About Brian Lund

Thanks for checking out my “About Me” page – let me give you a quick background on who I am and what this site is about.

My name is Brian Lund and I’m the guy behind The bclund Blog.

I also write for Yahoo Finance, The Ticker Tape by TD Ameritrade, AOL’s DailyFinance, About.com, Problogger, and other media outlets.

I’m a Southern California based financial executive, with 30 years of experience trading the markets.  In 2008 I also co-founded Ditto Trade, a licensed broker dealer.

My Blog

I like to think of bclund.com as the intersection of markets, trading, and life, and I try to create a narrative that ties the three together in a way that I hope “demystifies” the markets and helps to make you more successful in both trading and in life in general.

You may think at times that I am funny, obnoxious, insightful, rude, or just an A-hole, but hopefully you won’t be bored.

Either way, one thing I will always be is honest.  Get a sense of what I am talking about by checking out the “Best of bclund” page.

@bclund on Stocktwits

Re-size-edit1I actively post during market hours on Stocktwits, a social network for traders and investors.  I’d love to connect with you there so just click this link to follow me.

If you follow @bclund you’ll get a variety of things.  First off you will get some insights into my thoughts about the markets and trading – the stuff that is too short to put into a blog post.

I also share a bit of what I am up to, share links to curated content, and info on posts I am working on.  You’ll also get notifications of my latest blog post.

Connect With Me

Thanks again for visiting my page – and if you have not already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to bclund.com Via E-mail or Via RSS and to follow me on StockTwits.

Brilliant stuff like this rains down like..well, rain, on my stream during the week. If you want to get wet, follow me on Twitter and StockTwits. You can also pick up my book Trading – The Best of the Best: Top Trading Tips For Our Times by clicking here.

  • John Robinson

    I want to thank Brian Lund, Lance Roberts, Josh Brown, Stephanie Link, Jim Cramer, and Greg Harmon for allowing me for the first time in 64 years to see something happening and to act. Further, I want to thank Brian Lund once more for educating me on the concept of “Preserving Capital”. For weeks through the help of these folks and others I saw things in the charts that told me to get out on August 7th. I preserved what capital I have, thanks to them. I now understand why I value charts and take company book value w a grain of salt.

  • Paul Sanders


  • Paul Sanders

    Took me more than a few days to remark on your latest loop. Taking time out of being a father, author, blogger and most important beer aficionado to pay homage to my father is moving to say the least. I am normally not at a loss for words, but words fail me right now to show my appreciation for that kindness.

    Keep on Loopin’, keep me in the loop!


    • http://www.bclund.com Brian Lund

      That poem was a perfect choice. I had never heard it before but it really resonated with me and apparently with a lot of “Lund Loop” readers because I got a number of people who emailed me to tell me the remembered that poem from the sign off of their local TV station, just like you had mentioned.


  • Kyle

    Hey Brian, I’m working on a project that I thought you’d be interested in, and figured this would be the easiest way to get in touch.

    I’m collecting pictures of all kinds of different trading desk setups, and we’d love to feature you on the page. It would include a link to your website and Twitter profile as well, if you wish.

    You can see the professionals we have so far:

    We’ve received elaborate 8-monitor pictures all the way down to a simple desk and laptop, so anything goes and is cool with us.

    We’d love to include you! And hopefully you’d get some traffic and promotion out of it. Just shoot me an email (kyle.f.haze at gmail dot com) and we can get you set up.

  • John Blumhofer

    If you like beer, you have to visit Main Street Brewery (aka LampPost Pizza) in Corona, before it closes for Plaza redevelopment in Jan 8, 2014.

  • FxCave

    Love your stuff Brian. Even the @stockTwits stuff.

    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      hah…thanks bro.

  • Patrick

    Hi Brian,

    Been reading your blog for the last 3 months or so. I stumbled across it with a link on Barry Ritholtz’s ‘Big Picture’ site. Your writing is witty and relevant and helps this novice trader.

