Over the years, technical analysis has had its tools usurped by quantitative analysis and behavioral finance. But in an ever changing world, assumptions, especially those about tails and linearity, can kill the mechanical systems of the former. Hmmmm, sounds like portfolio insurance and Long germ Capital Management, doesn’t it?br /br /Here is an excerpt of an article found in the Financial News (US) and posted to a chat room by the world famous John Bollinger:br /br /”Quantitative fund managers, who use computer models rather than human judgment to pick stocks, have continued to suffer since the credit crisis threw their calculations into confusion last summer.br /br /They are fighting back with new models and new ideas, but are running into investor skepticism.pThree quarters of fund managers—quant and non-quant alike—agree the outlook for computer models is troubled./p pIt will be difficult for them to generate returns because they are all following similar market factors, according to a study last week from the CFA Institute (that’s the fundamental analysis society to which all the Wall Street analysts belong), a trade body for fund managers./p pManagers are responding in three ways, often in combination, the study found./p pThey are developing extra models, looking for fresh sources of information to feed into the models, and some are introducing a level of more traditional, human insight into their process.”/pbr /pEnd Quote/pbr /pSo, they are changing by adding more models? Garbage in, garbage out. At least they are adding a little human insight into the mix and guess what? that is technical analysis in an different dress./ppQuants and all the propeller heads on Wall Street are a bigger herd than mom and pop retail investor.br //p