Austin Passamonte

Austin Passamonte

Austin Passamonte is a full-time professional trader who specializes in E-mini stock index futures, equity options and commodity markets. Mr. Passamonte’s trading approach uses proprietary chart patterns found on an intraday basis. Austin trades privately in the Finger Lakes region of New York and writes a daily column for

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            [post_content] => From the Editor’s Desk “November Issue of Technically Speaking”

I believe these past several years have been the most dynamic and important ones in the history of the MTA. During this time, the MTA grew up. We went from an obscure social club primarily for New-York-based technicians, to a professional regulatory organization (PRO) with an industryaccepted professional certification program, computerized testing and a new state-of-the art computer platform to service its Membership. But, with growth and success often comes change – you just can’t get around it.

One of these changes has been our relationship with IFTA, the International Federation of Technical Analysts that our own Ralph Acampora founded many years ago. On the cover, MTA President Jordan Kotick explains our current relationship with IFTA and how we arrived there, and also shares some of the dialogue that he has had with IFTA President Bill Sharp to try to resolve our current conflict. Being on the MTA Board myself, I realize we have already sent out a very detailed account of this issue. But, because we feel it is so important for us to make every effort to accurately inform the Membership on the details of this issue, we would rather provide a little too much information than not enough.

Inside, Contributing Editor Mike Carr, covers the July 16th meeting of the Denver Chapter, which featured a presentation by Andy Ratkai on Insider Trading. Also inside, Contributing Editors Jeannette Young and Garry Rissman provide detailed coverage of the October meeting of the New York City Chapter, which featured a presentation by Christopher Cady on Market Profile. Market profile is a relatively obscure charting technique that is very popular with floor traders. This issue also features a “how-to” article by professional trader Austin Passemonte, who uses mathematically-derived pivot point numbers to determine market trend and trading opportunities.

Finally, just a quick reminder to make your reservations for the MTA’s 2006 Winter Retreat to be held on January 20th and 21st at the Four Points Sheraton in Miami Beach.. Each session will explore technical analysis from a different perspective, including trading, research and portfolio management. It looks to be a great event, not to mention just being in Miami in January is a great event in itself.

Hope you enjoy this issue.

John Kosar, CMT
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