defines that market. Over the past 25 years, the Nikkei has lost an average of 2.8% a year. Please email us with suggestions for other long-term charts to highlight the ups and downs of trading for a living. We can be reached at Michael Carr [post_title] => Technically Speaking, June 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-june-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-03 11:34:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-03 15:34:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 391402 [post_id] => 45949 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_7_contributor [meta_value] => a:2:{i:0;s:5:"45994";i:1;s:5:"43131";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48091 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2009-04-15 12:00:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2009-04-15 16:00:32 [post_content] =>

Letter from the Editor

This month’s newsletter contains a variety of information and we hope find some of it to be useful in your pursuit of profits in the markets. As traders, we often get caught up in small stuff and forget about the big picture - knowing when news will move markets is critical to success. In Forex, economic data represents the fundamental inputs that traders should be aware of. We reprint an article from the Online Trading Academy web site describing some of the more important indicators which can drive stocks, bonds, and Forex prices. In stocks, fundamentals are commonly thought of as ratios. Crestmont Research recently completed a report on the P/E ratio and their detailed study includes a chart which shows that P/E ratios have been range bound for decades. Enterprising technical analysts may consider applying indicators to this data to forecast long-term trends. We also added a feature last month that allows you to prepare the newsletter for printing in its entirety with a single click. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for additional improvements. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, April 2009 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-april-2009 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-21 17:01:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-21 21:01:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 427253 [post_id] => 48091 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_6_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"45994";} ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48431 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2008-03-15 12:00:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2008-03-15 16:00:18 [post_content] =>

From the Editor

Just like every other function within the MTA, the newsletter is poring over the results of the Member Survey and will be changing to meet the needs of the membership. Two trends that jump out in the initial review are the growing international membership and the increased number of younger members. We intend to respond with more articles about markets outside the US and increasing the variety of technical analysis topics we cover. As we do this, we will keep in mind the fact that our readers are professionals. You aren’t reading Technically Speaking for articles like “What is RSI?” We think you want actionable information that builds on the basics. Advanced topics, requiring detailed explanations, are covered in the Journal of Technical Analysis. That leaves intermediate-level topics for the newsletter, and we will strive to deliver them in the months ahead. Often, as in this month’s issue, we will include charts, the tool that has been a staple of technical analysis for decades. Knowing that you are professionals, we print charts that provide a general idea of the topic. Cost prevents us from printing high resolution graphics and we realize that the vast majority of our readers can call up any chart on their computer terminals in seconds. As we work to bring you more TA, and more charts, we ask that you recognize our purpose is to provide research ideas, not specific trading tactics. I look forward to the improvements we have planned in coming months and, as always, appreciate your feedback. Cordially, Mike Carr, CMT MTA Newsletter Editor [post_title] => Technically Speaking, March 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-march-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-24 19:44:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-24 23:44:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 433836 [post_id] => 48431 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_4_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"45994";} ) [3] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48612 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2007-09-15 12:00:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2007-09-15 16:00:37 [post_content] =>

From the Editor’s Desk

Traders enjoy instantaneous feedback - seconds after placing a trade they know whether or not it’s working. Traders also have the ability to review their performance at any time just by checking their equity curve. In most other professions, an annual employee performance review is the only feedback available. In large corporations, it is possible to spend 364 days in a delusional bliss, only to learn on appraisal day that they have failed miserably at supporting corporate objectives. As editor of your newsletter, I must admit it would be great to receive constant feedback on whether or now we are meeting your needs. But, we rarely hear from the more than 2,600 recipients of Technically Speaking, and we are wondering if we are doing well or enjoying an extended period of delusional bliss. This month, we thought we’d ask for feedback, and we hope to hear from everyone. Feedback of any kind is welcome: just send an email to For those thinking they have nothing to say, consider answering any, or all, of these questions: Thanks! We’ll report back on what we learn and will incorporate all constructive feedback that we receive. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT Technically Speaking Editor [post_title] => Technically Speaking, September 2007 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-september-2007 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-25 19:42:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-25 23:42:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 442071 [post_id] => 48612 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_3_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"45994";} ) )