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
  • Assessment
  • Recommended prerequisites
    • Kaplan Professional recommends that students complete (or have a thorough working knowledge of the content) of the following subject prior to enrolling in FIN331:

      • Technical Analysis (FIN231).

      Students who believe that they have a thorough working knowledge of the content of FIN231 may enrol in FIN331, but do so on the understanding that:

      • Some parts of some topics in FIN331 will refer to concepts taught in FIN231, such as the concept of a trend, trend lines and support and resistance.
      • No assistance will be given through the Discussion Forum, or in any other way, with material from FIN231.
      • The subject notes for FIN231 may not be purchased except by enrolment in that subject.
  • 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.