Stocks & Commodities V. 31:3 (38-44): Interview: Measuring Market Internals With L.A. Little by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Stocks & Commodities V. 31:3 (38-44): Interview: Measuring Market Internals With L.A. Little by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
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Measuring Market Internals With L.A. Little by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

L.A. Little, who is a professional money manager trading his own accounts while managing investment funds for qualified investors from his Coloradobased office, is the author of three books (Trade Like The Little Guy, Trend Qualification And Trading, and Trend Trading Set-Ups) and has written extensively for many popular publications such as Active Trader, TheStreet. com,,,, and Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities. He writes daily on his website Technical Analysis Today (, which offers services that implement the concepts he espouses. He may be reached at

Stocks & Commodities Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan interviewed Little on January 5, 2012.

L.A., can you tell us about your background and how you got interested in the financial markets?

I was raised on a ranch in Texas, and that led me to my first experience with the markets. My father had a herd of beef cattle — I don’t remember the exact time, but it was around the autumn of 1973 — and he was trying to figure out the best time to sell his herd. Because of the oil embargo that was taking place at that time, there was a lot of inflation.

The question we faced was, “How do we time the market?” I was fascinated by the idea. Although I didn’t act on that curiosity until much later, that was my first experience with realizing that there was this dynamic system out there where things got priced. And that those with products to bring to market have to try to figure out when is the best time to sell.

We were rudimentary in our approach, and we were absolutely wrong when we sold! But that was my first experience with the market. When I began trading — around 1988 or 1989 — I traded the commodity markets. That was where I tried to make my fortune, so to speak. Being able to leverage your money like you can in the commodity markets and the potential to become a millionaire overnight was enticing. But like most people, I lost my money.

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