New Hank O. Pruden Archive Documents Pioneer in the Field of Technical Analysis

At the behest of Dr. David J. Fike, President of GGU, and in cooperation with Sarah Pruden, Golden Gate University is now home to the Dr. Hank O. Pruden Archival Collection. Ms. Pruden worked directly with James Krusling, Director of the Business Library and Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, to catalog donations and organize an online archive portal. The contents span Dr. Pruden’s 40 years of publishing and teaching in the field of technical analysis and should be of great interest to students, investors, researchers, and instructors in the discipline for years to come.

Ms. Pruden, Dr. Pruden’s widow, assessed over 50 banker boxes of materials from his personal collections which included publications, memorandums, tenure review notes, and curricula. Physical assets are housed in the University Archives and circulating collection at the Business Library and digitized materials are available through the portal. The digital archive also includes access and references to electronic articles, in databases, or scanned from the personal collection that dates back to 1969.

A pioneer in the field of financial technical analysis, Dr. Pruden invented The Action Sequence Method. “The Method is based on ongoing, real-time financial decisions and ways of thinking about each next step,” says Ms. Pruden. “The Archive has pedagogical tools on this subject and others that can be replicated by other instructors.”

Wonderful is an understatement about Dr. Fike’s willingness to devote resources to make the archive happen, and James Krusling bringing it to fruition.

—Sarah Pruden

Dr. Pruden also brought superb teaching skills to GGU, which included marketing courses. Ms. Pruden notes: “A technical analysis colleague, Bruce Fraser, said that it didn’t matter what the subject was, Hank was a master teacher. Clearly, that was his gift and he won several awards for teaching excellence at GGU and other universities.” In 2017, the Market Technicians Association awarded him Technician of the Year award. Its trophy acknowledges, “his determination to establish the first Graduate Level Certificate of Technical Market Analysis at Golden Gate University, where he taught, mentored, and inspired thousands of students and professional technicians throughout his 40-year career.”

Dr. Pruden with the Annual Award presented by the Market Technicians Association

In an interview with Kit Yarrow, a GGU Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Dr. Pruden said that his motto was, “I will make the best of this. Some people complain and others create from what they are given.’” Ms. Pruden agreed that no matter what situation he was in, that is what he did.

You can find a complete list of all the content from the collection on the Archive portal.

Key articles on Technical Market Analysis from the Pruden Archive as selected by Bruce Fraser, Dr. Pruden’s colleague at Golden Gate University.

The Wyckoff Matrix: Coordinating Bar Charts With Figure Charts  (2014)

Cusp Catastrophe Theory: A Model for Technical Analysis (2013)

The Future is Now: The 21st Century Technician  (2008)

Wyckoff Schematics: Visual Templates for Market Timing Decisions  (2006)

Systems State of Pedagogy and the Action Sequence Method  (2002)

All of these resources are also listed on the Archive portal.


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