Jeff deGraaf, CMT, CFA

Jeff deGraaf, CMT, CFA

Jeff deGraaf, who holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, is the founder and Chairman of Renaissance Macro (RenMac), as well as the firm’s Head Technical Analyst. He has become one of Wall Street’s most influential macro-based analysts over the last decade; he was ranked by Institutional Investor Magazine for the last twelve years, and ranked #1 Technical Analyst for the last eleven years.

Jeff spent the early part of his career at Merrill Lynch and then at Lehman Brothers, where he served on the firm’s investment policy committee as a Managing Director. In 2007, he moved to ISI Group as an Executive Managing Director, serving on the firm’s management committee and heading the firm’s investment policy committee. Jeff holds a CFA charter, as well as a CMT, and is a member of the NYSSA and CMT Association. He received his B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University.

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            [post_content] => Spring has sprung in the northern climes, and as we start to return to more normal activities the stock market is still taking mighty gulps at the liquidity punchbowl provided by forever low interest rates and lots of government spending. How long can the market keep this up? That is for you and your charts to figure out. The real question, is how can we stay on top of things as they develop?

Last year, COVID stole our Annual Symposium but this year we are getting together virtually. Last autumn's India Summit kicked things off, and at the end of this month, we will have the Americas Summit. I know it is short notice in this newsletter, but since it is online, there are no travel needs, hotels, cabs, or taking off from work. See the announcement below.

This month, we acknowledge this year’s Charles H. Dow Award winner Makenna Barbara with a brief summary of the paper and this month’s interview. We also look back in Association history to the first discussions on getting the CMT designation the respect it deserves and the Series 86 Exemption for technicians. This was a very big deal. CMT co-founder Ralph Acampora takes us back to those discussions in 2004.

We’ve also got the CMT Annual Meeting coming up with elections for new officers and Board members. Association President Scott Richter sets that up in his monthly letter, and the full meeting agenda is published later in this edition.

Don’t forget Association goings-on and this month’s podcast episode featuring Jeff DeGraaf.

Also, we still want your old photos of seminars, meetings and even the old favorite annual seminars at the beach. Got a book to recommend? A new charting software package? We could use a volunteer to write an occasional book or software review, too.

Until next month!

Michael Kahn, CMT

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