Craig Fullen, CMT

Craig Fullen, CMT

Craig Fullen, who holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, is the President of The Fullen Law Group Co., LPA, a law firm which concentrates in the areas of corporate/business law and contract preparation, review and negotiation. He was previously a Portfolio Manager for Advanced Asset Management Advisors, Inc. (AAMA), a registered investment advisory firm with approximately $350 million under management.

Prior to joining AAMA, Craig was the President and Founder of Formika Investment Strategies, Inc. from 2002-2008.  Earlier in his career, Craig served as Assistant General Counsel for Crane Plastics Company, a Columbus, Ohio-based plastics manufacturing firm, from 1999-2002 where he managed the legal affairs of variety of companies affiliated with Crane Plastics Company, including the handling of a number of acquisitions and divestitures. Craig was also a senior associate with the Columbus, Ohio law firm, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP (Porter Wright), from 1992-1999 where he practiced corporate/business law.

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            [post_content] => As we turn the page on another summer season, well, here in the Northern Hemisphere, traders return from the Hamptons, or wherever they park their yachts, and supposedly liquidity comes back with them. But this is no ordinary year. Between on-again, off-again trade talks with China, negative interest rates overseas and volatility during the usually quiet dog days of late August, who knows?

The yield curve inverted again while long rates plummeted to super oversold levels. Gold scored a long-term breakout, and who gave the silver market a triple espresso? Yet through it all, the NYSE advance-decline line hit a new all-time high before Labor Day.

It’s been relatively quiet on the Association front, as you would expect during the late summer. However, things are ramping back up. The first item to note is that we are now accepting submissions for the 2020 Charles H. Dow Award (details within).  Registration for the next CMT exam cycle remains open, and we are welcoming a new crop of freshly-minted CMT charterholders into the fold.

This month, we’ve got an article by Stefanie Kammerman discussing dark pools. We all can agree that volume analysis has been somewhat ineffective over the past decade and one reason is that a lot of trading takes place off the exchanges. Whether you believe it or not, it is an interesting thought.

And Christopher Cain, CMT, is back with another article, this time explaining how his firm combines technical data with fundamentals and some quant methodology to only buy quality companies in rising trends.

This month’s member interview is with Fred Meissner, CMT, who has been a big supporter of the Association and has served in many positions over the years, including president.

And what has become my own favorite chapter, Minnesota, offered yet another speaker review from its monthly meeting. Come on, other chapters. We want to know what you are all up to these days. Send in your speaker reviews.

And while I am on a roll, how about individual members volunteer to send in your own reviews of relevant books you’ve read or lectures you’ve attended? Share the knowledge!

Michael Kahn, CMT

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Letter from the Editor

While September is traditionally a time to think about going back to school, on Wall Street it seems more like the time of year to head back to work. Volume is usually lower than average in the summer months as traders focus on vacations more than they do on getting the best bid. As our members gear up to face the challenges of returning to work, we offer up some opinions on recent books that can help them refocus and sharpen their skills. One trend I noticed in my summer’s reading list was the emphasis on volatility. The markets have certainly been volatile recently and several insightful authors have offered tips on how to profit from that volatility. We also have a research piece by Ed Easterling of Crestmont Research which shows how prices respond after experiencing volatility. As always, we hope you find this issue of Technically Speaking to be useful as well as interesting. Please let us know what you like, and what you’d like to see. Send me an email at Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, September 2009 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-september-2009 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-20 18:49:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-20 22:49:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 424211 [post_id] => 47971 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_5_contributor [meta_value] => a:2:{i:0;s:3:"982";i:1;s:5:"47988";} ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48383 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2008-05-15 12:00:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2008-05-15 16:00:29 [post_content] =>

On the Campus

This month, instead of A Letter from the Executive Director and from the Editor, we have decided to provide you with an update from the MTA Educational Foundation. This new column is one we are looking to run frequently in upcoming issues of Technically Speaking.

The MTA Educational Foundation at Howard University

Fred Meissner, Charlie Kirkpatrick, and I, Phil Roth, all lectured at Howard University this spring. Prof. William Barbee, in the business school at Howard University, has been conducting a course in technical analysis for a number of years. The MTAEF has been assisting him with guest speakers. I have been giving a lecture in sentiment and supply/ demand indicators for four years. I spoke this year on April 22, using a Powerpoint presentation that the MTAEF developed. I have made presentations at many colleges and universities, including, among others Tulane, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Baruch, and the University of Texas, and have been conducting my own course in the Graduate School of Business at Fordham University in New York for six years. I am always impressed by the caliber of students at Howard, and their interest in the markets and technical analysis. Prof. Barbee helps generate the interest by asking questions about the indicators and the sources of the data. Fred Meissner: A couple of week’s ago, I had the pleasure of teaching at Howard University. I have been teaching a class at this school for several years, and really enjoy Dr. Barbee and the students. The class is scheduled for the end of the day and I almost always run over time because the interest level of the students is so high. I usually teach the Intermarket analysis module of the course, but as always we had a fairly wide ranging discussion – Dr. Barbee’s students are almost always well prepared and are interested both in the material as well as the markets themselves. Because they are well versed in the fundamentals they keep me on my toes! It is tremendously rewarding to teach a class in Technical Analysis. When I started in the business back in 1983 there were no such classes, and unless one was lucky enough to find the right books, or find a mentor, knowledge was almost impossible to come by. One of the reasons that I became involved in the MTA way back when was to help others learn and to spread the word. Readers may recall that my first big job with the association was as Regions Chair. It still excites me to see chapters I helped to form going strong, and now providing teachers for the MTA course. All CMT’s, and older, experienced members, should consider volunteering as a teacher. It is a great way to give back to the community, and to spread the knowledge that has been so rewarding to all of us. Charlie Kirkpatrick: Professor William C. ‘Kip’ Barbee has taught technical analysis for many years as a full credit course in the Howard University School of Business. Kip is known for several research papers on relative earnings, value, and price strength and has been published frequently in academic journals. Howard University is the premier African-American university and is located in Washington DC. As part of the MTA Educational Foundation effort to help universities in teaching technical analysis, I had the privilege of lecturing to Professor Barbee’s class this spring on the subject of price patterns. Approximately 30 students attended the class, the full number enrolled. The students were asking numerous questions and showed extreme interest in how to use patterns to profit. Indeed, the enthusiasm was so high, I didn’t get to finish the talk but ran out of time. Professor Barbee was thrilled, as was I, to see such excitement over technical analysis. [post_title] => Technically Speaking, May 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-may-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-24 17:59:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-24 21:59:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 432881 [post_id] => 48383 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_8_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:3:"982";} ) )