Executive Team

Richard Hefter, President

Richard founded AdviceTrade in July 2001. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Richard began his business publishing career at Cahners Publishing Company, where he was twice awarded the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award, the Pulitzer of the trade press. As a communications associate at Northwestern University in the mid-1990's, he was involved in the early migration from print to online publishing in overseeing the Office of Development's first Website. Just prior to AdviceTrade, Richard was editor-in-chief of the financial news site, AmericaInvest.com. Online Investor Magazine named him one of the Top 25 financial columnists on the Web in its October 2000 issue, and his business articles appeared in Red Herring, Morningstar, MarketWatch, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Magazine and Newsday. Since its launch in July 2001, AdviceTrade has grown into a family of online investing publications used daily by thousands of traders in more than 40 countries around the world.

Jeff Kay, Senior Vice President, Technology & Partner

Jeff joined AdviceTrade in November 2001, shortly after its founding. As Senior Vice President, Technology, he has overseen the company's growth from a single Web site into a family of financial sites, which Jeff and his team have designed, developed and managed. AdviceTrade's proprietary "Trading Rooms" are the product of Jeff's engineering and ingenuity. Prior to AdviceTrade, Jeff served as Director of Technology at Digital Bridge, where he developed a number of websites, many in the financial space, and corporate intranets. A trained musician and performing saxophonist, Jeff studied music at Northern Arizona University prior to embarking on computer programming. After college, Jeff worked at Canyon WebWorks, where he developed a number of notable websites, including sites for the National Park Service (Grand Canyon), Teva Sandals, and the medical division of Gore-Tex Fabrics. A developer of applications for Linux, Jeff was featured in the March 2001 Linux Journal.

Thomas Sweeney, Vice President Client Relations

A proud Buffalo, NY native who received his Bachelors & Masters in Economics from SUNY Buffalo, Tom joined AdviceTrade in 2011 and has helped manage, in his customer relations role, a nearly 8-fold growth in members. Tom has also been critical in helping design the user experience in AdviceTrade's growing number of Trading Rooms, synthesizing customer input in combination with his own insights as a trader and his 10 years of experience working at financial Websites. Hands down, he says, the best part of his job is working directly with customers and getting to see the markets and Websites through their eyes. When not helping members or working on improving the site, you will find Tom spending time with his wife, walking his dog, visiting family & friends, volunteering, or "hacking away" on a golf course.


Analyst Co-Publishers

Dr. Cari Bourette, Co-Publisher, MarketMood

Dr. Cari launched MarketMood with AdviceTrade and ElliottWaveTrader in August 2016. covers market sentiment, providing daily S&P 500 forecasts based on her proprietary Market Mood Indicator. "DrCari," as she is known in our Trading Room, has a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, MS in Geoscience, MS in Counseling, and BS in Physics. Her sentiment analysis is based on 10 years of research into converting social mood information into numerical data, and, in turn, converting Internet search trends to stock market forecasting.

Harry Boxer, Co-Publisher, TheTechTrader

Harry Boxer co-founded TheTechTrader.com with AdviceTrade in 2001, providing one of the first live trading rooms on the Web. A 45-year veteran technical analyst and stock picker, Harry is author of Profitable Day & Swing Trading (Wiley), named by Stock Trader's Almanac as the "2015 Best Investment Book of the Year." Harry is a popular speaker at financial forums and conferences in the U.S. and internationally, including The Traders Expo and World Money Show, and widely syndicated on sites including MarketWatch, TheStreet, Minyanville, DecisionPoint, and more.

Avi Gilburt, Co-Publisher, ElliottWaveTrader

Avi Gilburt co-founded ElliottWaveTrader.net with AdviceTrade in 2011. A lawyer and accountant by training, Avi is also managing member of Gilburt Financial Services, LLC, which provides financial markets analysis and consulting. Avi emphasizes a comprehensive reading of charts and wave counts that is free of personal bias or predisposition. He is particularly known for identifying a standardized method for determining whether movement within the market is going to be a 5-wave move as opposed to a 3-wave move. This method, known as "Fibonacci Pinball," has been called by some as "the single most useful addition the Elliott Wave lexicon" and "one of the most profound discoveries in EW analysis."

Avi is a popular speaker at financial forums and conferences in the U.S. and internationally, including The Traders Expo and Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, and widely syndicated on sites including MarketWatch, TheStreet, Seeking Alpha, Nasdaq.com, Forbes and more. He was the #1-read metals analyst for 3 years on Seeking Alpha, and is consistently among the top-followed contributors to MarketWatch's Trading Deck. One of the main reasons Avi has been among the most widely followed metals analyst in the world has been due to his accuracy. In 2011, those that heeded his warning of a top to the metals market exited the market within $6 of the all-time high struck in gold. And in October 2015, he suggested those that followed his analysis begin to move back into metals and mining stocks again. In the equity markets, while most were concerned about a market crash at the end of January of 2016, Avi was suggesting that a global melt-up was about to take hold in US equity markets and emerging markets. And, as we know, the US equity markets and emerging markets rallied strongly from February until September.

