Been trading professionally since 1980. Former money manager located in Santa Barbara. I've been designing market related software since 1988. My newest project is HFT Alert, a HFT and Algorithmic trading system monitor.
Publisher of options newsletter TerrysTips.com since 2001.. Thirty years experience trading options virtually every day. including stint as seat holder and market maker on the C.B.O.E. MBA from Harvard Business School and DBA from Univ. of Virginia Darden School. Author of Making 36%: Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year, In Good Years and Bad (4th revision - 2012) and Coffee Can Investing: A Better Idea Than Mutual Funds in an IRA or 401(K), 2014.
TerrysTips.com is a newsletter that carries out eight different option portfolios which many subscribers mirror on their own or through auto-trade at several brokers who make all the same trades in individual customer accounts. Each portfolio offers something different (bullish, neutral, or bearish),and different underlyings (GOOG, SPY, SVXY, and other individual companies).
In 2005, the S.E.C. brought an action against Terry Allen, claiming that he was managing money for people without being a registered investment advisor because of the auto-trade service offered by several brokers who placed trades in their customer accounts based on Terry’s Tips newsletter recommendations. A second complaint was for a single statement on his website that they believed was incorrect and therefore fraudulent.
Although two large law firms assured Dr. Allen that if he went to court on the first issue, he would win because there was a Supreme Court decision stating that investment newsletters are exempt from registration requirements - it would be a violation of their First Amendment rights. However, they estimated that his legal expenses would be greater than settling with the S.E.C. (and a year or two of his time tied up in court proceedings), and both firms recommended that he accept the settlement offer while not admitting any guilt.
The second issue (fraud) involved a single statement that was true when it was written but a couple of years later, option prices fell to 10-year lows, and it was no longer true. The S.E.C. argued that the statement was not removed from the website in a timely enough fashion.
For the past eight years since the settlement with the S.E.C., Dr. Allen has have been publishing the Terry’s Tips newsletter (and recommendations are executed in customer accounts at thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade through their Auto-Trade program), and the S.E.C. has not objected to any of his activities.
Lawrence Chan is a professional trader for well over 20 years. He is known for his research work in custom market breadth analysis and advanced analytical techniques on index and forex markets. His breakthrough research in market breadth analysis is incorporated into the trading platform NeoTicker from TickQuest Inc.
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Lawrence has numerous articles and trading models published in trading-related magazines and influential financial websites like Futures, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities and Seeking Alpha here.
Since 2010, Lawrence has switched his focus to summarize and publish his life-long research work after a successful career at TickQuest Inc. as the chief software designer of the trading platform NeoTicker.
His eBook, Special Theory of Price Discovery, has profound impact in the financial industry as it revolutionizes the understanding and predictability of price movements in financial markets.