Larry Williams University Hall of Fame
It is very rewarding to have helped so many students accomplish their goals in trading. These are just a few of some amazing traders that were willing to share their success stories... in their own words. Not all students have had the same level of success, these are atypical, your results will vary.
Larry's student have often been winners of the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®. Andrea Unger has won three times now with a 240% return in 2010, 115% in 2009, and an amazing 672% gain in 2008!
In 2010, Brady Preston had been the front runner for a good portion of the year. Brady posted a 160+% gain through the middle of September and finished in the top 3.
Micheal Cook won the World Cup Championship with a 250% gain in 2007. Students Chuck Hughes, Kurt Sakaeda, John Holsinger and Steve Garner have been past winners of World Cup Trading Championship events as well.
“When I first noticed The World Cup Trading Championship Larry told me ‘It’s the biggest and the best. If you want to prove yourself, that’s the one to do.’ I took his advice, winning in 2007 and took second in 2008.
I use Larry's material as an idea generator for further research. He has been responsible for a good number of profitable strategies I have developed over the years, certainly more than any other commentator.
Michael won the World Cup Championship with a 250% gain in 2007.
Brian Schad began trading in 1992 while serving active-duty as a US Navy SEAL in San Diego. A chance meeting with Larry in 1994 changed his life in a completely different direction. Brian busted out of the Seals, worked with Larry and became full time trader and CTA.
Brian is an independent futures & options trader servicing established commodity brokerage firms, working with private traders, commodity brokers, commodity producers, and financial consultants abroad.
In 2010 Brian was a Congressional Candidate for Idaho’s 2nd District House of Representatives and resides there with his wife and kids. Brian is a man of faith, family, and leadership.
Brent Penfold is a full time futures trader and licensed Adviser based in Sydney, Australia.
“Since 1998 I have been making money from active trading and since 2003 I have been trading full time. What I do is very simple and Larry’s teaching and sharing of ideas has been a big contributor to my success. My audited returns from June 2001 to June 2010 has been a CARR (compound annual rate or return) of 28.5%. I have written Trading The SPI, an Australian best seller. My next book was The Universal Principles of Successful Trading, which is becoming an internationally well accepted book.
I strongly encourage you to start listening to what Larry has to say while he’s still prepared to share. He changed my life and trading.”
Tom came to a seminar Larry gave in 1972. The chemistry was right and they became life long friends. They developed systems together, traded together and enjoyed lives ups and downs.
“Larry's knowledge was the foundation and springboard for my career.”
Larry has watched his children grow up as well as their children. He used to show his son TJ magic tricks, now TJ is an accomplished market author and professional.
Tom has worked with the best of the best including Soros Partners, Paul Tudor Jones, Charlie Di Francesca, and the worlds best trader ever to walk on this planet, Steve Cohen. He is also president of Market Studies LLC, a supplier of market timing services to Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and CQG.
There is a lot of admiration and mutual respect between the two of them. “I have learned more from Tom about the markets than any other person.” - Larry
Ralph came to work for Larry in 1986. He was there in the 1987 crash and trading championship win. “I thought I knew how to trade; then I met larry, and my world changed.”
“Ralph helped me so much with trading and money management. About all I did for him was to get him to run marathons; we ran Boston together in 2004.
He would not say this so I will. He has gone to greatness; a best selling author (his books are the best ever on money management). He now manages a sizeable amount of funds and claims I have helped his career a little bit; I sure hope so. He's razor sharp on systems as well. We developed many together that are still cranking away.” - Larry
A good trader, but knowing he needed something more Andrea decided to sign up for the Million Dollar Challenge held by Larry Williams in October 2004.
On his way back home from the seminar this is what Andrea posted on a Yahoo Group: “Hi everybody those in here know all the doubts I had about this seminar. I don't know yet the final result as one trade had to be closed right today, I know it's another winner (all winners by the way), I think it should be between 70k and 80k the total profit of all the seminar.”
Andrea’s trading skyrocketed, in 2005 he won the European TopTraderCup in the futures division getting more than 60% revenue in 3 months, then won the monthly race of the Tcup organized by IwBank with over 50% in one month. In 2006 his mathematical mind led him to publish the first book in Italian on Money Management.
In 2008 the big challenge, Andrea became the first Italian trader to win the most famous trading championship all over the world, he won The World Cup Trading Championships® in the futures division with an astonishing 672%. This performance allowed him to become the first Italian trader as an advisor in the World Cup Advisors team. In year 2009 Andrea became the first back to back winner of the competition in nearly 20 years winning again with 115%.
Andrea did again - with a 240% return he won the cup in 2010.
A seasoned presenter, Kushal has made numerous presentations to commodity exchanges, international commodity associations, corporations and management institutions.
