I'm new to trading/finance industry and have some questions about TA. I work in a fundamentally oriented firm where TA is scoffed at, yet the stock pickers here regularly buy at bad times. Look at the chart for CTB, for example (the firm bought around $12.50 in May and the stock has done nothing but go down... currently trading near $9.50 at the moment). This happens pretty often here and at other fundamental firms I know of. However, I don't know much about TA. - Why/how does it work (or does it?) - Where should I start? - I've been looking at the CMT designation as a good place to start, but it doesn't appear very reputable (in other words, why not just read the books and save money). Everything I read about TA says that it's a load of BS and is very subjective/unreliable/etc. Any advice would be appreciated.