International Federation of Technical Analysts

Where market technicians from around the world speak the same language

The International Federation of Technical Analysts was incorporated in 1986 and is a global organization of market analysis societies and associations. IFTA is an international non-profit organization with member societies in 21 countries. The International Federation of Technical Analysts offers certification to technical analysts around the world.

IFTA 2024

Join us for the 2024 IFTA Annual Conference in Hainan!
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3 October: Annual General Meeting & Board Meeting

4-6 October: IFTA Annual Conference

Hosted by: 

China Information Development Technical Analysis Association (CIDTAA)

Mark your calendars for this exciting event where experts and enthusiasts in technical analysis gather to explore the latest trends and insights. Stay tuned for more details!

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IFTA Webinars

Through IFTA’s continuous efforts to bring the global technical community closer as well as offer further accessibility to renowned Technical Analysis experts worldwide, we have launched a series of IFTA-hosted webinars. These webinars are offered exclusively to all members of IFTA-affiliated societies around the globe.


MACD-v: Volatility Normalised Momentum – A Twice Awarded Indicator

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The Roadmap from 2024: Harnessing Super Cycles

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Prepare for 2024: Martin Pring’s Expert Insights on the Equity Market

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Trading Market Dynamics Using Technical Analysis

by Constance Brown, CFTe, MFTA

Technical Analysis — how does it work?

Technical Analysis is the systematic method of analyzing financial instruments, including securities, futures, and interest-rate products, with only market-delivered information such as price, volume, volatility, and open interest. The tools of technical analysis are measurements and derivatives of price, for example, on-balance volume, price oscillators, momentum measurements, and pattern recognition. A Technical Analyst applies such tools for forecasting and timing the trading and investing in financial instruments. Technical Analysis is a universal discipline.


Member societies recognize that IFTA Certification represents the highest achievement and recognition by peers in the Technical Analysis community. The IFTA certification program is split into a professional certification, Certified Financial Technician (CFTe), and the Master level designation, Master of Financial Technical Analysis (MFTA).

Certified Financial Technician (CFTe)

The IFTA Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) consists of CFTe I and II, which together constitute a complete professional program. The two examinations culminate in the award of this internationally recognized professional qualification in Technical Analysis.

Master of Financial Technical Analysis (MFTA)

IFTA’s Master of Financial Technical Analysis (MFTA) requires an original body of research. It is intended to be a rigorous demonstration of professionalism in the global arena of technical analysis.

Connecting people

IFTA aims to connect technical analysts around the globe. IFTA conferences connect on a global scale, whereas member societies offer local networking opportunities.

IFTA Societies

IFTA Membership is available to societies rather than individuals. If you have an interest in being a part of our International Federation, please join one of our members or developing member societies!

Do not have an existing society in your country? You can consider forming one!

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