Todd Sohn does amazing work on a daily basis. We’re constantly communicating and sharing ideas with one another. I can tell you for a fact, there are few people in this world who look through as many charts as Todd. Our process is similar so I have really been looking forward to this conversation. We covered a lot of topics in this episode including U.S. Stocks and the sector rotation we’ve been seeing underneath the surface. Sentiment is a big part of their work over at Strategas and I find it really interesting how he incorporates analyst ratings to find ideas in the market. This is a good one!
This conversation with Mark Dow kicks off Season 2 of the All Star Charts Interviews. Mark worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in charge of Emerging Markets in the early 90s and later was a sovereign analyst at a Mutual Fund before ultimately running money for a Global Macro Hedge Fund in New York City. Today, Mark runs a Family Office from southern California and recently launched a Private Twitter Account that you can subscribe to called Behavioral Macro. In this Episode, we talk about the benefits of Technical Analysis throughout both process and execution, where we are in the US Stock Market cycle, rates, precious metals and emerging markets. Him and I both speak really fast so we covered a lot in a short period of time!
Rick Bensignor is an analyst whose work I’ve followed for a long time. In my early days as a technician I always appreciated his intermarket and behavioral approach to investing. When he reached out to me earlier this year I took advantage and invited him on to the podcast right away. Since we don’t know each other very well yet, I tried to really get a good understanding of both his experience and approach to markets. I think you’ll come away from this episode with a better understanding of the changes in the business of wall street research, new perspective on the secular cycles for interest rates and an appreciation for technical analysis as a tool, and not a career. Rick talks about the importance of sector rotation analysis for the long only community and I tend to agree with a lot of what he has to say. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
Jon Najarian has been trading options since the early 80s when he first entered the Chicago pits. I’ve always had an appreciation for the way Jon looks at the behavior of market participants through the options market, particularly the largest institutional players. By monitoring the volume size of these trades, he pays close attention to what the biggest participants are doing, often times trading alongside the “smart money”. I think his perspective on this specific area of the market adds a ton of value to our conversations about Technical Analysis. In this episode, we discuss the new higher volatility regime in U.S. Stocks, what to expect moving forward and a few areas in the market where Jon is seeing unusual options activity. Since we’re lucky enough to have “Dr J” on the podcast, we had to ask him about the Chicago Bears, what the trading life in the city of Chicago was like, how things have changed through Technology and even a few words on Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies. I really enjoyed this conversation with someone whose work I have really admired for a long time.
Jay Woods has been a designated market maker on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for over 25 years. This being Technical Analysis Radio, I think it’s important to understand what goes on down there and how it’s changed over time. In this episode Jay shares old war stories from one of the most important and symbolic buildings in America. This conversation is the perfect compliment to some of the other perspectives we’ve heard throughout season one of the podcast. Jay Woods is a Chartered Market Technician who focuses on price behavior and sentiment. We discuss the current U.S. Stock Market environment including sector rotation, particularly in Financials and Technology. With volatility coming back in 2018, I think this is a great time to hear from Jay and find out what he’s seeing from the floor of the NYSE.
Jeff Hirsch is the Editor of the annual Stock Traders Almanac, an inside look at the seasonal tendencies of the stock market. As Technicians we study the behavior of the market and market participants. By analyzing how our human activities change throughout the year, as well as various other cycles, we can see the impact it has on the stock market. Yale Hirsch, Jeff’s father, first started publishing the almanac in the late 1960s. In this podcast episode, Jeff tells us what it was like growing up studying charts and seasonality. He then walks us through some of the most important seasonal cycles, and what some of the implications are when markets ignore seasonal tendencies. In this podcast series we like to focus on the current market environment and this episode is no different. The Almanac Trader and I discuss the current Midterm Election year and how January got us started. There are several cycles coming together at once right now and it’s fascinating to hear it directly from Jeff himself. I think this discussion about seasonality is the perfect compliment to some of the other podcasts episodes that showcase different types of technical analysis tools.