Technically Speaking, October 2020

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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President's Letter: AI and ML - the future is now!  It’s here and will grow!

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Second Annual India Summit Concludes Successfully

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A New Normal in 2020 for the Oil/Gold Ratio?

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Member Interview with Michael Zuber, CMT

Please tell us what you do professionally.

I’m currently a Market Analyst at Lowry Research Corporation. I work mainly with...

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CMT Photo Archive

This is the first installment in an occasional series revisiting the Association’s history in pictures. If you have any pictures...

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Membership Updates

Members on the Move

The CMT Association would like to congratulate the following members on their new positions:

  • Brendan...
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President's Letter: AI and ML - the future is now!  It’s here and will grow!

Last week, I was a participant in the annual general meeting for one of my venture capital firms.   We spent a lot of time discussing future industry trends in financial technology (fintech) and to say the least, it was remarkable!  The one major item that caught my eye was the increasing role of AI and ML in fintech.  I know most of you know...

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Contributor(s)

Scott G. Richter, CMT, CFA, CHP

Scott Richter, CMT, CFA, CHP is a senior portfolio manager for Westfield, which manages over $4B in AUM.  He is the lead portfolio manager for alternative assets and is also responsible for investments in the energy and utility sectors.  He was formerly...

Second Annual India Summit Concludes Successfully

This past Sunday, the Association’s 2nd Annual India Summit conference wrapped up on a high note, with a discussion featuring David Lundgren, CMT, CFA and Atul Suri of Marathon Trends Advisory. Other highlights from the weekend included a conversation with the “Big Bull,” polarizing investment figure Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, as well as several insightful panels and research presentations on a range of relevant topics.

Following...

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Contributor(s)

Marianna Tessello

Marianna Tessello served as the CMT Association’s digital producer from 2018 until 2021. She was responsible for the management of most of the association’s front-end digital assets during that time, including social media production, current website information and updates, and various communication...

A New Normal in 2020 for the Oil/Gold Ratio?

Editor’s note – This article was written in late August, so please keep that in mind when it refers to current prices.

From 1986 through 2014, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil outpaced gold, but then, the U.S. shale revolution began and near-term concerns over global oil supply were abated. As the U.S. started its ascent toward energy independence, the precious metal began to...

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Contributor(s)

John Letizia II, CPA, CMT, CFTe

John J. Letizia II, CPA, CMT, CFTe is a sell-side equity analyst. Prior to his time on the sell-side, John worked as a proprietary trader employing technical analysis for three years. John also has worked in both KPMG’s and Ernst & Young’s...

Member Interview with Michael Zuber, CMT

Please tell us what you do professionally.

I’m currently a Market Analyst at Lowry Research Corporation. I work mainly with financial advisors across the United States and Canada, helping them to understand the underlying condition of the market and trends through the forces of supply and demand and technical analysis.

How did you get there?

After growing up and graduating from college in...

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Contributor(s)

Michael Zuber, CMT

Michael N. Zuber, CMT is a Market Analyst at Lowry Research Corporation.

CMT Photo Archive

This is the first installment in an occasional series revisiting the Association’s history in pictures. If you have any pictures from seminars, meetings or just after work get togethers – the older the better – please submit them (in digital form, if possible). Please also let us know who is in them and where and when they were taken.

25th Annual Seminar (Atlanta, 2000)

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Contributor(s)

Michael Kahn, CMT

Michael Kahn, who holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, is a seasoned financial services strategist, analyst, columnist, educator and speaker.  Michael has been working with charts and technical analysis since 1986. He is the author of three books on technical analysis...

Membership Updates

Members on the Move

The CMT Association would like to congratulate the following members on their new positions:

  • Brendan McCarty, CMT, Principal at Column E Management, LLC
  • Guy Ortmann, CMT, Director of Research/Senior Technical Analyst at R.F. Lafferty &Co. Inc.
  • Sean Dillon, CMT, Chief Investment Strategist at Pinnacle Advisory Group
  • Louis R. Civitarese, CMT, Senior Investment Manager at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
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Contributor(s)

Marie Penza

Marie Penza serves as the Director of Member Services for the CMT Association.