Rob Booker is a well-known currency trader, educator, and host of The Trader’s Podcast. He started his trading career in 1999 and his methods, ideas and knack for teaching others have helped shape the growth of online trading.
His 2007 book, "Adventures of a Currency Trader" has influenced a generation of traders who aspire to trade for a living.
He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, four children, and three dogs.
A 45-year Wall Street veteran, Harry Boxer is founder of TheTechTrader.com, where he hosts a live trading room of his day & swing trades. In addition to MarketWatch, he is a contributor to TheStreet, Forbes, and Minyanville, and is a frequent speaker at Money Show trader education events.
Hi, and welcome to Base Camp Trading! I’m Drew and I am the guy that started this incredible company. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. Back in the day, I was given some incredible experiences like starting to work for a hedge fund at 21 years old and helping sell a private company for almost $30 million at only 27 years old. I am kind of nerd when it comes to history, and it’s always fascinated me because it gives us so much context for making better decisions. In every job that I’ve had, I have always gravitated toward leadership and teaching opportunities – and this company was born out of my love for teaching and helping people master complex topics. Having worked with private equity funds and hedge funds for over 15 years, I have had the privilege to advise funds that have raised and managed over $7.5 billion in assets. When I am not working on this business, I spend time with my family or enjoy being outdoors cycling, rowing, running or reading another book. I have a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.
Stephen W. Bigalow possesses over thirty years of investment experience, including eight years as a stockbroker with major Wall Street firms: Kidder Peabody & Company, Cowen & Company and Oppenheimer & Company. (Followed by fifteen years of commodity trading, overlapped with twelve years of real estate investing) He holds a business and economics degree from Cornell University, and has lectured at Cornell and at many private educational investment functions over the past thirty years.
Mr. Bigalow has advised professional traders, money managers, mutual funds and hedge funds, and is recognized by many in the trading community as the "professional's professional." He is an affiliate of the "Market Technicians Association". (mta.org - A non-profit association of professional technical analysts) and a member of AAPTA, the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts. (aapta.us)
Throughout his investment career, Mr. Bigalow has directed his investment acumen towards developing improved methods for extracting profits from the investment markets. His research, encompassing all fundamental and technical methods, resulted in verifying that Candlestick analysis was superior to any other method. In consulting with money management and energy trading firms, he has successfully combined conventional research methods with Candlestick analysis that greatly enhance investment returns. His implementation of statistical analysis with the Japanese Candlestick methodology has produced some unique successful trading programs.
Ron Haydt is President of Financhill. Ron started his trading career in 2000. He is a stock and options trader, so you are learning from someone who practices what they preach. He has taught tens of thousands of traders from all over the world. He's passionate about helping other retail traders protect and grow their stock market portfolio through the application of options instruments. Option trading can often sound very complicated and Ron loves to keep it simple, use proper risk management and improve the trader's overall results.
Doug Campbell heads up the Right Way Options service in conjunction with Hit and Run Candlesticks. He has been involved in and trading the market for over 27 years and has supported his family from trading profits for the last 12 years.
Although he loves trading options, he’s a swing trader first and has a passion for helping other traders avoid pitfalls and shorten the time to success. His approach to trading is simple. He uses simple charts minimizing indicators to focus on the most important element of trading, Price. He enjoys teaching others the simple way to success in trading.
I've been an employee and a business owner. Both placed a lot of money in someone else's pocket. Whether it was the company or the tax man it seemed to be a lot of headache for little return.
I had a dream to quit my day job and learn to trade the stock market. And, so my journey began. Now, 29 years of trading and coaching experience later, I am living my dream! Another part of that dream was to help others avoid some of the difficult lessons I learned along the way so I founded Hit and Run Candlesticks. Now every day in our live trading room, I not only live my dream but get to share with others what I’ve learned. The most important thing I learned was that I could enter with low-risk on a short-term trade, grab my profits and sleep well at night. My bottom line has become simplicity equals success. I enjoy traveling and teaching clinics to others who are looking to take that next step to transition to Trading for a Living.
Mary Ellen McGonagle started her illustrious career at the ripe, young age of 21 when she went to work on Wall Street right out of college. Working as an assistant on the Fixed Income trading desk at Goldman Sachs, she thought she’d “died and gone to heaven.”
