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Robert Palladino, CMT

Robert Palladino, CMT

Robert Palladino, who holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, is a senior foreign exchange trader for JPMorgan Chase with experience trading foreign exchange, commodities, and interest rate products, including derivatives. His foreign exchange career has allowed him to work in Hong Kong and Boston for State Street Bank and New York City for Deutsche Bank. 

Robert employs a quantitative technical process based on trend and momentum that he developed, but also relies on traditional technical indicators such as oscillators, moving averages, relative strength, and volatility. He produces daily and weekly market analysis for both internal and external audiences.

Robert obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Middlebury College in 2009 and pitched for four years on the baseball team. He has been a member of the CMT Association since 2013 and has been the Secretary of the Board since 2018.

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            [post_content] => Spring has sprung in the northern climes, and as we start to return to more normal activities the stock market is still taking mighty gulps at the liquidity punchbowl provided by forever low interest rates and lots of government spending. How long can the market keep this up? That is for you and your charts to figure out. The real question, is how can we stay on top of things as they develop?

Last year, COVID stole our Annual Symposium but this year we are getting together virtually. Last autumn's India Summit kicked things off, and at the end of this month, we will have the Americas Summit. I know it is short notice in this newsletter, but since it is online, there are no travel needs, hotels, cabs, or taking off from work. See the announcement below.

This month, we acknowledge this year’s Charles H. Dow Award winner Makenna Barbara with a brief summary of the paper and this month’s interview. We also look back in Association history to the first discussions on getting the CMT designation the respect it deserves and the Series 86 Exemption for technicians. This was a very big deal. CMT co-founder Ralph Acampora takes us back to those discussions in 2004.

We’ve also got the CMT Annual Meeting coming up with elections for new officers and Board members. Association President Scott Richter sets that up in his monthly letter, and the full meeting agenda is published later in this edition.

Don’t forget Association goings-on and this month’s podcast episode featuring Jeff DeGraaf.

Also, we still want your old photos of seminars, meetings and even the old favorite annual seminars at the beach. Got a book to recommend? A new charting software package? We could use a volunteer to write an occasional book or software review, too.

Until next month!

Michael Kahn, CMT

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            [post_content] => Happy Equinox, shut ins. Yes, as the seasons change, all over the globe we are staying inside and away from each other. Does that affect your mental state? You bet it does. And does it affect your market analysis and trading? Probably, but maybe not as much as it might have done a few bear markets ago when technology was still finding its way.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is quite fluid so I won’t comment. However, as markets try to find their footing and our day-to-day lives are different, we’re here to provide resources for you to make the best of it. Most importantly, we can tell you that the CMT Association is still up and running, having planned for an emergency situation months and years ago. Remember, back in 2001 our headquarters were in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, so we know a few things about preparation and resilience.

This issue of Technically Speaking will feature an article by Rob Hanna about how he operates using quantitative analysis alongside technical indicators. Our member interview is with Patrick Hennessey, a trader who has a story many members likely mirror.

Everything else touches on resources available to members, even as the office downtown is closed. Association CEO Alvin Kressler offers a few words letting us know that we are alright and will come out of this just fine. And finally, I offer up a few words about my own situation working at home, which perhaps is what so many of us are now doing. Personally, I find it a step up.

That’s all. Be safe, stay home, wash your hands and stay connected by voice or digital. Think of all this as a story you can tell your grandchildren and don’t forget to laugh about toilet paper hoarders.

Michael Kahn, CMT

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            [post_content] => Just when everyone pooh-poohs our beloved “Sell in May” saw, it somehow starts to work. Or maybe it was just that the S&P 500 hit resistance on waning momentum? Hmm. I, for one, do not blame a tweet. And I also don’t expect this series of coincidences to dictate my summer outlook. By the way, as I write this, the Dow is right where it was when it (and the Spoo) scored their golden crosses in late March.

The truth is that the markets have changed since some of our indicators were created or discovered, and we have to change with them.  That’s why it is so important to keep learning. And keep respecting your “stops” on indicators that no longer produce results.

What better place to learn that at the CMT Association annual symposium? This year’s is in the books, but even if you were unable to attend, you’ll be able to get a few insights from the presenters. We’ve got summaries of several of them in this newsletter edition.

If you were there and took notes, we’d love to get a few paragraphs of individual presentations or the seminar as a whole. Send them to me at editor@cmtassociation.org.

Also in this issue is our series of member interviews, this month with John Kosar, CMT, of Asbury Research. Joyce and Dr. Daniel Miller are back with part two of their series on copyrights. This is an important topic for any of us that publish any works, from books to reports to blogs.

We also pay tribute to long-time member Stephen Cox, CMT, who passed away this month. He was instrumental in establishing the Dow Award.

And, of course, we’ve got some member news, from new CMTs to available resources.

- Michael Kahn, Editor
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