Meet the Founder

Dr. Richard M. Smith

Dr. Smith studied mathematics at U.C. Berkeley and went on to complete his PhD in Systems Science at the Watson School of Engineering at SUNY Binghamton. Since completing his PhD, Dr. Smith has applied his research skills in the private sector to a variety of problems. The common thread connecting all of his work is providing simple solutions to complex problems.

As a consultant to one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Dr. Smith oversees the analysis of massive databases and is responsible for delivering user-friendly presentations that don't require a Ph.D. to understand. When the electric utilities in New York State were facing deregulation, Dr. Smith led the development of an expert system that helped one of the biggest firms in the region increase manpower by a factor of 10 - without adding any additional personnel.

More recently, Dr. Smith has brought his passion for simplifying the complex to the financial markets by developing several web-based services for investors and traders. With his background in mathematical theories of uncertainty combined with his own personal investing and trading experience, Dr. Smith has an acute sense of the critical role that risk and money management play in successfully navigating the financial markets.

When Dr. Smith discovered that many of the world's top private investment advisors and richest traders had been using a mathematical formula for years to determine when to buy and sell with incredible results, he decided to try it out. After running some numbers on his previous trades, the results were clear: no matter if the market rose or fell, the investment formula would have earned him bigger and faster gains on all his trades.

Applying this formula to an entire investment portfolio by hand was difficult, so he developed a program to do that work automatically – and TradeStops was born.

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The Trend is Your Friend with TradeStops

After the financial fiasco and stock market crash of late 2008 and early 2009 investors were stunned! As the dust from this disaster was beginning to settle I was reminded of the importance of trend watching. We can’t predict the future, but we can sense some of the early warnings of a major shift in […]

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TradeStops Offers Risk Management through Position Sizing

We’ve all been to social gatherings and listened to people brag about having made “a killing” in a specific company’s stock. Sometimes they’ll even say, “I bought a huge position and it soared!” They usually don’t mention the times they took this kind of risk and instead of making a killing they were crushed and […]

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Employment Data, University of Michigan Sentiment, Fed Speeches are Buying Opportunities

  When the government, the University of Michigan, or the Federal Reserve releases data those who regularly use the benefits of TradeStops calmly read it and yawned. That’s because TradeStops subscribers don’t want to be controlled by their emotions or the constant onslaught of financial news.   On Friday November 8th the Labor Department released […]

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