Very sadly for all of us, Dr. Henry O. “Hank” Pruden passed away on Saturday, August 26th at St. Francis Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Hank was a towering figure in the field of Technical Analysis for decades, publishing numerous research articles on the markets as well as a bestselling book, The Three Skills of Top Trading.
He established the first graduate-level Certificate in Technical Market Analysis Program in the world at Golden Gate University in 1976, which included courses in the Wyckoff Method and Behavioral Finance. For over 40 years he taught technical analysis and Wyckoff concepts to thousands of students, many of whom have become successful traders, analysts, money managers, and educators.
Hank served as Editor of the Market Technicians Association’s Journal of Technical Analysis and as a Board member of the Technical Securities Analysts Association of San Francisco and was invited to speak at numerous investment seminars around the world. Hank received many awards recognizing his contributions to technical analysis, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation of Technical Analysts, the Mike Epstein Award from the MTA Educational Foundation, and, earlier this year, the Annual Award from the Market Technicians Association, which acknowledged his career of “outstanding accomplishment in technical analysis.”
His passing is a huge loss to his family, to the international Wyckoff community, and to his colleagues. The little I know about the Wyckoff Method comes directly from Han. We all are eternally grateful to Hank as a teacher, mentor, and friend, and we will miss him deeply.
Hank was a workaholic, acting as a roving ambassador for technical analysis all over the world. True to his character, Hank was working until the end. He gave his last presentation during the Best of Wyckoff 2017 online conference on August 19th. They are making his presentation available to all Wyckoffians and other traders around the world. I devoted two Trevor Neil’s Technical Analysis Surgeries to the Wyckoff method and may have introduced it to a few more people. But to learn from the true expert, listen to THE expert here:
Thank you to the conference organisers for making this recording available.