With all the commotion on the active trading floor and the huge amounts of money being traded, it was a very heady experience for this young college grad. “Exhilarating” is the word Mary Ellen used to describe her first job on Wall Street, and she knew she’d found her future. After a while, she left Goldman and took a position at Equitable Life, a large insurance firm highly regarded on Wall Street. She was soon promoted to portfolio manager, with 8 accounts worth over $2 Billion! It was here that Mary Ellen also learned how BIG money institutions had access to high-level intelligence that individuals did not have.
has been actively involved in trading the markets for over 37 years. His trading tenure began in 1977 when he was hired to work as a Floor Reporter, or runner, on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange. Primo reached the pinnacle of his floor-trading career when he became a Stock Exchange Specialist for Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette.
As a Specialist he was responsible for making markets in over 50 stocks, a position Primo held for 9 years. Primo left the Stock Exchange floor in 1994 to focus on managing money and to teach his own unique approach to trading the markets. Scores of students, from beginner to advanced levels, have gone on to become successful traders after being introduced to Primos proprietary methods of trading.
Steve has also been featured in Stocks and Commodities magazine and is a frequent contributor to many sites such as Tradingmarkets, FXstreet, Forex Pros and Traders Expo. His strategies are now traded across the globe in over 50 countries on 6 continents.
Eric "The Wolfman" Wilkinson is a veteran floor trader and has been trading financial futures, commodities, stocks, stock indices and options on a variety of products for over 20 years. You may recognize him from CNBC, Fox Business News or other financial networks.He has been sought out by several media outlets to debate against some of the brightest minds in the industry, where he debates on topics ranging from economics, geopolitics and market directions. He is most notable for his comments in Rick Santelli’s “Rant Heard Around the World” where he was the first to use the phrase “moral hazard” in connection with the Feds actions surrounding the financial crises of 2008.
Mr. Wilkinson is a professional Trader and he is also an educator with ProTraderStrategies.com. He began his trading career while earning his Finance degree at Ball State University. After graduating, he moved to Chicago to work on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade where he honed his skills as a trader. If you are a new trader or have several years of experience and would like to be mentored by Mr. Wilkinson, you can join him for his online classes and webinars by going to ProTraderStrategies.com. He can also be found on twitter @wolfmansblog for his snarky comments.
After the start of his career as a young floor trader from 1998 to 2003, Jonathan joined a Chicago based trading firm as it’s 6th employee, where he remained until 2010. During his tenure, he became one of 4 senior partners, ascended to Director of Trading, and trained in excess of 50 traders in all aspects Fixed Income, Stocks and Options. He was the top producing trader in the group, producing in excess of 8 figures during his time with the firm.
From 2010-2013, Jonathan managed his own trading account as an Equity Options Market Maker on the CBOE. Actively trading 100 plus stocks concurrently.
In 2014, Jonathan joined a private Family Office (Hedge Fund) in the suburbs of Chicago where he develops new fund strategies for the firm on a consulting basis.
Jonathan completed the Madison Ironman in 2011 and 4 Marathons in the last 4 years. He spends his free time with his wife, two boys and his acoustic guitar.
Dr. Barry Burns started his study of the markets under the direction of his late father, Patrick F. Burns, who accumulated 70 years of trading experience in his lifetime. In addition, he hired three professional traders to mentor him personally, and even went to Chicago to work with a former floor trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. All of this research and study resulted in insights which eventually led to the development of his own Top Dog Trading methodology.
A brief outline of his accomplishments:
* Author of "Trend Trading For Dummies" (Publisher: Wiley).
* Seminar presenter for several exchanges including the CME Group and Eurex.
* Author of Top Dog Trading 5 Energy Methodology Plug-in for MetaStock
* Featured as a case study in the book “Using Candlestick Charting: How To Earn High Rates of Return – Safely”
* Featured as a case study in the book "The Complete Guide to Investing in Derivatives."
* Received several years of Readers Choice Award for "Technical Anaysis Web Sites" and "Trading Schools" by Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine.
* Developed a 5 Day Course for WorldWideTraders.
