How Mark Minervini won U.S. Investing Championship 2021 by 334.8%

Laurentiu Chisca
16 min readJan 24, 2022

The United States Investing Championship is a real money verified competition that allows up-and-coming traders to showcase their talent on the world stage.

Prior top performers include Paul Tudor Jones and Louis Bacon. Participants specify an account number at the beginning of the year for tracking purposes. Brokerage statements associated with that account are used to verify performance claims. The competition began in 1983 and ran for fifteen years. It was restarted in 2019.

The top finisher in the $1,000,000+ stock division is Mark Minervini, + 334.8%.

Mark Minervini is a technical analyst, acclaimed author, instructor, and independent trader. He is considered one of America’s most successful stock traders; a veteran of Wall Street for more than 37 years. He is the author of the best-selling books Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard and Think and Trade Like a Champion. Mark is featured in Momentum Masters — A Roundtable Interview with Super Traders and in Jack Schwager’s Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America’s Top Stock Traders.

Schwager wrote: “Minervini’s performance has been nothing short of astounding. Most traders and money managers would be delighted to have Minervini’s worst year — a 128 percent gain — as their best. His average annual return has been a towering 220 percent, including his 155 percent first-place finish in the 1997 U.S. Investing Championship. But the return is only half the story. Amazingly, Minervini achieved his lofty gains while keeping his risk very low: He had only one down quarter — barely — a loss of a fraction of 1 percent.

Specific Entry Point Analysis® — SEPA® is a highly disciplined stock trading strategy developed by Mark Minervini. The methodology’s foundation is built upon the historical precedent analysis of past stock market “Superperformers.”

The SEPA® strategy focuses on identifying, company-by-company, the precursors of inefficient pricing to distinguish appropriate low-risk/high-reward entry points. Utilizing SEPA®, stocks displaying the potential for significant price appreciation are identified and pinpointed. This proven technology consistently highlights many of the best investment ideas and stock market leaders before they’re…

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Laurentiu Chisca

Trend Following Trader. Passionate about stock market, curious about new technologies and avid learner.