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Larry Gaines traded professionally for over 3 decades before founding Power Cycle Trading to teach over 1,000,000 traders now what he learned during his trading career. Gaines ran one of the largest oil trading groups in the world while serving as Executive Vice President. During his tenure, he traded and managed billions of dollars worth of oil, foreign exchange, futures and options, often trading over a billion dollars of securities in a single day. 

Later, Larry consulted with hedge funds and set up an over the counter crude oil options brokerage desk for world’s largest privately-owned oil brokerage company. 

After “retiring” early in his 50’s, Gaines fulfilled a long awaited desire to teach others how to trade options and securities.

No private jets and pie in the sky promises here, just decades of real trading experience to help you trade better with less risk.   

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