PureTick Head Trader/Advisor: Alex Wasilewski
Name in the Room: AlexLW
Years Trading: 30
Phone Consult Rate: $400/Hour
Location: Destin, Florida
Alex Wasilewski aka AlexLW, our head trader in the live room, and co-founder has a rich and eclectic background that might more easily have been described by what he has not done. Alex has had a wide variety of jobs: IRS Auditor, NY Cop, Stock Broker, Truck Driver, Bar owner and various other things you may not believe! He's seen it all and is strongly in tune with 'herd' psychology.
Alex strongly believes that the keys to trading success are alive and present in ALL traders. He believes that what you program in your subconscious is far more important than what you program into a computer. Your personal will can conquer any obstacle. Alex has been an outstanding investor over the long term in individual stocks, and short term day trading.
Experiences such as that have contributed to Alex's philosophy of trading. To become successful, emulate the habits of a losing trader who became successful, rather than study those who won lotteries.
“As most successful and honest advisors will tell you, first all newbie’s lose money. Then they learn to break even. Then they discover the magic of discipline, a high probability method, and personal positive psychology. AND THE NEWBIE BECOMES A PRO.” – – Alex Wasilewski
PureTick Advisor: John Carlson
Name in the Room: JC
Years Trading: since 1975
Phone Consult Rate: $165/Hour
Location: New Jersey
John Carlson has been trading and investing since 1975. When he sold his business of 23 years, in 2005, he became a real estate agent and a stock trader. The trading was going great for the first couple years, then, in the fall of 07, the stock market began to crumble. (so did the real estate market) At that point Carlson quickly realized that anyone could be a good trader in a strong, bull market. In November, 2007 he got out of all his long positions and became a 'day trader'.
Like many traders Carlson asked himself, “What should I do? Where do I start? What should I trade?” After reading books and articles, attending seminars, joining chat rooms, and trying tools like indicators, or this chart or that chart or multiple charts and still not turning a consistent profit trading – he knew that he needed something different. In June 2009, Carlson joined the PureTick room and finally, all the things he had learned, over the past couple years, started to make sense.
“Thru Alex's teaching, the indicators and charts were starting to make sense. Consistent sense. Repeatable patterns and set ups. I thought, wow, it is possible,” explains Carlson. “I will be happy to work with you to achieve you goals and shorten your learning curve. We can discuss topics, as entry, exit, stops, contract size, profit targets, charts, support, resistance, journal keeping, rules, discipline, patients, self confidence, understanding probability, getting ready for your trading day, or any subject you wish.”
PureTick Advisor: Geoff Lay
Name in the Room: CajunDragon
Years Trading: 7
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Geoff Lay has been trading for 7 years. He started out your typical newbie trader, spending hours reading every book he could get his hands on, chasing entries, chasing false prophets and, seeking the "holy grail" using new trading systems, with hard earned capital.
He met Alex six years ago while in an online day trading chat room. Together they would discuss daily trades and strategies. Since Alex was a professional and doing so well, Lay suggested that he share his knowledge and experience of the market with other struggling newbies. Since that time, Lay has played a pivotal role in creating and launching what has come to be known as PureTick.com.
“We all share the common desire to help new traders turn a profit while also learning ourselves to become more consistent and skillful in our own trading. We endeavor to use our experiences, both good and bad, to assist new traders in substantially cutting their learning curve in terms of time and costs.”
PureTick S&P Room Moderator/Advisor: Reven Wood
Name in the Room: RevenW
Years Trading: 5
Phone Consult Rate: $300/Hour
Location: Prineville, Oregon
Reven Wood has been a trader for five years and his interest in the stock market began when he was 18 years old. As the night stocker at Fred Meyer (a local grocery store) he would take his break at 5 AM and watch some random news program that had a ticker on the bottom. So, he began writing the ticker symbols down and went home to look them up. He then joined a random independent broker and some random free chat room. In this chat room, there was a man who made trading look easy; every trade was a winner, so it seemed.
After realizing it was much more difficult than it appeared, his interest exploded and he began living and breathing the stock market and much more importantly, the psychology of supply and demand. For four years, he was a personal financial analyst for a very large company and saw the many tricks of the retail side of investing. He joined that company to gain further knowledge and skills for trading, but eventually decided that sales, wasn’t what he was looking for in a job.
After floundering around through small account, after small account and chat room to chat room, he stumbled across Puretick.com in the fall of 2007. He was in the room for about 2 months before blowing out yet another small account. After life changing events in his family life, Wood decided that it was time for him to step up to the plate and stop making excuses as to why he was not in the profession in which he wanted to be: A PROFESSIONAL FUTURES DAY TRADER.
He came back to Puretick in early 2010 and decided to make one last attempt at living his dream. He began falling into the same INSANITY in his trading practices and once again became so frustrated he was about to quit.
“Being the professional that Alex is, and through tough love (and respect), he had to tell me what my ego didn’t want to hear. GO ON SIM for at least 7 days. Those were possibly the best words of advice I have ever received, it was my hidden Holy Grail.”
Wood began to religiously trade on the simulator, solely to focus on disciplined, non-emotion based trading and money management. Slowly, he added live trades with one contract to the full time SIM trading. Eventually, he got over the fear of putting on a trade and hesitation.
