TK All-Star


  • Welcome to the TK All-Star page! Below you can find background information for TK All-Star educational contributors. The All-Star roster includes TradeKing's Director of Education,Nicole Wachs, TradeKing's Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby; as well as financial industry professionals and educators in equities, options, fundamental and technical analysis. TK All-Stars are independent market commentators; please see full disclosures below.

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    As Senior Options Analyst for TradeKing, Brian Overby is a widely sought-after resource for his option trading knowledge and market insights. He has contributed to numerous articles for the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg and has had frequent appearances on CNBC Fast Money and Fox Business News. With nearly 20 years in the business, Brian continually seeks to improve the understanding of the retail investor. He has given thousands of option trading seminars worldwide, written hundreds of articles on investing, and is the author of the popular trading resource, The Options Playbook. Prior to TradeKing, Brian was a senior staff instructor for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and managed the training department for one of the world's largest market makers, Knight Trading Group.

    Nicole Wachs brings more than ten years of Wall Street experience to the TradeKing team with a background in trading and investor education. She is a former Option Specialist, Market Maker and Trainer for Goldman Sachs. As part of the SLK-Hull Derivatives division, Nicole traded options, equities and ETFs as a member of both the American Stock Exchange and the International Securities Exchange. During her time with Goldman Sachs, Nicole used two different trading styles: single stock/option position trading and dispersion theory/volatility arbitrage trading. As Director of Education for TradeKing, she creates and manages content for the TradeKing Learning Center. She currently holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses and has formerly held the Series 3 and 55 licenses. Nicole has been quoted in SmartMoney Magazine and Barron's and appeared on and

    Alan Brochstein is a portfolio manager and equity analyst with 20+ years' experience in security analysis, trading, portfolio construction and performance attribution. As founder of AB Analytical Services, he provides research services to several institutional money managers as well as the Invest By Model service, geared to individual investors. Invest By Model sends subscribers real-time buy and sell signals to follow Alan's model portfolio; subscribers also receive a constant stream of research on current holdings.

    Alan has been in the securities business since 1986 and earned his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 1997. Prior to forming his own company in 2007, he served as an analyst and portfolio manager at an investment firm focused on mid-cap stocks for seven years. He blogs frequently at Seeking Alpha and has been interviewed for his stock expertise by Crain's New York Business and CFA Magazine among others.

    Alan Brochstein / Invest By Model maintains a business relationship with TradeKing.

    A chartered market technician (CMT), Michael edits the daily markets newsletter, "Quick Takes Pro." He is also a columnist for Barron's Online, writing the twice-weekly "Getting Technical" column covering the stock market, sectors and occasional bond, commodities and currency markets. . He also co-manages a total return mutual fund. Kahn contributes to the monthly Trading Strategies section at MarketWatch, is a regular contributor to SFO Magazine as well as various other media outlets, and has authored a number of books. Kahn will be blogging for TradeKing clients about emerging trading ideas based on technical patterns.

    Michael Kahn maintains a cross-marketing relationship with TradeKing.

    Dan Sheridan is a 22-year veteran CBOE market maker who served as senior trader, trainer, and risk manager for one of the most successful option trading specialist firms on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Mercury Trading. Along with being one of the head traders, Dan was responsible for training and mentoring its traders, including current Mercury president and top Options Trader Pete Najarian. Since leaving the pit in 2004, he has mentored individual traders on the techniques and methods he used everyday to consistently profit in the options markets. Through his company, Sheridan Mentoring, he aims to provide retail investors with the knowledge they need to be successful traders. A dynamic presenter, Dan regularly teaches traders and retail investors on behalf of the CBOE's Options Institute. In addition to Mercury Trading, he has provided training and commentary to numerous organizations including First Options, the Mexican Stock Exchange, DePaul University, Jon Najarian's TCB Radio program, and WCIU TV 26 (Chicago).

    Sheridan Mentoring maintains a cross-marketing relationship with TradeKing.

    Rob is a captivating technical analysis guru whose interactive style has attracted a rapidly growing following. A Chicago-based veteran of the financial markets, he began his career working on both the Chicago Board Options and Chicago Stock Exchanges. During his 16-year stint as a member of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Rob worked as an independent trader as well as both an OTC and listed specialist. During those years he also served as a technical adviser to several firms using his "bottom up" approach to technical analysis. In 2008, Rob recognized the severity of the bear market to come and founded the "In The Black" newsletter, which has become a daily staple in the arsenal of hundreds of traders.

    Rob Franklin Smith maintains a cross-marketing relationship with TradeKing.

    Mark Wolfinger is a former options market-maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and highly-regarded options educator. During his 23 years as an options trader, he observed too many retail investors adopting unprofitable strategies, which prompted him to switch career tracks and begin educating investors on how to use options effectively. Mark has authored three books and numerous magazine articles. As an educator, he teaches individual investors how to adopt risk-reducing, profit-enhancing option strategies, many of which are detailed in his newest book The Rookie's Guide to Options. Mark earned a B.S. degree from Brooklyn College and a PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University.

    Mark Wolfinger maintains a business relationship with TradeKing.

    Dr. Ludwig Chincarini is the author of one of the classic books in the field of portfolio management entitled Quantitative Equity Portfolio Management and he has just released a new book explaining the causes of the financial crisis entitled The Crisis of Crowding. He has published numerous articles in finance and economics. Dr. Chincarini is currently a professor of finance at the School of Management of the University of San Francisco and on the academic council of IndexIQ. Prior to that, he was a professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University teaching both MBAs, Executive MBAs, and undergraduates. He has also taught at MIT. Outside of academia, Dr. Chincarini has held many different high level roles in finance including Head of Research for Rydex Global Advisors, Head of Research and New Products at Foliofn (the first basket trading firm) and he has worked for the Bank for International Settlements (known commonly as ?the Central Bank of Central Banks?). Dr. Chincarini has also worked with some of the biggest names in the business such as Fischer Black, LTCM, Standard and Poors, and many others.

    Dr. Ludwig Chincarini maintains a cross-marketing relationship with TradeKing.

    Dr. Jonathan Kline's passion is in educating people about trading and investing, while making it fun and interesting. He enjoys empowering people with a proper infrastructure and education so they can attempt to make the most out of their investing and trading decisions. Dr. Kline seeks to empower people through his business, The Trading Mind, in which he reveals the psychology and emotions that influence the world of trading and investing. The Trading Mind provides educational materials aimed to help individuals identify and remove themselves from the impulsive turbulence of investing in order to make more informed decisions in the markets. However, TradeKing is not affiliated with, nor does it review, recommend, or endorse any of Dr. Kline's work through his company and its website.

    Dr. Kline has worked in the markets for over 15 years and has been involved with numerous large, small, and startup companies. He has personally mentored more than 400 students from all over the world, and he has taught thousands of individuals during hundreds of live and online trading courses. Dr. Kline has earned the highest total rating available from each class he has had the honor of teaching. Before finding his passion in the markets, Dr. Kline earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Clemson University and worked as a senior scientist, project manager, analyst, teacher, and mentor.

    Dr. Jonathan Kline maintains a business relationship with TradeKing.

    Roster current as of 3/25/2014

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