CSI will be performing system maintenance on Saturday April 13th from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. You will not have access to your “myCSI” student account, nor will you be able to book, cancel or reschedule exams during this time. You can still access your online course materials by visiting connect.csi.ca then connecting to “Blackboard Learn”.

What will you learn about?

Analyze historical market information and measure probable price movements and potential gains. You’ll learn charting methods, how to make projections and how to apply quantitative analysis and other techniques including behavioural finance to improve the quality of your investment decisions. You will learn about:

  • Different methods for charting
  • Dow theory and trend analysis
  • Chart formations and projections
  • Trend-following and momentum indicators
  • Intermarket analysis
  • Time cycles and Elliot Wave theory
  • Technical analysis of both equity and futures markets
  • Formulating a trading plan
  • Behavioural Finance

What is the course syllabus?

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Chapter 1 – An Overview of Technical Analysis

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What Is Technical Analysis?
  • Technical vs. Fundamental Analysis
  • Technical Analysis Methodologies
  • Benefits of Technical Analysis
  • Market Timing
  • A Final Word

Chapter 2 – Methods of Charting

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Benefits of Charting
  • Bar Charts
  • Line Chart (or Close-Only Chart)
  • Candlestick Charts
  • Chart Scaling

Chapter 3 – Trend Analysis

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Dow Theory
  • Support and Resistance Levels
  • Trendlines
  • Construction of Trend Channels
  • Fan Lines

Chapter 4 – Chart Formations and Projections

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Reversal Patterns
  • Key Reversals
  • Head-and-Shoulders Formations
  • Rounded Tops and Bottoms
  • V Formations
  • Continuation Patterns
  • Triangles
  • Wedges
  • Flags and Pennants
  • False Breakouts

Chapter 5 – Candlestick Chart Formations

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • The Benefits of Candlestick Charting
  • Candlestick Reversal Patterns
  • Candlestick Continuation Patterns

Chapter 6 – Point and Figure Charting

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Benefits and Drawbacks of P&F Charts
  • P&F Chart Trendlines and Formations
  • Chart Patterns

Chapter 7 – Quantitative Analysis

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Quantitative Indicators
  • Trend-Following Indicators
  • Momentum Indicators

Chapter 8 – Time Cycles

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Introductions to Cycles
  • Cycles in Nature
  • Cycles and Market Timing
  • The Structure of Cycles
  • Prominent Cycles
  • Combining Cycle Analysis with other Technical Analysis Tools

Chapter 9 – Intermarket Analysis

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is Intermarket Analysis?
  • The Business Cycle
  • Equity Sector Rotation
  • Portfolio Application

Chapter 10 – Elliot Wave Theory

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Elliot Wave Theory Background
  • Elliot’s Assumptions
  • The Basic Structure of Price Patterns
  • Impulse Waves, Extensions and Variations
  • Corrections
  • Rules and Guidelines
  • Enhancing Elliott
  • Wave Characteristics/Personalities
  • Relationship of Basic Chart Analysis and Elliott Wave

Chapter 11 – Technical Analysis of Equity Markets

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Overall Equity Market Analysis
  • Sector Analysis

Chapter 12 – Technical Analysis of Futures Markets

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Unique Characteristics of Futures Markets
  • Market Timing
  • Long-Term Charts
  • Continuous Contract Charts
  • Seasonality and Cycles
  • Volume and Open Interest
  • Commitments of Traders Report
  • Bullish Consensus Index

Chapter 13 – High Frequency Trading

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Definition
  • Characteristics
  • Relationship to Other Forms of Trading
  • Origins of the HFT Market
  • Size and Composition of the HFT Market
  • Application of HFT to Non-Equity Markets
  • What is Latency and Co-location?
  • Purported Primary Benefits of HFT
  • Purported Detrimental Impacts of HFT
  • HFT Theoretical Basis
  • Steps Involved in Setting up and Testing a Potentially New HFT Trading Strategy
  • Limited Shelf Life of Trading Strategies
  • Implementing Selected Trading Strategy
  • HFT Primary Trading Strategies
  • Current HFT Industry Trends

Chapter 14 – Behavioural Finance

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is Behavioural Finance?
  • Cognitive and Emotional Biases

Chapter 15 – Putting it All Together

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Formulating a Trading Plan
  • Being Well Capitalized
  • Understanding the Markets You Are Trading
  • Money Management Rules
  • Know Yourself

How will you learn?

CSI’s online learning system helps you meet your study goals. You’ll benefit from:

  • Technical Analysis Course textbook with summaries
  • Academic support with access to CSI academic support specialists for questions regarding your course

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