Sam Levine, CMT, CFA

Sam Levine, CMT, CFA


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Letter from the Editor

Technical analysis has a rich, and little studied, history. MTA members are doubtlessly aware of this and understand that their membership helps them unlock a great deal of the available history. Thousands of books fill the shelves of the MTA library, some of them are the original works in their field of study. This is one of the most popular benefits of membership. As technology changed, the historical archive of any field has expanded to include videos as well. Taking advantage of the leading edge of technology, the MTA has captured the thinking of some of the leading technicians in the world and provides videos of these presentations. In recent issues of Technically Speaking, we have been featuring video presentations that are available in the archives section of the member’s section of the MTA web site. We believe there is great value in reviewing these and find that the true principles of technical analysis are timeless. Spending an hour looking at the current thinking of technicians from the time of a market bottom or top shows not only how they thought then, but with the advantage of hindsight you also know if it worked. That allows you to adapt that thinking to the market, learning from both what worked and what didn’t work. We’ve long recognized that these resources help us to become better technicians. Recently, the MTA Board of Directors adopted a voluntary Continuing Education program that formally recognizes the role of the library and the video archives. You can now earn CE credits for reading the classic works in our field and studying the video presentations of some of the best minds in our industry. Most members will easily meet the goals of this program without making any changes in their professional development program. There are many benefits of MTA membership, and the chance to learn so much about technical analysis from a variety of tools is only one of them. As always, we hope you consider this newsletter to be another valuable benefit of membership. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, February 2011 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-february-2011 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-11 18:28:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-11 22:28:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 411882 [post_id] => 47295 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_0_contributor [meta_value] => a:3:{i:0;s:5:"47296";i:1;s:5:"47298";i:2;s:4:"1112";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 52014 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2006-07-15 12:00:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2006-07-15 16:00:20 [post_content] =>

From the President’s Desk

Your new officers and board members for the 2006-2007 year are now all in place and have already dug in and begun to work. I want to welcome the two new directors, Sherman McClellan and Bruce Kamich, who joined the Board on July 1. Sherman is a long-time technician and first time Board member. Bruce is a past President of the MTA. Since our last newsletter the certification committee has completed the grading of the CMT 3 tests, and the results are quite gratifying for all of us involved in the accreditation process, as well as the candidates. Two-thirds of the candidates passed the demanding four-hour essay examination and are now in line for their Chartered Market Technician designation. The solid pass rate is a testimony to the quality of the candidates and to their knowledge and preparation. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I congratulate them. If they are already members or when they complete the membership process, they will be awarded their CMT’s. Our annual long range planning meeting is scheduled for September 9 in New York. You will be reminded of the precise location and time on the MTA web site and in the newsletter. The long range planning meeting is one of the few times the MTA Board can get together face-to-face to discuss at length the important issues facing the MTA and the profession of technical analysis. Our Board members are scattered across the U.S. (and Canada). The meeting is, of course, open to the whole membership, and the Board encourages participation from all members. If you want to offer your opinions, you can attend or you can make your wishes known to the Board. You can email me or any other Board member with questions or comments if you are not able to attend in person. The search for a new Executive Director goes on. The Search Committee has additional applicants to consider. However, the MTA Board would like to make it clear that it is still open to suggestions for new candidates. If you have experience in running a small business (the MTA has a five-person staff), especially if you have experience with not-for-profit organizations, or if you know someone with that background, let us know. Knowledge and interest in technical analysis are important criteria, but the ability to manage, and to work with and encourage volunteers are critical. We are looking for someone with good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to analyze financial data and make business strategy decisions. There is some travel involved, including visiting chapters and prospective chapters, and in seminar planning and execution. We are offering competitive compensation with comparable not-for-profit organizations in the New York metropolitan area. As you know, the MTA office is presently in Woodbridge, New Jersey (less than an hour from New York), but we remain committed to moving the office back to New York as soon as possible. Cover letters and bios can be sent to me at the MTA office by email or regular mail. The vacation season is in full force. But the MTA is a year-round operation and the Board members and committee chairs will be working hard. There will be monthly educational meetings, regular Board meetings, and normal committee functions throughout the summer. The seminar committee is working on the agenda for the winter getaway and is planning the spring seminar in New York. If you have suggestions for speakers and topics, please let us know. In the meantime, it is business as usual for the staff in Woodbridge. If your summer plans take you to the New York-New Jersey area, then stop in our office, say hello, and browse in the library. Sincerely, Phil Roth, CMT President [post_title] => Technically Speaking, July, 2006 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-july-2006 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-05 12:03:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-05 16:03:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 533850 [post_id] => 52014 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_2_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"47298";} ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 52114 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2006-02-15 12:00:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2006-02-15 17:00:41 [post_content] =>

From the Editor’s Desk

First of all, I’m very pleased to report that we are starting to see a little more participation from our Membership, in terms of contributions to your Newsletter, Technically Speaking. However, we still have a long way to go. Ironically, the portion of our Membership that has shown the most interest in contributing to TS has been our ever-growing overseas contingent. For example, in this month’s issue, we have an interesting analysis of the Sensex, the Indian stock market index, by Mohan Turaga, who is actually a Contributing Editor from India. Equally ironic is that, sadly, most of our Regions here in the States have not responded to our repeated requests for a brief article now and then, just to recap their monthly meetings and generally keep the rest of the Association abreast of what they are doing in their particular area of the country. We have even gone so far as to offer to provide digital cameras to any region that would agree to send us a monthly meeting recap now and then and a couple of pictures. The offer still stands, and I continue to hope the Regions will eventually come around and get more involved. Moving on to this month’s issue, we lead off with an article on Bow Ties by Dave Landry. This is not about outdated clothing from the 1940s, but rather a relatively new analytical technique (at least to me) that has received some attention recently on the Market List email forum, hosted by our own John Bollinger. Inside, we have an interesting article by Mark Thomas on how the first peers to report during earnings season have a tendency to indicate how the rest of the group will react. In addition, we have included some much-needed and long-overdue levity from MTA Member and CFA Sam Levine entitled “Financial Words You Won’t Hear On TV”. Finally, since I’m the editor, allow me to editorialize for a moment. During the past several years, your MTA Board (of which I am a member) made a series of changes to the infrastructure of the Association. These changes, based on feedback from you, were designed to improve and professionalize the MTA. Our objective was to bring more professional recognition and respect to Market Technicians, with the ultimate goal of creating more jobs and business opportunities for our Membership. As a result, we made a lot of decisions that, at least to some, were very unpopular. Some harsh words were spoken, and a lot of misinformation was circulated. But now, a few years later, securities regulators have granted a Series 86 exemption to those that have passed the CMT I and II exams, our testing process has been radically professionalized and is now administered by the same firm that administers the NASD exams, educational classes are now being offered to CMT candidates around the world via our new electronic classrooms, the MTA is offering an array of various benefits and discounts to Members that were never before available, we have installed a new internet platform that allows us to service our Membership in ways that were never before possible, and is backed by a company that serves more than 40 million individuals and 750 member-based organizations, and we have installed a new, eager, professional staff that understands our new technology and direction and is capable of making it all work. Objections aside, I think our Association is moving forward, and quickly, in ways that we can all be proud of. I hope you all feel the same. John Kosar, CMT Editor [post_title] => Technically Speaking, February, 2006 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-february-2006 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-05 17:08:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-05 21:08:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 536909 [post_id] => 52114 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_6_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"47298";} ) )