Ken Safian

Ken Safian

Ken Safian, the president of SIR, is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career at Dreyfus & Co. where the legendary Jack Dreyfus served as his early mentor. Ken has served as a director of the NY Society of Security Analysts, as a member of the National Association of Business Economists and is currently on the Executive Committee of Edward Jones and Co. He was a major shareholder and investment policy director for Regent Investor Services, which managed $3 billion and was sold in the early 1990s to Alliance Capital. 

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We are starting the New Year for the newsletter by offering you a variety of topics. Hopefully we are reflecting the wide variety of work members of the MTA are doing in the real world. Celebrating the New Year involves a number of traditions and applying technical analysis is also rooted in a number of traditional tools, many of which are updated and applied in unique ways. We feature the work of Eric Leake and John Kosar, CMT, showing how they are applying traditional tools to create valuable forecasts. Jeb Handwerger applies these types of tools to a market that isn’t widely followed, rare earth metals, but is in the news quite frequently. Ken Safian has long been applying traditional tools in an untraditional way to economic data in addition to following the stock markets with a technical-based approach. We also highlight a new book from Christopher Grafton, CMT, which explains a traditional tool, cycles, in a new way. Please let us know what you are doing and allow us to share your application of the tools of technical analysis to the readers of Technically Speaking by sending an email to Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, January 2012 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-january-2012 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-25 13:21:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-25 17:21:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 402183 [post_id] => 46756 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_4_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"46771";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 47919 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2009-11-15 12:00:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2009-11-15 17:00:25 [post_content] =>

Letter from the Editor

We are again presenting only a few articles in this month’s newsletter. MTA members are among the leading technicians doing great research and we are featuring a few samples of the work being done. In coming months, we hope to continue highlighting this type of original work. As always, if you’d like to share your work with your colleagues, please send it to us at In “An Interesting Application of Neural Nets,” we highlight how Parallax Financial Research is using neural networks to develop a complete investment methodology. Their combination of fundamental and technical inputs has resulted in a long-term winning strategy. Robin Carpenter presents a detailed analysis and thought-provoking piece on VIX, challenging the standard interpretation of this widely used indicator. Short-term traders will be interested in “Candlestick Kicker Signal = Powerful Profits” by Stephen W. Bigalow. While candlesticks are widely used, this article offers a fresh insight into the patterns. “Individual Monthly Charts for The 1924 to 1935 Period” is a partial reprint of a Safian Investment Research piece. The collection of charts and brief commentary are well worth reading for anyone trading today’s markets. Mark Twain is believed to have said, “History doesn't repeat itself - at best it sometimes rhymes.” Traders need to study history so that they can benefit from the repetitive patterns often found in the market, and Safian’s piece is a valuable collection of market history. We hope you find this collection of papers to be useful. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, November 2009 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-november-2009 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-20 17:00:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-20 21:00:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 423123 [post_id] => 47919 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_3_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"46771";} ) )