Michael Cook is not likely to overreact to sudden movements in the market. After all, when you have executed transactions valued at tens of millions on institutional trade desks, you’re not likely to be rattled by a three-tick swing in the e-mini S&P’s.
Cook spent 10 years on European trading desks as a market maker and senior trader with various banks and hedge funds, specializing in debt instruments and emerging markets. He holds degrees in Internation . . . READ MORE
Living in Zagreb, Croatia, Marko Grcic is no stranger to natural beauty. He lives just a short ride from the Sava River along the southern slopes of scenic Medvednica Mountain.
But isn’t finding beauty in the futures markets a bit of stretch? Not for Grcic.
“As an active windsurfer, I have always been amazed by nature,” Marko says. “What sparked my interest in trading is the beauty and elegance of the natural laws I can see in the markets every day. There is a unique mixture . . . READ MORE
To find his own voice as a trader, Gary
Hart went down an eclectic road. A
home study course by flamboyant Ken Roberts… a few years in Woodie’s CCI Club…
workshops with systems trader Greg Ballard… a decade of experimentation using
TradeStation… countless books and magazine articles.
“They were all stepping stones and pieces
of the puzzle,” Hart says. “Ken
Roberts got me into futures trading.
Woodie . . . READ MORE
If Chris Johnston had to single out his core philosophy, it would probably be
“Trader, know thyself.”
“Match up your trading style with your personality,” Chris says. “Be honest with yourself about who
you are and what you are comfortable doing. Once
you have done that, seek out styles or techniques that are in harmony with your
personality. If you do not do this
you will not succeed.”
For . . . READ MORE
Prior to 2000, Craig Kendall was a CPA with an avid interest in real estate and
stock market investing. Then
something in the economy caught his eye and dramatically changed his focus.
“I saw that the valuations of stocks on companies were not in line with the cash
flow of those companies, so I decided it was time to invest and trade in
alternative investments.” Kendall says.
Within a couple of years, Kendall b . . . READ MORE
In his speeches at technology events and trading conferences, and in his
magazine articles and white papers, Ken Kinkopf has a favorite analogy: You can
learn a lot about sustainable trading systems by understanding aviation.
It’s not surprising that Kinkopf would lean in this direction. He earned FAA A&P and FCC Series 3
Avionics licenses in the mid 80s. He
knows that at 30,000 feet, safety redundancy is essential. After more t . . . READ MORE
Other traders look to Jonathan Morse
for direction. They listen to his keynote addresses at trading expos when he
talks about system development, trading multiple time frames and diversifying
among market sectors. They read his
online articles about trade validation, use of trailing stops and strategy
evaluation. They hire him as a
system developer through his www.tradingsoftwaresystems.com web site.
They look to Morse because he
distills . . . READ MORE
When Brady Preston was in boarding school in the 11th and 12th grade, his peers thought he was a little off-kilter. “I don’t think they ever really understood what I was doing,” Brady says. “When the other kids were up on other floors, I was in my room programming and learning about trading systems. I have burnt out a lot of computers over the years.”
Preston’s trading began at age 16, when he sold his Honda CR 125 motorcycle for $1,100 and bought corn options with the . . . READ MORE
Joe Texido is a
straight-talking, no-nonsense type of trader.
He doesn’t operate any web sites or online chat rooms. He doesn’t speak at trade shows and
he doesn’t write newsletters or magazine articles. He doesn’t credit any market mentors
for paving his way.
Joe focuses on substance, not
style. He is veteran of 30 years in
the futures industry, with experience in sales, trading, compliance and
management at investmen . . . READ MORE
Andrea Unger loves juggling numbers, except when the numbers are used to identify human beings.
Unger spent nine years as a middle manager for a major corporation in Italy. He enjoyed putting his mechanical engineering degree (University of Milan) to use in the workplace, but he didn’t enjoy the harsh realities of mid-level management.
“I had 30 people working under me, and I saw how people can be treated like numbers,” Andrea says. “The maneuvers I saw in business were . . . READ MORE
||Beau Wolinsky |
Can you keep up with a quant like Beau Wolinsky?
“I use a normalized volatility-based overbought-oversold threshold of the ratio
of QID and QLD to buy the undervalued asset for my pair’s trades,” he explains. “I use a statistical arbitrage
technique named the Quadratic Projector that projects price to a point where it
is highly prudent to take trades in that market direction and to exit at a
specific time, and my Price Physics Trend Following model . . . READ MORE