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Doug Ashburn

Doug Ashburn is managing editor of The Ticker Tape and a self-described "trader masquerading as a journalist." Before entering the media space a few years ago, he spent over 20 years as a forex options market maker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. What was the moment you realized the markets are where you wanted to be? I spent two college summers, 1987 and 1988, as a runner, and then an options clerk, at the Chicago Board of Trade. During the summer of the big drought, the grain markets went wild. I was hooked. What’s the “Golden Rule” you live by? On my first day of trading, one of the "elder statesmen" of the pit took me aside and said, "Kid, the problem with most people in this business is they never get rich; they only rise to higher degrees of relative poverty." That message has stayed with me all these years. Don't race the other competitors; race against your personal best. Who’s your investing or trading idol? Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis came out in 1989, and after I read it, I wanted to be John Meriwether, the bold, brash, and cunning bond superstar at Salomon Brothers ("... one hand, $10 million, no tears …"). Eventually I realized I would never be that kind of trader, and about a decade later the brain trust Meriwether put together at Long-Term Capital Management blew up in spectacular fashion. Since then, I have stayed out of the idol business. When not working, you can find me … On the golf course, where I play avidly, but with mediocrity. I also sing with a local men's ensemble. And as the kids get older and start to leave the nest, travel is evolving beyond theme parks, beaches, and swimming pools. Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you. A few years ago, I played Bob Cratchit in a local theater production of Scrooge: The Musical. Also, very few people know that my wife and I are high school sweethearts.

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Amy Charest

Amy writes financial services content for a variety of channels and has a diverse background.
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Ben Estep

I’ve always loved investing and analyzing businesses. After working in retail management for many years ...
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Brian Lund

Brian is a financial writer with over 25 years of trading experience. He has appeared on CNBC...
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Chesley Spencer

Chesley Spencer is Product Manager, Trading, for the thinkorswim® trading platform from TD Ameritrade.
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Dan Rosenberg

Dan began writing about the financial markets in 1996 when he joined Dow Jones Newswires in Chicago ...
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Danielle Erickson

Danielle Erickson is the Manager, Government Reporting Solution, in Tax Services for TD Ameritrade.
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David Kier

I love helping people and getting the right answer. I also am in charge of development for thinkorswim charts, scanning, and thinkScript.
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David Settle

David is a Content Manager for Investools, TD Ameritrade’s education affiliate...
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Debbie Carlson

Debbie got her start in financial media writing about commodity futures markets...
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Doug Ashburn

Doug Ashburn is managing editor of The Ticker Tape and a self-described "trader masquerading as a journalist."
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Frederic Ruffy

Frederic Ruffy is a Senior Options Strategist at Trade Alert, a New York-based provider of data and research for institutional...
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Greg Loehr

Greg has been a professional trader since 1990, having started from the floor of the Chicago...
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Jennifer Waters

is an award-winning, Chicago-based writer who has covered business and personal finance...
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JJ Kinahan

JJ began his career in 1985 as a Chicago Board Options Exchange...
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John Bell

John is Director of Platform Management for TD Ameritrade’s Investment Products & Guidance and ...
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John Hart

I’m the Managing Director, Trading Products Development. It’s a long title, which is ...
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Kevin Hincks

Kevin Hincks is the co-host of “Swim Lessons,” the show heard daily on the thinkorswim® platform from 10:30 a.m.–noon CT.
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Lule Demmissie

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Matt Newman

Matt serves as TD Ameritrade's Tax Systems Manager.
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Matt Sadowsky

As Director of Retirement and Annuities, I manage a team that coordinates the products, tools...
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Peter Klink

Peter Klink is Director of Modeling & Exposure Management for TD Ameritrade.
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Ryan Campbell

Ryan is a content manager for Investools. He composes educational courses...
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Scott Connor

Scott spent 25 years as a member of the CBOE before joining TD Ameritrade in 2007.
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Shawn Cruz

As a content specialist, I constantly try to stay on top of what’s currently impacting the markets so we can ensure we are providing tools and resources that are beneficial to our clients.
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T.J. Neil

T.J. Neil is a senior trading specialist for TradeWise Advisors.
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Tom White

Tom is Chief Strategist at TradeWise, a separate but affiliated company that...
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