Creative System Design With Roman Bogomazov by Gopalakrishnan
Where better to learn technical analysis and trading than a university with courses
specializing in the subject? Roman Bogomazov is a trader and an educator, an
adjunct professor at Golden Gate University (GGU) in San Francisco, where he
coordinates technical analysis programs and teaches classes on trading strategies
and implementation, including Wyckoff analysis. He is a board member of
the International Federation of Technical Analysts and of the Technical Securities
Analysts Association of San Francisco. Bogomazov is a frequent speaker at local,
national, and international trading conferences.
Stocks & Commodities Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan interviewed Bogomazov
in a series of emails in late October and early November 2012.
Roman, how you did get interested
in technical analysis?
The first time I saw a trading
terminal was in Russia in 1994.
A local bank had organized an event for
prospective forex traders to promote the
bank’s brokerage services and gave an
elaborate presentation of a potentially
lucrative trade in the yen.
I found out the next morning that the
bank took a major loss on that trade.
Despite that, I got hooked on the idea of
trading. So I emigrated from Russia in
1996 and started trading the forex market
using a momentum-based system. My
analyses were correct much of the time
but my execution was poor. Those initial
losses and the accompanying grief were
the best things that happened to me as a
trader, making me acutely aware of the
knowledge gap in my trading approach. I
sought ways to improve, which brought
me to Golden Gate University’s technical
Many classes later, I applied technical
principles in my trading. I also pursued
CMT designation and was mentored by
Henry Pruden and Bruce Fraser. I am
always continuing to learn through my
teaching, coaching, and ongoing research
of the Wyckoff method.