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Peter Steidlmayer's lifelong interest in the markets began during his undergraduate days at the University of California at Berkeley, from which he graduated in 1960. He joined the Chicago Board of Trade in 1963 and has been an independent trader ever since. Peter served on the board of directors of the CBOT from 1981 to 1983. While a director, he was responsible for initiating his own revolutionary concepts in data arrangement and trading information—Market ProfileÆ and the Liquidity Data Bank©. He is author of four books: Markets and Market Logic, Steidlmayer on Markets, New Market Discoveries, and 141 West Jackson, A Journey Through Trading Discoveries. He is presently working on his fifth book, The Essence of Trading. Each of these books establishes a rational working framework for organizing the underlying structure and movement of the market(s).

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Database Creation and Management - Markets Measured Are Markets Defined

Expert: Peter Steidlmayer
Type: PDF Workbook MP3 Audio
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Organizing data is always the first step in analysis. Most technical traders organize market data in terms of time and price. Peter contends that this is not the way the market represents itself, and that traders would be better served to view market data as the market actually presents it.

In this session, Peter examines market segments, or discrete market movements, in terms of value and development rather than price and time. To really understand the market, traders must allow the market to communicate freely. Any externally imposed structure will distort the results. Peter views chronological time as just such an external structure. Market movements do not conveniently begin and end at pre-calculated times in order to coincide with a particular chart or trading style. Market movements begin when some inefficiency between buyers and sellers exists. The movement ends when the market has attained its objective. Most technical analysis is based on the premise that the current price has already discounted all available information about the underlying instrument and so is "fair" at any given time.

Peter explains why recent developments in the markets invalidate this assumption — price at any given moment no longer represents value at that moment. Inefficiency generates market movement. In Peter's terms, such movement begins with a dominant force that then drives the movement to some result or output (price). The end of any given market segment is, by definition, the beginning of another. Determining how, when, and under what circumstances a market segment ends is the beginning of market evaluation.

The concept of efficiency is critical to Peter's methodology. It is, essentially, that state in which the buyers and sellers agree on the value of an underlying instrument. Peter explains the concept of dynamic efficiency, in which the markets are always moving from imbalance to balance. Peter believes that, ultimately, questions raised by the market can only be answered through active participation in the markets.

In this session, Peter gives you the foundation you need to undertake this journey. According to Peter, the market " . . has a well-defined underlying process that can be understood and recognized and that process has a natural progression that can be seen and measured. It has reference points which, when identified, represent important information, and it produces a final output which accomplishes the market's purpose. The process is cyclical: it reaches closure and then starts over again."

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