Bennett A. McDowell

Bennett McDowell

Bennett A. McDowell, founder of®, began his financial career on Wall Street in 1984, and later became a “Registered Securities Broker” and “Financial Advisor” for Prudential Securities and Morgan Stanley.

As a financial advisor, Bennett’s niche was “Active Trading” and “Investing” for a community of high net worth clients using his own proprietary trading system. This system later became known as the Applied Reality Trading®, or the ART®, system.

Bennett brought the ART® software to the public in the year 2003. This was in answer to his clients’ many requests for him to share with them his successful trading and investing techniques. Today the ART® system is used in over 45 countries around the world by sophisticated hedge fund managers, individual investors and active traders alike.

Considered an expert in technical analysis, Bennett lectures frequently and writes articles for many leading trading publications including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine. Internationally recognized as a leader in trading education, Bennett teaches trading to students worldwide through his company®. He has also written two best selling books on trading, The ART® of Trading and A Trader’s Money Management System, both published by John Wiley & Sons.

Bennett is honored to be included as a member of the eSignal “Trading With The Masters” team. In addition,®, Applied Reality Trading® and The Traders Assistant® Record Keeping System have received numerous S&C’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Bennett resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and two children.
He can be reached by E-Mail via

Books by Bennett McDowell:

  • The ART® of Trading
  • A Trader’s Money Management System

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Session Info

Gary Anderson

Profiting from the Market’s Two-Sided Nature

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Just as scientists believe there must be a Grand Theory of Everything, some single set of laws that uniquely and exhaustively explains the workings of the universe, traders, too, bring a similar bias to their studies of the market. This presentation debunks the idea that the market’s dynamic can be captured by a single paradigm, or “Holy Grail”.

The market is presented, not as a battle between buyers and sellers, or even between bulls and bears, but as a battle for dominance between traders holding to radically opposed paradigms. To survive, the successful trader must learn to adapt quickly.

At times, traders-in-the-aggregate turn contrarian, and negative feedback becomes the operative dynamic. Profits are taken in stocks that have been strong, and proceeds are redirected into relative-strength laggards.

At other times, the reverse is true. Traders exhibit trend-following behavior. During these periods positive feedback is dominant, trends develop and persist, and profits come easily at relatively low risk for those trading with the trend.

Key Points:

  • How the two-sided nature of risk determines performance.
  • How feedback generates capital flow.
  • How to find performing stocks.
  • What is the difference between the Trend and Momentum?
  • When and how to profit from momentum strategies.
  • When and how to employ contrarian strategies.
  • Can the market be predicted?

Bennett McDowell

Money and Risk Management: Optimizing and Protecting your Profit

10:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Bennett McDowell’s seminar will teach you how to make your risk and money management approach more effective. It’s no secret that money management is often overlooked by traders. When you implement a good risk control system you can generate greater profits and this seminar will show you how to do just that. With a custom risk control system, McDowell will get you motivated to maximize your trading profits using a few easy to implement techniques and formulas. You’ll learn how to: effectively determine the amount of capital to risk and the value of risk-of-ruin tables; select the right trade size; set stops that prevent whip saw madness; and much more. You’ll learn to control your risk, manage your emotions and generate greater profits. Don’t miss this must see seminar that may very well change the way you look at money management.

PLUS: At the end of this seminar one free lifetime license to the Trader’s Assistant record keeping software, valued at $998, will be given away to a lucky winner in a free sweepstakes! (You must be present to win.)

Key Points:

  • How-to determine optimum trade size on every trade
  • Learn to use risk-of-ruin tables to determine percent of portfolio to risk on each trade
  • How-to set effective stops to lower risk
  • All attendees get free hard copies of the "Trader's Assistant" record keeping forms
  • All attendees get one free entry ticket to win the “Trader’s Assistant” lifetime software license (valued at $998)

Carley Garner

Winning Option Spread Strategies: Mechanics and Real World Opportunities

1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Options are versatile and so are the opportunities that they provide. By simply thinking outside of the box, traders can quickly create and adjust their risk exposure, potential reward, and market bias through the use of long and short, put and call combinations.

By nature, option spreads have built-in hedging mechanisms and, therefore, have the potential to absorb market volatility for those looking for a position that is conservative relative to trading outright futures. For those interested in taking a more aggressive stance, it is possible to create an option spread that shifts risk away from the market but still provides a respectable delta and leeway for quick adjustments. As a speculator, you owe it to yourself to completely know and understand the "options" available to you as a trader.

Carley Garner explains the mechanics of option spreads such as the bull/call with a naked leg, the ratio write, and the iron butterfly along with a detailed analysis of risk, reward, and application in the "real world."

Key Points

  • Brief discussion of option basics
  • Long vs. short option theory and spreads
  • Getting aggressive with a Bull/Call Spread with a Naked Leg
  • Capturing implied volatility with a ratio write
  • Limiting your risk with an Iron Butterfly
  • Common pitfalls to avoid when trading options on futures

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