John Palicka, CFA, CMT

John Palicka, CFA, CMT

John Palicka, CFA, CMT, teaches finance and technical analysis.

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Letter from the Editor

This issue of Technically Speaking presents information from some of the giants in the field of technical analysis. On the cover, we feature an in depth study from Cynthia Kase on the feasibility of spread trading. Her conclusions are precise and implementable, and the  statistical support she provides makes them reliable. This is an example of the type of work being done more often in our field, and her contribution raises the bar for testing ideas. A summary of John Bollinger’s career is inspirational, and demonstrates that this is a field of change. We need to study the past, but constantly develop new tools based upon changing markets and changing technologies. John is at the cutting edge of implementing technical analysis techniques with fuzzy logic and other advanced ideas. It is well worth the time to take a look at or any one of the eight web sites he maintains. Andrew Cardwell is a lesser known name in our field, but has shown one way to succeed – completely study a single indicator and learn everything about it. He is the acknowledged expert on the Relative Strength Index (RSI), and was the first to identify Range Rules that help traders know whether a market is bullish or bearish. Andrew has developed other  techniques with RSI that deserve your attention, and that have helped many other traders profit in volatile markets. His bearish call in stocks for the past year, based solely upon RSI, has been dead on, and is just one the several market forecasts he’s been able to gain from recently. We also have an update on the Long Range Planning Conference that the MTA recently conducted. Our organization is growing rapidly, without losing sight of the fact that the most important thing is to focus on the members. We are well served by the leadership, and they have well thought out plans to increase the value of the CMT program and the MTA. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT Editor [post_title] => Technically Speaking, October 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-october-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-24 12:23:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-24 16:23:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 430211 [post_id] => 48229 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_2_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"48254";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 52036 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2006-06-15 12:00:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2006-06-15 16:00:47 [post_content] =>

From the Editor’s Desk

This issue focuses on the MTA Education Seminar. Attendees spent two days listening to the latest ideas on trading and learning the fundamentals of technical analysis. Some presentations are summarized in this issue; a few more will appear next month. We also hear about a recent LA chapter meeting, and we look forward to hearing about other meetings throughout the country. The success of the Seminar demonstrates the importance of volunteers to our organization. Look over the list of committees and regions on the back page of this newsletter, and consider what you can do to help. When you have some time this month, contact a committee chairperson or a regional point of contact and talk about what you can do. The leadership of tomorrow’s MTA is working in these groups today, and you’ll be glad you became involved. We’re also looking for someone to take on the task of newsletter editor. We’ve returned this to a volunteer position, in the spirit of every other MTA function. The editor is just another committee chairperson, soliciting help from volunteers and helping deliver incredible value for the small investment we make in our membership. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, June, 2006 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-june-2006 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-05 13:45:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-05 17:45:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 534443 [post_id] => 52036 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_5_contributor [meta_value] => a:2:{i:0;s:5:"48254";i:1;s:4:"7251";} ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 52389 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2005-06-15 12:00:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2005-06-15 16:00:40 [post_content] =>

Award Winners

The volunteers of the MTA are the people who make the organization run. With a staff of 6 and a membership of 2500, the MTA could not run without the active participation and frankly the selfless giving of the volunteer time of so many people. From the board to the committees to the grading to the speaking engagements, many are giving and more people are participating in the volunteer effort every day. MTA is fortunate to have so many willing volunteers. Thank you all very much. Your organization appreciates your efforts. Because you give so much and so few thank yous are said, Duke Jones, Chair of the annual Awards Committee championed an effort to expand the recognition process beyond one annual award. That is not to diminish the MTA annual award. John Bollinger was the winner of that prestigious award this year. His contributions to the MTA and the field of technical analysis are long and legendary. John Murphy said it best when presenting the award at the recent annual seminar in New York city. My own thanks to John for pushing the MTA on completing the body of knowledge study. Without his eloquent emails, we might still be debating the process. Thank you John. Brad Herndon received a service award for his efforts on the accreditation committee, the CMT exam process, the body of knowledge study and his service on the finance committee. Thank you, Brad. David Upshaw received a service award for his long term service to the accreditation committee. David has quietly given more of his time and his thoughtful comments to that committee than perhaps any other member. Thank you, David. Tim Snavely received a service award for his efforts on the regions committee. Thanks in large part to Tim’s efforts our chapters have grown tremendously over the last year. His “regional initiative” accepted by the Board at their December 04 meeting has resulted in more speaking engagements supported by the MTA than ever before. Thank you, Tim. Barry Sine received a service award for his efforts on the accreditation committee, the body of knowledge study, providing guidance to CMT candidates and the seminar committee. Everywhere I turned this year Barry seemed to be there willing to lend a hand. He also stepped into an unexpired term as secretary to the Board. Thank you, Barry. If you have the opportunity, please extend your thanks to these outstanding contributors. Thank you. Sincerely, John R. Kirby Executive Director [post_title] => Technically Speaking, June, 2005 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-june-2005 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-12 17:02:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-12 21:02:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 543673 [post_id] => 52389 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_1_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"48254";} ) )