Sunday, October 25, 2009

For GT Blog October 25, 2009

I am still done with the CSTA in spite of Don Vialoux’s opinion that my comments were “over the top and not in (my) best interests.”

The reality is the CSTA is the only professional organisation that allows industry professional members to use the resources of their organisation (the CSTA) for the purpose of soliciting, urging, requesting, enticing or otherwise promoting their services to individual investors.

I know because I attended many public CSTA promotions at various financial forums and witnessed CSTA members pimping their services to private investors who were initially curious about the benefits of membership. A classic bait and switch technique.

The foxes ambushing the chickens

Log on to - The Financial Advisors Association of Canada - a platform of knowledge, advocacy, community and protection enhancing the professionalism of financial advisors and planners in the best interest of the consumer. Only industry professionals can be members - scan the list of directors – no contact info – with the exception of

Scan the list of CSTA directors – the contact info is directed to their personal business enterprise. Some of the directors email reply names are almost egregious – not suitable for a professional organisation - some examples "Wi$" and “” – only one director has non predatory contact information - Deborah Shaman, Ottawa Regional Director -

The foxes ambushing the chickens

One would wonder why an industry pro who may - or may not have any accreditation or reputation of being a technical analyst would worm their way onto the list of CSTA directors. There can be only two answers – firstly it is an easy way to add some impressive stuff to their resumes – something like “Billy Bob is past President (or) former director of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA)”.

Secondly why would a director want to post all of their professional contact information on a busy web site?

The foxes ambushing the chickens

This predatory behaviour only adds to the public perception that technical analysis is “voodoo science” or “lunatic fringe” activity. The fact that holding a CMT does little to impress the regulators or the financial services industry as to accreditation is a serious problem for the profession. That is why some CMT’s will also acquire a CFA or CIM to ensure employment opportunity

Now before all you CMTs out there complain - go to Advocis / find an advisor and look at the search - Financial designation options CFA, CFP, CH.F.C, CIM, CLU, CMP, R.F.P, REBC, RHU and TEP – no CMT found here

There is more – look at IIROC the list CE Accredited Courses for Cycle 4 (2009-2011) Professional Development - IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada - the link:

No mention of the CSTA here but one can get 4 credits by watching a presentation by Thomson Reuters Markets Academy

Don I know you were – and I quote - “sad about Bill’s comments for a number of reasons: The comments were not specific. More information about his concerns are needed by the CSTA board before it can respond.”

So there you go – specifically yours – Bill Carrigan


Dr. Do said...

Bill - good post. but I think there might be an opportunity here for you to help brush up and clean up the image of the CSTA. Perhaps you should be in charge of leading the professional ethics side of the CSTA? You raise a good point about conformity with the CSTA's email addresses. I hope the board members are listening. Also, good point about the CMT not being recognized as professional investment designation... The CMT designation is like the chiropractor of the investment world. I'm an accountant and outside of Canada CGAs and CMAs are not as well recognized and are fighting for the same recognition as the CAs. Some think (CMTs) technicians are crazy and don't really believe in the voodoo of the charts. For instance the CFA designation doesn't teach anything on technical analysis and they are primarily based in research methods of fundamentals and financials. Also, most investment advisors that I know of prescribe to the tune of the buy and hold/ keep your asset mix correct and in the long term you will be okay. The CMT from my perspective is more of a technical trading mentality than an investment mentality. Sort of like how a chiropractor or traditional chinese medicine is to mainstream medical doctors. I hope something positive comes of your posts and that the CSTA is listening. Keep up the great posts.

JoeManyHatz said...

Hi, I have been a CSTA member for 2 years (Ottawa chapter). In that time I have attended a total of 34 presentations and study sessions, and borrowed a number of DVDs and books from the CSTA library. Meetings are well run and a good use of my time. I am about to join again for a 3rd year because I get real value for my membership fees. We are lucky to have Deborah Shaman leading the Ottawa chapter and I am glad you mentioned her as an exception in your comments. Other chapters may not be as fortunate.

Sean said...

Kudos Bill. I love your site and subscribe via RSS on myYahoo. I also have a soft spot for your analysis because you - like me - still us Supercharts, even though there are far more fanciful packages available. I have made the same criticisms to colleagues and have not renewed for 8 years because of the chicanery. The last meeting I went to was "guest led" by a Montreal businessman that hounded me for a subscription for years. I would like to point out, however, that your site is not immune from vendorville, as you have Google ads (the latest one promises 700% stock picks) on your site. Remove these and your credibility goes up even further in my view.