The folks who answer the questions
In 1979 Mike Reed was attending a BIG TEN college on a full ride baseball scholarship, and was being scouted by a number of Major League Baseball teams. However in the summer of ’79, while water skiing with some friends, he had a diving accident that abruptly ended his chances for a career in professional baseball. One day his father brought him the Wall Street Journal, pointed out the Options page saying, “You can make a lot of money from a little if you know what to do with those.” Mike’s interest was piqued, so he got a book on options and how to read a ticker tape. Watching the ticker tape, he began charting on paper, on 15 minute intervals, plotting prices and getting a feel for the price action. Thus began his obsession with the market.
In the mid ’80s Reed happened across a mentor – an experienced trader who helped him on his way. After a few years of following him on his morning market comment, Mike bought his first PC and some options pricing software, and developed a batch of his own indicators and patterns that give low risk/ high profit potential opportunities.
Mike continued to trade OEX Options for the next 4-5 years, and by the late ’80s/early ‘90s, started day trading the big SP Futures and the NYFE (tracked NYSE Composite), which at the time was known as the “poor man’s futures contract. Throughout the 1990s he participated in a number of investment and trading forums. The advent of the internet, and the thirst for knowledge of fellow traders spurred him to put his market observations into print. Through perseverance, drive, and hard work, in 1996 Reed started writing his daily short term trader update that has since grown to a wide readership.
Phil Newton is a self taught trader who managed to start his trading career with a high degree of success. He’ll admit, though, this doesn’t mean to say he doesn’t have his fair share of loosing trades. Phil has always been interested in trading from a very early age and started reading what he could about technical analysis when he was about 16. That started with hand drawing charts of the FSTE100 and some stocks at about the same time.
Phil made his first trade when he was 18. At 25 he was trading full time and has never thought about doing anything else for a career.
Newton has written articles for several forex magazines and generally keeps his head down researching new ideas for his proprietary trading methods. He can usually be found skulking behind his trade desk showing new traders how to trade by showing how he trades in real time.
Full-Time Trader, Educator
Richard Joyson, aka Mr. Charts, is a full time intra-day trader of US stocks and has taught at many venues including the Bloomberg TV Centre in London.
Richard was a dentist for many years until giving up his practice to trade for a living in 2000. He altered the course of his life and achieved the dream so many wish for by changing career.
Joyson runs a subscription live alert and educational site where he alerts members to stocks he is looking to trade before he actually trades them. He teaches his methods face-to-face one-to-one, and also by phone and emailed images to people all over the world.
Richard has also developed another remote course using videos of the essentials of his methods which are available for sale. You can learn more on his website www.nasdaq-nyse-trading-courses.com/
Analyst, Broker, Columnist, Author
Carley is the author of A Trader’s First Book on Commodities and Commodity Options published by FT Press, a division of Prentice Hall. She has also contributed to the FT Press Delivers line of digital products, Insights for the Agile Investor. Her e-newsletters, The Stock Index Report and the Bond Bulletin, are widely distributed by DeCarley Trading and have garnered a loyal following.
Carley jumped into the options and futures industry with both feet in early 2004 and has become one of the most recognized names in the business. Throughout her fast paced career, she has been featured in the likes of Stocks & Commodities, Futures, Active Trader, Option Trader, Your Trading Edge, and Pitnews Magazine. Carley is often interviewed by news services such as Reuters and Dow Jones Newswire, and has been quoted by the Investor’s Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal. She has also been known to participate in Radio interviews. She is also proactive in providing free trading education. For details visit www.DeCarleyTrading.com.
Trader, Author, Educator
A true innovator, Guy Cohen is the creator and originator of The OVI Index, Private Traders Club, Flag-Trader, Illuminati-Trader and OptionEasy. He is the author of the best selling trading books Options Made Easy, The Bible of Options Strategies and Volatile Markets Made Easy (FT Prentice Hall) and has extensive experience of derivatives and stock markets.
Guy’s specialism is in stock market trading and he has created numerous online applications for stocks and options traders, with his hallmark being his user-friendly approach and liberal use of illustrations. His clients include NYSE Euronext, the largest stock exchange in the world, and FT Prentice Hall.
