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Charles H. Dow Award Guidelines

1. Eligibility

The competition is open to anyone with an interest in technical analysis. By submitting a paper the author consents to the following terms of the competition.


The last day for submitting papers is December 1, 2015.

3Standards of Judgment

A.) A paper will be judged according to the following standards:

i. The paper is based upon the concepts of technical analysis and provides a complete and practical application of the topic being presented

ii. The subject of the paper should be directly related to a topic included in the Body of Knowledge of the Chartered Market Technician program. The Body of Knowledge can be reviewed at

iii. If feasible, testing should be done to demonstrate the value of the idea. The test period should include data from at least one complete market cycle to allow for the evaluation of the idea in bull and bear markets. The amount of data needed will vary with the timeframe being tested. Tests of monthly data will usually require a longer test period than tests of intraday data to include a complete market cycle. All tests should include a sufficient number of signals to demonstrate the concept is statistically significant, generally at least 30 signals.

All tests should include recent data with the end of the data being no later than one year before the paper submission deadline.

iv. The writing meets generally accepted standards of style for professional publications and academic level writing. The judges will use the submission requirements of the Journal of Technical Analysis to determine if a paper meets this  standard. Those requirements can be found at

v. The analysis and conclusions are useful and enhance the understanding of market action.

vi. A paper should be written so that an audience of knowledgeable technical analysts can apply the principle defined in the paper based solely on the content of the paper.

B.) Materials that have been prepared for specific research purposes, in addition to longer form research previously included in the MTA’s Journal of Technical Analysis and monthly newsletter Technically Speaking are eligible for submission.

Examples of materials prepared for research purposes include:  materials prepared for academic websites, materials published on non-commercial sites, and papers prepared as research for clients (i.e. whitepapers).

Work that has been published for commercial exposure (i.e. work that has been published in magazines, newspapers, or commercial websites) is not eligible and as such, will not be considered.

4Authors’ Copyright and Permission to Produce and Distribute Copies

The author of the winning paper and of papers awarded certificates shall retain the copyrights to the papers, but the authors shall permit the MTA to produce and distribute copies in any medium of all or part of a paper.

5. Waivers for Previously Published Materials

Authors must sign a waiver acknowledging that there are no restrictions of the MTA’s publicizing efforts should the paper win. This shall be signed upon initial submission to the Charles H. Dow award, and finalized when the author(s) is notified of selection.

6Style & Format

The text must be a persuasive and conclusive presentation of the subject. Charts, tables, and figures should be used to exemplify or supplement the text and should not be the primary means of conveying the author’s points.
Charts, tables, and figures should be placed in appropriate sections of the text and shall be individually labeled in numerical sequence. When it is not possible to do so, they shall be presented in appendices.

Statistical supplements are encouraged. Papers should generally be between 5 and 20 pages in length with additional supporting material placed in statistical supplements as needed.

All references to the author’s name shall be removed from the text, footnotes and all supplementary material. All references to other materials and indicators created by the author shall be removed or disguised in such a manner that the judging panel cannot identify the author.

The judging panel will not consider any paper that does not comply with these guidelines.

7. Outline Submissions (optional)

The outline process will help clarify and organize the candidate's thoughts while providing the foundation for longer research.  The candidate will receive commentary on the topic, its suitability, and the approach the candidate is taking.

Outlines will be accepted until October 15, 2015 and can be submitted to Emily E.A. Meyer at

8. Submission Process

All submissions must be uploaded in both a Word document (.doc) and a .PDF document on the MTA website at

9. Judging Panel

The judging panel will be selected from prior winners of the Charles H. Dow Award, full Members of the MTA, and representatives of sponsoring organizations. Members of the Board of Directors of the MTA, with the exception of the editorial board of the MTA’s Journal of Technical Analysis, shall not be eligible to serve on the judging panel. The chair of the Award Committee will be a non-voting member of the judging panel. No author shall ask for or receive assistance of any kind from a member of the judging panel.

10. Decisions of the Judging Panel

The decisions of the judging panel will be final and without recourse for reconsideration by the judging panel, the MTA, or sponsoring organizations. Prior to announcing a decision, the judging panel may in its discretion ask an author to revise a submission. The judging panel also reserves the right not to select a winner, for the given year, if it deems that there are no submissions that are worthy of being given the award.

11. Cash Prize

The recipient will receive a cash prize of USD $5,000 and will be invited to present the winning paper at the MTA’s Annual Symposium in New York City. If applicable, all federal, state, and local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the recipient. The paper or a summary may be published in the MTA’s Journal of Technical Analysis, the MTA Technically Speaking e-newsletter, the MTA website, and the MTA Knowledge Base. At the discretion of the judges, the authors of runner-up papers will receive certificates.

12. Publicity

The MTA may publicize the award, its recipients’ names (but not necessarily their places of employment) and all or part of the winning paper or runner-up papers. Award recipients and runners-up may publicize their awards in an appropriate manner without undue enhancement.


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