The two main approaches to deciding which shares to buy are fundamental and technical analysis. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages and there are many investors who choose to use a combination of both types of analysis to improve their investment decisions. Technical analysis or “charting” is the study of price and volume behaviour in the share market in order to profit from future price action.

What is technical analysis?

Investopedia explores technical analysis in a series of articles.

Basic technical analysis

Download this tutorial for a basic overview of technical analysis if you are just getting started. PDF needed


Chartschool will introduce you to the concepts, strategies and common terminology of technical analysis, as well as other financial analysis methods and important investing topics.

Incredible Charts

A comprehensive education site on everything related to technical analysis, including charts, indicators, support and resistance, Dow theory, trend analysis, trading styles and stock market cycles.

Combining fundamental and technical analysis

Take advantage of the strengths of both approaches and consider combining fundamental and technical analysis to inform your investment decisions.

ASA Stock Market Course

ASA’s Stock Market Course is your comprehensive guide to getting to know the marketplace in which you invest. Created by Bill Dodd, and updated in 2019, this 12-part course is designed to give you the basics of planning and understanding, along with an introduction to fundamental and technical analysis, stock selection and other tools for you to be a better investor.