Richard Russell

Richard Russell
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In this month’s issue we sadly note the passing of 2003 MTA Annual Award winner, Richard Russell. The story of his life was inseparable from his work and we present two examples of his work. There are many other examples available and young analysts would benefit from studying Richard’s approach to both work and life. Young analysts would also benefit from studying the life of Ralph Acampora, CMT, who recently spoke to business students at the University of Denver. He began by talking about a bubble that developed in railroad stocks in the 1800’s. This bubble played out on the charts just like the internet bubble would almost 150 years later. As technical analysts know, history repeats. This time-tested idea is the subject of an article about the failure of a financial firm in 19th century Britain. Overend, Gurney & Co. is a company few traders remember but Dr. Bryan Taylor provides us with the details of one of the most dramatic events in the financial history of Victorian England. The collapse of Overend, Gurney and Co. had a more severe impact on the London financial market than the collapse of Bear Stearns had on U.S. markets over 140 years later. During the financial crisis of 1866, over 200 firms went bankrupt, including a number of banks. The similarities with 2008 are startling but few technical analysts will be surprised to see that history and human nature never seem to change. This month’s issue also includes calls for papers from the sponsors of the Charles H. Dow Award and the Wagner Award. Research papers can be a valuable source of trading ideas as you can see in this issue’s Chart of the Month feature which shows the indicator highlighted in the 2015 Dow Award winning paper for several key markets around the world. In the next few months, we will be charting several other Dow Award-winning ideas. Sincerely, Michael Carr [post_title] => Technically Speaking, November/December 2015 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-november-december-2015 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-03 11:26:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-03 15:26:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 352478 [post_id] => 43893 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_1_contributor [meta_value] => a:1:{i:0;s:5:"43896";} ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 48072 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2009-05-15 12:00:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2009-05-15 16:00:39 [post_content] =>

Letter from the Editor

In Technically Speaking we try to bring you money making ideas and news that impacts the field of technical analysis each month. This month, both are combined into the most difficult article I have ever had to write. Mike Epstein passed away in April. To those who knew him, his death is an enormous loss since Mike’s outsized personality always left you feeling optimistic after discussing the markets or life with the philosopher-trader. In the brief article we include in this newsletter, we attempt to provide a picture of his life. We also attempt to offer a glimpse into the wisdom he shared from his lifetime of experience. Mike knew how to trade, and he traded for a living and for enjoyment. Whenever he spoke, there was an opportunity to learn. Older traders and analysts offer that opportunity. And the MTA facilitates those meetings. It is an incredible organization from that respect – no where else do I see experienced members, some of whom are highly seasoned citizens, so willing to share their knowledge. For those on the fence, go to the May Symposium in New York. Approach a more experienced member and introduce yourself. Odds are that it’ll be a winning trade – you’ll learn a great deal and enjoy the experience. Personally, my results from meeting older traders is better than my results from trading. Never a loser in the former, and several years of enjoyable conversations with Mike Epstein that I will always value.  While we try to summarize Mike’s impact in this month’s e-newsletter, it can never replace an hour of his time. Take advantage of one the most important MTA benefits and reach out to our more experienced members. I hope to meet many of you at the Symposium, and I hope I have a difficult time breaking through the throng of younger members discussing markets and life with our wealth of knowledge. Sincerely, Mike Carr, CMT [post_title] => Technically Speaking, May 2009 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => technically-speaking-may-2009 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-21 14:18:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-21 18:18:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => technically_speaking [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [meta_id] => 426573 [post_id] => 48072 [meta_key] => newsletter_content_2_contributor [meta_value] => a:4:{i:0;s:5:"43896";i:1;s:5:"48078";i:2;s:5:"47104";i:3;s:4:"7251";} ) )