Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor’s 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in “the pit” as a market maker.
The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX – to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd’s TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company’s “listed” and OTC trading desks.
Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.
Shah’s vast network of contacts includes the biggest players on Wall Street and in international finance. These contacts give him the real story – when others only get what the investment banks want them to see.
Today, as editor of Hyperdrive Portfolio, Shah presents his legion of subscribers with massive profit opportunities that result from paradigm shifts in the way we work, play, and live.
Shah is a frequent guest on CNBC, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and you can catch him every week on Fox Business’s Varney & Co.
Tom Gentile is known as America’s #1 Pattern Trader.
But really, he’s so much more than that.
Tom wasn’t always so successful. Thirty years ago, he was just a kid working 60 hours a week at Home Depot, making the same amount every hour no matter how hard he worked.
It’s a familiar story. But it jump started Tom to do something different.
That’s when his life really began to change. Tom began his career by studying the ins and outs of options trading every single night in his parent’s basement back in 1986. Years later, he had built one of the largest financial tech companies showing people how to trade. It was called Optionetics, and it quickly established a stellar reputation in the field of options education.
In 2009, Tom sold Optionetics to one of the largest discount brokers in the world for millions of dollars.
Since then, he has dedicated his career to teaching people how to trade. Tom has taught over 300,000 traders his option trading secrets in a variety of settings, including seminars, workshops, and sponsored events like The Money Show. He’s also a bestselling author of eight books and training courses.
Tom’s personal mission in life is to show people like you everything he’s learned in his 30 years of trading. He wants you to break out of the grueling nine-to-five cycle and achieve the abundant life you deserve.
Chris Johnson is a highly regarded equity and options analyst who has spent much of his nearly 30-year market career designing and interpreting complex models to help investment firms transform millions of data points into impressive gains for clients.
At heart Chris is a quant – like the “rocket scientists” of investing – with a specialty in applying advanced mathematics like stochastic calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and statistics to Wall Street’s data-rich environment.
He began building his proprietary models in 1998, analyzing about 2,000 records per day. Today, that database, which Chris designed and coded from scratch, analyzes a staggering 700,000 records per day. It’s the secret behind his track record.
Chris holds degrees in finance, statistics, and accounting. He worked as a licensed broker for 11 years before taking on the role of Director of Quantitative Analysis at a big-name equity and options research firm for eight years. He recently served as Director of Research of a Cleveland-based investment firm responsible for hundreds of millions in AUM. He is also the Founder/CIO of ETF Advisory Research Partners since 2007, noted for its groundbreaking work in Behavioral Valuation systems. Their research is widely read by leaders in the RIA business.
Chris is ranked in the top 99.3% of financial bloggers and top 98.6% of overall experts by TipRanks, the track record registry of financial analysts dating back to January 2009.
He is a frequent commentator on financial markets for CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, and CBS Radio and has been featured in Barron’s, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, and numerous books.
Mark Sebastian worked as options trader and market-maker on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) for nearly a decade.
He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Money Morning Live as an analyst and volatility expert.
During his time in the option pit, Mark pioneered a trading strategy so powerful, that during early-stage development in 2005, it produced exceptional gains of 14,400% in just three days.
Mark has shared this strategy with a small group of private coaching students, who recently had the chance to make top-performing gains of 200% in six days… 301% in one day… and 1,867% in five days.
But now Mark’s developed a new twist on his #1 trading strategy-one he’s never shared publicly.
Rigorous testing shows this breakthrough can deliver up to five chances to make money every week.
Each play has a maximum starting stake of $100, so just about anyone can get in the door.
But with targeted gains of 1,000% in 30 days or less, the profit potential is massive.
Wall Street insiders make these sort of trades every day. And Mark is not only going to show you how they do it-but how to beat them at their own game.
When you hear “professional stock trader,” you probably picture the stuffy Wall Street cliche…
A well-groomed, blue-blooded so-and-so wearing a bespoke suit and a crisp collar, sporting a Rolex and carrying a briefcase worth more than your car…
Someone cold, humorless, and unapproachable — a guy you wouldn’t wanna be trapped with on an elevator, let alone have drinks with on a Saturday night…
In other words, you think of the OPPOSITE of Kenny Glick.
For those who’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Kenny in action, live-trading stocks based on their Volume-Weighted Average Price (otherwise known as VWAP, the lifeblood of his methodology), the juxtaposition may be discombobulating at first…
I mean, here you are, watching what feels like an intimate one-man comedy show, and yet — you’re learning how to make money trading a relatively simple indicator?!?
Kenny Glick is one of the few — if not the ONLY — trading tutors in the game who can simultaneously drop a stream of KNOWLEDGE BOMBS while making his students belly-laugh each and every day.
In fact, many folks watching Kenny trade for the first time comment, “You should be a stand-up comedian!“
But what they don’t know is this: Stand-up, ironically, was how Kenny was introduced to trading in the first place.
From the Stage to the Street
See, Glick didn’t seek out a successful career in trading — he actually went to school to be an actor and comedian.
In fact, regular viewers of Kenny’s LIVE trading sessions are no stranger to his many impersonations, including Donald Trump and Christopher Walken, so it should come as no surprise he once worked behind the scenes at “Saturday Night Live.”
In addition, Glick often “interacts” with a whole host of characters in his head, including: The Man in the Van, who enjoys heckling Kenny in the most Brooklyn way possible; The Zen Master, who leads daily breathing exercises (“inhale the VWAP, exhale the negativity!“); and Blanche, a reference to the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Put it this way — if a blind person listened to Kenny Glick trade, they might very well think they accidentally tuned into an improv class or The Howard Stern Show.
