Michael has been actively involved in the markets since 1995 and became an Education Coach with TD Ameritrade in 2007. He enjoys teaching and helping others. His key areas of focus and interest are in Fundamental and Technical Analysis for stock, bond and futures markets. Michael graduated from Westminster College with a BS in Accounting. He holds the Series 7, Series 63 and Series 3 licenses.
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