* Headlining speaker at DayTradersUSA.
* Headlining speaker for the Market Analysts of Southern California
* Headlining speaker for the Canadian Society of Technical Analysis.
* Given seminars around the country at many Wealth Expos and Traders Expos
* Interviewed on the Robin Dayne “Elite Masters of Trading” Radio Show.
* Interviewed on Otrader.com
* Published many articles for various outlets including eSignal Central.
* The former lead moderator of FuturesTalk chat room guiding listeners through the open and close of each trading day.
* Currently one of the featured Experts at Trader Kingdom.
* Founded Top Dog Trading, to help students shorten their learning curves in becoming traders.
Over the past 27 years Chuck Hughes has earned international acclaim as a leading authority in high-profit, risk-controlled, wealth building. His approach has brought instant success and vast wealth to thousands of men and women the world over… and you could be next!
Chuck Hughes makes his own money using the same methods he teaches and says, “Learning to make money from someone who hasn’t gotten rich with that same method is like taking flying lessons from an instructor who has never been inside a plane. Come fly with me!”
Don Fishback is known and respected for many things...
Devoted Family Man – Don, his wife of 30 years, and their two daughters (23 and 17) enjoy a wholesome lifestyle on their 9-acre horse farm in Kentucky… where he’s an active member of his church and community.
Generous Philanthropist – Don’s heavily involved with many charitable causes, especially the American Heart Association. He wrote his first book, “Options for Beginners”, to raise money for the AHA and donated every penny of profit... well over $120,000. Now he’s written a new eBook entitled, “Opportunity Knocks”, from which every single penny will go to AHA. No wonder Don was awarded AHA’s highest volunteer award.
Avid Baseball Fan – Over the years Don and his wife, Robin, have been partners in several minor league baseball franchises. And they remain partners in their local affiliate: the Lexington Legends.
And, if that’s not “All American” enough, Don’s also an Eagle Scout!
But, Don’s greatest claim to fame is the creation of ODDS® Advantage.
Don began his career in 1984 as a commodities broker and soon became Director of Research for the largest options-only research center in the country. Having unlimited access to every imaginable resource put Don light years ahead in his quest for consistent profits.
Then, in 1993… with his mind full of groundbreaking ideas and a rolodex that read like the Who’sWho of trading innovation… Don left to form his own company dedicated to finding a way to actually control your odds of winning.
It took 3 long years; but he eventually cracked the code and created the “ODDS® Advantage”...
His revolutionary ODDS® formulas enabled Don to control his odds of success so completely that he identified: 76 consecutive winning trades… 96.8% profitable trades in a 6-year independent study… $1,344,000 after-commission profits in just 3 years
Then, as technology advanced Don continued to develop and evolve “ODDS® Advantage”... earning worldwide notoriety for his low-risk, high-probability income strategies, trading tools, educational materials, and advisory services.
As a result, his commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Barron’s, CNBC, NPR, Active Trader, Business Insider, Investor’s Business Daily, Reuters, Market Watch, Forbes, and other popular publications. He was even cited as an expert on probability and its application to the financial markets in the New England Journal of Medicine! It seems EVERYONE respects Don Fishback and his unique approach to ‘beating the market’.
How did an award-winning artist and sculptor, who owned an eclectic gift shop in Historic Biltmore Village, end up an option guru?
A freak flood left Wendy's store in ruin and forced her to find a new source of income. Determined to secure her financial future, Wendy turned to option trading and the leverage it offers.
Inspired to help other women enjoy the financial security she had found, Wendy launched Women Option Traders and began giving online classes.
2009 Wendy co-authored, "Option Trading In Your Spare Time─A Guide to Financial Independence for Women".
In 2010 Wendy was 'discovered' when online traders heard how her P3 System produced nearly 100% winning trades.
With the advent of Weekly Options after 2010, a huge new window of opportunity opened for experienced options traders. Applying Wendy's principles to the Weeklys, the profits have been astronomical...uncovering money doublers and triplers with amazing frequency.
