Richard Smitten is a full-time author and trader who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario. As executive vice president of MTS International, he oversaw personnel on North Sea oil rigs, the nose cone design of the Dassault Mirage jet fighter, and security for the then newly discovered Nigerian oil fields.
He also worked for the Vick Chemical Company where he was marketing director of the Canadian division. In 1998, Mr. Smitten became interested in Jesse Livermore, and began researching the man and his methodologies. In 2003, he founded Stock Market Solutions, a firm that teaches traders the “Jesse Livermore Trading System”. Smitten is the author of numerous books, including Jesse Livermore: World’s Greatest Stock Trader, The Godmother, Capital Crimes, and Legal Tender.