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The June 2014 meeting of the Houston TeleChart User Group will be held at HAL-PC on Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30 PM.

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Here's a list of the topics in this note: 

Program for the Evening 

Please RSVP 

HIA Meeting Saturday, June 21, 2014 (Note: 3rd Saturday) 

Radio Programs in Houston Related to Investing/Trading (and appeal for feedback) 

Dave Landry's Free Video Letter "Market In A Minute" 

Tri-Star Financial Free Events 

Electronic Equipment Recycling 

Other Investing HAL-PC SIG's 

Other Houston Investing Groups Outside HAL-PC 

If You Want to be Removed 

Membership Information 

HAL-PC Location and Directions 


Program for the Evening 


Dave Landry has been actively trading the markets since the early 90s. In 1995 he founded Sentive Trading, LLC, a trading and consulting firm. He is author of Dave Landry on Swing Trading (2000),Dave Landry’s 10 Best Swing Trading Patterns & Strategies (2003), and The Layman’s Guide to Trading Stocks (2010). His books have been translated into Korean, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, and Chinese. Dave has made several television appearances, has written articles for several publications including Technical Analysis of Stocks & CommoditiesActive TraderTraders Journal-Singapore, and TRADERS’-Germany. He has been publishing daily web based commentary on technical trading since 1997 [see Dave Landry's Free Video Letter "Market In A Minute" below]. Dave has spoken at trading conferences both nationally and internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and has an MBA. Dave was a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) from 1995 to 2009. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts.

Dave has spoken to our group several times, the most recent being the April 2011 meeting if my notes are correct.  He will be coming to us remotely using GoToMeeting.

You can find more about Dave at:

You can reach dave at:

TOPIC: A Simple Approach to Trading Trends for Both Short-term and Longer-term Gains

Predicting markets is like predicting the weather, only short-term forecasts are viable.  Short-term trading has the advantages of generally
lower risk but unfortunately, the profits are limited. The real money is in longer-term trends but the risks are too high, especially since they
are so hard to predict. So what’s a trader to do when faced with this dilemma?  Simple, it’s not a mutually exclusive decision. Why not trade
for both short-term and longer-term gains?

Considering all this, Dave will show us his hybrid approach to trading. He'll show how to recognize trends and some simple patterns to get
aboard them.

It takes more than just a couple of patterns to be successful. We also need a money management plan and the mind set to follow it. Therefore, Dave will touch upon a basic but robust money management system that will help us capture both short-term and longer-term moves.

Finally, since the only thing that might be standing between you and your success is yourself, he'll touch upon the 3 M's of Trader’s Psychology: 
Method, Money Management, and Mind.

Obviously, there’s a lot more to trading than can be explained in one meeting. However, at the least, attendees should be able walk away with a good grasp of Dave’s approach to the markets and whether or not it is right for each of us.

Please RSVP 

Since Dave has offered to spend an evening with us (even though remotely), in addition to his prep time, I hope we won't be embarrassed by a weak turnout.  Please RSVP if you intend to attend the June 10 meeting.  Thanx.

HIA Meeting Saturday, June 21, 2014 (Note 3rd Saturday) 

Featured Speaker: Moderated by Cleve Fontenot. The panelists for the Roundtable will be Jeff Friedberg, James McWilliams, and John Bott.

Subject: The main program will be Stock Market Round Table

For more information, go to:

Houston Investors Association normally meets in the Angela V. Morales Building at the Houston Community College (southeast campus), 6815 Rustic Street, Houston TX 77087.     View in Google Maps 

HOWEVER, the June, July, and August meetings will be held at:

   McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
   7405 Stella Link, Houston 77025 
   See website for directions.

Radio Programs in Houston Related to Investing/Trading (and appeal for feedback) 

I listen to AM radio during the day when I'm not concentrating on something.  There are a plethora of programs dealing with real estate investing, trading securities, and investing with an advisor.  I am jaded in that many of these programs seem to me to simply be long infomercials for the offerings sold by the hosts.

In my judgement there are a few programs that actually provide useful information for self directed traders/investors, which I believe most of us endeavor to become.  So I've listed some of the programs I (or one of you) find useful, or at least that don't sound like infomercials.  This list does NOT contain the billions of shows that focus on real estate investing and annuities here in Houston.