He is now successfully trading multiple contract positions profitably and truly believes that “with the correct guidance, mentorship, and journaling your simulated trades, I can help anyone become the best trader possible.”
PureTick Forex Room Moderator/Advisor: Marc Abramsky
Name in the Room: Marc
Years Trading: 13 years
Phone Consult Rate: $300/Hour
Location: Ontario, Canada
I am a forty-eight year old Behavioral Psychology graduate who has been trading the markets for the past thirteen years, with primary focus on the FX market. I have been a profitable FX trader for the past eight years and use a combination of institutional level supports/resistances and custom moving averages to swing trade and position trade. I do trade news and this will be available to those that wish to do this with an advantage over most retail traders, however I do not recommend knee jerk reaction trades as they usually serve no purpose. If you wish to learn the inside world of Foreign Exchange then I welcome you on board.
PureTick S&P II Room Moderator/Advisor: Ray Phister
Name in the Room: Ray
Years Trading: 7
Phone Consult Rate: $400/Hour
Location: Perry, Utah
First and foremost I am a trader. I have been a professional trader since 2006 and have been mentoring and teaching for the last two years. I have a deep passion for trading and love to share that passion with others. I trade the ES Futures market as my main source of Income but I also trade the CL oil, 6E Euro, YM Dow, NQ nasdaq as well as keeping an eye on other markets.
I am a married father of three daughters, two step sons, and two grandchildren. I am very grateful to be able to spend my trading days at home and do things with my family that I would never have been able to do without my trading and Puretick. Being able to share this with others and help them have the same success I have is a very important part of my life. In addition to my previous experience, I have had great mentors at Puretick and they have helped me evolve into the trader I am today. Using Alex and Revs’ experience and knowledge has moved me to a whole different level of trading that I am excited to share with my room members on a daily basis.
I have a degree in Engineering and a degree in IT so it is my natural desire to find out how things work and make them better. I have spent countless hours figuring out how to master trading and I’ll admit, searching for the “Holy Grail”. Trading is not something that can be pinpointed to perfection and the Holy Grail is not an indicator, it’s not something you can touch and feel. It’s the understanding of human emotion including greed and fear and having the ability to see when these traders are acting with greed and fear. Doesn’t it make sense that if around 90% of traders are failures and they are acting with strong emotions, that if we can understand what they are doing, we can understand 90% of the trades that take place in the market? Think about it!
You’ll be getting the knowledge and experience from someone who is dedicated to preventing you from becoming part of that 90% losing family of emotional, greedy, fearful traders. It’s time to play on the other team’s side. It’s scary to play in a game where the team you’re playing has 90 people and you have 10, but when you know that those 10 people win the majority of the time, your attitude changes. Put your helmet on and get ready for a game changer and leave fear and greed at home because you won’t need it when you get the confidence of knowing that you can take the ball from the other team 90% of the time.
Using tick by tick information as the trades hit the exchange we can extract valuable information in simple and easy to read ways that gives us an upper hand in winning trades on a regular basis.
My method of trading is to be able to identify these areas in the market quickly and easily and then stack the odds on our side and be able to jump in the market with the smart money when they are about to take money from the rest of the retail traders. I keep the screens and indicators as simple as possible and I am always looking to make it even simpler.
I was on the losing end for years before I figured out that what moves the market is buyers and sells, period. It sounds pretty simple, but when I learned how to extract that information and compile it into an easy to see and understand chart, it complete changed my trading. When that light clicked on and I started becoming a consistently profitable trader it became my goal to help others figure out what I had discovered.
With my simple, holistic approach to teaching and trading, it’s my goal that every trader learns to trade with confidence and become successful in their own right.
By following my trading calls on the ES and other markets that I watch during the day and getting a repetitive learning experience each morning, you too will be able to learn to understand the physics and psychology behind the smart money traders and be a part of the small percent of very, very successful traders. Because humans will always trade, we will always have an advantage when we understand human emotion and how orderflow works.
It’s my sincere gratitude to Puretick for giving me what I needed to see the light in my trading career and it’s my desire and dedication that I am returning the favor to all those Puretick members who are looking to understand the markets and become a successful trader.
Good trading to all,
PureTick Advisor: Dave Steckler
Name in the Room: DaveS
Years Trading: 4
Phone Consult Rate: $165/Hour
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Dave is a former business owner, entrepreneur and IT Director. After a long career in the high tech industry Dave delved into the trading arena and eventually started day trading stocks, ETF’s and options. Since 2009 Dave has been trading the mini futures markets including the Russell 2000, the S&P 500 and the DOW.
Dave has had both formal and informal training across all the various markets he has traded and has been able to apply what he has learned, along with the PureTick trading methodology, to successfully trade the DOW mini futures market.
Since joining PureTick in early 2011, Dave has had a home mentorship, a Masters Mentorship with Alex, written the Puretick Jump Start Guide and the A-Z Home Study Guide. Dave has also been providing technical support for TradeStation traders instructing them on the creation of the charts (replicating what Alex uses), and installing the Filters Percentage, etc., software provided by Puretick.
As a former business professional, Dave has extensive experience in the areas of documentation, training and customer service. Dave’s attitude is, “ensure the customer is delighted’ and as such, Dave is fully committed to providing the best training and service possible.