Trade Experience: 28 years automated trading systems programmer in the TradeStation / MultiCharts environments.
Specialties: Creating and trading automated self-optimizing trading systems.
John graduated from Iowa State University in 1971 with the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After the demise of his partnership in a large animal practice in his hometown of Coon Rapids, Iowa--brought about by the ag crisis of the 1980's--he and his wife Karen decided to raise their four boys and one girl on the family farm, rather than seek another practice.
In the process of marketing various agricultural commodities, John became interested in the markets and charting, first on graph paper using prices written down from local radio broadcasts, and eventually using online data and the TradeStation platform.
John soon learned EasyLanguage and began programming on the TradeStation platform in the late 1980's, and became a solution provider for Omega Research, which has recently morphed into TradeStation Securities.
John has published a book "Four Steps to Trading Success" (Wiley & Sons, 2001), and has delivered multiple programming and trading presentations at major trade conferences in the U.S., Europe and the Far East, as well as online.
John now concentrates on the creation and trading of automated self-optimizing trading strategies, which are designed to adjust critical system variables on the fly in real-time, to keep his systems in sync with the ever-changing personalities of today's volatile markets.
Words to Live By: "Live a long time without getting old."
Hobbies: Raising kids, cats, corn, cows, a few beans and one old dog on the family farm in the center of SiliCorn Valley.