| Ameriprise Financial is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. provides a range of products and services to individual and institutional clients. Co.'s segments are: Advice and Wealth Management, which provides financial planning and advice, as well as brokerage services, to retail clients through its advisors; Asset Management, which provides investment management, advice and products to clients through the Columbia Threadneedle Investments® brand; and Retirement and Protection Solutions, which includes Retirement Solutions (variable annuities and payout annuities) and Protection Solutions (life and disability insurance). |
When researching a stock like Ameriprise Financial, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from AMP Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for AMP stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the AMP 200 day moving average ("AMP 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the AMP 50 day moving average ("AMP 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Ameriprise Financial. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the AMP 200 DMA and the AMP 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("AMP MACD"). The AMP MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).