Stocks & Commodities V. 37:11 (40–47, 62): A Conversation With Eric D. Wish by Leslie N. Masonson

Stocks & Commodities V. 37:11 (40–47, 62): A Conversation With Eric D. Wish by Leslie N. Masonson
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Interview: A Conversation With Eric D. Wish by Leslie N. Masonson

Since 1990, Eric Wish, PhD, has been director of the University of Maryland College Park’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), where as a re-search psychologist, he has focused on drug abuse epidemiology. In addition, since 2006 he has taught courses on the stock market and technical analysis at the university. In 2005, Wish placed fifth in Barron’s Stock Challenge, professors division, with a 30.8% return during the 2.5-month contest.

Wish is a part-time trader who focuses on developing specific rules for buying and selling growth stocks. His free website,, was begun as an educational source for friends and others to help them steer through the market’s ups and downs.

STOCKS & COMMODITIES contributor and ETF columnist Leslie N. Masonson interviewed Eric Wish on September 3, 2019 to discuss his interests in stock market investing and his dedication to using a rules-based approach.

You have been investing in the stock market for almost 60 years. How did your journey begin?
I feel like the stock market is in my blood. I lost my father at age 7 but when I would visit his father, my grandfather, Abe, in Brookline, MA, the most common thing I remember him saying is, “Oh, the market, oh, the market” ...

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