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Robert Brain is a private trader and educator, contributing to the regular technical analysis column in the Fairfax press as well as the monthly ASX Investor Update newsletter.  He has many years of experience with technical analysis and trading in the share market.  Robert has combined his extensive experience as an educator with his share market interests to develop his web-based Share Market Toolbox business to help investors and traders to refine their own strategies, and learn about the strategies of others.  He is an ATAA Councillor in the Melbourne Chapter, and a Director on the National Board (responsible for Marketing and Member Services), and he runs quarterly technical analysis education sessions.

Ranking Stocks using Chart Indicator Features

Posted: 21 November, 2017 Subjects: Indicators Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2017 CBR Available to: Members

Wouldn’t it be good if we could take a list of stocks (your own stock universe), and sort the list so that the strongest performing stocks (ie. the most bullish) are at the top of the list? And then invest in those strongest stocks in anticipation of the best price performance? We could also note the stocks with a low score near the bottom of the list and avoid them (or remove them from our portfolio).

Many people are familiar with the teachings of Stan Weinstein from his book “Secrets for Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets”. Stan talks about several things, including the importance of the 30 week Moving Average (MA), and noting whether the share price is above or below the MA, and whether the MA is rising or falling. There are many indicator observations like this which we could use to easily identify bullish (or bearish) stocks. But what are they? And how can we use them? Should we use daily charts or weekly? Does this take long to do? Can it be automated?

In this session Robert will describe many technical analysis indicator observations, and a way to attach a useful score value to them, and to subsequently rank a list of stocks by their degree of bullishness. The discussion will also cover the pitfalls to be aware of.

Trading in Practise

Posted: 1 January, 2016 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Indicators
Source: P2016 MEL Available to: Members

When investing or trading in the equities market it is very important to think about how to manage the risks, and how to optimise your position size. This is important to both protect your capital from any downside risk, and to maximise your profits - every extra dollar is very useful. And it doesn’t matter whether your investment capital is only $5,000, or $5 million. There are many ways to manage all this, but which is best? What are the arguments for and against using exactly the same size position every time? Is a position size of only $500, or perhaps $1,000 a good size for the new investor/trader? Should we enter a position using a phased approach? That is, half now and half later? Or in thirds, perhaps? What do we mean by “amount at risk”? How is this related to the initial stop loss value and the actual position size? How can we set this so that we can still sleep at night, and it won’t matter if the share price falls by, say, 20 percent? This session will be an interactive workshop, with questions, input and discussion from start to finish.

How To Rank Stocks

Posted: 1 July, 2014 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Indicators
Source: P2014 MEL Available to: Members

Have you ever had a list of stocks that you could invest in, but had too many to choose from? This can often happen. So, how to choose which stocks? How can we rank the stocks in order of “performance” so that we are buying the better performing stocks? In this session we will use standard technical analysis tools to look at two ways to readily sort a list of stocks to highlight the better performers. This will include a number of technical analysis tips for beginners. The same method can be used to quantify the performance of market sectors, and to identify the strongest performing sector.

Where's the Market Going?

Posted: 1 October, 2013 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Indicators
Source: P2013 MEL Available to: Members

Remembering that the price charts of stocks and the indexes summarise the underlying opinions and emotions of the market participants, we know that every chart tells a story — if only we can understand the stories in the price charts. In this session, Robert will utilise today's technical analysis tools to provide an insight into the underlying views of investors and traders today, focusing on the Australian market. He will utilise four key technical analysis principles:

  1. study the plain price to look for trends, support, resistance and chart patterns (on daily and weekly charts)
  2. study the big picture (because the market is like an elephant) and incorporate a favourite strategy (such as Weinstein's analysis methods)
  3. utilise a couple of chart indicators (such as Guppy's MMA and Twigg's Money Flow)
  4. make sure to look at changes in volume.

Robert describes this approach as the “4 Windows” analysis method to look at four different “views” of the market. This session will provide invaluable insights for both novices and experienced analysts, investors and traders. If time permits, input may be accepted from the experienced members of the audience for the benefit of the newcomers.

Anti Decimation Beware the Bears

Posted: 1 July, 2013 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Indicators
Source: P2013 NTL Available to: Members

Many people don't realise this, but either a major market correction or a bear market comes around too often — about once every 3.5 years. It is important to be on the lookout, in order to protect our investment capital, and to stop our profits from being savaged. Robert will explain the importance of daily price charts, even for longer term investors, and some of the clues that help spot and avoid a pending bear market. In this session Robert will utilise the BullCharts charting software to demonstrate some of the charting tools and techniques that he will mention during the presentation (and if time permits he will answer questions regarding these BullCharts features).

Psychology and Emotions

Posted: 1 July, 2013 Subjects: Psychology
Source: P2013 NTL Available to: Members

Some experts say that trading is 20% method and technicals, and 80% psychology and mind-set. Robert will show a few minutes of National Geographic research video to explain how the brain plays tricks on us. The observations of our senses are often manipulated by our brain before we draw conclusions and opinions about the world around us. By being aware of these tricks, plus the emotions of fear, greed and hope, investors and traders can implement effective strategies to deal with the issues to be much better at investing or trading the markets.

Four Windows Approach

Posted: 1 January, 2013 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Indicators
Source: P2013 MEL Available to: Members

Aussie Markets Update using the “4 Windows” Analysis Approach. In this session, Robert will outline the “4 Windows” approach to analysing stocks or the market, and use key aspects of this approach in a very hands-on style to analyse the current state of the Australian market — where has it come from and what signals are being given? This session will include the real-life application of Weinstein's analysis method to the Australian market today, as well as several chart indicators (including Guppy's MMA and Twigg's Money Flow), and it will provide invaluable insights for both novices and experienced analysts, investors and traders. If time permits, input may be accepted from the experienced members of the audience for the benefit of newcomers.

Follow my Trade

Posted: 1 July, 2012 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2012 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Managing Risk

Posted: 1 January, 2012 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2012 Available to: Members

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Share Market Gems

Posted: 1 April, 2011 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2011 Available to: Members

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Anti Decimation Avoid the Next GFC

Posted: 1 January, 2011 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2011 Available to: Members

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Technical Analysis: What is it Really

Posted: 1 October, 2009 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2009 Available to: Members

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