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The Technical Analysis Foundation of SE Asia

IFTA

I have recently put the finishing touches on a new organization here in Vietnam, The Technical Analysis Foundation of Southeast Asia. Earlier in the year AlphaVN became an affiliate member of the International Federation of Technical Analysts, the IFTA.  The IFTA is dedicated to teaching and certifying new technical analysts and assisting traders in better utilizing these skills.  The new organization I've set up seeks to become an affiliate organization to the IFTA and be a touchstone for training new market operators in the region. 

Our role will be to build a stronger community of analysts here in Vietnam though the holding of regular meetings/seminars focused on technical analysis and foster greater understanding of it within the financial community. 

As a member you will enjoy the following benefits.

  • Attend monthly meeting without charges, non-members are charged for meetings at the door.
  • Will get assistance in preparing for the Professional CFTe Certification Exam offer by IFTA.
  • Web access to IFTA Newsletters.
  • Recieve a copy of the IFTA Journal, published annually.
  • Attend annual IFTA Conference at a discounted rate.
  • Networking among members & speakers.

The IFTA grants two levels of certification, a Level I and Level II Certified Financial Technician as well as a Master of Financial Technical Analysis.

You can read about what each one entails here.  The syllabus and study guide can be found here.

I am in the process of setting up an initial seminar to establish a founding community and begin preparing attendees for the Level I certification here in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.  The seminar will be offered free of charge and attendees will be offered a free 1 year IFTA membership.

If you would like to sign up for this course please send me an email with your preferred email address along with first and last name.  Date and time for the course will be announced at a later date.

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Stevia, unlike aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose is an extract from a plant, and therefore carries the connotation of being natural, which is becoming more and more important in today’s food and beverage market.  Ben & Jerry’s, a division of Unilever (NYSE:UL), made headlines recently with its pledge to eschew the use of GMO foods in its ice cream’s supply chain by 2015. 

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Peter Pham is a capital market specialist and entrepreneur.  With expertise as a Head of Institutional Sales and Trading he closely watches the market and probes for investment opportunities utilizing a unique blend of quantitative trading experience and macro trend analysis… (read more)

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