If you disagree with the shows I list here, if you find errors, or if you listen to shows you find useful, please let me know.  Please understand I have no business relationship with these folks, and neither the TC User Group nor HAL-PC gets any compensation from them. 

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 9:00 AM, KTEK AM 1110, Mike Robertson, Straight Talk About Money

Mike spoke at our December 2010 meeting.  He often has what I believe are pretty interesting guests.  You can find more about Mike at:   (caps are not needed).

Mike often holds free lunch seminars (at very nice restaurants) designed to educate and highlight investment vehicles that could potentially be of interest to investors.  To see what's currently scheduled, go to the site above and click on the "Events" tab.
If you want additional information, call Peggy Tuck at  713-622-4077  or email her at

Monday - Friday, 11:00 PM - Midnight (previously recorded), KNTH AM 1070, John Ransom,Ransom Notes

John Ransom discusses global events combined with political and financial commentary in a way that leaves no question about where he stands on issues.  He gives advice on (usually three) "stocks in the news" and commentary on top stories that affect the markets.  John writes for Townhall Finance,  .

John was previously on the radio in Houston Monday - Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on AM 1110, and I believe live.  This change makes no sense to me, except that the programming now broadcast at that time slot on KTEK must have shown up with a bigger wheel barrow of money.

Monday - Friday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, KSEV AM 700, Lance Roberts & Max Gains, Street Talk Live

Thank you to Tim for this information.  

(Lance Roberts now has his own show from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on KSEV AM 700.  In addition to a newsletter, Lance occasionally publishes articles for various blogs. He is a very good writer, including appropriate charts and illustrations. I [Tim] have appreciated his recent submissions on  Lance appears occasionally on CNBC and Bloomberg.)

Hosts of this hour's broadcast are Mike Smith and Luke Patterson. They are based here in Houston as I understand. They offer money management services, but seldom mention that during the show. They enjoy taking phone calls and are always respectful, engaging the callers in good conversation about markets, including ideas about specific stocks as appropriate. They offer an online newsletter and archives of all their shows.

Sunday, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, KNTH AM 1070, Dawn Bennett, Financial Myth Busting (appeal)

Dawn Bennett is the CEO of Bennett Group Financial Services, LLC, in Washington. DC.  I ran across her show around October of 2012.  I find that she focuses heavily on current political and cultural influences on financial markets, and she shares intriguing perspectives on such relationships.  She often has highly visible guests to whom she asks what "I" believe are real questions, not just interviewing them for their most recent book.  I don't experience her show as a one hour infomercial, as are so many of these kinds of programs.

"Bennett Group Financial Services LLC is a comprehensive financial services firm committed to helping you improve your long-term financial success. Our customized programs are designed to help grow, lower overall risk and conserve your assets by delivering a high level of personalized service and skill."  You can find more about Dawn at:

Dawn was the speaker (remote) at the February 2014 HIA meeting.

If you listen to her show, please tell me what you think.  I'm trying to assess interest in having Dawn speak to our group. 

Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, KTRH AM 740, Ted Geoca, Max Out Savings Show

Ted's philosophy is "Save your money aggressively and invest it conservatively!" (®)  Ted takes call-in questions and has plenty of commentary on how global issues affect the markets.  You can find more about Ted at:

Dave Landry's Free Video Letter "Market In A Minute" 

Dave Landry, our January and April 2011, and June 2014 speaker, has an email newsletter sent by opt-in email.
His daily emails contain one-minute videos with his daily market commentary, in which he uses TC as his charting platform.  They may also contain longer running trading lessons.   

This service is free, and so far his content seems to me to be worth a lot more than that price.  To receive his daily email videoletter, sign up at:

If you sign up for this, please let me know what you think about it.

Tri-Star Financial Free Events 

Tri-Star Financial is a full service brokerage firm based in Houston.  Founded in 1986, Tri-Star specializes in marketing fixed income securities and jumbo certificates of deposit.  They are located in the Capital One Building at 5718 Westheimer, Suite 950, Houston, 77057.  You can see more about Tri-Star at:

If you're interested in their free sessions and events, go to the websites above, or call or email Brenda below.

For events you must RSVP to, or contact with questions, Brenda Cheney at 713-735-9201 or via email at

Electronic Equipment Recycling 

For a few years now I have listed Techs And Trainers as a place to donate unwanted, working electronics.  It appears they are out of business.  If anyone knows what happened to them please let me know.

