About Bottarelli Research

Bryan Bottarelli

Whether it’s selling the Star Wars figures he collected as a little boy for 50 times their value or using $125 of grass-cutting money to buy a Michael Jordan rookie card that today is worth $1,500, Bryan Bottarelli has always been a born trader — possessing the unique ability to leverage his investments.

Bryan’s first job out of college was trading stock options on the floor of the CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange). On the CBOE, Bryan was mentored by the country’s top floor traders. That’s where he learned how to execute the most powerful trading secrets...secrets that rarely make their way to individual traders.

As a so-called “play tactician,” Bryan uses his hands-on knowledge of floor trading to shape opportunities and chart formations into elegant, powerful and profitable recommendations. And by using the same hedging techniques taught by professional floor traders, Bryan is able to offer these remarkable gains while strictly limiting risk.

  • Bryan’s top pick was Taser International (TASR – NASDAQ), which he recommended at $4.00 a share and sold for $63.00 a share...an amazing 1,400% winner.
  • Bryan orchestrated a wining streak in 2002 that nailed 28 winning picks out of 38 tries for an accuracy rate of OVER 73%...at one point hitting 16 winners in a row. Between December 2002 and February 2003, he took consecutive gains of 173%, 12%, 31%, 26%, 11%, and 46% all in a row — all without a single losing pick.
  • In 2004, his proprietary group of “All Star” stocks produced winners on 26 out of 32 plays — an 81% accuracy rate — with average gains of 87%.
  • And if you add up every single play Bryan’s made from 2000 through September 2005, you’ll come up with 5,125% gains. That’s calculated by simply adding up the winning plays and subtracting the losing plays. What’s even more remarkable is that Bryan racked up 31 triple-digit winners in that five-year existence. That’s literally a 100% winner every two months...for the last FIVE YEARS!
Bryan Bottarelli

It’s this stunning track record that has caught the eye of CBSMarketwatch, Forbes, PR Newswire, and YahooFinance...who have all published Bryan’s unique options strategies. Bryan has also been the guest on financial shows like The Morning Show, Let’s Talk Money, and Money Matters.

Every trading day, you can find Bryan spending long hours in his Chicago-based command center, honing his trading system down to a razor’s edge, constantly scanning for only the very best profit opportunities — and sharing these winning trades with his small group of loyal followers.

During non-trading hours, you’ll find Bryan spending time with his wife, 2-year old daughter, and English bulldog named Oliver. Every Sunday morning, you can find Bryan at the local Starbucks with his nose buried in Barron’s or the The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition preparing for the upcoming week of trading.

“What I Believe”

To fully understand and appreciate the value of my research, it’s important that you know my three core beliefs.

  • Belief #1: The CBOE is the greatest money-making creation in the world. I’ve seen truck drivers with no more than a high school education step onto the CBOE floor, learn how to trade, and make themselves millions in trading profits. The problem is, trading is an art that many think they can do...but little do very well. If you can learn the art of successful trading, you’ll possess a lifelong wealth building skill. I’m here to help you achieve this goal.
  • Belief #2: To be the best, you must learn from the best. No matter what anyone says, you simply cannot learn how to trade successfully through any textbook, how-to manual, or DVD training series. The only way to truly capture the essence of trading is to find the best trader on the floor...and stand beside him for one whole year. The patterns you’ll see, the trades you’ll witness, and the mentality you’ll learn equates to literally years and years of classroom theory. This is the path I’ve taken...and today I’m willing to share these secrets with you.
  • Belief #3: Everyone wants a good deal. No matter if you’re buying a car or buying a candy bar, finding a good deal is critical to every purchase you’ll ever make. That’s why I’m offering my subscribers what I call the “Hit for Cycle Guarantee.” If you give me one year, I’ll give you a 10% Winner, 20% Winner, 30% Winner, 40% Winner, 50% Winner, 60% Winner, 70% Winner, 80% Winner, 90% Winner, and 100% Winner. That’s how confident I am in these trading secrets. Not only that, but if you’re willing to speculate alongside me, you’ll also get a 200% Winner, a 300% Winner, and a 400% Winner. Nowhere else will you ever get a performance guarantee quite like this.
Some of My Favorite Quotes About Money, Wealth, and Trading
“I don’t throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.”
– Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

