**WD
Gann: The Person & His Approach To Financial Markets**

Financial
speculation is a career path rich with history. Some of the greatest
fortunes of the 20^{th} century were accumulated by traders
such as __George
Soros__, Paul Tudor Jones, and Jesse Livermore.
The game of speculation has been largely transformed in form over the
last 100 years, as traders no longer huddle around a machine, waiting
for a ticker tape to emerge with the latest price ticks. Today,
traders are spread all over the world receiving price ticks to their
mobile phones and laptops anywhere an internet connection can be
found.

However, the
essential element of speculation has remained largely untouched, and
this is man’s desire to make money. Few speculators have
amassed as large of a fortune as __WD
Gann__ did during the early and mid-20^{th}
century. Gann was born June 6, 1878 in Lufkin, Texas. Gann was born
into a family of __business
sense__, as his father was a well-known local
cotton industrialist. In 1902, at the age of 24, Gann began his
career as a trader, and that career did not end until Gann’s
own life ended in 1955 at the age of 77.

Gann’s was a
trailblazer in the arena of price analysis and technical chart
analysis. His teachings largely remain in use today, as his Gann
angles continue to find traction and acceptance in modern investment
circles. Gann’s most popular discoveries were the Gann angles.
Gann believed that Time and Price were the two essential elements of
price prediction, and he believed that through the application of
Geometric Angles, which came to be eventually be called the Gann
Angles, that it was possible to forecast price direction in the stock
or __forex
market__.

Gann’s method of technical analysis was, of course, completely dependent on historical data, and historical results can never be considered as indicative of future results. Gann was most interested with identifying what he believed were high-probability price areas where supply and demand imbalance would shift and cause a change in the direction of price.

He would draw angles from all significant price pivot point swing highs and swing lows on a chart, and he would then use just one pivot point to draw an angle that moved up or down at a fixed rate of speed. The most common Gann Angles are:

T x P = |
n Degrees |

1 x 8 |
82.5 |

1 x 4 |
75 |

1 x 3 |
71.25 |

1 x 2 |
63.75 |

1 x 1 |
45 |

2 x 1 |
26.25 |

3 x 1 |
18.75 |

4 x 1 |
15 |

8 x 1 |
7.5 |

In these calculations, T is the number of units of time, of course,
and P is the number of units of price. The product N specifies what
slope the Gann angle will take. In his own research, Gann believed
that weekly Gann angles tended to be most reliable, and he actually
recommended using weekly Gann Angles over Daily Gann Angles. An
online __free
forex course__ may offer introductory education
of Gann’s basic trading ideas.