John Roque on the Language of Wall Street

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week on Masters in Business, we speak with John Roque, a highly regarded technical analyst at Key Square Capital, a George Soros-seeded hedge fund. He spent the first part of his career on the sell side, working as a technical analyst for Lehman Brothers and Natexis. He later moved to the buy side, joining Soros Fund Management.

Roque explains the importance of objectivity when considering individual stocks or analyzing the market. He explains why the technical side is different yet complementary to fundamentals. He notes that “charts are the language of Wall Street” -- and regardless of the differences between sell-side and buy-side research, everyone looks at a chart before making an investment decision.

You can hear the full interview, including our podcast extras, at iTunesSoundcloud and Bloomberg. All of our earlier podcasts can be found at iTunesSoundcloud and Bloomberg.

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