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Kira Brecht

Kira is a veteran, Chicago-based business journalist with specialties in personal finance, investor education, commodity markets, and technical analysis.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What was the moment you realized the markets are where you wanted to be?
In high school I was a runner on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trading floor. The markets intrigued me from a young age even though I didn't understand the chaos.

What’s the “Golden Rule” you live by?
The markets are like living, breathing organisms. Get to know the markets you trade and they will tell you where they want to go. 

Who’s your Investing or Trading idol?
John Murphy and Jack Schwager. Their early books helped inspire my understanding of how traders make money in the markets. 

When not working you can find me… 
At at my son's high school baseball games, keeping score.

Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you.
I can identify over 40 different kinds of birds. Just look around and you'll be surprised at what you find.

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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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Cindy Faber

Cindy Faber is an instructor for TD Ameritrade. She focuses on demonstrating the advanced ...
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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 Assistant Team Manager 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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Devin Ekberg, CFA

Devin is a Content Manager & Writer for Investools, TD Ameritrade’s education affiliate...
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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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Kira Brecht

Kira is a veteran, Chicago-based business journalist with specialties in personal finance...
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Lule Demmissie

Lule develops investment products and services to power the long-term investing experience utilizing managed ...
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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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Nicole Sherrod

Nicole is responsible for driving product development and...
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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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