Technical analysts typically begin their analysis with charts, while fundamental analysts start with a company’s financial statements. Fundamental analysis takes a long-term approach to invest compared to the short-term approach taken by technical analysis. Fundamental analysis is a method of evaluating securities by attempting to measure the intrinsic value of a stock. Technical analysis differs from fundamental analysis in that the stock’s price and volume are the only inputs. Technical analysts do not attempt to measure a security’s intrinsic value, but instead, use stock charts to identify patterns and trends that suggest what a stock will do in the future.