Dear Fellow Trader/Investor—

My name is Lincoln Fiske Jr., and I am the owner and system developer for TradingVisions, Inc., which I founded in 2003. TradingVisions focuses solely on the development and marketing of a variety of mechanical trading systems and system portfolios.

Background: Although I was a public school teacher for over 20 years (high school English), I’ve long been interested in the markets, starting when I was a Junior High student and invested in stocks. As an adult, I became interested in the late 1980’s in futures because of the leverage involved. After trying numerous futures funds, pools, advisors, CTAs, and vendor systems in the late 1980’s and early 1990s, I became intrigued enough by the notion of mechanical systems to start developing my own in the mid-90s. I wanted to be able to minimize the emotional swings that plague discretionary trading, and it’s necessary to have clearly defined rules in order to backtest ideas on historical data. Only by backtesting can one gain the trust necessary to risk money trading an idea. Having a system of mechanical rules is a big part of developing the discipline necessary to invest successfully.

Since 1999 I’ve released a number of successful systems to the public. In 2004 I stopped teaching to become a full-time trading systems developer. As a developer and an investor myself, I trade my own systems, which gives me insight into their day-to-day workings and both the pleasure and pain of trading futures.

I am married and have a wonderful wife and son. My personal interests include camping, bicycling, and hiking with my family in the Southwest, where I reside. And of course, I love to read!

Investment Philosophy: The TradingVisions philosophy is conservative and seeks to minimize risk, shifting the emphasis from trading to investing. Because markets are constantly evolving and have many agendas and cross-currents, it’s very important to be choosy about when to trade. Systems that trade too frequently get consumed up by the overhead costs of slippage and commission. I also strongly promote investment diversification through a portfolio approach to futures which allows trading multiple systems, multiple markets, and multiple time-frames. Because of the variety of TradingVisions systems, the company is able to meet all three objectives in-house and make the task of diversifying simple by offering Vista Portfolios, pre-selected combinations of up to four TradingVisions systems, three time-frames, and four index markets. They have been carefully constructed to maximize diversity and return, while working to minimize drawdowns.

The futures arena is an exciting investment vehicle, but it needs to be approached with a healthy skepticism and the realization that overnight riches—if they ever occur—are as likely to disappear as the morning dew. Success comes from realistic expectations, healthy capitalization, and discipline.

I am hopeful you will find a TradingVisions product that will meet your objectives. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or requests.

Good Trading to You,
Lincoln Fiske Jr., President
TradingVisions, Inc.
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