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What is the market profile?

Market profile

The market profile is an an intra-day charting technique devised by J. Peter Steidlmayer. Steidlmayer was looking to analyse the development of the daytime portion of market value. Market profile is recognised as a bell shape, larger at the middle prices with sparser activity at the higher and lower prices.

Where have you heard about the market profile?

The market profile was introduced to the public in graphic form in 1985 and was included as a CBOT market product. First introduced as a trading methodology, it was described as “the only variable cost ticker service in the commodities industry”.

What you need to know about the market profile.

The profiles graphic was used to inform viewers what the market was doing. In 1987 the very first market profile course was introduced at Western Illinois University by professor Thomas P. Drinka. Steidlmayer and Kevin Koy then started the Logic Market School to instruct profiles trading. During this time the general access to tick data was becoming increasingly available and it was becoming increasingly obvious that pit trading’s days were almost over. By 1991 it was transparent that the focus had shifted hugely from databased determined calculations to profile technology.

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