If anyone knows of a place that will accept equipment for redistribution or recycle, please let me know.

Other Investing HAL-PC SIG's 

For more information about these groups, go to the HAL-PC SIG Calendar (instructions underMembership Information below):

Computer Investing SIG: please see Computer Investing Group below.

VectorVest Users Group, 3rd Saturday at 9:00 AM.

Please let me know of any omissions or corrections.

Other Houston Investing Groups Outside HAL-PC 

The Computer Investing Group was formerly the HAL-PC Computer Investors SIG that used to meet Friday mornings at HAL.  This group now meets every Monday from 9:30 - Noon at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St, Houston (Bissonnet St @ Dunlap St).  If you need more information about this group, send me an email and I'll forward it to someone who can answer your questions.

Houston Investors Association (HIA)   
        Usually meet the 2nd Saturday of the month at U of H Central, but not always due to room conflicts.

Houston Rebels meet on the 1st Saturday of the month.
        contact Malcolm Parsons at:
        or Wayne Draper at:

AAII Houston Chapter,
     then click on the Houston chapter under Texas.

The Spring/Woodlands Investor's Business Daily Meetup Group: 

It looks like they meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at 2:00 pm, at the South Montgomery County Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive (next to the Woodlands Pavilion), Spring, TX, 77382.
From their site: "You do not need to be an IBD subscriber to join and membership is free!"  If you're interested, go to the link above and you should find a way to send LeAnna a message asking about attending.
Houston IBD Meetup Group: I understand this group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 6:00 pm at the Kroger meeting room at 5150 Buffalo Speedway (& Westpark).  Anyone who knows more, please send me an update.

Cypress IBD Meetup Group (thank you Chuck): Free, and open to new members:

Sugar Land IBD Meetup Group (thank you again Chuck): Free, and open to new members:

If you know of other investing/trading groups, or if I have incorrect information above, please give me the information and I'll add it to / correct this list.  Thanx.

If You Want to be Removed 

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Membership Information 

The Houston TC User Group SIG meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

If you are not yet a member of HAL-PC, you are still invited to visit our meeting.  If you would like to attend future meetings, you are asked to join HAL-PC.  

Please don't be a PROFESSIONAL visitor -- $50 a year is a small price to pay for all the resources available to you from HAL-PC, including access to all the SIGs, an email address on a POP3 server, as well as the help desk.  If you are not a member, please peruse the website link below.

The HAL-PC web site is

If you have questions about the mechanics of joining, please call 713-993-3300.  If you have other questions about HAL-PC or our club, please feel free to call Mark Swerdlin at 281-488-1962.

For the SIG calendar, go to the link above.  On the left side, past (under) HAL-PC Events you'll find the "SIG & CLASS CALENDAR" link.

HAL-PC main phone number is  713-993-3300 .

HAL-PC Location and Directions 

For a map to HAL-PC:

HAL-PC is located between the San Felipe and South Post Oak Blvd. exits on the 610 west loop, just inside the loop.  The address is 4543 Post Oak Place Dr.  For me, the simplest route is to go east onto San Felipe from the 610 West Loop.  At the second light (not counting the one at the service road), turn left onto Briar Oaks (it's a different name if you were to go right, and there's a street sign on the overhanging traffic light).  Take Briar Oaks until it dead ends into Post Oak Place Drive, then right.

HAL-PC is at the end of the Post Oak Place Drive cul-de-sac where you can turn right to go up the ramp to park outside, or to the back of the cul-de-sac and down the ramp to park underground.  

We're on the second floor, exiting right from the elevator, then left into the double glass doors. We meet in room SIG-A.  There's usually someone at the desk who can direct you once you enter the HAL-PC suite through the double doors.

After 7:00 PM, your HAL-PC card will be needed to open the door to the suite.  If you are a visitor, please signal the attendant at the desk you need access, and please make sure to sign the guest register at his/her desk.


It's a shame there's even a perception of a need for this kind of section, but this is the US, capital of litigation.

Everything in this email and everything about this group is for educational purposes only.  Neither the Houston TC User Group SIG, nor HAL-PC, nor myself, receives any form of payment from anybody or company mentioned here.  This is a totally voluntary effort.  Mention of any person or company is not an endorsement of, nor a recommendation for, them or their offerings.  From time to time I may provide "my perspective" of the value to me of what a person or company has to offer, but you must perform your own due diligence to determine if it may have value to you.