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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 10+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams.

Feb 13, 2014

My guest today is John Bollinger, an American author, financial analyst, contributor to the field of technical analysis and the developer of Bollinger Bands. Since 1987, he has published the Capital Growth Letter, a newsletter which provides technical analysis of the financial markets.

The topic is Trend Following.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Bollinger Bands as described for the lay person
  • Defining when a price is relatively high or relatively low
  • Defining “relatively high” and “relatively low”
  • Measuring volatility to determine the “width” of a Bollinger Band
  • Standard deviation
  • The beginnings of Bollinger Bands, and how John Bollinger came to put it together
  • Different ideas about volatility in the 1980s
  • Some of Bollinger’s early curiosity triggers, and why he started digging into finance after going to art school
  • Light, film, and Bollinger’s experience at the School of Visual Arts
  • Bollinger’s experience in his apprenticeship to learn technical analysis
  • “The best authority is the price itself”, and why this statement isn’t very well accepted in the mainstream
  • Differences between fundamental and technical analysts
  • Bollinger’s look at media and the presentation of his message over the years
  • Why Bollinger would be known as a quantitative analyst instead of a technician if he started his career now
  • Position sizing
  • Why volatility is the least understood aspect of the market

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