Michael Johnston is the co-founder and senior analyst at ETF Database, an online investment resource for ETF investors. ETF Database offers a proprietary ETF Screener that allows investors to filter the universe of 900+ ETFs to find the right fund. ETF Database also provides news, analysis, commentary, and actionable investment ideas on a daily basis.
Ilian Yotov is a longtime FX Strategist, known among industry peers as the creator of The Quarters Theory, a revolutionary methodology applied to the price behavior of currency exchange rates. His FX market analysis, outlook and forecasts are sought by popular financial publications worldwide and he is a regular guest speaker at industry events.
For over 12 years, Ilian has also been committed to the education of retail FX traders, and has been recognized as one of the leading Forex educators in the world, helping thousands of currency traders worldwide. Ilian Yotov is the Chief FX Strategist at Allthingsforex.com where he brings a combination of in-depth knowledge and expertise with innovative strategies and trading techniques. He is responsible for driving the company’s research initiatives and for turning them into actionable trade ideas and trading strategies.
Ilian Yotov is author of the book "The Quarters Theory: The Revolutionary New Foreign Currencies Trading Method", published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Trent Tillman is President and co-founder of SyndicateTrader LLC (www.syndicatetrader.com). He has over 16 years of investment and research related experience, on both the buy side and sell side. He has served as both a trader and an analyst within U.S. equity, equity options, and bond markets, with a primary focus on the syndicate market for the past decade.
Mr. Tillman graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University, where he lettered in Rugby and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is a CFA level 3 candidate, and holds a Series 65 (registered investment advisor).
Outside of the investment world, Mr. Tillman coaches youth soccer, and enjoys time with his wife and 3 children.
James A. Kostohryz has accumulated over twenty years of experience investing and trading virtually every asset class across the globe.
Kostohryz started his investment career as an analyst at one of the US's largest asset management firms covering sectors as diverse as emerging markets, banking, energy, construction, real estate, metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became Chief Global Strategist and Head of International Investments for a major investment bank. Kostohryz currently manages his own investment firm, specializing in proprietary trading and institutional portfolio management advisory.
Born in Mexico, Kostohryz grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently writing a book about the impact of culture on economic development. He is a former NCAA and world-class decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
Kostohryz graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
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Matthew Claassen, CMT is founder and Partner of Claassen Research, LLC, providing exclusive private consulting, market strategy and investment research to institutional investment managers. His work combines proprietary technical indicators with macro-economic and sector analysis to provide unique and actionable market insights. Matthew has actively advised professionals and managed investment portfolios since 1986. His career includes experience as First Vice President and Portfolio Manager at major brokerage firms, publisher and President of The Technical View market newsletter and Senior Vice President of Lowry Research (the oldest technical market advisory in the United States) where he conceived, designed and implemented a sector analysis strategy based on his own success in investment management.
Mr. Claassen has been a popular guest lecturer at several Universities in Virginia and Washington D.C., and a respected public speaker on the subject of technical analysis. In addition, he has published articles in Barron’s Online and in The Technical Analyst, a UK based investment research publication.
Mr. Claassen holds the professional analyst designation of Chartered Market Technician (CMT), is a past Director of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) and a past director of the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation (MTAEF). He is currently a charter member of the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts (AAPTA).
History/Trading Style: I have been trading for 12 years, since I was 15, and have studied a variety of trading techniques and strategies. I combine many trading philosophies and combine technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and macro-economic analysis into every trade. I mostly trade options and implement complex option strategies to take advantage of favorable risk-reward set-ups.
I also believe in industry specific metrics and am developing a trading strategy around these metrics.
As for technical analysis I use a variety of techniques, but favor trading triangles and basic trend line support and resistance in channels and breakdown/breakout patterns, with a major focus on volume on the moves.
I am a trend trader and will not fight a trend, because that is a losing strategy. I take pride in my stock picking ability and have had a lot of success in finding under the radar stocks that provide huge returns, and often find stocks that are eventually taken over.
Options provide the flexibility and leverage so that traders can make major returns in any market. I am an active trader and set strict profit taking targets and stop losses.
Education: Graduated Bentley University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Graduated Boston University in 2007 with a master's degree in investment management. Passed Level 1 of the CFA in December 2006
Career: Most recently worked as an Equity Analyst for Thomson-Reuters on a new venture at ThomsonSquawkBox.com (http://www.ThomsonSquawkBox.com). I provided a wide array of live market analysis which includes but is not limited to swing trades, long-term trades, monitoring of the options market, option trading strategies, sector analysis, conference call coverage, earnings previews, trading tools, intraday trades, and other trading strategies. The product never got the chance to get off the ground as we launched when the market was crashing, so it was cut out of the budget.
I then started my own Company, OptionsHawk, where I provide the fastest, most thorough, and most accurate options analysis on Wall Street. I also design trading strategies and provide clients with live market analysis throughout the trading day. My clients are always on the inside, and the first to know, and we swing trade options with a high success rate.
Starting my own Company was the best thing I could have done and has opened up a lot of avenues. I enjoy not having a boss, taking lunch breaks at the beach, and not having to deal with the antics of the Corporate World. My analysis has been featured on Reuters, Bloomberg, and other financial publications.
Class President of the National University of Singapore MBA Program and former FX trader at CIBC (NYSE: CM). Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a Major in Finance and Minor in Economics from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
Matthew Bradbard serves as a Director at RCM Alternatives & Attain Portfolio Advisors. Matthew began his career in the commodities business as an advisor to clients on asset allocation and buy/sell decisions. Matthew has devised, implemented and executed trading strategies for several firms since entering the commodity business in 2001. Matthew has also managed his own global macro CTA that traded numerous futures and options strategies and operated his own Introducing Broker for 5 years. A prolific commentator, Matthew has published subject-specific articles, market commentaries, and Managed Futures educational pieces for the last decade. Matthew is frequently interviewed for his opinion on commodities and current events as they relate to commodities and their role in an investor’s portfolios.
Mercenary Trader (www.mercenarytrader.com) was created by traders, for traders. We are aggressive swing traders who routinely combine fundamentals, technicals and sentiment with deep awareness of global macro and rigorous analysis of individual equities.
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We are semi-professional traders. By that we mean that we are accomplished professionals in other fields, who have gained knowledge, skill and experience at trading the markets almost as a matter of self-defense. We were dissatisfied at the way fund managers, investment “professionals” and/or brokers managed our money. Over the past decade, we have successfully taken charge of our financial futures.