“Every successful enterprise requires three men — a dreamer, a businessman, and a real son of a bitch.”
– Peter McArthur

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
– Thomas Edison

“Every day, I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not on it, I go to work.”
– Robert Orben

“A wealthy man is one who earns $100 more than his wife’s sister’s husband.”
– H.L. Mencken

“Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.”
– John D. Rockefeller

“I haven’t reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole is it spending less than my wife.”
– Ilie Nastase

“They say I wasted my money. I say 90% went on women, fast cars, and booze. It was the rest I wasted.”
– George Best

“The successful man is one who makes more than his wife can spend. And a successful woman is one who can find such a man.”
– Bienvenida Buck, How to Marry a Millionaire

“My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.”
– J. Paul Getty

“There are old traders around and bold traders around, but there are no old, bold traders around.”
– Bob Dinda

“Investing in stocks is an art, not a science, and people who’ve been trained to rigidly quantify everything have a big disadvantage.”
– Peter Lynch

“You can never go broke by taking a profit.”
– Meyer Rothschild

“Long-term investments are short-term investments which have gone wrong.”
– Anonymous

“The only long-range plan you need, as far as I’m concerned, is the intention to get rich.”
– Max Gunther

“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.”
– George Soros

“If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.”
– Neil Simon, Playwright

“Buy and hold is far from the sure thing it’s made out to be. It may work if you’ve got 20 years to wait. Otherwise, it’s risky.”
– John Rothchild

“Having more money does not ensure happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.”
– Hobart Brown

“Select stocks the way porcupines make love — very carefully.”
– Bob Dinda

Meet the Staff
Don MacKinnon

Don MacKinnon

Market Timing Specialist
Contributes to Bottarelli Research Options
Background and Beliefs

Educated at Carleton University in Ottawa, Don possesses the unique (and highly sought-after) ability to combine his BA in psychology with 20 years of systems analyst experience to identify the key support and resistance levels that floor traders monitor on a minute-by-minute basis. As a stock, options, and bond trader for over 25 years, Don has long rejected dealing with the brokerage industry, which he describes as a “baptism of fire that translates the long-term investment methodology into an industry-wide excuse for account neglect.” By taking investment accountability into his own hands, Don believes that trading is all about people and their emotions. If you understand what investors are thinking, Don says, you can use it as a very lucrative trading tool. When asked, “but how do you understand what investors are thinking?” Don simply replies, “All the information you need is in each and every stock chart.”

The Story

Don first got involved with Bottarelli Research by signing up as one of our first charter members. As an active trader, he quickly began communicating with Bryan on a daily basis about the most ideal entry and exit points on certain trades. Using a methodology that Bryan had never seen before, Don is able to consistently identify the ideal entry and exit levels using a combination of 60-, 15-, and 3-minute chart intervals. When all of these time intervals give the same signal, that’s when Don knows it’s the most ideal time to enter (or exit) a particular trade. And in most cases, Don is able to bottom-tick his entry and top-tick his sell, thus locking in consistent trading profits day after day. As Bryan and Don became more connected, a winning symmetry emerged. Bryan came to Don with a handful of high-beta stocks that have handed him strong trading returns, and Don plugged these candidates into his system to identify the best entry and exit levels. As this profitable relationship grew, Bryan and Don decided to join forces and share their trading insights with the entire Bottarelli Research readership. And with that, Don became part of the Bottarelli Research team.

