Dennis Gartman appears on CNBC, ROB-TV and Bloomberg television, discussing commodities and the capital markets, and speaks before various associations and trade groups around the world. In 1987, he began producing The Gartman Letter on a full-time basis, which he continues to do today.
Gartman has been directly involved in the capital markets since 1974, after his graduate work at the North Carolina State University. He was an economist for Cotton Inc. in the early 1970s, analyzing cotton supply/demand in the US textile industry.
He then went to NCNB National Bank in Charlotte, N.C., where he traded foreign exchange and money market instruments. In the late '70s, Gartman became the chief financial futures analyst for A.G. Becker & Company in Chicago. He was an independent member of the Chicago Board of Trade until 1984, trading in treasury bond, treasury note and GNMA futures contracts. In 1984, Gartman moved to Virginia to run the futures brokerage operation for the Sovran Bank.
Clients of The Gartman Letter L.C. include many of the leading banks, broking firms, mutual funds, hedge funds, energy trading companies and grain trading companies. Gartman has lectured on capital market creation to central banks and finance ministries around the world, and has taught classes for the Federal Reserve Bank's School for Bank Examiners on derivatives. He served a two-year term (2006-2008) as an outside director of the Kansas City Board of Trade.
Gartman serves on the investment committee of the endowment fund at The University of Akron and on the investment committee at NC State University. He had been a member of the Suffolk Industrial Development Authority.
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