John Person’s NationalFutures.com Website Review Report

NationalFutures.com is the official website of veteran trader, author, and speaker John Person for active investors and traders. Those experienced with the stock market, especially technical analysis, will have heard of John through his countless work on floor trader pivot points, candlestick patterns, his Person’s Proprietary Indicator (PPS), and market seasonality. Like many independent financial professionals, John presents his work under a independent investing advisory website NationalFutures.com rather than using his own name in the web address.

NationalFutures.com’s greatest value lies in the educational material and free tools that John provides. John actively trades all markets including stocks, futures, forex, bonds, options, and commodities, so the information he teaches and provides on NationalFutures.com is applicable to all of these.

The site is user friendly, with all of the features listed in the top menu and right sidebar on every page. Features are separated into free resources and paid products. Many visitors to this site would find the free Pivot Points calculator and Fibonacci calculator a useful resource they can use when doing their nightly or weekly market homework. to help visitors successfully use pivot points and Fibonaccis, John has several in-depth articles explaining the correct way of applying these techniques as well as the stochastics indicator. While John is known for his work on pivot points, a lesser known fact about John is that he studied under and worked side-by-side with George Lane, the man who created the stochastics indicator. Having calculated stochastics by hand and used them along side George in the 80′s, it’s safe to say John knows this indicator quite well.

But this is 2010! Why do we need calculators when many online brokers and charting software allow you to slap on these indicators? That’s true, but it is our experience here at marketHEIST that indicators are too easy to put on charts nowadays that amateur traders do not really understand how and when they work to use them correctly. More often than not, people get themselves in trouble and lose a lot of money by using indicators without the proper understanding of them. Indicators are like cars, they’re just a tool that you’ll have to be very familiar with or otherwise you’ll get into accidents.

However, if you’re knowledgeable and experienced with pivots, Fibonacci’s, candlesticks, moving averages and so forth, NationalFutures.com has several indicator plugins developed by John based on these indicators. You can download the Trade Navigator Plug-ins, TradeStation Pivots, TradeStation scanning alerts directly on the site. For those who use either TradeStation or ThinkOrSwim (recently incorporated into TD Ameritrade), you have access to John’s “Person’s Proprietary Study” (PPS) and “Person’s Pivots.” Please watch John’s free ThinkOrSwim webinars we have listed where John teaches how to correctly use these proprietary indicators he has created.

Investors and traders looking to improve their performance will benefit the most from John’s trading courses, books, and live seminars listed down the right sidebar menu. John is one of the most engaging speakers I’ve ever heard teach about the markets. For those who want to benefit the most from John’s 32 years of market experience, I encourage you to go to one of John’s live seminars. Some seminars, like the ones he presents at the Money Show Expos, are free. Others, like the presentations he gives at the TradeStation Futures Symposium, require an admission fee at which John presents a half day or full day seminar class. I met John and his wife Mary for the first time last year at a TradeStation Futures Symposium here in Newport Beach. If you can’t attend these in person, the webinars and DVD courses are the next best thing to watch and learn from John in an interactive environment and gain from John’s intuitive and entertaining way of teaching you market approaches.

Finally, NationalFutures.com offers newsletters and chatrooms if you want to trade and invest alongside John. The Bottom-Line Newsletter is a publication written by John Person. The publication was a result of many request from clients and friends in the Futures Industry who followed John’s daily recommendations on his daily Bottomline Report hotline. In 1998, John started to print his analysis as The Bottomline Newsletter covering 24 commodity markets with John’s analysis and interpretations of market sentiment numbers, market patterns, market cycles, and weekly/monthly support/resistance key numbers. This newsletter also includes calendar of events, options expiration first notice day, stock earnings reports, and major news events.

The newsletter and chatrooms are probably the best way to get up-to-date market analysis from John. John does not blog or post his market opinions on NationalFutures.com, but if you read enough financial magazines, newspapers, and websites or watch financial TV, you’ll find John’s work there quite often. John has been a contributor on CNBC, Bloomberg, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, TheStreetcom, Futures Magazine, SFO Magazine, and more.

Side Note

Trading and investing is an intense job and for a professional like John, successfully navigating the markets everyday and fulfilling all his speaking engagements across the world and in the media, he has little if any time to blog and socialize online. When we visited Chicago in May, John and Mary were kind enough to invite us to their office in the suburbs of Glenview, IL. It was interesting to see the simple 3-room office where John works for part of the year. Investing and trading itself isn’t a fancy job like it’s sometimes portrayed to be. John’s office could just as well be any one of yours or mine home office, with just a few file cabinets, a few computer screens to watch charts and market data, and a small TV. What separates John from the rest of us trading at home or at our work computers is his experience, knowledge, and the amount of time and work he has sacrificed to hone his craft. John was constantly analyzing the markets (out loud), looking at opportunities with trades he wanted to take, and what he wanted to do with the positions he had.

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