Jon Markman (RSS)
- Trade of the Day: iPath VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX)
- Trade of the Day: Progressive Corp. (PGR)
- Trade of the Day: WhiteWave Foods (WWAV)
- Trade of the Day: James River Group Holdings (JRVR)
- Trade of the Day: Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX)
Jon Markman is the editor of Trader's Advantage, a daily trading service that leverages his unique swing trading principles and aims to capture profits of 15% to 40% -- and often as much as 100% to 200% -- in less than 90 days. By combining technical analysis with underlying fundamentals, Jon recommends beaten down stocks on the brink of reversal and powerful momentum stocks breaking out to new highs.
Most recently, Jon has launched CounterPoint Options to help traders capture profits from the VIX, commonly known as the "fear index." A direct play on the volatility that's come to define the current market, VIX options are also user-friendly from a pricing standpoint. That's because the VIX is the most liquid and heavily traded instrument in the options world, which means that there are endless opportunities and getting into and out of trades for profits isn't a problem.
Professional traders and hedge funds have been trading the VIX for years making huge profits -- now you can level the playing field and score big. CounterPoint Options is the first service geared toward helping individual traders make steady, consistent profits from a very methodical approach to growing your portfolio in the midst of a turbulent market.
A pioneer in the development of stock-rating systems and screening software, Jon Markman is co-inventor on two Microsoft patents and author of the best-selling books Swing Trading and Online Investing. He was portfolio manager and senior investment strategist at a multi-strategy hedge fund from 2002 to 2005; managing editor and columnist at CNBC on MSN Money from 1997 to 2002; and an editor, investment columnist and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1997.
Jon won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial Journalism for his columns explaining market chicanery in 2002; Society of Professional Journalists awards for his 2001 reporting on Enron and the post-Sept. 11-investment environment; and was a news editor on the Los Angeles Times staff that won Pulitzer Prizes for spot-news reporting in 1992 and 1994.A graduate of Duke University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Jon speaks frequently on investment topics at conferences nationwide, as well as on TV and radio.