About Jason Shapiro

My Story

With over 30 years of trading experience, I have gone through most markets a trader should see in their career.  From the crazy rallies during the 90s, the tech bubble pop in early 2000s, the 2008 market crash and the latest bull run starting in 2009.  Through the last 20 years of my career, I have used a contrarian approach which has been very successful to me and my clients, as verified by Jack D. Schwager in his latest Market Wizards book.  I have managed large sums of money from a few million to several hundred million and learned a great deal about the Futures markets along with equities.

How I started:  Ironically enough, I read the first two Market Wizard books and I was set on my trading journey.  After college, I started in the Finance world but the corporate job was not a good fit.  While working, I discovered Hang Seng futures and I was hooked.  The freedom trading afforded me could not be matched by any corporate job.

What did not work: Thinking that trading was easy at the beginning.  In a bullish market, everyone seems like a great trader, but you need to be able to survive and make money in any environment.  After blowing up a couple of accounts, I realized that over thinking and over trading were not good for me.  It also goes without saying, risk management is the key above all else.  You cannot trade without capital.

What did work: Being patient and following the profound saying by Jesse Livermore where money is made in the sitting.  I identified what worked for me, learned to manage my risk and focused on becoming a master of my style of trading and not fighting the tape.  I am contrarian by nature and high level, I find out what everyone is doing, and do the opposite.  This may not work for everyone, but it works for me.  You have to find what works for you and your personality so you can trade using your strengths, versus going against yourself and not being able to manage your emotions while trading.

Current Status: I own and manage a successful Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) business.  I am a one man operation, which allows me to enjoy the process and be the ultimate decision maker.

I started this website and subscription service because I think there is a niche demand for a product that is not your typical “trade the trend” and “moving average cross over method”, but rather, a contrarian approach based on what market participants are doing and price action is confirming.  There have also been many requests for such a service since the Unknown Market Wizards book came out, that has inspired me to provide this information at a reasonable price.  I know it will help me be a better trader, but I also KNOW that subscribers will gain value from the report and other insight provided.

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