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Chicago attorney Brendan Cournane is in-studio. Chief and Brendan are joined by veteran floor trader, Frank Fahey, for hour one to talk down markets and much more. Author and financial journalist, Diana B. Henriques, calls in to reflect on “The Crash of ’87” as told in her book ‘A First-Class Catastrophe’. Finally, David Andalman of PTI Securities & Futures dissects yesterday’s Super Bowl commercials before talking markets. 

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Brendan Cournane

Brendan Cournane is a public finance attorney who joins Stocks & Jocks every Tuesday morning. He has practiced law for more than 35 years acting primarily as counsel to issuers of municipal debt (bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, bank counsel and special counsel). He has served in both the private and the public sectors, having been a partner in major U.S. law firms and as in-house counsel to such entities as the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools, as well as General Counsel to the Illinois Finance Authority, one of the nation’s largest issuers of conduit municipal bonds. Read more.

Frank Fahey

Frank Fahey is a multidisciplinary professional with over 30 years experience in Options Trading and Sales Management with an exceptional track record of superior results in high risk-reward corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has been a member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Frank is one of the few non-exchange employees certified to teach classes on advanced options strategy and options volatility on behalf of the Options Industry Council. Frank is consulting with an international agricultural cooperative to develop and implement strategies to use options to enhance hedging of their crops. He has worked a CBOE DPM, to develop Vega and gamma focused algorithms and methodologies for computer-based tools, and is the ad-hoc risk manager and consulting strategist for a private family hedge fund. Frank has developed presentations, seminars, webinars, and course content for the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Options Industry Council, DiscoverOptions, OptionVue, PEAK6 University and CzechWealth (Prague).

Check out Frank every Monday morning on Stocks & Jocks and read his blog on the Stocks & Jocks website!

Diana B. Henriques

Diana B. Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist, is the author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, released in September 2017. She is also the author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, a New York Times bestseller, and three other books on business history. As a staff writer for The New York Times from 1989 to 2012 and as a contributing writer since then, she has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance.

In May 2017, HBO aired its film-length adaptation of The Wizard of Lies, with Robert De Niro in the starring role — and with Ms. Henriques playing herself as the first journalist to interview Madoff in prison.

An avid reader and reviewer of financial histories, Ms. Henriques is also the author of Fidelity’s World: The Secret Life and Public Power of the Mutual Fund Giant (1995), The White Sharks of Wall Street: Thomas Mellon Evans and The Original Corporate Raiders (2000), and The Machinery of Greed: Public Authority Abuse and What To Do About It. (1986).

Ms. Henriques was a member of a reporting team that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 for its coverage of the aftermath of the Enron scandals. She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998.

She was one of four reporters honored in 1996 by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism society, for a series on how wealthy Americans legally sidestep taxes. She has explored the expansion of tax breaks, regulatory exemptions and Congressional earmarks for religious nonprofits, and helped monitor commodity markets and money market funds in the financial turmoil of late 2008.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Ms. Henriques widened her focus to work with her colleague at The Times, David Barstow, in covering the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of the paper’s award-winning section, “A Nation Challenged.” She also chronicled the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the World Trade Center attacks.

But she is proudest of her 2004 series exposing the exploitation of American military personnel by financial service companies. Her work prompted legislative reform and cash reimbursements for tens of thousands of defrauded service members, drawing recognition and thanks from military lawyers and families across the country. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.

Born in Texas but raised mostly in Roanoke, Va., Ms. Henriques is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of what is now the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington. While a student there, she met and, in 1969, married her husband Larry. They live in Hoboken, N.J. Since an injury in late 1997, Ms. Henriques has used voice-recognition software for all her major writing projects and has coached more than a dozen injured writers at other publications on making the transition to voice-recognition writing.

Ms. Henriques was awarded a Ferris professorship in writing at Princeton University for the 2012-2013 academic year, and is a frequent guest lecturer for business journalism classes and workshops elsewhere. From 2003 to 2016, she served on the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and in 2011, she was elected to the board of trustees of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

David Andalman

Technical Analyst, DACS Research, PTI Securities & Futures

David Andalman joins the Stocks & Jocks show every Monday and Wednesday morning. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, and then his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Indiana University. David traded for a year at the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange before starting the DACS Research Newsletters on commodity futures, which were the first all-technical research newsletters at the CME. Currently, he has been a senior wealth manager and portfolio strategist for over 23 years. He holds registrations in Series 3, 4 (Options Principal), 7, 55, 63 and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. Read more.

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