About the Instructors
Lucas Downey is Co-Founder of Macro Analytics for Professionals (www.mapsignals.com) where he produces proprietary equity long/short signals via accumulation/distribution research. This research continues to identify market beating long and short stock ideas for both professionals and individual investors. MAP was selected as 1 of 10 research partners exclusively marketed by Bloomberg to institutional clients. Previously, Mr. Downey served as a Director of Equity Derivatives for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co, where he brokered and traded options for 8 years. Additionally, he was Head of ETF sales focusing on client execution & relationships and publishing strong performing stock ideas to clients. With Options for Beginners - his first course for Investopedia Academy - Luke takes his 10+ years of knowledge in options to make the course easy and relatable to anyone in the world. Additionally, he served as Senior Vice President, Equity Derivatives for Jefferies, LLC.
John Jagerson is a CFA and CMT charter holder and a founder of Learning Markets, which provides analysis and education for individual and professional investors. He is an author or co-author of five books on investing, currencies, bonds, and stocks. John has appeared in outlets like Forbes.com, BBC Radio, Nasdaq.com, and CBS for his financial strategy expertise. After graduating with a B.S. in Business from Utah Valley University, John completed the PLD program at Harvard Business School. Once the markets close each day, he can be found back on his mountain bike or in his running shoes on the trails of the Wasatch Mountains near his home.
James Early has more than 20 years of experience in institutional finance. After leaving hedge fund TSL Capital, James served as director of research and analysis at Motley Fool, one of the world's leading Internet investment companies; his 10-year equity advisory track record in the US and London outperformed the S&P 500 and FTSE 100. James is a member of the Wall Street Fintech Club and a DC executive committee member of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Association, as well as Mensa. James often appears as a special guest on CNN, BBC, CNBC, CCTV, The Wall Street Journal and other international media.