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Meet the 2015 Speakers

by Socionomics Foundation on January 7, 2015

Robert R. Prechter, Jr.Robert R. Prechter, Jr., CMT, is known for developing a theory of social causality called socionomics, for developing the socionomic theory of finance (STF), and for his long career applying and enhancing R.N. Elliott’s model of financial pricing called the Wave Principle.

Prechter’s socionomic theory accounts for the character of social actions in areas as diverse as financial markets, economic trends, politics, fashion and entertainment and demographics. Under development since the 1970s, the idea first reached a national audience in a 1985 cover article in Barron’s. Prechter has made presentations about socionomic theory at the London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, MIT, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, Georgia Tech, SUNY and various academic and financial conferences. In 2008 and 2010, the Georgia legislature invited Prechter to testify before its Joint Economic Committee regarding the state’s developing real estate and economic crises.

Prechter attended Yale University on a full scholarship and received a B.A. in psychology in 1971. In 1975, he joined the Market Analysis Department of Merrill Lynch in New York. In 1979, Prechter founded Elliott Wave International and began publishing monthly market analysis under the masthead, The Elliott Wave Theorist. Prechter served as a member of the board of the Market Technicians Association for nine years and as the MTA’s President in 1990-1991. He currently serves on the advisory board of the MTA’s Educational Foundation. In 2005, Prechter created the Socionomics Institute, which is dedicated to explaining socionomics, and he funds the Socionomics Foundation, which supports academic research in the field.

Prechter has authored, edited or contributed to more than 15 books. His book Elliott Wave Principle: Key to Market Behavior has been translated into a dozen languages, and Conquer the Crash: You Can Survive and Prosper in a Deflationary Depression was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller.

Alan Hall is a regular contributor to The Socionomist. He began studying Elliott wave analysis and socionomics after meeting Robert Prechter in 1994. Alan’s grasp of socionomics made it easy for him to recognize the escalating housing mania, thus he closed his homebuilding business in 2004 and soon joined Elliott Wave International. Alan wrote the lead articles for the inaugural issues of The Socionomist in May and June 2009. Since then, his research has showcased the wide range and deep applicability of the socionomic perspective. He has also lectured on socionomics and contributed to Global Market PerspectiveThe European Financial Forecast and The Elliott Wave Theorist.

Presentation title: “A Socionomic View of Deep Time: A Natural History of the Wave Principle’s Manifestations”

John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP, is the founding editor of the Journal of Personal Finance and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy. He teaches in the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Georgia, where he is the Athletic Association Endowed Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences. His research interests include financial risk-tolerance assessment and psychophysiological economics, a field he is helping to pioneer through clinical and experimental work in the University of Georgia’s Financial Planning Performance Lab.

Presentation title: “Mood, Volatility and Changing Risk Tolerance: A Household Perspective”

Matthew LampertMatt Lampert is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he currently studies as a doctoral candidate in the sociology department. Lampert contributes to the Socionomics Institute’s research program and works to build collaborative relationships with scholars in his capacity as the institute’s research fellow. Winner of the award for Best Presentation at the 2011 Conference on Everything, Matt has enjoyed speaking about socionomic theory and the Elliott wave model to audiences throughout the US and Europe. He is a board member of the Socionomics Foundation and served as the Socionomics Institute’s associate director for two years before enrolling at Cambridge. Matt’s research has been supported by the National Academy of Sciences with funds from the National Science Foundation, and his work has been featured in USA Today, CNBC, the Associated Press, The Futurist, and other popular news and scholarly publications.

Presentation title: “Trendtelligence: From Nowcasting to Forecasting”

Terry Burnham
Terry Burnham, Ph.D., is a finance professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. Prior to Chapman, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School. Terry is the author of Mean Markets and Lizard Brains and the co-author of Mean Genes. His academic research focuses on the evolutionary origins of human behavior.

Presentation title: “Behavioral and Socionomic Views of Investor Behavior”

Elliott Prechter’s fascination with technology led him to attend MIT in 2002 and ultimately to join Microsoft in 2006. His interest in financial markets intensified during the 2008 crash, and he left Seattle in early 2011 to help start an algorithmic hedge fund in Las Vegas. In late 2012, he joined Elliott Wave International’s EWAVES department, which develops artificial intelligence techniques to automate Elliott wave analysis. The department was recently spun off into a separate company, Qualitative Analytics. The firm’s technology powers Flash, a subscription service that provides real-time buy and sell alerts as opportunities arise in futures and equities markets. Elliott also writes the open-access publication, EWAVES Flash, which discusses trading theory and updates readers on program developments.

Presentation title: “Artificially Intelligent Investing Using EWAVES”

R. Alexander Bentley, Ph.D., is a professor and former Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. Among his many research interests are the study of decision-making and the spread of behaviors, both historically and in the online age. His recent work has sought to understand the dynamics of collective decisions by using discrete choice theory and social influence to model statistical patterns in big data. Alex has used similar analyses to understand cultural evolution across longer time scales in historical and archaeological data. He also studies how the emotional content of books and online media contains information about past socio-economic conditions. Alex’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC and Science Now. His book, I’ll Have What She’s Having: Mapping Social Behavior, co-authored with Mark Earls and Michael O’Brien, was published in 2011 by MIT Press.

Presentation title: “How Long Does the Mood Last? – Time Scales of Collective Social Evolution”

Brian Whitmer is the editor of The European Financial Forecast and contributes the European stocks section of Global Market Perspective. Brian joined Elliott Wave International in 2009 after receiving his MBA from Georgia Southern University. He received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and has served as a designer, planner and project manager for $100-million-plus civil and residential developments. Brian’s analysis and forecasts are quoted in European media outlets, and he has been interviewed by notable U.S. media including Yahoo! Finance and Fortune.

Presentation title: “Reopening the Tinderbox: How a Negative Mood Trend Is Transforming the European Union”

Shikhar Agarwal, MD, MPH, is a fellow in the Department of Interventional Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he trains in the nation’s top-ranked cardiovascular medicine fellowship program. A prolific researcher with more than 100 publications, he has presented his work widely and received honors from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiologists of Indian Origin and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. He was named the American College of Cardiology’s ELITE FIT Rising Star in 2012 and best graduating resident at the Cleveland Clinic. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he enrolled after completing medical school in India. Dr. Agarwal was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and he serves as a reviewer for highly-ranked scholarly publications, including the British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Cardiology and the Indian Heart Journal.

Presentation Title: “‘The Bulls, The Bears and My Health’ – Stock Market, Healthcare and Society”

John Donnellan, DPS, MBA, is an assistant professor of global business at the New Jersey City University School of Business.  His recent research investigated the trends of bond ratings during the Great Depression. This work led to publications in The Journal of Behavioral Finance & Economics and Financial Markets, Institutions & Instruments.  In addition to his pioneering academic contributions, Dr. Donnellan has a more than 20-year history on Wall Street with JPMorgan and Prudential Financial. He continues to provide his views on global markets to Wall Street firms.

Presentation title: “How Expert Judgment Reacts to a Major Financial Crisis: An Analysis of the 1925-1933 Bond Ratings of John Moody”

Reserve your seat for the 5th Annual Social Mood Conference: Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA

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