From the CMT Association website:
"The CMT Association is a global credentialing body with nearly 50 years of service to the financial industry. The Chartered Market Technician® (CMT®) designation marks the highest education within the discipline and is the preeminent designation for practitioners of technical analysis worldwide. Our market philosophy is grounded in behavioral economics. Technical analysis provides the tools to successfully navigate the gap between intrinsic value and market price across all asset classes through a disciplined, systematic approach to market behavior and the law of supply and demand.
Earning the CMT® demonstrates mastery of a core body of knowledge of investment risk in portfolio management..."
You can find out more about the CMT® program here.
What I find most valuable, going through the CMT program, is the process of inter-market analysis followed by, a top down approach. Going through the above mentioned process, add the use of:
Classical Chart Patterns
Fibonacci retracements and extensions
- Support and Resistance
Risk Reward Ratio
...and a pinch of confluence!
Analyzing intermediate- (weekly) as well as long-term (monthly) charts, smooths out the daily noise and can give a simple and clear picture to work with as a starting point.
Combining mid- to long-term charts (structural) with daily charts (tactical) can be very valuable.
What is most enjoyable about Technical Analysis is that it can be applied to any and every market and asset class.