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About the Author

James Chen, CMT, is the former director of investing & trading content at Investopedia and former head of research at Gain Capital. For two decades, he has been heavily involved in the financial markets as a trader, investor, registered investment adviser, and global market strategist.

James is the author of the books “Essentials of Technical Analysis for Financial Markets” (John Wiley and Sons, 2010) and “Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading” (John Wiley and Sons, 2009), as well as the author/speaker for the instructional video series “High Probability Trend Following.”

He has served as a guest expert for CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, and Reuters, among other key financial news media, and is a featured speaker at major trading/investing seminars and conferences.

A graduate of Tufts University, James is a chartered market technician (CMT), certified financial technician (CFTe), and registered investment adviser (RIA), as well as a former commodity trading advisor (CTA). He has extensive market expertise in stocks, ETFs, options, commodities, fixed income, and currencies.


James earned his bachelor’s degree at Tufts University.

Quote from James Chen

“Learning to invest and manage one’s own finances is so important and, yet, so neglected in most educational curricula. As a result, financial education—especially when it comes to trading and investing in the financial markets—has long been both my passion and my profession.”