Michael J. Clark was born and raised in Sinclair, Wyoming. He is a poet, novelist, artist, historian, and market analyst.
He began investing in 1985. He read ˜The Technical Analysis of Stock Trends" by Edwards and Magee and was hooked. From 1985-1987 he made astonishing gains in the stock market; and then stocks collapsed in 1987. Since then he has been attempting to 'solve the stock market', with many failures and some successes. The system he developed, called CGTS, Clark's Gate Timining System, is algorithm-based. What this fancy word means is that he proposes a series of necessary steps based on technical analysis propositions, which, when met, trigger trading signals. His four main trading systems are up a combined 31% for 2015.
From his website:
Now that QE is supposedly ending, markets are already becoming more tradable, with opportunities to make money on both long and short trades at the same time. QE tended to make all boats rise, except precious metals. This made it more difficult to play the short side of the markets. Now, both sides seem to be more accessible to successful trades. This will also be more of a challenge for investors. The FED will have to eventually abandon the markets to their own destinies, and stop spending trillions to protect investors AND corporations from their mistakes. As this begins to happen (I am not sure it has happened yet), informed advice will become even more necessary for investors.
Rules of Investment
Rule #1: Never go against the trend. The majority is often wrong; but the minority is often wrong also. The sticky issue with this advice is at transition points, at which a Bull Market turns into a Bear Market or vice-versa. Big Money often anticipates and/or causes this transition. So pay attention to what Big Money is really doing, not what they say they are doing.
Rule #2: You don’t need a broker who makes his living off of your money. Most brokerage firms buy a position in a stock quietly and slowly. When the stock has appreciated significantly they add the stock to their buy recommendations. Then they begin selling their position while they are encouraging their clients to buy the stock. Most firms never issue sell recommendations. If they do, beware: they are probably trying to buy your stock after a huge sell-off.
Rule #3: Watch your own emotions because they are often signaling something. When fear turns to greed and visions of unlimited wealth, we are probably near a top in a trade and we should get ready to sell. When hope and denial turn to fear and visions of an unlimited loss, we are probably approaching a bottom in a trade. (See Rule #1 however.)
Rule #4: Trade with a system to complement your gut reactions. Follow the system no matter what, even if it means taking a loss. Don’t get lazy with your money and sink into denial. Use a system to help you refrain from 'playing a hunch'.
Rule #5: HEDGE YOUR PORTFOLIO AGAINST LOSSES. How does one do this? By having a balanced portfolio of long and short positions. But have a system that signals both long and short positions, and keep your portfolio balanced around 50% long and 50% short. This may seem to contradict Rule #1. It does not. When something is in a long trend, something else is in a short trend. Find what is long and what is short. If stocks are long, gold or oil may be short. Use ETFs and options to help establish this portfolio balance. Our system gives trading signals every day for both long and short positions.
More information on CGTS is available at:
His fine arts portfolio can be found at the following address:
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Those interested in his book "Turn Out the Lights", a description of the metaphysical causes of the 2008 financial meltdown, can access the draft at:
Michael Clark has retired after working 30 years in academia, relocated to Hanoi, Vietnam for six years, and has returned to America in 2014.
Experienced Engineering major with MSc in Applied Finance. Strong understanding of equity/fixed income valuation and options pricing models including Binomial and Black-Scholes. Proficient in the structuring of financial products through combining of asset class, exotic options and market/client views to form capital protected notes, reverse convertibles and constant maturity swaps. Applies economic analysis and various equity valuation methods (mostly free cash flow, dividend discount and justified price multiples) to personal investments in the Entertainment, IT and Telecommunications sectors.
Was an engineer dealing with utility co-ordination i.e. dealing with chaos and designing a co-ordinated plan that was both flexible in being able to cope with changes and practical.
Started trading in December 2007. Initially lost money. Now making money primarily through money management and risk management (hedging) strategies.
Barbara Horne is a Business Management professional focused BI Tools, Learning Solutions, Process Improvement and Project Management . She has successfully taught thousands of individuals in environments ranging from Wall Street’s Top Firms to the Government and Academia.
She has started several small businesses and projects including BluEnke: a small Women’s Centered Publishing company, Liquids and Eats: an urban café and The Business Channels: a boutique consulting firm.
She is on the Board of CESI which uses technology to help fight poverty and the NY rep for the UN NGO Athletes United for Peace.
Barbara Produced and Co-produced “Lyrical Riot” and “Womyn’s Words” Spoken Word Open Mics; and has performed at numerous events including “Take Back the Night”.
She has had writings featured on ” Seeking Alpha”, “The Glass Hammer” and other websites and publications.
For the last few years you can find her expanding her boutique firm “The Business Channels” to focus on IT Learning and Adoption.
She has presented at Cloud Connect China, Interop Las Vegas, QCon Tokyo and keynoted at QCon Beijing. She is interested in Tech, specifically IT, small business, China, Brazil and political and economic systems and theories (capitalism, socialism...)
...ON THE MARKETS
"It is a zero sum game. Plain and simple. There is NO SUCH THING AS A SURE THING...only risk what you are prepared to lose."
35 year Petroleum Industry worker, retiring in 2017, worked in Texas, South America, Mid East and Far East and currently technical adviser to the reservoir tracer technology group designing and analyzing waterflood and frac tracer projects for wells throughout the world. I have collaborated on three published papers and is co-sponsor of the patent on oil tracer technology for hydraulic stimulation production measurements.