As far as finding his way to trading, legend has it that after doing a stand-up show in the ’90s, Kenny was approached by a powerful broker who happened to be in the audience.
Always up for an adventure, Glick took him up on his offer to corral that charisma and comedic chops to help pitch stocks…
Chasing That Baseball Card High
While learning the trading ropes, Kenny was overcome with a nostalgic feeling he didn’t even realize he missed — the high he felt trading baseball cards as a kid.
In retrospect, he now sees he was “innately a trader at 13.”
As he would with stocks later down the road, the young Glick would acquire the cards of players he thought would do well… then turn around and sell them for more than he paid.
His dad, a math teacher, would often drop Kenny & Co. off at hotels for various baseball-card-related events, and one Sunday they made a cool $1,200 in a single afternoon.
“Teenage kids with that much cash? We were kings of the world!” he said. “After that? FUGGEDABOUDIT — I was hooked.”
Against this backdrop, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how Glick fell in love with trading stocks and options…
But as with most heroes, his journey to VWAP dominance was filled with a few detours — and even danger.
Living on the Edge
It didn’t take long for Kenny to realize many Wall Street (and off-off-Wall Street) firms were mired in greed and corruption on a massive scale, particularly in the penny-stock arena.
Over the first few years of his trading career, he jumped around from company to company, startup to startup, seeking an employer with more integrity — and he kept coming up short.
Once, he was even threatened to get BEAT UP if he didn’t strong-arm a client into a shady deal (Kenny quit with a quickness).
Glick obviously wound up finding his groove as a day trader, and because his life story could be titled “The Forrest Gump of Brooklyn” (he’s everywhere, man!), he even appeared on several big-network TV shows defending day trading in the late ’90s.
After an in-too-deep trader shot and killed nine people at two day-trading firms in Atlanta, the media was on a mission to “cancel” the entire practice, as the kids say.
“The press was looking for the next Wall Street psychopath, and I guess I fit the bill, so they interviewed me,” he said.
Of course, it was actually Glick’s charisma both on and off camera that really made him an excellent interviewee, and he made the media rounds defending traders who don’t hold stocks overnight.
He argued that many of the haters likening day traders to degenerate gamblers likely had long-term stock positions of their own…
And the only difference between them and the day trader FIENDS was the time period — minute-to-minute vs. month-to-month charts.
Right Side of VWAP, Right Side of the Trade, Right Side of LIFE
Kenny, like most traders, blew up his trading account a few times early on attempting to find his groove.
He went through the whole indicator rigamarole, trying to play the usual suspects like Fibonacci retracements, simple moving averages, various relative strength yardsticks, etc., but it all became too much.
“It was like abstract art, some of these charts, with the 600 lines and graphs and zig-zags,” he said. “I was like, ‘Can you dumb it down a little for me?'”
But then, Kenny found the Holy Grail of Trading: VWAP.
As a big short seller (someone who makes bearish trades), his favorite trade was the fade — he liked when stocks would gap up on earnings, and he could make money as they dropped back to earth.
And when he was introduced to VWAP by the Emperor and Overlord of VWAP — Zack Hurwitz and Brian Shannon, respectively — he realized he struck gold…
Kenny now had a way to give himself a head-start on his trades — including the earnings fade — and the simplicity of VWAP was nothing short of a revelation.
Even better? It was REPEATABLE.
In fact, Glick often likens VWAP trading to “Groundhog Day” — the Bill Murray comedy where every day is the same.
The symbol letters might change, and the numbers change, but the VWAP setup is always the same.
It was a game-changer when he realized the power of the VWAP… which allows Kenny to make money on both sides of the trade, as a bull and a bear.
But while he may feel each trading session is the same, one certainly doesn’t get that feeling watching Glick teach others how to capitalize on “the only trade you’ll ever need” (as the lyrics to his original VWAP song go)…
His wit, patented Knowledge Bombs, and growing repertoire of crazy characters make each Warlock’s War Room session feel anything but stale.
Plus, when everyday is “the greatest trading day ever,” there’s definitely nothing wrong with a little repetition…
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, consultant, and political risk analyst with decades of trading experience and degrees in economics, cybersecurity, and business from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Indiana University, and Northwestern.
He also spent more than a decade as a corporate spy and still has his ear to the ground in Washington and on Wall Street, giving him a critical edge in his trading. He’s conducted risk-assessment projects for clients in 27 countries and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund and a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy.
In addition to his lead role at the World’s Biggest Trade, you can catch him on the Money Morning LIVE show, discussing the hottest stock and economic news and dishing out timely trade ideas with other Money Map experts and special guests.
Tim Melvin is an unlikely investment expert by any measure. Raised in the “projects” of Baltimore by a single mother, he never attended college and started out as a door-to-door vacuum salesman. But he knew the real money was in the stock market, so he set sights on investing – and by sheer force of determination, he eventually became a financial advisor to millionaires. Today, after 30 years of managing money for some of the wealthiest people in the world, he draws on his experience to help investors find “unreasonably good” bargain stocks, multiply profits, and build their nest eggs. Tim tirelessly works to find overlooked “hidden gems” in the stock market, drawing on the research of legendary investors like Benjamin Graham, Walter Schloss, and Marty Whitman. He has written and lectured extensively on the markets, with work appearing on Benzinga, Real Money, Daily Speculations, and more. He has published several books in the “Little Book of” Investment Series and a “Junior Chamber Course” geared towards young adults that teaches Graham’s principles and techniques to a new generation of investors.
Today, he serves you as the Special Situations Strategist at Money Morning and the editor of Peak Yield Investor.