Alternative Analysis Methods Applied to the German Stock Market

Alternative Analysis Methods Applied to the German Stock Market

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The price movements of stocks are the result of complex interdependencies due to a vast number of influencing factors a€“ such as fundamental and psychological factors a€“ are expressed in the expectations and the behavior of the stock market participants. To cope with this complexity and to derive an applicable asset strategy, analysts distinguish particularly between two dominant analysis methods in practice a€“ the Fundamental and the Technical Analysis a€“ which have recently been supplemented by the approach of Behavioral Finance. With reference to a strict interpretation of the theoretical assumptions of the Fundamental as well as the Technical Analysis these two concepts are mutually exclusive. As a result of this there are a vast number of analysts who either acknowledge the Fundamental Analysis while denying the Technical Analysis and vice versa. The Fundamentals criticize that the technical approach has a lack in academic foundation and is, therefore similar to a kind of reading tea leaves, whereas the Technicals are convinced that the Fundamental Analysis is not able to generate an advantage by analyzing the fundamental value drivers of a stock, because those are already reflected by the current market prices. In practice the Fundamental Analysis seems to have its weaknesses particularly during extreme market phases a€“ e.g. during the New Economy bubble at the end of the nineties a€“ in which the psychology of the market participants gains in impact. At the same time the fundamental aspects are seemingly neglected. Furthermore, the fundamental approach seems to have improvement capabilities particularly in terms of timing. Psychological aspects of the market participants are at least indirectly included within the Technical Analysis, which could be particularly used for timing decisions as well. Nevertheless, it has its weaknesses too, e.g. it does not provide clearly defined interpretation rules for its various numbers of chart patterns and technical indicators. Behavioral Finance seems to have its existence authority in practice as well, due to decisions in stock markets made by human beings, who do not always behave total rationally. All these aspects lead to the master question if the two alternative analysis methods a€“ Technical Analysis and Behavioral Finance a€“ can deliver any useable supplements towards the Fundamental Analysis in terms of their practical application?Technical Analysis and Behavioral Finance as Supplements to the Fundamental Approach Timo Schlichting ... V bottom and rounding bottom shown by the example of the Versatel AG, period: 2007/04/30anbsp;...

Title:Alternative Analysis Methods Applied to the German Stock Market
Author:Timo Schlichting
Publisher:GRIN Verlag - 2009-07-24


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