TradersThinkTank has the honor of sharing information with several experts. The following are active contributors to the blog and I highly recommend you visit their individual sites for additional in-depth expertise.

N. Pirraglia

Welcome to my Blog site:  I started my career in trading in 1991 after returning to the US as an Army Officer deployed in Iraq. I began as a bond broker and worked my way into trading. Expert mentoring, hard work and a disciplined approach to the markets has allowed me the ability to maintain a very successful career in Capital Markets and Trading for over 20 years as a professional OTC Market Maker and independent trader. I also managed the trading desks for a two Dallas based capital management companies and traded equities for a Dallas based hedge fund. I have trained and mentored thousands of customers in the rigors of trading, technical analysis and risk controls. Recently, I had broadened my market experience through the design and product management of two automated trading platforms. I had the pleasure of working with some of the brightest minds in the trading community and have collaborated with experts in data, design, engineering and trading psychology.  I’m an avid long distance runner,  completed several marathon events, qualified for the Boston marathon, and completed several long distance triathlons to include finishing a full Ironman triathlon.

Follow me on Twitter under @Liquid_Trader. I appreciate any feedback and always~ Think hard-Trade hard and win!

Blake Morrow is the Chief Currency Strategist for Wizetrade. Blake has over 15 years of trading experience and has been a co- owner of a Dallas based brokerage firm and LiquidTrader Technologies. Currently, Blake does analysis for thousands of individual traders on his “The Morning Edge” webinar for 2 hours each day from 7 – 9 am covering inter-market relationships and Forex. He has also appeared as a regular analyst on Wizetrade TV and Traders Television. Blake is a seasoned individual investor in equities and FOREX.

Ilian Yotov is a longtime FX Strategist, known among industry peers as the creator of The Quarters Theory, a revolutionary methodology applied to the price behavior of currency exchange rates. His FX market analysis, outlook and forecasts are sought by popular financial publications worldwide and he is a regular guest speaker at industry events.

For over 12 years, Ilian has also been committed to the education of retail FX traders, and has been recognized as one of the leading Forex educators in the world, helping thousands of currency traders worldwide. Ilian Yotov is the Chief FX Strategist at where he brings a combination of in-depth knowledge and expertise with innovative strategies and trading techniques. He is responsible for driving the company’s research initiatives and for turning them into actionable trade ideas and trading strategies.

Ilian Yotov is author of the book “The Quarters Theory: The Revolutionary New Foreign Currencies Trading Method”, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Steve Hammer: I began my career in the securities industry in 1980 as a stock broker for several firms in Boulder and Denver, Colorado.  During these years, I participated in investment banking, venture funding, wholesale market making and of course trading.

 In 1990 I started an investment advisory firm here in Santa Barbara, Ca. focusing on growth investing.  I started a pure technology fund during the bear market of 1994 believing that technology would be the driving force in our economy.  CyberFund was one of the first crossover funds that invested both in public and private technology companies.  I retired from the money management industry in 2003.

 I have always been fascinated by price behavior and technical analysis.  I designed all of the computer based analytical systems my firm used to manage over $250 million in our client portfolios.  While we either added or removed core positions based upon the company’s fundamentals, our software was responsible for telling us when to be buyers and sellers.  What makes my software so different is that it is not price based–no moving averages, no channels, no candlesticks and no trend lines or charts with lines moving out in all directions.

 Based upon my experience in market making and as portfolio manager/trader, I designed software that could identify certain characteristics that appear in the tape.  As market makers, we typically saw both sides of the trade, and as portfolio managers, we certainly knew which trades were ours.  This information is there on the tape if you know what to look for.  I designed the Accumulator in 1998 and it has been working for me ever since; even more so now as HFT and algorithmic trading systems have turned the tape into a torrent of information.

 In 2009 I started offering my software on a subscription basis to individual investors and traders.  I began writing the Delineator Journal during the day to help my users learn how to use my software, its disciplines and give them my insights into the market.

 I do not work with a staff, nor do I seek hundreds of users.  My software takes time to learn and I am dedicated, as my users will tell you, to helping them be successful (ask and I will provide referrals).  If you’re looking for a black box that spits out money, when you find it please let me know.  Being consistent is hard work and the only black box that does work is the one between your ears.

 I have a diverse group of users, but we all share a common goal: Consistent profits.  My Delineator and Accumulator programs have proven their worth to me since 1998, through all types of markets.

Patrick Hoog, JD is a full-time investor and trader of primarily common stocks and ETFs, in taxable trading, trust and retirement accounts. He uses technical and fundamental top down analysis based on a modified Dow Theory trend approach he created.. He is founder of the daily blog, providing critical thinking intraday as the market evolves, as well as longer-term investment views. Patrick tired, as many, of being whipsawed by algorithmic black box trading of hedge funds and large money managers, and the excuses of those to whom money was entrusted. He was determined to study and learn to personally protect and grow his wealth in a world of ruthless and reckless markets.

Patrick, degreed in Economics, Finance and Law, was a Certified Corporate Bankruptcy Specialist. In his 20+ year international practice he had key representations in some of the messiest financial reorganizations, such as Debtor counsel in the Mrs. Fields Cookies tax/recapitalization and delisting from the London Stock Exchange, the swing vote on the Official Creditors Committee of MCORP, the $32 Billion multi MBank seizure by the Feds, America West, Eastern Airlines. Circle K, Checker Auto Parts (now part of O’Reilly’s) and World Color Press LBO/MBO Chapter 11 Committees.

Patrick helped develop early CDO and CMO structured financing derivatives, negotiating structure and providing bankruptcy opinions to Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. He provided deal restructure and litigation representation to two Trillion dollar Chinese national import/export enterprises, COFCO (Chinese national Cereal, Oil and Foodstuffs) and MinMetals (Chinese national Minerals and Metals), in ill-advised U.S. ventures, in the process learning first-hand the Chinese government way.


Tristian Jeanneault: Tristan’s interest in the markets began early in life when he opened his first investment account at the age of 16. His fascination and education in the markets continued at University as he completed a commerce degree, and traded equities and options. While managing a portfolio of equity and private equity investments for a boutique Investment Bank, Tristan began day-trading. He quickly realized that trading futures was not only a passion for him, but was also profitable. Over the past 10 years, Tristan has honed his trading skills by learning from other trading professionals, trading communities and his industry mentors.

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