Interview: John Bollinger Of Bollinger Bands Fame by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
Unlike many technicians who start out with degrees in
business, veteran analyst John Bollinger, the president and
founder of Bollinger Capital Management, started out with a
decidedly unmarket-like bent. He graduated from the School
of Visual Arts majoring in cinematography, and only afterward
started studying the market. Since then, though, heís become
one of the best-known market analysts in the field, with the
now-classic Bollinger Bands technique to his credit (which
has been integrated into most analytical software currently
in use), as well as a slew of other techniques and methods. He
is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Market
Technician (CMT), is an active member of the financial
community, and is a frequent lecturer at national and
international investment seminars.
Not only that, Bollingerís Capital Growth Letter provides
investment advice for the average investor employing a
technically driven asset allocation approach. His Group
Power provides industry group analysis using a group
structure. Bollinger developed a website called EquityTrader,
which provides investors with a quick and easy method of
evaluating the past performance and potential appreciation
of equities. EquityTrader evaluates its universe of equities
using a fuzzy logic engine that considers both technical and
fundamental factors, a combination he calls rational analysis.
BollingerOnBollingerBands.com is Bollingerís most recent
website. The site provides access to the trading systems that
are introduced in his latest book, as well as daily lists of the
stocks that qualify for the three methods, mentioned therein.
There is also a charting area that includes a variety of
indicators and candlestick charts.
After purchasing his first microcomputer in 1977, Bollinger
became involved in the seminal stages of computer-driven
market analysis. Today, he continues to write some of his own
software. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi
Gopalakrishnan spoke with Bollinger via telephone on
February 22, 2002.