The Godfathers of Technical Analysis

Published on
April 12th, 2019
46 minutes

The Godfathers of Technical Analysis

The Interview ·
Featuring Ralph Acampora and Alan Shaw

Published on: April 12th, 2019 • Duration: 46 minutes

Ralph Acampora, CMT, senior managing director at Altaira Ltd., and Alan Shaw, CMT, now retired from the business, discuss the creation of technical analysis as we know it today. The two trailblazing analysts share colorful stories from the past, and reveal how charting techniques can be used to improve investing decisions. Filmed on April 4, 2019 at the CMT Association’s 46th Annual Symposium in New York.



  • FB
    Floyd B.
    21 May 2019 @ 01:36
    I started following Alan when I got into the business in 1980,luckily I had a boss who was a portfolio manager that respected and practiced technical analysis,learned a lot from both . Thank you for bringing Alan back and I would encourage those that are interested in his style to follow Louise Yamada as I do today(another Real Vision contributor.
  • VS
    Victor S. | Contributor
    21 April 2019 @ 18:39
    Ralph nice to see and hear you again ! You look great
  • WK
    William K.
    17 April 2019 @ 23:48
    Fascinating trip down memory lane. Grateful for Alan’s integrity and their giving back. Regulated commissions and pre-decimalization allowed this discipline to survive for awhile.
  • LV
    Luis V.
    16 April 2019 @ 12:32
    Absolutely epic. Thank you!
  • ma
    mary a.
    16 April 2019 @ 02:42
    I was privileged to know and work with Alan at Smith Barney: a gentleman and a scholar. He and his colleagues like Louise Yamada, were never appreciated by the fundamental side of SB. Ultimately they were banished.
  • lb
    larry b.
    15 April 2019 @ 19:42
    way too much of war stories rather than real nuggets of TA.
  • RA
    Robert A.
    14 April 2019 @ 22:26
    Very enjoyable piece, complete with plenty of timeless chestnuts that are still worth paying attention to. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I still remember my Econ 101 class==Fundamental analysis, Technical Analysis, and Random Walk.
  • ER
    Ed R.
    14 April 2019 @ 15:21
    What a good-natured and witty pair! This was a real delight. Thank you.
  • SS
    Shanthi S.
    14 April 2019 @ 06:00
    This was great!! A privilege to watch!
  • MS
    Matt S.
    13 April 2019 @ 20:23
    That was awesome... they have some books I can read?
  • MS
    Matt S.
    13 April 2019 @ 20:10
    "I love my New York strip-steak medium-rare, and someones gonna take that away from me?!" Respect! Sorry AOC....
  • SS
    Sam S.
    13 April 2019 @ 14:23
    Would love to have heard from them what they see today, discounted for the future. Master Class of cutting through the complex crap and down to what really matters. Price Action is a fact, not an estimate. I've sure learned that the hard way. Turning data into such fun and excitement with behavioral analysis. Wow.
  • MA
    Matthew A.
    13 April 2019 @ 00:35
    just a couple of Legends.
  • RM
    Ryan M.
    13 April 2019 @ 00:25
    Y’all should get Bob Farrell on here
  • RK
    Robert K.
    12 April 2019 @ 23:58
  • mb
    michael b.
    12 April 2019 @ 21:05
    Just fantastic! Please have them back. I would love to hear their views on the future of TA and future career opportunities in TA.
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    12 April 2019 @ 17:35
    Joe summed it up perfectly at the end, "Awesome". Watching this, I felt like a privileged fly on the wall and could have listened to these charting pioneers' careers and stories for hours. I love the variety of subjects and market players from across the generations that I get to meet through Real Vision.
  • AA
    Ali A.
    12 April 2019 @ 16:53
    Great conversation, I liked it. But I would have loved if Ralph let Alan speak more; he (Ralph) seemed to have dominated the conversation!
    • JR
      Jace R.
      12 April 2019 @ 17:05
      That made it painful to listen to.
  • DP
    David P.
    12 April 2019 @ 14:43
    Great historical perspective
  • JV
    James V.
    12 April 2019 @ 14:42
    A string of pearls of wisdom from two Wall Street icons. Loved the old stories -and Alan's suspenders and Ralph's barn wall too. Thank you gents.
  • RM
    Richard M.
    12 April 2019 @ 14:31
    It would have been nice if Ralph had stopped to take a breath and let Alan speak for a minute!!! :-)
  • RL
    Rui L.
    12 April 2019 @ 14:13
    tks Ralph, Alan, RealVison took me some bullets to repeat to myself, just sharing. truth is, the old tricks are always the best. ... keep it simple stupid ... ... don't fight the primary trend ... dow's ... industrials and transportations both up we are in a bull market ... the bigger the top, the bigger the drop ... ... the bigger the base, the higher into space ... … don't fight the tape ... ... the trend is your friend ... if you were shipwreck on an island ... what indicator ... ? the advance / decline data the high / low data stuff that would give me a feeling of participation ... the first place you go for new ideas is, the new highs list ... ... up is good, down is bad, unless your are short ...
  • SS
    S S.
    12 April 2019 @ 12:30
    This was good. But what would have been better and more valuable to the audience is if they went into detail about which technical indicators they find the most useful in today's market and show some examples with some charts. Perhaps they can do this next time?
  • JB
    Jack B.
    12 April 2019 @ 11:06
    What an unbelievable lesson!