Technical analysis offers a more visual view of evaluating a stock. It is based on the belief that all that is known about a stock is reflected in its price and volume. Technical analysis is also called charting.
The aim of technical analysis is to identify trends, patterns and trading signals and use them to decide when and at what price to enter or exit the market.
The topic of technical analysis is very broad and these pages are designed to provide you only with basic information.
Explore the following topics and use them as a starting point. Use the links and suggestions provided to expanded your knowledge when you are ready.
What is technical analysis?
Technical analysis is the study of historical price and volume performance.
Learn more at our technical analysis explained page including the pros and cons and types of charts and then explore a range of links to other resources for more learning.
How do I use technical analysis?
There is no holy grail technical analysis approach. Technical analysts apply tools to their charts to give themselves an 'edge'.
Learn more about technical analysis tools, including a look at indicators, support and resistance and patterns.
Can I combine technical with fundamental analysis?
The two disciplines of fundamental and technical analysis are often set against each other and investors may think that they have to make a choice.
Read more about combining fundamental and technical analysis to see if this strategy is right for you.
How do I get started?
You have decided that you want to include direct shares in your investment portfolio and are keen to get started.
Explore the Getting started with shares page to learn more about investment plans, paper trading and investing software.