Stocks & Commodities V. 31:5 (38-45): Interview: Catch The Swings With Arthur Hill by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Stocks & Commodities V. 31:5 (38-45): Interview: Catch The Swings With Arthur Hill by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
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Interview: Catch The Swings With Arthur Hill by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

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Arthur Hill, CMT, is the senior technical analyst for and an independent trader. He was a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (London) and passed its diploma exam with distinction in 1998. He went on to teach the diploma modules on momentum and candlesticks. In 1997, Hill launched, a website specializing in technical analysis and swing trading. It was acquired by in 1999, where today Hill provides daily market analysis, produces companion videos, and develops the ChartSchool, with more than 100 in-depth articles. His approach to market analysis starts with broad market analysis, defines sector rotations, identifies industry groups on the move, and ends with stock selection for swing trades. His recent book, Define The Trend And Trade The Trend, shows how to determine trend direction and find low-risk entry points within that trend. Hill has contributed articles to Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities and to our online publications, Traders. com Advantage and Working Money. Hill is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. He can be followed on Twitter (@ArthurHill) or reached through

Stocks & Commodities Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan spoke with Hill on March 11, 2013, via telephone.

Arthur, tell us about yourself and how you got interested in technical analysis.

After graduating from high school in 1980 in Houston, I got a summer job at an engineering firm. One of the engineers working there was trading using technical analysis. He subscribed to the Granville Market Letter. I started hanging out with him and started learning about the markets. I bought my first stock, an odd lot of Cities Service, while I was working at the engineering firm. During our lunch hour, we used to go to the brokerage house, Kelly Associates, and that is when I got hooked.

I left the engineering firm when I got a job in the financial industry. I worked at Oppenheimer & Co. as a cold-caller for the brokers. That put me in the middle of the action. I had access to a Quotron machine, I went to the morning conference calls, and I studied my daily graphs.

That was in the early 1980s and I was reading everything I could get my hands on. I started following Richard Russell, Stan Weinstein, and Marty Zweig. I started trading actively and unfortunately discovered options at that time.

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