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John Letizia II, CPA

John Letizia II, CPA

John Letizia II, CPA is a research associate at Stifel and currently enrolled in the CMT program. Prior to his time at Stifel, John worked as a proprietary trader employing technical analysis for three years. John has also worked as a Senior Associate in both KPMG’s and Ernst & Young’s M&A Tax Practices. John holds a B.A. in History from Union College and an M.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickenson University. He has been a member of the CMT Association since 2019.

John Letizia can be reached at letiziaj@stifel.com. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and do not take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situation or needs of individual investors. For more information and current disclosures for the companies discussed herein, please go to the research page at Stifel.com

©2020 by John Joseph Letizia II, CPA

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            [post_content] => As the most unusual of years rolls on, Summer gives way to Autumn in the north and the stock market gets its third wind. Although subject to change at any time, since the March low, we’ve seen a second quarter rally and a June correction. Then a third quarter rally and a September correction. If the pattern holds, we’re good until December, right? No, that is far from a prediction, but who among us does not like patterns?

The election is nigh and with any luck, we’ll know sooner rather than later what we are getting for the next four years. More importantly, the cloud of uncertainty overhanging the markets will dissipate and we know they like that better.

Are you getting back to a somewhat normal life? Have you gotten a professional haircut yet? Or is your garage filled with empty Amazon boxes? Even better, have you taken advantage of all the time you saved not commuting to brush up in a new technical technique? Did you binge watch the educational videos available to members?

Association President Scott Richter has been investigating artificial intelligence and machine learning; writing about it in his monthly address here. Perhaps it is time for you to read a few articles on the subject because if the lockdown has taught us anything it is that business as usual is probably gone. You will need to know new things to keep your business growing.

John Letizia returns with this month’s feature article, which looks at another possible casualty of 2020 – the Oil/Gold Ratio. One interesting mention was the perfect storm this year for oil, as demand dried up from slower economic activity and supply soared as Saudi Arabia and Russia decided to have a pumping contest.

Otherwise, this month’s content is a little light because we were all gearing up for the India Summit that took place October 10-11. Clearly, there was no time to gather reviews and stories but we should have plenty for the November newsletter. Anyway, there is still other news to report with membership news and this month’s member interview with Michael Zuber, of Lowry Research. He is a great example for younger members, first finding TA and then finding the CMT Association.

Finally, we introduce a new occasional series called the CMT Photo Archive where we take a journey back in time to see our colleagues at events and gatherings in picture form. We may not be able to gather in person right now, but we can certainly reminisce until we're able to again. If you have any old photos, please scan and send to us here at editor@cmatassociation.org.

Happy October to all and please keep the pumpkin spice to yourself.

- Michael Kahn, Editor
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            [post_content] => The Dog Days are upon us, yet the animal ruling the roost is the bull. That is, if you are in the stock market and most of the metals. Not so much if you own U.S. dollars. With the world still upside down due to the pandemic, whole swaths of the economy are likely to change; that means rethinking portfolio allocations.

But you don’t need me to tell you about the new world, as we are all living in it. I do, however, have confidence that this time next year things will be mostly back to normal. We’ll still probably look at each other as if everyone has got a secret case of the cooties, which, by the way, is a real word in the dictionary. I had no idea.  But that, too, will pass with time.

In this month’s edition, we interview Jeanette Schwarz Young, options trader and educator extraordinaire. The feature article by a recent new member, John Letizia, looks at the FAANG stocks with a new spin. For most of them, the big gains have happened after hours, but that could be changing. He also introduces us to an index that tracks an expanded version of these stocks that we can actually chart.

Of course, we’ve got some Chapter meeting summaries from NY, Minnesota and Chicago, as we proceed with virtual-only meetings for the foreseeable future.  We've also got another first, as the Singapore and Hong Kong Chapters held a joint virtual meeting with three speakers and several attendee polls. Check this out and see that our Asia presence is alive, well and growing.

Membership news and a message from the President round it all out. Don't forget, pricing for the CMT exams increases on September 1, so register now to get the current (Standard) price.

The post-Labor Day period typically sees activity of all sorts pick up. When we add the Presidential election drawing near, these should be “interesting times” ahead. Stay safe.

Michael Kahn, CMT

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