Guy is also the author of Your Gut Feeling, which details his complete cure from ulcerative colitis, how he has helped others, and how anyone else can duplicate his method.
An established and entertaining speaker, Guy has an MBA (Finance) from City University (Cass) Business School, London.
For more information about Guy’s trading products go to www.privatetraders.club.com.
For more information about “Your Gut Feeling” go to www.yourgutfeeling.com.
Anonymous Forex and Futures Broker
Broker X started as a real estate and loan broker in California. He worked in that arena for 20 years prior to retiring. Bored with retirement, and always wanting to understand the financial markets, Broker X went to work for a commodities trading school and eventually came to work with a major firm. He initially became a futures broker, but a couple years back when the firm moved into retail forex brokering, he made the switch.
The identity of Broker X is withheld due to employer compliance issues.
Private Investor, Educator, Blogger
Founder of www.TradingGoddess.com
Kat Devlon (or T.G. as she is known to many) has been an investor and swing-trader in the market since her first purchase of Webvan stock in 1999. After taking uneducated risks that resulted in the least number of gains, she spent several years reading stock market books and studying fundamental and technical analysis, while actively investing and trading.
In 2006, she founded the Trading Goddess blog, which consists of entertaining and informational posts about the stock market, businesses, and investing, with a lighter, funnier edge, while preserving knowledgeable insight and up-to-date news.
TradingGoddess.com includes analysis and opinions from many other stock market gurus. They contribute their experience and knowledge so that others can learn and become more profitable in the stock market. Whether your interest is day trading, swing trading, long term investing, options, or forex, you will find helpful and valuable information about it posted on the website.
Like-minded individuals and organizations that thrive on intelligent, educated, and useful information, and collaboration with a warmer, more personable approach are encouraged to stop by www.TradingGoddess.com and say hello.
Professional Trader, Blogger
Rob Hanna is a full-time market professional. He has served as president of Hanna Capital Management, LLC since 2001. From 2003 to 2007 his column “Rob Hanna’s Putting It All Together” could be found twice a week on TradingMarkets.com. In January of 2008 Rob began Quantifiable Edges. The website, subscriber letter, and blog focus on assessing market action through indicators and history. Rob looks at price, volume, breadth and sentiment indicators. Some are well known and publicly available and others are proprietary. The frequent historical market studies he publishes in both his blog and newsletters help to provide a foundation for his market analysis and trading bias.
You can follow Rob on his blog: http://quantifiableedges.blogspot.com/
Trader, Educator, Hedge Fund Consultant
Smita is the founder and CEO of Sunrise Capital LLC, a company focused on helping investors and traders improve their skills and profit from both bull and bear markets. Sunrise also provides consultation services to Hedge Funds. Smita has delivered a 43% compounded annual gain over the last 11 years (1998-2008).
Smita actively manages a substantial portfolio, trading in stocks, options, currencies and commodities. Her success is the result of disciplined deployment of risk management techniques, technical and fundamental analysis and a thorough understanding of trader and market psychology. Smita leads trading workshops designed to help traders sharpen their own skills. She is especially passionate about helping other women get more actively involved in this field. She is an active contributor to the Emmy award-winning financial website Minyanville.com and its Premium Service for active traders, Buzz and Banter.
You can learn about Smita’s mentoring at
Trader, Author, Educator and Licensed Advisor
Brent Penfold is a full time trader, author, educator and licensed Advisor. He began his career in 1983 as an institutional dealer with Bank America and today specializes in trading global currencies and indices.
Brent is the author of the best selling book The Universal Principles of Successful Trading, (John Wiley), a book that has received high praise.
“This is one of the best books on trading to come along in a long time and I predict it will become a classic”.
President, Futures Truth Co.
Brent is profiled in John Atkinson’s e-book The Stock Market Wizards of Australia and his new books, Trading with the Hidden Dragon and Forex Trading Made Profitable are due for release by John Wiley in 2010 and 2011.
Brent publishes daily newsletters for active Forex and Index traders and is a popular and sought after international speaker who has presented to traders throughout the Asia Pacific region in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, India and China.
Brent is a licensed futures advisor (AFSL 225946) and holds a Master of Commerce (Finance) degree.
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