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About the Author

Timothy Knight has been charting and trading since 1987. His first stock trade was, in fact, on October 19, 1987 – the day of the crash – which perhaps goes a long way explaining his disposition toward bearishness. He has been involved in personal computers since late 1979 and, starting at age 16, began writing a couple dozen books about using and programming computers. His most recent writing has been focused on charting and the history of financial markets, including his newest books, Panic, Prosperity, and Progress, and, more recently, Solid State, his debut novel. Tim has been running since March 29 2005 and has, during that time, written more than 35,000 posts on the site.

In 1992 Knight founded Prophet, a web-based technical analysis company that was acquired by Investools (and, later, Ameritrade) in January 2005. Tim served as Senior Vice President of Technology for Investools from 2005 through 2010. You can watch this documentary about how Prophet was created, built, and ultimately sold.

Knight directed his passion for the markets to fuel the innovation for which Prophet was known. In fact, Barron’s and Forbes consistently named Prophet the #1 website for technical analysis. He also hosts a daily show on the tastytrade network, Trading Charts with Tim Knight. Before starting Prophet, Tim was Vice President of Technology Products at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, where he led the development of an institutional online-trading platform.

Additionally, he has held various positions in marketing management at Technical Tools and Apple Computer. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife, their children, a bevy of egg-laying hens, a pond full of fish, nine thousand honeybees, and a trio of dogs which occupy whatever free time may be available. He has also been known to burst into song from a wide repertoire of Broadway musicals, irrespective of the preference of those around him at any given moment.