Stocks & Commodities V. 22:11 (66-72): Interview: Jeffrey Hirsch, The Chronicler Of Change by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
Like father, like son — eventually. Jeffrey Hirsch is now the president of the Hirsch Organization, and editor-in-chief of The Stock Trader’s Almanac and Almanac Investor newsletter. But he started out not
wanting to do anything like his dad, Yale Hirsch, who is best known as the founder of The Stock Trader’s Almanac. Now in its 38th edition, the Almanac documents years of historical stock market behavior and analysis (www.stocktradersalmanac.com). But Jeffrey Hirsch eventually changed his mind, starting out as a market analyst and historian after college, and gradually working his way up. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan spoke with Jeffrey Hirsch via phone on September 7, 2004.
Q: How did you first become involved in the markets?
A: I was raised around it, and it was almost a process of osmosis. A lot of young people want to do something different than their parents at some point, so I floated a bit through college. When I left and saw that my father needed my help, and seeing my mind sort of worked like his — genetics and all — I went to work for him. I started with the company in the autumn of 1989.
Q: What did you do?
A: I started off doing everything in the corporation from the ground up — from shipping, receiving, customer service, to statistical analysis and stock market analysis — and basically apprenticed at his side, feet, everywhere. Still do, to some extent. It was about 2001 when I took over the helm, and moved out from behind the scenes. The 2002 edition of The Stock Trader’s Almanac is the first one that’s got both of our names on it.