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Interviews

 

Steve Nison Candlestick Analysis: Lighting the Markets by Tom Hougaard

Steve Nison is a busy man. Ever since his first book “Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques” was published in 1991 he has run his own advisory business, which gives trade recommendations to institutional investors and hedge funds. He is also one of the most respected teachers on trading the financial markets, and his seminars are always a sell-out wherever he goes. Since the publication of his first book he has written another two best sellers on Candlestick analysis. His first book is affectionately known as the “modern-day bible” of trading... READ MORE

 

Interview with Michael Covel by John Forman

Investors buy and hold. Hoping that the market will continually move up, they buy long with no exit plan. They do not manage risk so they give up control. Traders, on the other hand, do not care whether the market goes up or down. They buy long or sell short and they always have an exit plan. They have predefined exit points meaning they know when to exit for profit and when to exit to minimize loss. Traders practice risk management. They define risk. They know with mathematical certainty exactly how much they are willing to lose. They take control... READ MORE

 

Doug Hirschhorn Interview by Doug Hirschhorn

I played baseball my whole life and through college (I was a catcher). When I graduated, I got a job on trading floor for a proprietary trading firm at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. They used to hire athletes almost exclusively because they believed athlete’s made better traders. Anyways, I worked there for a few years and then a herniated disc in my lower back forced me to leave the floor and trade equities electronically. I did that for about 9 months and then realized I wanted more out life so I left the trading world to go coach baseball…figuring I would be poor but happy... READ MORE

 

Steve Palmquist Interview by Steve Palmquist

When I was in college I discovered that a savings account was a guaranteed loser after inflation for me, and a guaranteed winner for the bank. I was an electrical engineering major and was researching potential places to work when I graduated.  I started following several technology companies, and watching their stock prices. I wondered what made good companies and what drove the stock prices so I began reading about investing. I found it interesting and investing became one of my life long passions... READ MORE

 

Interview with John O'Donnell by Paul Mullen

I got started in 1968 as a biology and physics teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was the Director of the teacher investment club with a $100 per teacher contribution in a pool and some hopes and dreams. I read Harry Browne’s book in 1970 about Nixon closing the ‘gold window’ for the USD. The title of Harry’s classic book is How to Profit from the Coming Devaluation and it changed my life and all I have touched in this space forever... READ MORE

 

Interview with Professional Forex Analyst John Forman by Paul Mullen

Well, in my case, I work for a division of Thomson Reuters, which is a name probably most people know, on one level or another. It's involved with what we call "real time analysis." We're a third party. We don't have anybody that's managing money or anything like that. There is no portfolio we're dealing with. There is no axe that we have... READ MORE

 

Interview with Stock Trader Alan Rich by Paul Mullen

I think I've been trading for a living for 10 years and I realized back in the end of the '90s that if you trade for a living, you've got to go and find things that move. That's where you make the money, and American stocks are not just on the NASDAQ but on all the markets, are moved more the most so it makes it easier for the trader to daytrade, which is what I really enjoy. I swing trade on the U.K. market, as well... READ MORE

 

Interview with Market Delta Trader Christopher Koozekanani by Paul Mullen

I guess even since a young child, I have always been very interested in current affairs, what's going on in the world economies, and that sort of thing. That's always been in my mind. My initial career path after high school was I went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, got a degree in aeronautical science, and then immediately went into the army... READ MORE

 

Roger Middleton Interview by Roger Middleton

I was made redundant in 1992, and was in danger of losing everything, so decided that the ability to generate a second income which no one else could take away once I was back on my feet was a priority. It was what my daughter called my “get out of jail free” card... READ MORE

 

Davie Grant Interview by Davie Grant

Self-taught at the very beginning. Certainly for the first 4 years. Then as I started to get to know people within the industry through brokers etc. I started to get to know some professional traders who worked in the city and some very successful investors who were essentially large position traders. Also I have to admit I have 2 good friends who both work for different SB companies. The tales they tell are very interesting about what sort of trader makes money and what sort eventually lose!.. READ MORE

 

John Bartlett Interview by John Bartlett

My background is financial services, about 10 years prior to finding trading I dabbled in traded options, I lost interest when it didn't make me rich in a few weeks, I blew my trial bank and forgot about it, continued selling executive pension schemes and and a friend sent me a mail shot from someone charging a lot of money to teach spread betting on futures and shares. It started from there, I spent money on a very poor A4 folder and an out of focus video! At least it started me thinking. With my knowledge of the internet I investigated further, opened an account with a spread betting company and promptly lost five figures in the first six months... READ MORE

 

Alpesh Patel Interview by Alpesh Patel

Wanted to earn money whilst at school (and whilst my parents toiled 18 hours to send me to a public school) and the idea of company employees toiling to make me money whilst I avoided a paper round all because I bought some stock sounded like a darn good idea. Still yet to get a proper job. Viva capitalism – who has the capital rules the roost. Labour is abundant, capital, or rather the ability to get a return on capital is scarce... READ MORE

 

Mark Williams Interview by Mark Williams

I have been taught by TheBlindSquirrel, who gave me the basics, and then later by Alan Farley. TheBlindSquirrel taught me the basics of technical analysis and Alan Farley moved my knowledge on further with the introduction of strategy building techniques and money management... READ MORE

 

Joe Ross Interview by Joe Ross

My uncle taught me self-discipline and how to approach trading. Once that was done (1 ½ years), I became a self-taught trader insofar as technique. I developed my own strategies and tactics to carry out those strategies to completion... READ MORE

 

Jim Wyckoff by Jim Wyckoff

Not long after he began his career in financial/commodity market journalism, Jim began studying technical analysis. He found it fascinating. By studying chart patterns and other technical indicators, Jim realized the playing field could be leveled between the “professional insiders” in the markets, and traders/analysts like himself … READ MORE