Favorite Quotes
“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
– Albert Einstein

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”
– John Lennon
Interesting Extras

Don went to school with the most famous Ghostbuster and Blues Brother. They still keep in contact to this day.


Adam Lass

Adam Lass

Chart Forecasting Expert
Contributes to Bottarelli Research LEAPS

“Quite possibly the best technical analyst I know.”
– Legendary trader Jim Reese
Background and Beliefs

Historian, economist, painter, musician, circus-tent roustabout, travel book author, stock market analyst…and former hobo?

It’s not your normal résumé. Then again, Adam Lass isn’t your normal analyst.

Tucked under a grizzled turtleneck and old tweed jacket, Adam’s proprietary “Fractal Waveform Theory” was originally developed as a graphical mimetic analysis of the global stock market. Ask Adam about it, and he’ll tell you that it “tracks about 200 years of the great herd’s insanity.&rquo;

Then he’ll tell you to go away.

The Story

Often hidden behind four flickering computer screens, 5-foot rolls of hand-drawn charts, and 20 years of Wall Street Journal back issues, Adam’s predictive system pulls the most consistent and prominent indicators from a series of analytical studies — including traditional western indicators (such as rising/falling tops, head-and-shoulders formations, and expanding and contracting pennant structures), Japanese Candlestick indicators (and their 500 years of interpretive techniques), and Fibonacci sequence-driven retracement grids — and combines them all into one “Master Chart.” Since inception, this technique has been able to accurately predict 4% to 15% movements in the major market averages with 79% accuracy.

Some of his most notable (and famous) market predictions include…

In March of 2002, Adam predicted the NASDAQ’s “Head and Shoulders” formation would lead to a major crash. Two weeks later, the NASDAQ 100 fell 52%, from 1,908 to 1,251.

In June of 2002, Adam predicted the Dow would crater. One again, it dropped 29%, falling from 9,709 to 7,489 just 1 month later.

But without question, his most eerie prediction came just before the terrorist attacks of September 11th. On September 10th, one day before the events that would rattle the global markets, Adam wrote, “Beware! 1,619 is no longer the worst thing you have to worry about. I am now working on my next prediction, and my preliminary studies are indicating a move so gruesome, ambulances will be cueing up below Wall Street brokerage windows.”

Because of his accurate predictions, he was invited to be guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box. What happened on air only grew his cult legend even more. You see, in July of 2007, he came on the program and predicted that the Dow would fall from 13,965 to below 8,000.

His reasoning was solid, making the forecast that much more terrifying. Viewers were clearly getting concerned, and yet the moderators rolled their eyes. “OK weirdo,” I could hear them thinking. Between skeptical glances, they wanted to tell him “take your turtleneck and crawl back into the hole you came from.” The producer cut Adam’s segment short and quickly went to commercial.

But guess what?

In the weeks and months that followed, the Dow fell, just as Adam predicted.

Adam was never invited back to CNBC again.

Adam has a broad range of writing, research, and forecasting experience for dozens of financial newsletters, including venerable publications as The Fleet Street Letter’s U.S. edition, Strategic Investment, Hard Assets, Penny Stock Fortunes, Taipan, X-Wave, and WaveStrength Options Weekly.

His investigations into the nature and history of human consciousness — and the mathematical formulae that describe and predict crowd behavior — are unique in source, framework, and results. In short, nobody can replicate Adam’s system, let alone understand its complexities. Whether he’s pulling from international wire feeds, mathematical stock tables, or even the Farmer’s Almanac, Adam’s market forecasts always prove to be timely, accurate, and highly profitable.

Lately, he has adopted his system to work on single equities as well. This was the model that recommended the Ford January 2010 2.50 Calls. At the time, everyone was saying that Ford would go bankrupt, just like General Motors. Adam’s charts said otherwise. When Ford recovered, these calls gained 725%, making his clients tens of thousands off a small and safe investment.

