Mark Minervini is considered one of America's most successful stock traders; a veteran of Wall Street for more than 37 years. He is the author of the best-selling books Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard and Think and Trade Like a Champion. Mark is featured in Momentum Masters – A Roundtable Interview with Super Traders and in Jack Schwager's Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America's Top Stock Traders.
Schwager wrote: "Minervini's performance has been nothing short of astounding. Most traders and money managers would be delighted to have Minervini's worst year—a 128 percent gain—as their best. His average annual return has been a towering 220 percent, including his 155 percent first place finish in the 1997 U.S. Investing Championship. But return is only half the story. Amazingly, Minervini achieved his lofty gains while keeping his risk very low: He had only one down quarter— barely—a loss of a fraction of 1 percent.**
Mark educates traders about his SEPA® methodology through Minervini Private Access
To demonstrate the capabilities of his SEPA® trading methodology, in 1997, Mark put up $250,000 of his own money and entered the U.S. Investing Championship. Trading against highly leveraged futures and options traders, Mark traded a long-only stock portfolio to win the real-money investment derby with a 155% annual return, a performance that was nearly double the nearest competing money manager.***
24-years later, he did it again. This time in the $1million dollar category. Mark put up his own money and shattered the all-time U.S. Investing Championship record with an audited 334.8% annual return.^^^
Mark educates traders about his SEPA® methodology through Minervini Private Access, an online platform that allows users the unique experience of gaining real-time access to his buy & sell recommendations, market commentary and in-depth research and analysis. He also conducts a live Master Trader Program workshop where he teaches his system in a comprehensive multi-day event. You can follow Mark on Twitter at twitter.com/markminervini
Mark Minervini traded his first stock in 1983 when he invested in a few hundred shares of Allis Chalmer, a seller of tractors and forklifts. Soon after, he became familiar with the work of Richard Love, author of the book Superpeformance Stocks. Love's book had a profound influence on Mark''s professional and philosophical views on investing and the formulation of his own investment strategy.
It was Mark's initial intention to simply support himself from his trading profits, but his well-timed investment decisions increased his wealth dramatically each year, as well as the popularity of his opinion. By his early thirties, Mark was at the helm as President of a leading institutional research firm in New York City, advising hedge funds and institutional investors in the U.S. and around the world. During this period, he also kept a demanding schedule of regular television appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg Television and Fox News.
In May of 2004, Business Week wrote, Minervini "sells what's often considered the holy-grail in investing."
In 1998, he publicly voiced two back-to-back market calls, which shortly after propelled him into the media spotlight. On the August 28, 1998 Cavuto Business Show – Fox News Network, Mark discussed the statistical similarities between the market then and the market on the Friday before the "Black Monday" crash of 1987, in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 508 points in a single day. The Monday following his appearance (the very next trading day), the Dow Jones Industrials fell 512 points.
One month later, Mark turned very bullish. In a September 28, 1998 profile titled "Trust the Computer," Barron's wrote: "Minervini was still bearish on the market until last week, when he did an about-face and turned raging bull." He recommended, among other stocks, Yahoo, Broadcom, Network Appliances and Abercrombie & Fitch, all of which went on to score spectacular gains as the stock market entered a new spectacular bull phase.
Twenty months later, Mark turned decidedly bearish. On May 30, 2000 on CNN, he said that the NASDAQ had entered a bear market and that the bear market would continue. He explained: "Oracle, EMC, Cisco, and Nokia – some of these favorite big-cap NASDAQ stocks that have been holding up quite well – they're going to give way now, and that's really going to unsettle investors."
Mark previously had called for a steep decline in the Internet/dot.com sector on the same network on March 30, 2000. These comments were contrary to what most of the experts were saying at the time. During the March 30 CNN interview, Mark said: "Many of these (Internet) stocks are going to go down between fifty and as much as eighty percent and some will go the way of Dr. Koop (bankruptcy)."
Twenty-eight months after his bearish market call the NASDAQ Composite Index was down sixty-five percent, while Oracle, EMC, Cisco and Nokia were down an average of eighty-three percent. Mark had avoided one of the most devastating bear market declines in stock market history by protecting his personal portfolio and locking in his gains by going to cash before the decline hit. With the exception of a few well-timed short trades, he sat idle in cash through what was nearly a three-year bear market before returning to the stock market on the long side.
On May 10, 2004, BusinessWeek reported: He's back! "Jan. 9 Minervini bought Taser (TASR/NASDAQ), a company that makes Taser guns – nonlethal weapons for police departments. He spotted its potential using his proprietary methodology, "Specific Entry Point Analysis" (SEPA); he then rode the stock up 121% in only six weeks.
In May of 2010, Mark once again provided a bold prediction about the market conditions deteriorating as the DJIA was down about 250 points intraday - and called for a potential 1,000 point decline in the Dow – which is exactly what occurred within the next hour during the "Flash Crash" that day.
Minervini made a bullish market call was on January 3, 2012; the S&P 500 went on to rally 44 consecutive days without as much as a 1% down day.
On February 24, 2020, Mark issued a sell signal to his clients (just 3-days off the absolute high on the S&P 500) and before the Dow plummeted 9000-points!
On April 6, 2020, he started aggressively moving his MPA clients back into stocks.
More recently, on November 22, 2021 Mark issued a sell signal to his clients and then Tweeted it to his followers the next day. This turned out to be the exact day the NASDAQ Composite made its bull market high before entering a bear market correction that took the index down more than 30% while many of the popular growth stocks thought to be impervious plummeted 50-80%, and some even more. Prior to his sell signal, Mark had already been warning all year that the stock market was setting up a "generation of investors" for the largest losses they have ever seen.