Mr. Cochran is a former U.S. Air Force Pilot and has been an active participant in the securities and futures industry for 31 years.
His clientele has included some of the biggest names in the hedging and trading community: Koch Industries, Texaco, Arco, Can-Pet, Burnes and Frye, Chase Manhattan Bank, The King Ranch, Center Oil, Simmons Petroleum, Warburg Pincus and Bank Four to mention a few. This working knowledge of the institutional mindset and what makes them move gives his clientele a jump on the markets at turning points.
He has developed three futures software program; the first, Catswin, was made publicly available by the CQG in 1998. Also in 1998, Catswin was recognized as the best for replicating the floor environment on a trading screen for off the floor traders by the CME.
Floor Trader, his second software program, was an updated version of Catswin designed to capture and display in real time the volume/time and sales data as it occurs on the electronic exchanges.
Inside Edge, the latest version of the software, was released in 2007 by Blue Water Trading Solutions, a company owned operated by Charles and his partner, Peter Nannis. The software is Market Profile based and displays the directional movement of volume through time and the distributions in a variety of configurations. Inside Edge is accompanied with an expanding video library on how to use and trade the software. It is further supported by a daily chat room beginning at 7:00 AM ET with hourly market analysis and instruction. Charles and Peter are continually enhancing Inside Edge with modifications designed to serve the futures trader better as well as with user suggested enhancements.
Mr. Cochran has taught classes on his software and market profile at CME, CBOT, and NYMEX Exchanges and numerous private venues.