Ed Ponsi, author of Technical Analysis and Chart Interpretations, is the managing director of Barchetta Capital Management, an NFA-registered commodity trading advisory. In addition to managing client funds, Ponsi advises a variety of hedge funds and institutional traders. He also provides a variety of trading education services through edponsi.com.Expand

Ponsi has appeared on CNBC more than 100 times and has been profiled in magazines such as "Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities" and "The Traders Journal." He is the author of Forex Patterns and Probabilities. a top-selling book on currency trading that has been translated into five languages, and The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook, which is endorsed by Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins.Collapse

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