An active trader in the commodities market, involved in both physical and futures trading of all commodities – Edible/Non edible Oils, Metals, Energies, Agricultural & Plantation products and Spices. Thacker is one the largest traders in India, trading on all major 18-20 exchanges around the world.
“I have established a strong network enabling me to exchange information and understand well the global factors influencing the prices of the commodities. Larry is part of that Network, he should be part of yours.”
JR is one of the well known Australian market's characters. JR was a Sydney Futures Exchange Local member pit trading his own bank and has been online trading for a decade. He holds an AFS License (AFSL 338 674) and is a Director of I-Deal Financial Group (CAR. 299753).
Ideal Financial Group is a boutique Australian Broker with global online trading - Stocks, CFD’s, Futures, FX. www.i-deal.com.au
JR has filled Larry’s Australian orders, done 3 Million Dollar Challenges, 4 Picture Perfect Trading Seminars, Trade and Investment Expo’s with Larry and Trade Navigator. JR walks the talk. Markets are always right, you won’t be, so run stops.
“Larry has taught me technical setups, entry signals, trading fills, stop losses, money management - he is the complete package. Go no further, he is the one to follow.”
Andrew says his life changed when he was 21 and a friend lent him a book by Larry Williams called Long Term Secrets to Short Term Trading.
“That got me into back-testing, my time frame went short term and my direction in life became futures all the way.... There was only one problem... I had no money and no experience. I was a fresh 21 year old university graduate and I still didn't know much. I went to work for various broking houses, including Goldman Sachs.
In 2008 I established Strategic Capital Management so I could trade the same systems on my own account as I do for my clients. Even now, after 10 years, all of my systems and ideas are variations of what I originally learnt from Larry... and given the success of my personal trading, along with that of my clients since I founded SCM these methods are just as applicable today, as they were back 10 years ago.”
Brady’s trading career began when he was 14 having discovered his grandparent’s collection of Larry Williams’ courses. His next step was to sell his motorcycle at 16 to buy corn options!
A profitable trade hooked him; a career was born and now has taken off. Brady holds degrees in Commerce of Finance and Computer Science from Nipissing University.
He completed the Series 3 exam on his 21st birthday and has been running his own hedge fund since 2007.
Brady continues to follow in Larry Williams’ footsteps, a goal he aspires to achieve is to win the World Cup Championship as Larry has.
His first try in 2009, Brady finished in third place. In 2010, he had been the front runner and finished in the top 3! Brady had posted a 160+% gain through the middle of September 2010.
He attributes much of his success to hard work and mentoring from Larry.
COURTNEY D. SMITH
Courtney is the only person to have managed a top ranked hedge fund (ranking by Altvest), a top ranked mutual fund (ranking by Lipper), written a top ranked stock newsletter (ranking by Hulbert), written a top ranked futures newsletter (ranking by CTCR), and was a top ranked market timer (ranking by Timer Digest).
President and Chief Investment Officer of Courtney Smith & Co, Inc. he manages money for institutions, family offices, and high-net individuals. Courtney is also the CEO and Chairman of Greater China Technology, Inc. a company which outsources software development to China. Prior to that he was the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist of Orbitex Management, Inc. during the late 1990's. Orbitex manages mutual funds and portfolios for institutions and individuals.
Courtney and Larry have been friends for over 30 years. “Larry has stood the test of time, I never fail to learn from him; that's why I use his materials in my programs.”
If you have ever read Futures Magazine you know Murray; he has been a contributing editor to Futures magazine since 1994, and has written over 160 articles.
After earning his degree in astrophysics, Murray pioneered work on neural net and artificial intelligence (AI) systems for applications in the investment arena
Murray's "Simple Harmony" system has been in the top ten multi-market systems in Futures Truth magazine every issue since it was eligible and it was selected in 2009 by George Pruitt as one of the top ten system of all time in SFO magazine article. He cut his teeth in the mid 1990's working for Larry Williams. Shortly after that his career took off.
He is the designer of TradersStudio Inc. TradersStudio is a state of the art trading system development platform and chief systems designer/ market analyst at Tuttle Wealth Management with almost 100 million dollars under management.
I have known Larry Williams for over forty years all of which we exceptionally enjoyable. Having attended many of his seminars i can say without hesitation Larry has made many contributions in trading and technical analysis.
On a personal note I approached Larry in 1987 to co write a book that i had just finished thinking that his name would help sell more copies. His response was "Larry, this is a good book and you should get all of the income from the sales". He then gave me a list of his subscribers and told me to start there --1 year later the book ASTRO CYCLES -THE TRADERS VIEWPOINT had sold 10,000 copies and is still going strong today.
Needles to say I am a huge fan of Larry Williams as a mentor and a friend, as he has been to countless others.
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