Trader Biographies

Infotainer Jim Cramer

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Most people recognize Jim Cramer as a highly opinionated infotainer and host of CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’. But Cramer is more than just this. He is also a best-selling author and former successful hedge fund manager.
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Professional Trading Coach Van K. Tharp

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Psychologist Van K. Tharp is an internationally acclaimed trading coach and author, focusing on helping traders who want to understand the psychology behind position sizing, systems development and general trader psyche. He is the only trader to ever write book that covers positions trading as a risky proposition in detail and he is also the only coach to be featured in Jack Schwager’s ‘Market Wizards: Interviews With Great Traders’.
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Buffet’s Teacher Benjamin Graham

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Benjamin Graham is considered a legend in the stock trading and investing industry. He was an excellent financial educator, investment manager and author. Even today, thirty-three years after his death, two of Graham’s investment books are still used at the university level in financial investing classes.
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Jesse Livermore, Self-Made Trader

October 20, 2009 | scorpion

There are very few people in the stock trading and investment industry that are able to make money with little to no formal financial education. Jesse Livermore was one of those few. Before his death he had gained and lost millions of dollars, speculating and trading for more than 50 years. He also developed some financial ideas and principles that are still used by investors.

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Trend Following Richard Donchian

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Richard Donchian is one of the many stock investors and traders that lived through the Great Depression and stock market crash of 1929. Many of his ideas in trading are still viewed as important today and he was the father of the many trend following trading principles still in use today.
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Warren Buffett - The Oracle Of Omaha

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
"Rule No.1 is never lose money. Rule No.2 is never forget rule number one." The simple rule has been Warren Buffett’s mantra ever since he started out in the investment and trading business. As a student of the great Benjamin Graham, Buffett has taken that mantra to a new level.
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The Mentor Alexander Elder

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Dr Alexander Elder has made his money through a very unique method: he learned how to get inside the head of stock traders. His background as a successful psychiatrist helped him become well known in the stock trading and investing industry, especially since the only stock he ever purchased when he first started out was for KinderCare.
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Quantum Fund’s George Soros

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Known as ‘the man that broke the Bank of England’ George Soros has been trading and stock investing since 1952. He is recognized as the man that brought the Quantum Fund to life and is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world today. He is very active today in philanthropic endeavors as well as in human rights, education and politics
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Richard Dennis, Prince Of The Pit

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
Richard Dennis, a onetime follower of Richard Donchian’s trend following technique, used to shoot from the hip when it came from buying and trading stocks and commodities. After taking a huge hit during the 1987 stock market crash, he stopped trading. At least, for a few years.
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

October 20, 2009 | scorpion
If you are not into financial investing then Michael Bloomberg is simply the current mayor of New York City. However, many others will recognize him as the founder of Bloomberg Media and a financial investor who helped others with a simple computer database.
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Philip A. Fisher, Influential Investor

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
Philip A. Fisher is considered today as one of the ‘most influential investors’ in the history of the industry.  Many of the investment beliefs that he practiced and shared with the rest of the world are still relevant in today’s trading market and they are studied by investors all over the world.  His book ‘Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits’ was the first book of its kind to ever make the New York Times Bestseller list and Fisher was probably the last of his breed to find success after the stock market crash in 1929.
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The Professional’s Professional John Neff

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
John Neff is most well known for his affiliations with National City Bank of Cleveland and Wellington Management Company.  Other traders in the industry look at him as the ‘professional’s professional’ because of his knack in taking their money and investing it safely.  In today’s unsure trading world, it is easy to see how Neff could be looked upon by his peers in such good light.
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Jim Slater, The Capitalist

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
The name Jim Slater is well known in the United Kingdom and among the industry gurus in the United States. While the average person may not recognize his name right off the bat, they are probably familiar with the price earning to growth earnings ratio, a concept this gentleman from England developed. Slater’s strategies, like Philip A. Fisher’s in the United States, were the first to be popularized among investors in the United Kingdom.
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The Redwood Financialist Kenneth L. Fisher

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
American businessman, founder, CEO and Chairman, Fisher Investments, Kenneth L. Fisher is well known for his investment strategies. He is listed in the ‘Forbes 400’ list of the richest Americans and billionaires, and as the youngest son of Philip A. Fisher, a well-known investor, it’s easy to understand why. He is considered one of the most powerful people of the investment industry and has published a wide variety of works on what he does.
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Peter Lynch The Fidelity Wizard

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
Peter Lynch is the mind behind the well known companies Fidelity Investments Inc and Fidelity Management & Research Company.  Both firms are well known across the world and even after his retirement from the investing industry Lynch is making waves with his philanthropic efforts.  Lynch believed that ‘Investing without research is like playing stud poker and never looking at the cards.’  Some of his publications have been considered by industry pundits as must reads if investing and trading is a career choice.
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Sir John Templeton - Mutual Fund Maverick

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
One of the few Americans to ever be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England, Sir John Templeton is looked upon today as the inventor of mutual funds. He has been called the ‘greatest global stock picker of the century’ by Money Magazine and while he has retired from active trading, he still is very active in other business ventures.
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CAN SLIM’s William O’Neil

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
If you are an investor using the CAN SLIM strategy of investing then you have heard of its investor William O’Neil. In the highly competitive investment industry, O’Neil is one of the younger traders who have come behind great names like Jim Slater and John Neff. He started a business publication ‘Investor’s Business Daily’ and the brokerage William O’Neil+ Co. Inc. Entrepreneur and stockbroker, O’Neil helped change the face of investing.
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T. Rowe Price

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
Known at the ‘father of growth investing’, Thomas Rowe Price was one of the founding fathers of investing and trading as it is known today.  He was not afraid of change and as an investor who grew up during the Great Depression, he was not afraid to jump into an investment with both feet.
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Whiz Kid Michael Marcus

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
Michael Marcus is an industry whiz kid who having taken his entire fortune and investing it in commodities turned it from $30,000 to $80 million in less than 20 years. He was mentored by investor Ed Seykota while working as an analyst and has passed on what he learned to others ever since.
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Acorn Fund’s Ralph Wanger

October 16, 2009 | scorpion
There is little known about Ralph Wanger other than the fact that he was one of the most successful investment traders in the United States. Wanger is one of the younger investors to be recognized with the likes of T. Rowe Price and Philip A Fisher, but he was excellent with the investments he made. A very private man, Wanger’s career spoke for itself.
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