All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 21: Chris Ciovacco, Chief Investment Strategist, Ciovacco Capital Management

Chris Ciovacco is someone whose work I’ve followed for many years. His approach to markets is similar to mine, in that he incorporates a weight-of-the-evidence technical strategy. His open-mindedness and ability to set up multiple outcomes to prepare for, is one to be admired. In this episode, Chris walks through his thought process when analyzing the current environment. He makes a great comparison to early 2009 and asks whether we’re in January ’09, just before another severe decline in stocks, or in May, on the way up after already bottoming.

This is a great episode that I hope makes you think differently and inspires you to keep an open mind and come up with your own possible scenarios for the coming months and quarters. This was a fun one!

Make sure to follow Chris Ciovacco on Twitter and at Ciovacco Capital Management

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All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 20: Adam Koos, Founder of Libertas Wealth Management Group

Adam Koos is a portfolio manager who uses Technical Analysis to make decisions for the clients he advises. In times like these, Financial Advisors all over the world are getting asked the hard questions. In this episode, Adam talks about how Technical Analysis has helped both his decision making and the communication with the families he works for. It’s really cool to see these tools helping advisors everywhere, and especially a friend who I speak to regularly about markets and other common interests, like sports and wine.

Adam and I were coincidentally both featured in a Wall Street Journal article this week where we shared some of our favorite tools to help us in the current environment. He is the Founder of Libertas Wealth Management Group, and I loved hearing his stories about how his career first started 20 years ago and the path that led him to where he is today. We also hear his thoughts on the current market environment and the kinds of things we should be thinking about.

I really enjoyed this episode. He brings up some great points that hopefully opens up a larger dialogue.

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Chart Summit Podcasts: JC & Jay Woods, NYSE Floor Governor

A couple of weekends ago, I had the privilege of hosting Chart Summit 2020, an online virtual Technical Analysis conference. We had over 30 presentations, 10,000 attendees and raised a ton of money to help the people who need it most right now. A great part about the whole thing is, not only all the fun we had, but how much we all learned!

I’m so excited about it that we decided to turn my conversation with Jay Woods into a podcast episode, so you can listen to it on the go. Jay is a good friend and currently a Floor Governor of the New York Stock Exchange. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and it represents so much. Jay is an ambassador for everything it stands for. In this conversation, Jay walks us though exactly what’s going on in the minds of all the traders and market makers that are used to spending their days on the floor of the exchange. These are some interesting times. I couldn’t think of a better momentum to bring Jay into the conversation.

This was a great chat that I wanted to make sure to share with all of you.

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Chart Summit 2020 Review With JC & Strazza

The videos of all the presentations are now up and you can go to and stream them for FREE!

As we always like to do here after Chart Summit, Steve Strazza and I sat down to discuss what we just witnessed. This was one of the most amazing list of speakers I’ve ever seen at a Financial Conference. I can’t even believe we were able to pull this off! Plus, we raised over $50,000 in donations, on the first day alone, to help fight coronavirus. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated! Also, big shoutout to Traders4ACause for helping us choose the organizations we’re donating to and collecting all the money. We could not have done this without you!

In this episode, we talk about the best presentations, the best charts and the common themes among the presenters. I think it always adds value to think back at what was discussed and reiterate a few of the important points that were being made by the best in the business. From Brian Shannon, Ari Wald, Craig Johnson, Gina Martin Adams, Andrew Thrasher, Frank Cappelleri, Paul Ciana, the list goes on and on….We discussed the current environment for the US and Global Stocks, Interest rates around the world, Gold and other metals, US Dollar and other currencies around the globe. There was so much value.

This was my favorite Financial Conference of all time. Easily.

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All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 19: Mike Hurley, Chief Market Strategist for Highland Capital Management

Mike Hurley has been an inspiration to me for many years. When it comes to market breadth, this is the guy. He’ll tell you he learned it from his predecessors and how he’s standing on the shoulders of giants and all those things he discusses in this episode, but for me personally, he’s been a great influence for sure. Many of you know how seriously I take my breadth work and how valuable it has been to so many of us for many years. It’s people like Mike and others who have helped my process evolve to where it is today.

This was a really fun podcast for me because the topic of market breadth and internals is so near and dear to my heart. In this podcast episode, Mike and I talk about history and how different turning points in the stock market have been led by breadth deterioration (at tops) and breadth improvement (at bottoms). We also discuss 2020 so far and how breadth was deteriorating well before the S&P500 and Dow hit their ultimate highs. Once again, it was breadth that got us out of the way of trouble this cycle. Give this one a listen. I think it’s one of those episodes that can live for a lifetime and help people many years (or decades) into the future.

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All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 18: Larry McDonald, Bear Traps Report & NY Times Best Selling Author

Larry McDonald is the guy I turn to when I want to talk about the Bond Market. He always has something insightful about what’s happening that I’m probably not seeing. We’ve become friends over the years but I originally got to know who Larry was by reading his book, Colossal Failure of Common Sense. This is a book about the collapse of Lehman Brothers being told by a bond trader inside the firm. I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read. It will give you good insight as to what exactly was taking place at the time. In this podcast Larry tells us a good story about the day his team had the most profitable day in the history of the bond desk at Lehman and Dick Fuld didn’t even bother to come down and say hi.

The market today is different than it was in 2019. What’s going on in the bond market is playing a huge role. I couldn’t think of a better time that the present to bring in my friend Larry McDonald to discuss what we’re seeing out there in the markets. This is always a lot of fun talking to one of my favorites!

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