One of our fellow bloggers referred to the Stochastic Oscillator in his blog; an indicator used in technical analysis in the stock market.

Julian and his wife Janette have a great way of expressing themselves, they tell a story in the way they write. Sadly Julian has unfortunately suffered from poor health but is supported by Janette his wife. Both can be an inspiration to us all who endeavour to make our way in the Blogging and Internet Marketing world.

According to Investopedia, a Stochastic oscillator is a momentum indicator comparing a particular closing price of a security to a range of its prices over a certain period of time. The sensitivity of the oscillator to market movements is reducible by adjusting that time period or by taking a moving average of the result.

A graph of the movements of IBM and its stochastic looks like this:

The bottom line representing the movement of the stock, not the price. The top band is at 80%, the bottom at 20% of the graph. These are the action points of the indicator that a change in price direction might be on the way.

As the lines in the stochastic cross over they give an indication of a rise or fall in the value and that might signal to buy or sell.

I like to combine it with the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), indicator.

I feel one can get a better feel of the potential movement with this graph.

(Graphs courtesy of Yahoo Finance)

Well, what has all this to do with us?

Just as the graph of the movement of the IBM stock value shows us the “ups” and “downs” in its market value, it kind of reflects the lives of most of us.

In our lives, we all have “ups” and “downs”. Much like the stocks on the stock markets. But typically a quality stock usually rises after a fall.

And that is what “WE” must do.

I have not posted for a few weeks. Other things got in the way. But I have to be determined to succeed in what I am doing, so I have to get back up and start again.

The time has not been wasted.

In that time I have had to lecture for up to two hours solid to 200 undergraduates in a Business School and 30 to 40 students in the Computing school. I have gained some confidence in public speaking, without hesitation, too much repetition or stumbling. In addition, I have had to assemble the material for several University courses.

This experience has taught me a number of things.

  1. I can actually speak publically. It is not my greatest ambition, but I can do it.
  2. I can curate and assemble enough material to create over 200 PowerPoint slides a week.
  3. Never assume you know it all.
  4. Never forget that students can be very astute and critical of your best efforts, without fear.
  5. The young today are far more open and can be prepared to challenge than they were in my younger days. This is a wonderful thing.

So I am now in JTs Elite Ambassador programme and am preparing to push it to the limit.

  • It will not be easy.
  • I will hesitate.
  • I will stumble.
  • Things will get in the way.
  • I will fail sometimes.


So long as I pick myself up and start again.

It will be roller coaster, cyclical, just like the stock market.

Why don’t you have a go at John Thornhill’s programme?

It could provide you with the future that you desire.


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