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ATAA National Conference - 2021
  Speakers and Presentations

Eleven speakers all leading thinkers and practitioners in their area of Technical Analysis.  They will present ?????? sixteen presentation sessions over the three days of the conference.  The conference committee has worked to obtain a range of the very best educational input for our members.

* Denotes USA speaker which will be presented remotely

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 Tom Basso (USA) *


Tom Basso, LLC

Tom was CEO of Trendstat Capital Management, Inc., an Investment Advisor (RIA) and Commodity Trading (CTA) firm, managing $600 million at its peak. An engineer by degree, he approaches the markets with math and computers.

He has now authored two books:
Panic Proof Investing, which is dedicated to helping investors, and
Successful Traders Size Their Positions – Why and How? which helps traders size their trading positions.

Tom was one of the traders featured in The New Market Wizards by Jack Schwager, a book on successful traders.

Tom currently has a website: with educational resources for traders. 

Presentation: Successful Trading is a Lot More Than Technical Analysis

 Tom Basso, known as "Mr. Serenity" from Jack Schwager famous book, The New Market Wizards, and now retired from 28 years in the securities, futures and currency trading business will give you a tour through all aspects of successful trading. Topics will include portfolio selection and allocation, buy/sell engines, simple position sizing methods and various thoughts on the mental side of trading. This presentation is guaranteed to give you at least one or more ideas that will improve your bottom line, your return to risk ratios and your peace of mind.


Kevin Davey (USA)*


A world champion trader, best-selling critically acclaimed author, and award winning educator, Kevin Davey has been an expert in the algorithmic trading world for several decades.
For three consecutive years, Kevin competed in the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading, where he finished in first or second place, achieving returns in excess of 100% in each year.
Kevin develops, analyzes, tests and trades algo trading strategies in the futures, stock and forex markets. He also helps small groups of traders significantly increase their trading prowess via his award winning algorithmic trading “Strategy Factory®“ workshop.

Beyond his course, Kevin also helps educate the trading community via his 5 best selling trading books:
“Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems“
"Introduction To Algo Trading"
"Entry and Exit Confessions Of A Champion Trader"
"Beginners Stock market Investing Blueprint"
"Algo Trading Cheat Codes" 

 Pesentation: Next Level Algo Trading

 Most traders start algo trading thinking it is pretty simple:
1. Create strategy
2. Optimize it
3. Take best results
4. Trade it live
5. Watch money roll in

The reality, unfortunately, is a lot different.

So how do you get from the beginner level of algo trading to a more advanced level?

Join world champion trader Kevin Davey as he discusses tips, tricks and best practices to propel your algo trading to the next level. He will reveal specific actions and approaches you can take to significantly improve your algo trading prowess. 


Daryl Guppy


 Daryl Guppy has provided trading and investment analysis of financial markets for more than 25 years. His immensely popular 1996 book SHARE TRADING laid the groundwork for technical trading in Australia. He only trades his own capital. He has a well-established public record of successful trade calls for trading local and global equity, commodity and FX markets. He has unique experience in trading both Western and mainland Chinese markets. He is recognised as an international investment expert. Guppy has nine books published internationally by John Wiley. His new book is due for publication in late 2020.

He has developed several technical indicators which are included in industry standard software such as DZH International, Metastock and Omnitrader as well as many other charting programs. He developed the ANTSSYS trading indicators for commodity, index and currency markets. Globally many traders use the technical indicators developed by Guppy to trade equities and other markets. For 20 years Guppy has been a regular host anchor on CNBC Asia Squawkbox where he is known as “The Chartman”. Daryl is a regular contributor and columnist for financial magazines and media in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia and the US. His weekly analysis and trading newsletter has been in continuous publication for 25 years.  

Presentation: Tweaking the Toolbox to Improve Trade Performance

 Failure to recognise when market conditions have changed means traders may deploy the wrong combination of in the task of trading. Their performance suffers unnecessarily because they are using the tools in an inappropriate way. The challenge of improving your trading performance is to know when to use the tools you know best in a more appropriate way given changed market conditions. It may also involve resurrecting some tools discarded previously when markets changed. Guppy will show you how to improve trade performance in today’s market conditions so you don’t get mugged in losing trades.


Michael McCarthy


Michael McCarthy is Chief Market Strategist for CMC Markets Asia Pacific, where he is responsible for global and local market analysis, trading strategy, and client education.

McCarthy is a first and foremost a trader. A derivative specialist, he has managed money market books, conducted foreign exchange arbitrage, made markets in exchange traded options on the ASX trading floor, managed hybrid and convertible note portfolios, and traded a global share index swap book, for global financial institutions such as ABN Amro, Citibank, County Natwest and Salomon Smith Barney.

Michael has over 35 years of experience in financial markets. He holds a Masters in Applied Finance, and now lectures to applied finance students at Macquarie University.  

Presentation: To Be Determined (TBD)


Bennett McDowell (USA) *McDowell-Bennett

Bennett McDowell, founder of®, began his financial career on Wall Street 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. 

In answer to numerous requests for Bennett to share his successful trading and investing techniques he brought the ART® software to the public in the year 2003.

Today the ART® system is used in over 80 countries around the world by sophisticated hedge fund managers, individual investors and active traders alike. McDowell has since brought many additional technical analysis software tools to the market including the OWL, PTF & TLM in addition to a variety of market scanners.

