Understanding Technical Analysis for the Futures Markets

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available surrounding the financial markets? In recent years, the amount of information available to traders has increased significantly. At the same time, accessing that same data has become much easier. In our current digital environment, it’s easy to be distracted by “news” that is sometimes temporary, inconsequential or even misrepresentative of market sentiment. In addition to these external distractions, your own unchecked emotions can also create a market bias.

Technical Analysis Can Help Break through the “Noise”

Technical analysis, when used in a systematic way, can help traders navigate these unnecessary variables. By using price action and its derivatives, you can “listen” to what other traders are saying and evaluate market sentiment, primarily via your standard trading charts.

On this recent episode of “See the Futures”, NinjaTrader’s Tom Schneider was joined by special guest Katie Stockton, CMT. Together, they took a look at how a consistent, thorough technical analysis regimen can help filter out market noise.

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • A discussion of technical analysis, fundamental analysis and macro research. What are the differences between these types of analysis? What is an example of technical analysis?
  • Why has there been increased acceptance of technical analysis by financial professionals?
  • An exploration of various technical analysis methodologies and how they can assist traders of all experience levels.
  • How can traders combine charts and technical analysis to help navigate the markets?
  • How can traders combine charts and technical analysis to help navigate the markets?
  • Which technical indicators can be used in combination with each other? How can this practice amplify chart analysis?

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