Stocks & Commodities V. 32:3 (32–36): Interview: Trading Like An Insider With Guy Cohen by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Stocks & Commodities V. 32:3 (32–36): Interview: Trading Like An Insider With Guy Cohen by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
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Interview: Trading Like An Insider With Guy Cohen by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

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Guy Cohen is a leading innovator in financial trading. He is the creator of the options volatility indicator (OVI) and the FlagTrader and OptionEasy trading tools. He is the author of the best-selling trading books The Insider Edge, Options Made Easy, The Bible of Options Strategies, and Volatile Markets Made Easy. With a master’s in business administration in finance from the Cass Business School of London, he trades both stocks and options using his academic back-ground as the foundation for his trading methods. He has extensive experience in trading and analyzing both the US and UK derivatives and stock markets.

Cohen is a successful private trader and also a trading coach. Based on years of research, planning, and development, his firm produces sophisticated mathematical models with which to approach the markets. He can be reached through his website at or via email at

STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan interviewed Guy Cohen via telephone and email on January 8, 2014 on ways to keep abreast with market momentum, mistakes traders make, and how he uses data.

Guy, please tell us a little about yourself and what attracted you to the financial markets. How did you get interested in them?

I was always interested in the financial markets, even as a teenager. From a professional standpoint, I got into finance while I was specializing in commercial real estate in London. My original idea and plan was to combine my commercial real estate training with finance in order to become a property developer.

I completed my City exams in London, which is the equivalent of the tests a person must take in the US to work on Wall Street, and then I got an MBA in finance at Cass Business School, where I took the options elective. From that point, I started developing software for my own option trading. At the time, option-trading software was somewhat primitive and didn’t do what I needed, so I started building my own software application, and then was compelled to keep going.

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