    What’s the best way to ask a trading question – or do you frown on that.
    Keep up the good work

    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Thanks for the support. You can send any questions or comments to bclundblog@gmail dot com

  • Nancy Braaten

    Hi Brian, It was a such a pleasure to meet you at the Traders Expo. Nice post on Thanksgiving. I feel very thankful to be one of those not having to fight traffic every day and be able to turn on my laptop and work from bed! Market opens early here on the West Coast! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. Nancy (Portland, Or)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.mangano.5 Tom Mangano

    You are one humorous A-hole!!!! LMAO!!! It will be a pleasure to subscribe! Thanks for the chucles.

    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Thank you….I think :)

  • Mi Muba

    Wait wait; please visit my blog http://www.pollutionpollution.com and tell me how much personal touch you found there

  • Mi Muba

    You About Me page is enough to tell me how personalized your blog is. this is the right way to taking on board all those whom you are sharing with your ideas, thoughts, way of living and most of the personal things about you.

  • JBmadera

    Nice blog, glad I stumbled upon it. following you on twitter.

    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Thanks man, appreciate it.

  • Chrys Hansen

    Wow, he (it) actually spelled “you’re” correctly.

  • Gary Kelley

    New to your blog, referred by Bobby Rich. You are fantastic… Made me laugh on a day where I have too much to do, and not enough money to do it.

    How can I subscribe?

    By the way, I do the weather. Trying to grow my concept. If you put in your zip code you will receive the best forecast through me, via the national weather service. http://www.YourOnlineWeather.com

    This is not why I’m sending you this note. Couldn’t find the subscribe button?


    Gary Kelley
    San Diego, CA.
    Average guitar player

  • Warren

    I look forward to your blogs. I have been musing about East coast vs West Coast as long as I have had a driver’s license. West coasters honk politely a few seconds after the light changes: East coasters lay on the honk the instant the light changes and two seconds later are pushing the car in front of them into the intersection. All the while, the East coaster is thinking why did that car even stop for this light?

    • bclund

      I don’t know, I am a West Coaster and I used to throw pennies….LOL.

      Thanks for reading Warren.

  • Vinh Trinh

    Hi Brain,

    Long time listener, first time caller in a way. Love your episodes in “Trades That Didn’t Suck” Videos. Thank you for doing that. It has helped me greatly. In your videos you often said you put in a buy-stop orders, do put in as market or limit order? And do you use hard stops?


    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Hi Vinh, thanks for the nice words about TTDS videos.

      When I put a buy stop in I will usually put a two-tick offset on it, so it is a buy stop limit order.

      For stops on open positions, I enter a stop in on Button Trader which is an API that lays over Interactive Brokers. So the stop is hard in the sense that I enter it, but soft in the sense that it is held by BT. This is the best of both worlds I believe because I can have an active stop, but not one sitting on the exchange where it can be hunted. Of course there is always the risk of a connection loss, but in my experience with BT that is negligible.

      Thanks for reading.

  • Bruce

    Hi Brian

    I loved your video about DB’s on the stream. I believe I remember you from my earlier days in Zanger’s chat room before it became a Zoo. I am glad I found your blog and twitter stream and look forward to following your work.

    Enjoy your weekend


    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Hi Bruce,

      Yes that is me, I am still in Dan’s chat room daily.

      Thanks for the kind words. Perhaps the video was a bit over the top, but I just get very upset when people mislead others. Especially when it comes to trading where people can really get hurt.

      Thanks for checking out my blog.

  • Sohail

    Hi bclund

    Thanks for the enlightening article on Trader 1.

    I have had some misfortune recently, I dont blame markets but blame myself for that. I could have come out on top but was too complacent. I am trying to re-organize myself. I recently saw your video you posted on Nasdaq 100. It has some good tips for a novice like me. Just wondering what trading platform you generally use? Cos I am on a very basic one and it does not have all the features, etc.



    • http://bclund.com/ bclund

      Glad you liked the post.

      I use Interactive Brokers with Button Trader on top of it.

      I will be doing a blog post soon on tips for novice traders, so keep an eye out for it.

      Thanks for reading Sohail