Introduction to

Introduction to

Overview is a website that provides online investors with high-quality financial charts for making better investing decisions.

Our website is focused on Technical Analysis - the study of price history via charts. We provide award-winning analysis tools, market commentary from respected analysts like John Murphy and Martin Pring, and a huge collection of educational resources that can help anyone become a better, more informed investor.

Most of the features of our website can be used for free by anyone from any device that has a modern web browser. No additional plug-ins or software downloads are necessary to view our charts. Daily and weekly charts can be created for free. Other time periods require a subscription.

Getting Started

If you're brand-new to, we recommend you check out our Getting Started Series first, which will introduce you to the main features of our website.


Our standard bar/candlestick charts are called SharpCharts. They are created by typing a ticker symbol into the “Create a Chart” box at the top of any of our webpages. There are numerous different settings that you can customize including:

  • Size
  • Color Scheme
  • Technical Indicators
  • Technical Overlays
  • Start and End Dates
  • and much more…

We also provide P&F Charts that use “Xs” and “Os” to display price action, Interactive PerfCharts that let you compare the performance of several different stocks on one chart, Seasonality Charts that show you which months are best for a given stock, and Interactive RRG Charts which give a non-traditional look at a stock's relative strength.

Members have access to our custom Scan Engine that can be used to find all stocks that currently meet any given technical criteria. Members can also add annotations to their charts - annotations that we then automatically keep up-to-date.

All of our tools are documented in our Support Center. We also have numerous educational videos that demonstrate their use. Finally, our commentators frequently write about how they use our tools to create their commentary.


We have a large collection of free technical market commentary on our site under the Blogs tab. In addition, members can read our paid market commentary from John Murphy, Martin Pring, and Arthur Hill.

We try to provide commentary that is both timely and educational. Many of our blog articles will show you an interesting chart, discuss why the chart is interesting and what it means for the market, and then tell you how you can create the chart yourself.

Educational Resources

We also have a large collection of timeless educational articles and videos on our site. Most of these are located in ChartSchool and the Support Center.

ChartSchool is our ever-growing collection of articles on all aspects of Technical Analysis. In there you will find articles about every indicator, overlay and chart type that we support with definitions, chart examples, interpretation guidelines, formulas and even example spreadsheets. It is a huge, free resource for anyone interested in almost any aspect of Technical Analysis.

Our instructional videos can help you get up to speed quickly with Each video is 5-10 minutes long and covers a specific area or tool found on the website.

Finally, our Support Center contains our documentation as well as ways for you to contact our Customer Support Team with questions or suggestions.

History was founded in 1999 by Chip Anderson, a 10-year veteran of Microsoft. It won its first award for charting excellence in 2002. It has been named “Best Technical Analysis Website” by the readers of Stocks & Commodities magazine for every year since then. We have also been named “Editor's Choice: Best Charting Software” by the AAII on several different occasions.

  • We launched our website in June of 1999.
  • In 2000, we launched our original SharpCharts charting tool.
  • In 2001, hired Arthur Hill as its Senior Technical Analyst.
  • In 2003, we launched our Scan Engine technical screening tool.
  • In 2004, acquired and hired John Murphy as its Chief Technical Analyst.
  • In 2005, we launched our upgraded “SharpCharts 2” charting tool.
  • In 2008, we began “StockCharts University,” a series of educational seminars given throughout the country.
  • In 2011, we held our first conference in downtown Seattle. ChartCon 2011 was attended by over 200 people.
  • In 2011, we partnered with Gatis Roze, the author of the “Traders Journal” blog.
  • In 2012, we held ChartCon 2012 in downtown Seattle which was attended by over 250 people.
  • In 2013, we hired Greg Schnell as a Senior Technical Analyst.
  • In 2014, we acquired and hired Carl Swenlin and Erin Heim as Senior Technical Analysts.
  • In 2014, we partnered with Martin Pring adding his “Market Roundup” blog to the site.
  • In 2014, we partnered with RRG Research adding their RRG Charts to the site.
  • In 2014, we held ChartCon 2014 in downtown Seattle with speakers including John Murphy, Martin Pring, Alexander Elder and Richard Arms.
  • In 2015, we hired Tom Bowley as a Senior Technical Analyst.
  • In 2015, we launched a series of webinars hosted by Greg Schnell, Tom Bowley, Erin Heim and others.
  • In 2016, we started rolling out a new look-and-feel for the site by revamping the Blogs area of the website.
  • In 2016, we added stocks from the London Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India to our database.
  • In 2016, we launched a new HTML5-based version of our ChartNotes annotation tool.
  • In 2016, we held our first on-line ChartCon conference with over ten times the number of attendees!
  • In 2017, we rolled out our new unbundled pricing model with many more data plan options than before.
  • In 2017, we rolled out a new Homepage design and moved much of the market information onto the Members Dashboard.

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