About Jon Markman

Jon D. Markman is a pioneer in the development of stock-rating systems and screening software, the co-inventor on two Microsoft patents and the author of the best-selling books "The New Day Trader Advantage," "Swing Trading" and "Online Investing," as well as the annotated edition of "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator."

He was the portfolio manager and senior investment strategist at a multi-strategy hedge fund from 2002 to 2005, managing editor and columnist at CNBC on MSN Money from 1997 to 2002 and an editor, investments columnist and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1997.

Jon won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial Journalism for his columns explaining market chicanery in 2002, Society of Professional Journalists awards for his 2001 reporting on Enron and the post-Sept. 11-investment environment and was a news editor on Los Angeles Times staffs that won Pulitzer Prizes for spot-news reporting in 1992 and 1994.

A graduate of Duke University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Jon speaks frequently on investment topics at conferences nationwide as well as on TV and radio.

Jon uses his more than 25 years of expertise in the financial markets to find and recommend beaten-down stocks on the brink of reversal and powerful momentum stocks breaking out to new highs in his advisory service, Trader's Advantage. This daily trading service leverages his unique swing-trading principles to capture profits of 15% to 40% in less than 90 days.

In his daily CounterPoint Options letter, Jon distributes signals licensed from an independent, proprietary research and development firm that direct traders to buy calls and puts on index options: typically the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term VIX ETN (VXX), the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM). This unique system helps individual traders profit from the ebb and flow of market volatility in a unique, unemotional, consistent manner.