After an early career in the UK Department of Trade & Industry, Chris was a market regulator initially at the Association of Futures Brokers and Dealers, and then at the International Petroleum Exchange, latterly as a Director. At the IPE he developed successful new trading mechanisms such as Exchange of Futures for Swaps; Volatility Trades and Settlement Trades. Between 1998 to 2000 he founded and developed a 'Dot Com' and his generic NewClear transaction confirmation concept is now widely in use in global markets. Chris gave evidence in summer 2008 to the UK Parliament's Treasury Select Committee in respect of oil market regulation, and in 2009 to the Economy, Energy & Tourism committee of the Scottish parliament re energy financing. He has also made many presentations internationally both to defence and intelligence events, and to commercial/industry events. In recent years he has been working mainly in Scotland with Nordic Enterprise Trust (NET) – with seed funding from Innovation Norway - to develop new partnership-based enterprise models and related financial products and services. In early 2011 he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at University Colleg London's Institute for Security and Resilience Studies (ISRS). His work at ISRS is focused upon a new generation of networked markets – which will in Chris's view necessarily be dis-intermediated; open and decentralised......and therefore resilient.
I'm a radiologist by trade, but the goal is to leverage that medical knowledge as a competitive advantage in the markets. I aim to include all of the following in my analyses to ensure high quality: 1) quantitative estimates; 2) new information or inferences that are not already disseminated throughout the market; and 3) hypotheses that are testable, i.e. can be proved right or wrong. I have a serious allergy to question marks and will never, ever include one in an article title.
My dream is to co-found a biotech and bring a cure from the lab to the bedside. In the meantime, saving lives in clinical practice is a perfectly acceptable alternative.
Please note that all opinions I express on this website reflect my personal beliefs only and are completely independent of my current or past employers and/or affiliated institutions.
Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' in mid-2006. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed).
Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the initial rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011.
As of February 2017: still learning, but starting to feel increasingly confident with my chosen strategy of 'intermediate-term trend following'. I have learned much of what I know about this from Chris Ciovacco, but I read my own charts, with more of a focus on longer-term (5 year) charts and weekly moving averages (20,50,100,150, 200).
One of Chris's many great sayings is that "harder markets are followed by easier markets" - and after the challenging conditions of the last 18 months, the recent breakout has been most welcome. I am currently fully invested in a mix of individual stocks and equity ETFs. I maintain a balance between low-volatility and more aggressive sectors (currently significantly overweight technology).
Other Seeking Alpha authors who I particularly respect - and whose weekly updates I consider 'required reading' are Jeff Miller and Fear & Greed Trader.
I am fortunate to have a reasonable corporate pension, but supplement that with drawdowns from my IRA until I choose to take Social Security. At that point I will become cash-flow positive (yay!), and will probably choose to spend a lot more time focused on things other than the markets ;-)
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
Please visit my blogsites:
Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
The Rest of U.S. (for and about political Centrists) http://newcentristera.wordpress.com
and my brand-new blog about Markets:
Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com