Michael Parness
Chairman and CEO of Trendfund.com

A high school dropout, who once lived homeless on the streets, Michael Parness is now a hero to investors and traders everywhere. Michael is chief executive officer and founder of TrendFund.com, the leading online trend-based advisory service for the individual trader. Launched in 1999, Trendfund.com has over 100,000 customers in over 40 countries worldwide.


Michael’s bestselling book, Rule The Freakin’ Markets! was published in six languages, has provided thousands of individual investors with practical trading tips for reading the markets and trading with confidence – without the help of brokers or analysts. His second book, Power Trading/Power Living has sold over 50,000 copies, and his third book, Rule Your Freakin’ Retirement! is due out March, 2009. His “everyman” approach to trading breaks down the market into historical trends or market tendencies, which provide explosive short and long-term market opportunities to his members.


A legendary trader who famously turned a few thousand dollars into several million, Michael serves as Trendfund.com’s lead financial advisor, guiding thousands of subscribers who seek his trading expertise in both bull and bear market conditions.


Offering resources to traders at all levels – from housewives to Wall Street analysts – Trendfund.com helps its members take control of their money through analysis and tips from Parness and his team, interactive chats, real-time news, personalized trading classes, and pre- and post-market intelligence.


Michael is a native New Yorker whose first entrepreneurial venture was the creation of a sports memorabilia company called Waxman. Over a ten-year period, Michael built Waxman into New York’s top provider of sports collector’s items. After taking a broker-friend’s bad advice and losing his life savings, he developed an interest in the financial markets, and spent his spare time researching market trends and developing his own theories on market behavior.


Determined to earn back his losses and vowing to never use a broker again, Michael began trading for himself, with the moniker “Waxie.” Making use of the skills and instincts he cultivated through years of careful research, Michael turned $33,000 into more than seven million dollars in less than three years.


Michael is regularly consulted for investment advice by major media including The Wall Street Journal, CNNfn, CNBC, New York Post, FOX News, Financial Times, Business Talk Radio and Crain’s New York Business. His informational trading seminars draw thousands of attendees across the country, and he has guest lectured at UCLA and Tulane University. At Tulane University in Spring 2004, Michael was the first graduate level teacher in the country to focus on Day/Trend Trading. His “Trend Trading To Win” infomercial has sold over 100,000 trading courses around the world on how to make money in any market.


An award-winning playwright, Michael’s work has been produced extensively in New York and Los Angeles. In 2006 he co-founded Full Glass Films and has since written and directed Crazy for Love (David Krumholz, Lorraine Bracco, Rosanna Arquette), and produced Gospel Hill (Samuel L.Jackson, Danny Glover, Julia Stiles & Angela Bassett), Foreign Exchange, The Insurgents, and Jake’s Run.  In addition, Dustin Hoffman optioned Michael’s life story and it is currently being cast for a potential 2009 lens date.  Michael’s been honored at the United Nations for his charity work with children, and his Trend Fund Foundation has helped many abused and disenfranchised kids seek a better life.


Michael, 45, after returning to school, finally graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College in New York City, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English. He lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side where he continues to rule the freakin’ markets every day!

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Trade Paperback
Rule Your Freakin' Retirement
How to Retire Rich by Actively Managing Your Assets
St. Martin's Griffin

Market turbulence has made opening monthly 401(k) statements shocking rather than reassuring. Michael “Waxie” Parness can help. The standard approach for...

Trade Paperback
Rule the Freakin' Markets
How to Profit in Any Market, Bull or Bear
St. Martin's Griffin

In 1988, Michael Parness followed a stockbroker's advice and lost nearly all of his nest egg of $150,000. In 1999, he opened an online brokerage account and...

Rule Your Freakin' Life! How to Overcome Adversity: Michael Parness lived on the streets homeless, but turned his life around to become a huge success. Having overcome more than his share of adversity, his unique perspective on dealing with and overcoming difficulty is inspirational and invaluable. Life isn't easy, but living powerfully is something we're all capable of, and Michael draws from his own hardships and life experiences to shed light and inspire groups to strive for a better future.
Rule the Freakin' Markets: How to Make Money No Matter what the Markets Do: Having turned $33,000 into over $7 MIL in less than two years was one thing, but this year Michael has made millions in a vastly troubled economy. Michael's renowned market timing strategies and seeming crystal ball can not only be explained, but it can be quantified for the benefit of companies and individuals alike.
How to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Future: Most people live their lives in a "small" way: we develop habits and we hold onto them. In today's world that can be a fatal flaw as markets, companies and lives fall apart. You need a game plan, and Michael Parness has the answers.
Rule your Freakin’ Retirement: Michael doesn't believe in standard retirement strategies, they simply won't work and haven't worked for a long time. His new approach gives you added security and the benefit of knowing that you ultimately have control of your money and your retirement.

Praise for Rule Your Freakin' Retirement “Free of jargon and easy-to-understand, this book will be of interest to everyone hoping to regain control over their retirement future.”
-- Publishers Weekly

“The advice given here prompts every American, wealthy or not, to not only understand finances but also to manage money.”

Praise for Rule the Freakin' Markets "Blunt and honest...The sense of humor [Parness] brings to his trading rules makes this easy to read."