David was born in Auckland, New Zealand.
He first became interested in human behaviour when gold prices were in the headlines in the early 1970’s, when it was widely reported that gold prices were set to continue to rise. Shortly thereafter however, gold fell a $100-00 an ounce. David noticed that there were other markets that followed the very same pattern and was intrigued.
David left New Zealand in 1978 to travel the world, but only got as far as Australia. One of his first jobs was to work at his trade in the mines as a mechanical fitter in Western Australia.
After a couple of years in WA, he moved to Queensland and left his field of engineering for a future in marketing. Having only passed three subjects in school, it was these very subjects that became the most important in his life. Those subjects were Engineering, Mathematics, and Technical Drawing. He was amazed later on in life that the Mathematics and Technical Drawing are the only subjects he uses in his field today.
As David’s interest grew in the cyclical patterns of the markets “ups and downs”, he began studying astrology in 1980. He then became a broker for an Asian company where his role was to obtain clients, and trade on their behalf. Not knowing much about markets at the time, David did the opposite to all the other brokers, and his accounts grew.
Whilst employed as a broker, David was introduced to charting, and he set about collecting books and various other study aids relating to the markets. The very first book that David bought was “45 years in Wall Street” by W.D. Gann. This then led to the purchase of the W.D. Gann commodity course. Whilst reading through this course, David noticed that Gann wrote about the Cardinal Cross and Fixed Cross and this sparked his interest as he knew that Gann was an astrologer.
David, like most people, wanted to become rich from the markets in a very short period of time, and lost $20,000-00 (1/3 of his capital) in his first year of trading in 1983.
In 1985 he started to study the methods of W.D. Gann on a full time basis. David’s dedication to this learning was unequivocal and unquestionable – living on steamed vegetables and working as a security guard at night.He was forced to work full time in 1987 as he was planning his marriage in 1988 and he was finding Gann very complex and hard to work out. In 1987 he began working with a cotton company advising growers on hedging their crops using futures, options and currencies.
After teaching growers to earn more income from hedging, a number of them asked David to open his own consulting firm. In March 1990, Commodity Hedging Company was formed to advise farmers on risk management. This gave David more time to chart and study the methods of W.D. Gann, as well as the necessary time to formulate his own theories.
In 1993, ten years after David had put in untold hours studying Gann, that he finally cracked his methods.
David publicly forecasted in advance the 130 year high in cotton in 1995, the 737 year high in wheat in 1996, the up and coming war in 2001, the major low in cotton in 2001 – and many more.
The knowledge that David had worked so hard to obtain was too precious to waste, so in June 2002 he produced his four day workshop called “Mastering Markets”. These workshops were only held a few times a year for limited group but he soon discovered that most people were missing the foundation of charting etc. This then led David to produce this “Home Study Course”, which is a prelude to the “Mastering Markets” workshop, beginning at the very foundational basics of form reading, charting and covering exit and entry signals.
David has been invited to talk at many traders groups around the world including the Astro-Economics Conference and the Chicago Board of Trade.