What you get with Adam is sometimes hysterical, sometimes terrifying, any always pretty damned interesting. He possesses the unique ability to clear your mind of the chaos surrounding the modern market, allowing you to embark on a unique journey free from concern as to whether the markets are climbing or crashing. And most importantly, this journey can be ridiculously profitable.


Dan Levy

Dan Levy

Volatility Pricing Expert
Contributes to Bottarelli Research Professional

“We’re traders, not riverboat gamblers.”
– Dan Levy
Background and Beliefs

Chartist? No. Technical Analyst? Hardly. Dan Levy has a very unique skill that allows him to find profit opportunities in places that only a small percentage of Wall Street professionals even understand.

You see, Dan is an expert in the rare and highly-sought-after skill of volatility trading.

Dan’s entire trading philosophy revolves around one simple principle: The root of all option volatility pricing is mean reversion.

Talk to Dan, and he’ll tell you that volatility is like a rubber-band. You can stretch it out one way or the other, but over time it will always revert to its baseline shape. Understanding this simple concept can uncover profit opportunities in places you never thought imaginable.

In its most simplistic form, the trick to successful volatility trading is being able to identify which volatilities look too high or too low, and acting on this mis-pricing before volatility snaps back to its baseline shape. When done correctly, this tactic can lead to substantial profits — month after month — all with strictly limited risk.

The problem is, not many traders off the CBOE floor have the proper understanding of the unique intricacies of volatility. That’s why trading volatility is such a rare and misunderstood art-form.

But as you’ll see, with the help of one of the world’s top volatility traders, Dan has perfected a volatility method that consistently turns mis-pricing into tremendous trading returns. What’s more, while the success of the method has been well-documented in Crain’s Chicago Business, only a handful of traders have ever been exposed to it. It’s truly a hidden gem among top Wall Street trading circles.

For example, there’s often a valid reason why volatility may look out of whack. Perhaps a company is reporting earnings, or perhaps they’re in the midst of a lawsuit that’s about to get settled, or perhaps the FDA is about to make a key decision on a drug in their pipeline.

As Dan says, “there’s usually a reason to stay away from most volatility plays. We’re traders here, not riverboat gamblers, so we’re not interested in trading in spaces where we don’t have all the information. Sometimes though, these binary events can create great opportunities when we feel we have a good understanding of all the outcomes. That’s where the money is made.”

That’s worth repeating: When Dan makes a volatility trade, he often times understands all the outcomes before he enters the play. That’s why he’s such a profitable volatility trader. He knows he’ll have a winner before even entering the position.

Dan Launches “Bottarelli Research Professional”

Bryan met with Dan in Chicago. At a corner booth in a local burger bar, Dan told Bryan the story you just read.

Being familiar with Dan’s history, Bryan knew that Dan was the real deal. He also knew this was his one and only chance to add one of the world’s leading volatility experts to the Bottarelli Research team.

Acting fast, Bryan hired Dan on the spot.

And with that, Bottarelli Research added one of the top volatility experts in the entire country to their research and editorial team.

Bryan instructed Dan to start finding volatility trades, and sending them to him privately.

In the weeks that followed, Dan made seven volatility trades. Amazingly, all seven were winners, and the profits were spectacular.

  • 95% on TSLA June 115 Calls
  • 346% on AAPL May 475 Calls
  • 150% on DECK April 47.5/52.5 Strangle
  • 106% on INTC June 21/22 Strangle
  • 39% on FB May 29 Straddle
  • 112% on KBH May 21 Calls
  • 78% on LYB May 65 Calls

At this time, Dan was ready to launch, and Bottarelli Research Professional was born.

Starting today, you can be a Charter Member in this elite and highly exclusive volatility trading service. Click here to subscribe.

Favorite Quotes
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
– Mike Tyson

“Life is tough, it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”
– John Wayne

“Money is good, more money is better.”
– Richard Levy

“What’s worth doing is worth doing for money.”
– Wall Street

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”
– Wall Street
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