“Kirt Christensen is an internet entrepreneur & stock market investor who started his first company in 1996, at the age of 23. Since then, he's generated over $29,000,000 in online sales, and placed thousands of trades in ETF, stocks, futures and options. In the past few years, he's spent over $95,000 to perfect his own stock market systems, after ditching "main-stream" advice and methods. His goal and passion is developing trading rules and systems that the retail investor can use to profit 5 to 10% a month, in less than an hour a week.”
* Most traders have zero desire to "day trade" or be chained to their desk, but still desire an aggressive mostly return
* Technical study, with commonly available indicators, isn't likely to work, why you've got to look at things that are "off the radar"
* The only 3 things that the market data shows up, and which is the least understood...
* The simple 3 word phrase that turned it all around for me, and has resulted in thousands of profitable trades
Vince Vora is the head trader at TradingWins.com. Over the last three decades, he has been trading and refining his trading systems that are based on technical analysis and price action. Over the last few years, his focus has been on teaching people how to become better traders. His systems range from simple to sophisticated and can be used in any market conditions to trade stocks, options, futures and forex.
Mark Sebastian is a former member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. The Author of the popular trading manual "The Option Traders Hedge fund." He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, First Business News. Sebastian has been published nationally on Yahoo Finance, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Bloomberg and is an ‘all-star contributor’ for TheStreet.com’s Option Profits Team. Mark has spoken for the CBOE, the ISE, CME, VOLX and is a co-host on the popular Option Block Podcast and Volatility Views podcast.
Mark has a Bachelor’s in Science from Villanova University.
Steven Place is the founder and head trader of InvestingWithOptions.com. His market edge comes through understanding how to structure risk in the options market that will maximize reward and odds. He lives in Destin, Florida with his wife, daughter, and dog.
Mark Sachs started his career as a mathematician, contracted by the US Navy, his expertise was the optimization of software. He then moved on to teach finance at Jefferson University and that's when he learned more about trading, his true calling. He saw a need for a trading system that could help predict the future price of any given trading instrument. He decided to create his own software. That's when the RLT system was created, his goal was to teach every day people to make money from home working minimum hours. The optimization process continues today.
Known for being able to teach anyone to trade in 60 minutes or less, Markus Heitkotter has taught over 360,000 traders worldwide, has appeared on CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC and is the author of the bestselling book The Complete Guide to Day Trading. Markus is on a mission to prove how simple trading really is so you can so you too can travel the world and live the lifestyle you always dreamed about.
In the early 1990s Troy Epperson started trading for a renowned hedge fund, then became head trader on a proprietary trading desk. In 2003 he started successfully trading his own money for a living.
Besides his full-time job as a successful trader, Troy is one of the top instructors for NOFT, teaching futures and stock traders how to use order flows to earn full-time professional trader incomes by trading with the institutions instead of against them.
Tom Busby's trading career dates back to the late 1970's. Quoted and published in Futures magazine and Active Trader Magazine, he actively trades and invests in futures, stocks, options and currencies. Guest appearances include CNN, First Business News, MoneyShow.com and Steve Crowley's American Scene Radio. Recognized as one of the first educators to trade live in front of an audience, Tom authored Winning the Day Trading Game, The Markets Never Sleep, and Trade to Win. Tom founded DTI in 1996 and with his more than 40+ years of trading experience has helped thousands of students become better traders.
Based in Las Vegas, NV, Todd Rampe is the founder of Wealth Builders Institute, Inc., a trading education company with a focus on futures. Todd started out trading OEX options, full-time, after selling a successful business in 1998, but got hooked on the electronic futures markets after seeing how much more efficient his fills were compared to floor traders.
Wrote more than 100 weekly columns for OptionInvestor.com. Conducted seminars and workshops for Investools and has been a frequent speaker at Investor Conferences and Money Shows Consultant for a European Investment Bank where he taught technical analysis to their fund managers, advised their proprietary trade desk, and helped trade over $2Billion. Wrote a Logic Problem and sold it to Dell Crosswords at age 14
Chris’s father immigrated to the US when quite young and worked to help support his 9 siblings during the depression. So, he never went to high school. Wanting better for their son, he and his wife were grateful when Chris’s genius for math (at age 14 he wrote and sold a logic puzzle to Dell Crosswords) earned him a scholarship to a prestigious prep school in LA. That’s where it all began…