Robert F. Palmerton, Jr., MBA, CMT 

Mr. Palmerton has 30 years of experience spanning corporate finance, asset management and financial markets research. He has held positions as CFO, Director of Finance, and Financial Management and Analysis roles for Fortune 500 and multi-national firms (ADP, Honeywell, Linde Group) as well as for early-stage and emerging growth ventures).

Bob founded Baseline Analytics in 2005.  With the objective to utilize technical analysis of the financial markets, coupled with fundamental, statistical and macro-economic trends, Baseline Analytics strives to keep investors on the right side of the market at all times.  Bob developed the TrendFlex indicator, comprised of a blend of financial indicators that assess the risk of a change in market trend.  Baseline Analytics’ TrendFlex models are utilized as the basis for asset allocation strategies of The Absolute Return Market Trend Portfolio.  Mr. Palmerton’s articles and blogs can be found on Seeking Alpha, Finding Technicals and Baseline Analytics.

Bob is a member of the Market Technician’s Association (MTA), where he was awarded the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. He is involved in the MTA’s membership committee and building its knowledgebase of technical analysis. His market analysis focuses on sector timing research, market sentiment and volatility studies, trend-following and breakout trading opportunities. Robert has been using a blend of technical and fundamental analysis for the past 15 years. 

Bob received an MBA in Finance from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics and Statistics, summa cum laude, from Fordham University in New York. Mr. Palmerton holds a Series 65 license and provides portfolio management for The Absolute Return Registered Investment Advisor. Bob is a member of the Detroit Metastock User’s Group and The Detroit Chapter of the MTA.


David Fabian

David Fabian is Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer of FMD Capital Management. David began his investment career in 2007 by co-founding a fee-only registered investment advisory firm and swiftly grew that company to over $100 million in assets. In 2013 he started FMD Capital Management with the commitment to build a world class investment firm focused on client service, investment discipline, and accountability. He has years of experience implementing actively managed growth and income portfolios using ETFs and mutual funds. David is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal and writes a daily ETF column for Benzinga. He is also a regular contributor on Investopedia, Seeking Alpha, Minyanville, TheStreet, InvestorPlace Media, and

David’s contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-823-8111 x286.


Scott Martindale

Scott Martindale is the Senior Vice President for Sabrient Systems, a quantitative equity research firm in Santa Barbara, CA, and Gradient Analytics, an equity research firm in Scottsdale, AZ focusing on forensic accounting and earnings quality analysis. He is an institutional sales, marketing, and business development professional. He also supports clients in their portfolio management and marketing efforts. Scott is an experienced trader of stocks, options, and ETFs. He holds both an MBA and an MS in civil engineering.

Sabrient Systems offers fundamentals-based quantitative equity research, tools, and strategies, and publishes indexes for ETFs. The firm builds multi-factor quant models that work well for long portfolios,hedging, long/short, market neutral, indexing, and portfolio weighting. And the bottom-up Sector/Industry/ETF evaluation and ranking model is valuable for asset allocation, sector rotation, enhanced sector, and sector pairs strategies. 

Gradient Analytics offers deep-dive fundamental research into the earnings quality, forensic accounting, executive incentives, and anomalous executive behavior of individual stocks -- both U.S. and International. Grades tend toward the negative side, focusing on red flags.


Puneet Gupta
Puneet Gupta is Chief Investment Officer of The Absolute Return, LLC.  Mr. Gupta was most recently an Investment Advisor Representative with H. Beck, Inc. Prior to his financial services career, Puneet has 16 years of experience in the Technology industry at Intel Corporation, where he held increasingly responsible roles in Supply Chain Management, Technology Development, and Program Management.
Puneet received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras, India) and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Gupta holds a Series 7 and Series 66 license.
Puneet is an Associate of the Market Technician’s Association (MTA), where he is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) Level 3 candidate. Mr. Gupta’s market analysis focuses on Elliott Wave technical studies, Price inflection forecasting, Cycle-superposition theory, inter-market relationships, and in developing and maintaining a coherent, holistic picture of the global economy and asset classes.
Intel is where Puneet honed his engineering, innovation, methodology/systems development, data analysis, and risk management skills and is where he developed a habit of persevering in digging until he found an intellectually satisfactory answer to the problems he was trying to research and solve. His Electrical Engineering training him gave him the knack of finding and exploiting signals amongst the noise in large sets of data. These skills have served him well in the Financial world and in the pioneering field of Absolute Return investment management. 
Mr. Gupta can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Marc Chandler

Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for more than 25 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. 

Chandler attended North Central College for undergraduate work, where he majored in political science and the humanities. He holds master's degrees from Northern Illinois University and University of Pittsburgh in American History and International Political Economy. Currently Chandler teaches at New York University Center for Global Affairs, where he is an associate professor. 

A prolific writer and speaker he appears regularly in the press and has spoken for, and is an honorary fellow of, the Foreign Policy Association. In addition to being quoted in the financial press daily, Chandler has been published in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Post. In 2009, Chandler was named aBusiness Visionary by Forbes. In 2009, his book, Making Sense of the Dollar, was published by Bloomberg Press and received a Bronze Award from Independent Publishers. 

Though a Chicago native, and life long Cubs fan, Chandler currently resides in New York City with his wife, Jeannine, and son, Nathan. 


The Levy Economics Institute

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, founded in 1986 through the generous support of Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Levy Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate.

The ultimate purpose of all of the Levy Institute's research and activities is to serve the wider policymaking community in the United States and the rest of the world by enabling scholars and leaders in business, labor, and government to work together on problems of common interest. To stimulate discussion of economic issues, the Levy Institute disseminates its findings through publicationsconferences, workshops, seminars, congressional testimony, and other activities to an international audience of public officials, private sector executives, academics, and the general public. An annual conference on the state of the U.S. and world economies is dedicated to the economic legacy of Hyman P. Minsky, the late financial economist and Levy Institute distinguished scholar.


John Craciun

John Craciun is an independent pattern day-trader and swing trader of stocks and index futures, residing in St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. He wrote 'The Reversal Charts' in 2003 which became in the meantime the bible of the old Japanese charts of Kagi, Renko and Three-line Break, the most important technical analysis (e)-book published at the beginning of this century. This one-of-a-kind manuscript has been translated in French, Spanish and German. No major charting software package is without the Japanese charts because of John's work. See details at, web site which is up since 2002.

John began offering private cyber-trading tuition courses for which he started in 2004. He heads up The Technical Analysis Society of St. Lucia ( - the first and only such technical analysis group in the insular Caribbean) since 2006.. A pure technical analysis chartist, author, software & mechanical trading system developer, John always finds something original on which to work. He can be reached from any of the 'Contact' pages at his web sites.


James D. Hamilton

James D. Hamilton has been a professor in the Economics Department at the University of California at San Diego since 1992. He served as department chair from 1999-2002, and has also taught at Harvard University and the University of Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983.

Professor Hamilton has published articles on a wide range of topics including econometrics, business cycles, monetary policy, and energy markets. His graduate textbook on time series analysis has over 15,000 scholarly citations and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Italian, and his work overall has been cited in more than 40,000 other studies. Academic honors include election as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, receipt of the Best Paper Award for 2010-2011 from the International Institute of Forecasters, and 2014 award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession from the International Association for Energy Economics. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, as well as the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, New York, Richmond, and San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Central Bank and has testified before the United States Congress. Hamilton received the UCSD Economics Department Graduate Teaching Award on five different occasions.