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Computerized Investing > March/April 2005

Web-Based Technical Analysis & Charting Services

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Technical analysis is the process of examining a security’s price and volume data, typically in graphical form, to identify trends that may be used to forecast future price movements. Historically, this endeavor was undertaken using software-based applications along with data purchased from a third-party provider. The past several years has seen a trend toward Web-based technical analysis and charting services. While the flexibility and functionality of these services lag those of software-based applications, the gap has narrowed significantly. Today, there are numerous Web sites offering charting and technical analysis that would suit the needs of all but the most discerning technicians.

As the number of sites offering charting and technical analysis grows, individuals are confronted with a diverse collection of choices; knowing what is available and what each site offers becomes an increasingly difficult task. To help educate our readers on the various services—and the features they provide—19 Web-based technical analysis and charting services are highlighted here—an increase of four since our last review in the March/April 2003 issue of Computerized Investing. The sites range from those offering basic charting and technical analysis as part of a collection of investment analysis tools to those exclusively devoted to technical analysis and charting.

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