Fill The Gap: The Official Podcast of the CMT Association

Episode 12: John Bollinger, CMT, CFA

December 10, 2021 John Bollinger, CMT, CFA with Tyler Wood and Dave Lundgren, CMT, CFA Season 1 Episode 12
Fill The Gap: The Official Podcast of the CMT Association
Episode 12: John Bollinger, CMT, CFA
Show Notes

What are the first principles of the market?
Listeners this month will embark on a journey of original research. By examining the life and career of John Bollinger, CMT, CFA we will better understand how to identify the foundational elements of any market and begin the investigative process that leads to robust, durable investment processes.
Stripping away assumptions, and digging into how indicators are calculated, how data is structured and represented, and what actually drives price will aid traders and investors worldwide in developing their own process and edge.
Fill the Gap covers a lot of ground this month, including: 

  • Why volatility is an opportunity
  • Why delivering consistent returns is far more important than picking market tops and bottoms
  • How Bollinger Bands and companion indicators were developed and why
  • Why optimization misleads system developers toward continuously fragile investment strategies

John is a lifelong student of the markets who has observed how structural changes and the advent of new investment vehicles have changed trading for each new generation – from the launch of options to the early days of cryptocurrency trading. From this perspective, he emphasizes how important it is to go back to the original source material and the forgotten legends of the markets who had a more intimate relationship with their trading as all their computation, calculation, and charting was done by hand.
This final episode of Season One is a launchpad for further investigation into the markets, demonstrating how thinking like a scientist will help all investors identify tools that provide an edge to the First Principles of the Markets.
To better understand the concepts covered, and current market commentary, we recommend reviewing the supplemental resources accompanying this episode using this link: