NCAC Lunch Presentation | A Primer on Technical Analysis: How Less-Than-Efficient Humans Interact with Energy Markets

  • 18 May 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Chinatown Gardens, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • 12

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Presenter: David Thompson, (CMT) Chartered Market Technician, Executive Vice President, Powerhouse

Description:  A great deal of effort is devoted to collecting and analyzing supply & demand data - sometimes referred to as fundamental research - in the energy sector. Technical analysis (TA) differs from fundamental research as it focuses on price action and how that affects market participants' decision-making. While the two schools start from different perspectives, it's a mischaracterization to suggest they are antagonistic to one another. Many analysts use technical tools in concert with fundamental research as they develop market forecasts. 

The focus on price action in TA gives rise to a new analytical vocabulary. Our lunch session will delve into some of these terms and concepts.

  • What are these ‘technical factors’ the business channels always talk about?
  • What are the theories underpinning them?
  • How do market participants use them? 

About the Presenter: David Thompson, CMT is a founding partner and Executive Vice President at Powerhouse. Powerhouse is an energy commodity brokerage firm that specializes in helping companies protect their profit margins and grow their businesses. He designs and implements hedging programs for companies with exposure to energy price volatility.  Prior to launching Powerhouse, David worked at Morgan Stanley for twelve years.

As a Chartered Market Technician, David has an expertise in technical analysis which is the trading discipline that focuses on the predictive power of price patterns. He utilizes technical analysis techniques to aid in identification of optimal hedge entry & exit.

David is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics. He holds the Series 3 National Commodities Futures license. He earned the Chartered Market Technician designation from the Market Technicians Association in 2003. 

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