Summary of WHC Bassetti’s Experience

Beginning of trading experience as private investor.

Became a client and student of John Magee.

Engaged in venture capital investing and market trading while practicing as a systems engineer (installed Saturn Rocket Systems at NASA) and computer company executive (CEO Comptran Computers of Mexico).

Began trading commodity futures with computerized systems.

Was Principal and Vice President of California’s first licensed commodity trading advisor, Commodity Investment Service Inc. Registered with CFTC as CTA having passed appropriate exams. Obtained first permission by Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter, E.F. Hutton, Drexel Burnham to present managed trading programs to their clients and traveled widely across the country giving seminars and lectures for brokers and clients. Originated idea of commodity futures mutual funds and managed some of the first funds with trading partners at CIS. Traded personal and client accounts in futures, oil and venture capital.

Appointed President of Options Research Inc. Founded by Blair Hull of Hull Trading Co of Chicago (largest market maker on the floor of the CBOE) ORI was the first company to computerize the analysis of options and futures. Clients for analytical and portfolio services included among others Morgan Stanley, First Boston, Kidder Peabody and market makers and professional traders in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Founded and served as President of Micro Options Research Corp which as joint venture partner of Standard and Poor’s implemented Options Monitoring System on S&P computers with Prudential Securities as its flagship client.

Served as President of OR Capital which managed options arbitrage capital with a brilliant record in the crash of 1987.

Managing Partner Options Research & Trading, Ltd. a market maker with a seat on the PSE.

Designed and built prototype of revolutionary electronic risk control systems aimed at Chinese markets.

Instructor in Finance Dept. University of California Berkeley Extension. Primary subjects: Technical Analysis and VAR. Lecturer on VAR for NYIF in Chile.

Serve as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, Golden Gate University.

Appointed Malcom S.M. Watts III Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University.

Publications (1997 – Present)

Editor and revisor of the second, revised edition of Magee’s book General Semantics of Wall Street for John Magee Inc. Retitled Winning the Mental Game on Wall Street.

Editor/revisor/coauthor of the eighth edition of Edwards & Magee’s Technical Analysis of Stock Trends. (June 2001)

Editor/revisor/coauthor of the ninth edition of Edwards & Magee’s Technical Analysis of Stock Trends. (January 2007)

Editor/revisor/coauthor of the second edition of Analyzing Bar Charts for Profit. Retitled The Introduction to the Magee System of Technical Analysis. (February 2002)

Author, StairStops. (eBook) (April 2007)

Author, Zen Simple. Beat the Market with a Ruler. (June 2009)

Author, Sacred Chickens, the Holy Grail and Dow Theory  (2010,2013)

Author, Signals, 10 Trading Lessons


Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B. cum laude, graduate studies in Sociology/Psychology.

Courses in business and finance, University of California, Berkeley, Extension.

Leave a Reply