John Bollinger, CMT, CFA

John Bollinger, CMT, CFA

John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, is the president and founder of Bollinger Capital Management, Inc., an investment management company that provides technically-driven money management services and develops proprietary research for institutions and individuals.

He is probably best known for his Bollinger Bands, which he developed in the early 1980s. Traders and investors worldwide use Bollinger Bands to assess expected price action in the financial markets, and the bands are featured on most financial charting software and websites. His book Bollinger on Bollinger Bands was published by McGraw-Hill in 2001 and has been translated into twelve languages.

Mr. Bollinger is the recipient of the Technical Securities Analysts Association of San Francisco Lifetime Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Analysis, the 2005 CMT Association Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Technical Analysis, and the IFTA 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.


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The MTA has long recognized the value of diverse techniques in the field of technical analysis. In this month’s newsletter we try to live up to that tradition and present both visual and quantifiable approaches to analysis. We start with an overview of the career of John Bollinger, CFA, CMT. We then summarize the career of Susan Berger who has spent 45 years working in technical analysis (so far) using the techniques she learned from John Magee. It is fascinating to read how Susan did things when working with Magee. It is equally fascinating to think back at the advance that Bollinger Bands represented when they were introduced about 15 years into Susan’s career. Chart paper and grids for calculating indicators were being replaced by personal computers in the 1980’s and John Bollinger was among the first to recognize that new environment. He introduced an indicator that would have been unthinkably complex to implement in the 1970’s. Several newer techniques are also featured in articles by Scott Hathaway and Alan Hall who works with Dr. Robert Pechter, Jr., CMT, at the Socionomics Institute. Dr. Prechter will be sharing his latest work at the MTA Symposium in a few weeks along with a number of other speakers. The Symposium will truly be a showcase for the diverse techniques of technical analysis as an amazing group of experts share their research and experience. As always, we would appreciate receiving any comments you have on the newsletter, which can be emailed to Sincerely, Michael Carr [post_title] => Technically Speaking, March 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-march-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-03 11:34:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-03 15:34:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 393792 [post_id] => 46143 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_0_contributor [meta_value] => a:2:{i:0;s:4:"7251";i:1;s:4:"2835";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 47737 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2010-07-15 12:00:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2010-07-15 16:00:48 [post_content] =>

Letter from the Editor

Little has been written about Ichimoku Clouds, which were first used in the 1930s. They are visually compelling, yet little used in the world of technical analysis. In recent months, two books have been published exploring this topic. We have reviews of both in this month’s issue of Technically Speaking. Prior to the publication of these books, one of the most authoritative pieces on Ichimoku Kinko Hyo may be an article written by Véronique Lashinski, CMT, and published in the Journal of Technical Analysis ( MTA members have always produced groundbreaking researching. Lashinski’s paper is just one example of the type of work that our members produce. In the newsletter this month, we offer another example of cutting edge technical analysis with David Waggoner’s article exploring the May Flash Crash. While regulators are still looking at what happened and how to prevent, Waggoner offers a practical insight into the crash. Finally, High Growth Stock Investor recently released a new version of their software. They did this almost at the same time we published a review of the older version last month. We are fortunate to be able to offer details on their product. This company is a long-time supporter of the MTA. They offer a 60 day trial to High Growth Stock Investor for free. This includes the software and daily EOD updates to a database of over 8,000 (NYSE,NASDAQ,AMEX) securities, major market indexes, mutual funds and commodities. After the trial period, they will offer a discount from our $59/month rate to $49.00/month for the first 12 months plus a 6 month free subscription to the Woodward and Brown Newsletter and Video, normally a $200.00 annual subscription. For the 60 day free trial, go to Many other companies support our organization. Please take a moment to look at them by visiting Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, July 2010 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-july-2010 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-19 19:56:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-19 23:56:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 418890 [post_id] => 47737 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_5_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:4:"2835";} ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48431 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2008-03-15 12:00:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2008-03-15 16:00:18 [post_content] =>

From the Editor

Just like every other function within the MTA, the newsletter is poring over the results of the Member Survey and will be changing to meet the needs of the membership. Two trends that jump out in the initial review are the growing international membership and the increased number of younger members. We intend to respond with more articles about markets outside the US and increasing the variety of technical analysis topics we cover. As we do this, we will keep in mind the fact that our readers are professionals. You aren’t reading Technically Speaking for articles like “What is RSI?” We think you want actionable information that builds on the basics. Advanced topics, requiring detailed explanations, are covered in the Journal of Technical Analysis. That leaves intermediate-level topics for the newsletter, and we will strive to deliver them in the months ahead. Often, as in this month’s issue, we will include charts, the tool that has been a staple of technical analysis for decades. Knowing that you are professionals, we print charts that provide a general idea of the topic. Cost prevents us from printing high resolution graphics and we realize that the vast majority of our readers can call up any chart on their computer terminals in seconds. As we work to bring you more TA, and more charts, we ask that you recognize our purpose is to provide research ideas, not specific trading tactics. I look forward to the improvements we have planned in coming months and, as always, appreciate your feedback. Cordially, Mike Carr, CMT MTA Newsletter Editor [post_title] => Technically Speaking, March 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-march-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-24 19:44:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-24 23:44:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 434116 [post_id] => 48431 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_7_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:4:"2835";} ) )