Considered an expert in Technical Analysis, Elliott Wave, Trading Psychology and Money Management Bennett speaks at trade shows 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®. Notably,®, Applied Reality Trading® and The Traders Assistant® Record Keeping System have received numerous Stocks & Commodities magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

McDowell has also written three bestselling books published by John Wiley & Sons, The ART® of Trading, A Trader’s Money Management System and Survival Guide for Traders. His latest book Elliott Wave Techniques Simplified was released by McGraw Hill in 2016.

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

 Presentation: TBD 


Mandi Pour Rafsanjani


Mandi Pour Rafsendjani is a performance coach specializing in the essential parts of decision making. By understanding how a trader makes their decisions she empowers them to make better choices. Her unique approach has had remarkable success with institutional clients, hedge funds, prop traders and private individuals. Mandi's decades of experience as both a trader AND a coach have helped people transform their trading around the globe.  

Presentation: 5 Cognitive Models for Optimised Decision Making

In his famous 1994 speech, Charlie Munger shared his practical approach to making good decisions: “You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.”
Cognitive models are frameworks of thinking through which we process the external world. They shape how and what we think, they help us deal constructively with challenges we encounter and decide which opportunities get lost in our blind spot and which ones we notice. They are useful to simplify the complexity of the trading world.
The quality of our thinking is proportional to the models and frameworks in our mind. The ability to think through models will rapidly improve your decision making process, especially under pressure. In this session you will learn 5 key cognitive models that will help you to optimise your decision making process and so improve your performance. 


Adrian Reid


 Adrian Reid is a full-time private trader, as well as the Founder and Trading Coach at Enlightened Stock Trading.

Adrian started regularly trading stocks over 18 years ago with just $7500 having been interested in the stock market ever since playing the "Stock Market Game" as a child with his family. For the last 15 years he has traded stocks for his family account using a portfolio of mechanical trading systems. He trades long / short across Australian and international stock markets.

Adrian started Enlightened Stock Trading to educate traders in the principles of profitable independent trading through the development of their own personalized portfolio of trading systems. Adrian is focused on empowering stock traders – teaching you to be independently successful rather than relying on him (or anyone else) for advice, tips and guidance.

Adrian writes regularly for Your Trading Edge magazine on the topic of trading systems and back-testing. He has appeared on the Better System Trader podcast (Ep 147) and the Talking Trading podcast. 

Presentation: TBD


Mike Smith

 Originally from the UK and living in Perth for the last 20 years, Mike has in excess of 2 decades of experience trading financial markets across all instruments, and involvement in the training and coaching of traders since 2007. He has presented extensively both online and in a live setting including the ATAA Perth chapter previously.

With a passion for finding new and innovative ways to help clients learn trading, his education background and qualifications assist him in the aim of trying to make the sometimes complex simpler and as an accomplished teacher and writer, he provides a depth of knowledge and experience that will benefit traders at all levels.

As well as trading system development and trading measurement, Mike also has a special interest in the psychology and behavioural aspects of trading.

Mike is the Senior Educator from GO Markets. 

Presentation: TBD


Dr Tom Stark


Dr Tom Starke is the CEO of AAAQuants, an algorithmic trading and consulting firm. He has a PhD in Physics and previously held positions as a senior scientist at Oxford University and principal engineer at Rolls-Royce.

Tom has worked in quantitative finance for over a decade and worked with hedge funds and proprietary trading firms such as Vivienne Court and Genesis. He presents at conferences around the world and is a lecturer and faculty member for Quantopian and Quantinsti.  

 Presentation: Using linear machine learning models as an extension of pairs trading

Pairs trading or statistical arbitrage is a well-known class of trading strategies that have been used successfully for decades. In recent years it has become more challenging to find profitable pairs and generalizing this approach to multiple assets can still yield good results. Different approaches in machine learning can be leveraged to accomplish this. In this talk we will discuss the methodologies involved in the implementation of such strategies. 


Chris Tate


Chris Tate is one of the first people to ever release a share trading book in Australia and has had an extraordinary impact on thousands of traders. Best selling author of ‘The Art of Trading’ and ‘The Art of Options Trading in Australia’ , his brutally honest approach and meticulous pursuit of excellence, ensure that exceptional traders all around the world quote his market comments.

Chris has seen all types of markets, traded practically every instrument available, and shown others how to profit from every market condition. Chris is in constant demand for his keynote speaking skills due to the outrageous success of his presentations for every major share trading exchange in Australia. Keynote speaker for industry bodies such as AIA, ATAA, ASA and multiple Trader Expo.

Presentation: TBD


 Chris Weston

Weston_ChrisWith over 19 years of experience in the industry, Chris previously held positions at IG, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley in both research and sales and trading roles and across retail and institutional clients. Over his extensive career, Chris has gained expert exposure to the FX, equities and fixed income markets, which puts him in a unique position to provide highly-recognised key insights, research, ideas and risk-management strategies.

Follow Chris on Twitter @chrisweston_PS Chris is also a well-respected media figure and regularly appears on Bloomberg, CNBC and Sky News.

Chris holds a graduate certificate in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and currently undertaking his Masters.  

Presentation: A professional approach to equity index trading

 With lower volatility in FX markets, there has been a growing interest from traders to use equity indices as a trading vehicle. In this presentation, Chris will offer a deeper perspective on trading equity indices, focusing on the characteristics of each equity index, while offering unique insights into many of the interesting methods that institutional traders use to assess and measure sentiment, breadth and confidence. If equities are a confidence game, these insights could go someway into offering a new way to think about trading indices and increasing your edge.


 Presentation Two: TBD


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