FIN331 Specialised Techniques in Technical Analysis

This subject introduces students to some of the most important and widely used specialised techniques in technical analysis. It develops skills in the construction, interpretation and application of specialised charting techniques, with application to a variety of markets. It also introduces important theories that underlie some of these techniques and integrates them into the wider trading context. Practical examples are used to demonstrate the application of the techniques.

These techniques generally stand on their own, so students must refrain from mixing these concepts with the general concepts learned in Technical Analysis (FIN231), beyond what the particular technique directs you to apply. Reference to FIN231 concepts will not be rewarded.

In this subject, students will also be asked to consider their analysis from the point of the ‘adviser’ rather than that of the ‘trader’. The adviser role differs to the trader role only in that after all the trader issues have been considered, the adviser must formulate a report with buy and sell signals that justifies his analysis and strategies and convinces the client to accept the recommended course of action.

This subject contributes to the investment analysis major.

For more information, please refer to the subject outline.

  • Learning outcomes
    • At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

      1. Construct and interpret the specialised technical analysis techniques charts and assess how they complement or differ from bar charts and indicator analysis.
      2. Identify trends and/or turning points using the specialised technical analysis techniques charts.
      3. Formulate and justify trading strategies based on the specialised technical analysis techniques charts and create buy and sell signals.
      4. Appraise and evaluate the role of technical analysis, and integrate it into the wider trading context.
  • Subject content
    • Topic Title
      Topic 1 Candlestick Charting
      Topic 2 Advanced Japanese Techniques
      Topic 3 Constructing Point and Figure Charts
      Topic 4 One-Box-Reversal Point and Figure Charting
      Topic 5 Three-Box-Reversal Point and Figure Methods
      Topic 6 Fibonacci Sequence and Cycles
      Topic 7 Gann Forecasting Techniques
      Topic 8 Gann Swing Charting
      Topic 9 Elliott Wave Theory
      Topic 10 Steidlmayer Distribution Analysis
      Topic 11 Intermarket Technical Analysis

  • Duration
    • 12 weeks.

  • Assessment
  • Prerequisites
    • There are no prerequisites for this subject. However please review the Assumed Knowledge tab to understand the prior knowledge Kaplan advises you should hold before enrolling in this subject.

  • Assumed knowledge
    • Whilst there are no prerequisites for this subject, Kaplan assumes that individuals have completed FIN231 Technical Analysis, or understand the content covered in this subject, prior to undertaking FIN331 Specialised Techniques in Technical Analysis.

  • Course transition subject equivalence
    • Individuals are not required to complete this subject if they have transitioned from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan course and have completed the following subjects within the course completion timeframe:

      • E171 Specialised Techniques in Technical Analysis
  • Reading list
    • There are no prescribed texts for this subject.

      Details of any required and further readings for this subject are provided in the subject room.  Purchase of any text other than a prescribed text is not required.