MaryAnn Bartels

MaryAnn Bartels

Mary Ann Bartels is former Head of Technical & Market Analysis at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She is well known by clients and business partners for developing various proprietary models for equity pairs trading and for her sector, industry and stock selection. Ms. Bartels is also known for her extensive work on Hedge Funds. She is the lead analyst on research publications such as Market Analysis Comment, Hedge Fund Monitor and Monthly Chart Portfolio of Global Markets.

Ms. Bartels rejoined Merrill Lynch in 1999, working with the European Quantitative Strategy Team and became head of Global Equity Trading Research Strategy in 2001. Prior to rejoining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Bartels held portfolio manager positions at Batterymarch in Boston and Avatar/Zweig Associates in New York. For four consecutive years, Ms. Bartels was voted to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team and was awarded second place in 2008 and 2009. She appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and was often quoted in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Barron’s. Ms. Bartels earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from Fordham University.

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            [post_content] => With the vaccine roll-out in full swing, we can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel. For those of us in the colder Northern climates, the pending Spring is double good news since we’ve been cooped up inside our own homes. Who cannot wait to go to their favorite restaurant and not have to wear a parka?

The downside? Now we have to shed those pandemic pounds so we can wear more than sweat pants. I think I’ll take that.

Since mid-February, the markets have finally been interesting. Tech investors saw a “correction” while at the very same time portions of the rest of the market were at all-time highs. Gold is in the tank but oil is at multi-month highs. Remember last year when it went negative? Fun times – not. And have you seen copper?

Then, of course, there is all that debt out there. Liquidity … until the piper shows up for payment.

On a more somber note, over the past few weeks we’ve lost three great people and assets to the Association. Les Williams was a model of involvement, with participation and leadership in many areas in the Association over the years. Not only that, he was a genuinely nice guy and his signature adorns the CMT charter hanging on my wall. Bernadette Murphy, who was known to greater Wall Street as a leader for decades, was instrumental in legitimizing technical analysis as a true investment discipline. Younger members may not know of her, but they should. Memorials for both of these great people are in this month’s edition, and this month’s photo archive features a few shots of them. We've also got a brief tribute to Bill Sharp, co-founder and past President of the CSTA - the technical society in Canada.

This month’s member interview is with Michael Gayed CFA, who is a multiple winner of the Dow Award and awards from other groups. Walter Deemer, a now-retired technical analysis veteran, has put decades of his writings and analysis online for all to see. What was it like in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s? Just read his comments.

He also happens to be the subject of this month’s Fill the Gap, the CMT Association's official podcast.

Of course, we have news from the Association, and President Scott Richter offers his thoughts about helping our colleagues out of any lingering career effects from the pandemic.

Don’t forget, you can submit articles for publication here. As long as they are about technical analysis or the business (not forecasts) we want to see them. Yes, even from brand new analysts. Write something. How do you think I, a physics major in college, got to be a columnist and editor? I wrote – a lot. Now it is your turn.

We want your photos, too. Book reviews, software reviews, thoughts on regulation, anything that members would find useful or interesting relating to technical analysis.

Michael Kahn, CMT

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