'Seeing the market': Technical analysis in trading styles

Mayall, Margery (2006) 'Seeing the market': Technical analysis in trading styles. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 36 2: 119-140. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5914.2006.00300.x

Author Mayall, Margery
Title 'Seeing the market': Technical analysis in trading styles
Journal name Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8308
Publication date 2006-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5914.2006.00300.x
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 119
End page 140
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
370100 Sociology
710401 Finance and investment services
1502 Banking, Finance and Investment
1608 Sociology
Abstract Whilst financial markets are not strangers to academic and professional scrutiny, they still remain epistemologically contested. For individuals trying to profit by trading shares, this uncertainty is manifested in the varying trading styles which they are able to utilize. This paper examines one trading style commonly used by non-professional share traders-technical analysis. Using research data obtained from individuals who identify themselves as technical analysts, this paper seeks to explain the ways in which individuals understand and use the technique in an attempt to make trading profits. In particular, four distinct subcategories or ideal types of technical analysis can be identified, each providing an alternative perceptual form for participating in financial markets. Each of these types relies upon a particular method for seeing the market, these visualization techniques highlighting the existence of forms of professional vision (as originally identified by Goodwin (1994)) in the way the trading styles are comprehended and acted upon.
Keyword Stock
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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