On November 18, 2004, I started an odyssey called AllAllan, a free public blog (still being published) about stocks, about life, about fortunes, fulfillment and about love. Over the years it became one of the most unique and popular blogs on the Internet, a personal diary where the lines between work and life became blurred into a convoluted, yet often poignant, stream of consciousness.
What follows below is a brief biography about me, the facts and chronology of the journey that has brought me here, to this day and to this place. But if you really want to know me and maybe in some sense, know yourself, that’s over on AllAllan which I have refreshed with some current musings about life, love and a passion that connects all of the above.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I attended Mumford H.S. the University of Michigan (BA), Suffolk Law School in Boston (JD) and Emory Law in Atlanta (LLM-Taxation ). Thus, with way too much formal education, I opened up my own law practice in Atlanta and closed it down 15 years later, whereupon I moved to the beach, Kiawah Island SC, to trade for a living. I made a fortune in the great bull market of the nineties, than lost 80% of it back in the great bear market of 2000-2002. Having been blown out of the water early in this new century, I spent the next five years on a personal and professional journey, searching for a better, easier, more fulfilling way. I landed in the desert in Arizona and everything changed.
The stock market crisis of 2007-2008 led me down a new path, through the discovery of trend following algorithms. Not long after reading Trend Following by Michael Covel, I received a note from a reader who included a link to an article in Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities. The article described an alternative way to create trend lines using an algorithm based on price and volatility. After hundreds of permeations of trend line algorithms, I created an algorithm-based trading system that works across an entire spectrum of tradables, most significantly with stocks, stock indexes and commodities.
The rest of that story is explained elsewhere on this site. Suffice it to say, I have found something that works and now, I am trading it.