Mike Paulenoff, Co-Publisher, MPTrader

Mike co-founded MPTrader with AdviceTrade in 2003. He has been involved in the world financial markets for three decades since his graduation from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1979. Early in his career he analyzed the fundamental and technical aspects of the financial and commodity futures markets for Smith Barney, Harris Upham, and for Drexel, Burnham, Lambert. From 1988 to 1993 he was President of MJ Capital Inc., a market analysis and trading firm, which advised clients involved in the financial futures and commodity markets. In 1992-93, he co-authored The Business-One Irwin Guide to the Futures Markets (with Stanley Kroll). Republic National Bank recruited Mike in January 1994, for the position of strategic trader, and market analyst on the bank's trading floor, which included analysis and trading of instruments in foreign exchange, emerging markets, stock indices, and precious metals. In February 1999, Michael founded MJP Market Strategies, Inc., a financial market advisory firm. In addition, from August 2000 through August 2001, he was the chief on-air market consultant and strategist for JAGfn, a live, daily 8-hour financial market webcast and cable TV show produced by Jagnotes, Inc. Mike's articles and commentaries are widely distributed on sites such as MarketWatch, Real Money, and Nasdaq.

Leonardo Valencia, Co-Publisher, GammaOptimizer

Leo is an electrical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in research and development projects. With a PhD in physics from Stanford University, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies in the RF and Analog Simulation department, and also a senior member of Consulting Staff at Cadence Design systems for more than 15 years working on analog and digital simulation software projects. His expertise is in the area of software development for highly specialized and mathematical problems. In particular root cause analysis algorithms and optimization solutions for a diverse set of problems, for which he has been awarded a couple patents by the USPTO. Leo has been researching and data mining price variance patterns in index options for the past 24 years. He has developed a comprehensive modeling and simulation framework for volatility/variance as well as several proprietary option pricing models with stochastic volatility that are used as part of a fully fledged statistical arbitrage package. His Long Gamma Optimizer, enabling traders to identify the optimal strike price and expiration date in selecting options, is available via subscription on the GammaOptimizer site, launched in November 2016 with AdviceTrade and ElliottWaveTrader.


Contributing Analysts

Michael Golembesky is a featured analyst at ElliottWaveTrader, focusing on Forex, the SPX and VXX. He began his trading journey as a SOES trader in the late 90's. In 2005 he began trading the Forex markets at which time he was first introduced to Elliott Wave analysis. In 2012 he joined EWT where he further honed his knowledge of Elliott Wave analysis and Fibonacci Pinball. Michael also has an extensive background in real estate investing and finance, having spent close to 10 years working in this field.

Zachary Mannes is the lead analyst for Stock Waves, a premium service within the ElliottWaveTrader Trading Room that provides wave alerts and trade set-ups on individual stocks. One of the founding members of the EWT site, Zac began working in finance as an investment adviser in 2008, and adopted Elliott Wave Theory. He continues to push the boundaries on how sentiment drives the perception of fundamentals and how some fundamentals can influence sentiment, while focusing on a bottom up micro approach filtering through charts & EW counts on hundreds of individual stocks.

Princely Mathew covers market internals and sentiment at ElliottWaveTrader. Princely, who has been actively trading since 2003, was the second-place finisher in the 2015 World Cup Championship of Futures TradingĀ®. (Registered mark of Robbins Trading Company's affiliate Robbins Financial Group.) Trading part time initially, Princely used to work within the IT industry in various organizations until 2012 before switching careers to become a full time trader. He offers expertise in Open Interest analysis, Yield and Market Internals/Breadth work and Hurst Cycles analysis.

Victor Nguyen hosts the Index Quant Signals service at ElliottWaveTrader. Trading has been Victor's passion since he won his first stock trading competition in the 5th grade. Since then, he has placed 2nd in a worldwide virtual trading competition, with 300,000 participants. In 2008, Victor sold his insurance agency to pursue his true calling of becoming a full time day trader. Currently, his trades attain a positive 70% success rate. He bases his trading decisions on signals he gets from his proprietary trading system he created based on a fractal algorithm.

Garrett Patten is a featured analyst to ElliottWaveTrader and host of World Markets, a premium service within the site's Trading Room that covers 9 international markets. These markets include: FTSE100, DAX, Euro STOXX 50, Nikkei, Hang Seng, India's Nifty 50, Mexico's IPC Index, Brazil's Bovespa & Australia's ASX 200. Garrett's focus is primarily on U.S. and international equity indices, and demonstrating the capabilities of unconventional technical analysis.

Xenia Taoubina provides intraday chart analysis on U.S. Indices, with particular attention on the Nasdaq, as well as coverage of bonds on ElliottWaveTrader. She has 10 years of experience working in equity derivatives at bulge bracket firms. She was an Executive Director of equity derivatives at JP Morgan Securities in New York for five years until 2011, and worked previously in equity derivatives at Wachovia Capital Markets and at Credit Suisse First Boston, both in New York.

Ricky Wen provides ES Trade Alerts on ElliottWaveTrader. He is a full time trader and mentor who has been trading professionally for seven years, and focuses on stock options and the E-mini S&P 500 futures. He is known for his mastery of candlesticks trading, moving averages, chart patterns and feedback loops. He developed his own proprietary Hourly Extreme Oversold/Overbought signals and currently holds an executed win rate of 80.2% from over 200 trades sample size across multiple instruments within a 5 year span.

Larry White is a featured analyst at ElliottWaveTrader focusing on mining stocks. Larry joined as a member of EWT in October 2012 and quickly shifted his focus to mining stocks as well as the GDX and GDXJ mining ETFs. Prior to trading, Larry held management and executive roles for organizations such as Toshiba, ISOETEC, and Panasonic.

Arkady Yakhnis is a featured analyst at ElliottWaveTrader focusing on precious metals, energy, and forex. A graduate of Moscow State University, he ran an investment consulting firm, managing private accounts, and also worked in the industrial equipment (induction heating) industry prior to his work at EWT.