Larry R. Williams

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Larry Richard Williams (born October 6, 1942) is an American author and commodity trader from the state of Montana. He is the father of actress Michelle Williams.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Miles City, Montana, on October 6, 1942, the son of Sylva Berthea (née Brurs) and Richard Sigwart Williams.[1] He is of Norwegian, German, and English ancestry.[2] In 1960, he graduated from Billings Sr. High, in Billings, Montana. There he was active in sports, on the All State Football team, as well as sport editor of the school paper. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism, class of 1964 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Williams was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma (Honorary Professional Fraternity) while at Oregon and served as National President. He is also a member of Sigma Chi at the University of Oregon and received the fraternity's highest national award, "Significant Sig", along with Andy Rooney, Brad Pitt and many other notable members.[3]


Williams is the author of eleven books, most on stocks and commodity trading. Other books include The Mount Sinai Myth, based on an archeological search for Mt. Sinai in Egypt. This book was featured in Vanity Fair in a re-write by Howard Blum.[4]

Williams' most current book is Confessions of a Radical Tax Protestor. This book discusses his battle with the Internal Revenue Service, which led to a trial on three charges of tax evasion. On February 5, 2010 those charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of failing to file income tax returns on time (for tax years 1999, 2000, and 2001).[5][6]

In 2014, the Market Technicians Association (MTA) presented Larry Williams with the Achievement Award.[citation needed]

Williams funds a 6 figure scholarship at the University of Oregon in honor of his college professor, Max Wales, restricted to "journalism and communication students who... have demonstrated creative talent, but may not have a high grade point average."[7]

Williams has created numerous market indicators including Williams %R, Ultimate Oscillator, COT indices, accumulation/distribution indicators, cycle forecasts, market sentiment and value measurements for commodity prices.[8][9] Williams won the 1987 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading from the Robbins Trading Company, where he turned $10,000 to over $1,100,000 (10,900%) in a 12-month competition with real money. Ten years later his Academy Award Nominee actress daughter Michelle won the same contest.[10] He currently lives in the United States Virgin Islands, where he trades, writes and does market research.

His other indicators are the COT index and accumulation indicators and he was the originator of Volatility Breakouts.[citation needed]

Williams has created new proprietary indicators programmed exclusively into Vantage Point trading software. Williams joined forces with long-time friend— trader and software developer Louis B. Mendelsohn — to create a comprehensive new line-up of trading indicators, within the Vantage Point software.[citation needed]

Two of his more recently developed indicators include the Williams Professional Sentiment Index and Williams Electronic Market Accumulation Index. These are designed to reveal when the big money traders are actively buying or selling in a market. This action often marks the beginning of extended market trends. Williams collaborated with Mendelsohn to incorporate the early alert indexes with the neural network pattern recognition indicators that Vantage Point provides.[citation needed]

His psychiatrist son, Dr. Jason Williams, at Johns Hopkins, has written a book on the personality of winning traders, The Mental Edge in Trading.[11]

Williams was twice the Republican Party nominee to the United States Senate in Montana, losing to Representative Max Baucus in 1978[12] and to incumbent Senator John Melcher in 1982. He sponsored Iniative 86, which made Montana the first state to index tax brackets for inflation.[13] Williams was one of the founders of the "Rock and Roll Marathons"that have raised in excess of $170 million for charities throughout the world.[14]

Works authored[edit]


  1. ^ Vitale, Sarah A. (1992). Who's who in California. Who's Who Historical Society. p. 349. ISBN 1-880142-01-5. 
  2. ^ "Michelle Williams - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sigma Chi Significant Sigs". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Howard Blum – Vanity Fair". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Larry R. Williams, Confessions of a Radical Tax Protestor, p. 200, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011).
  6. ^ See generally United States v. Williams, case no. 3:06-cr-00787-H, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (San Diego Div.).
  7. ^ "Larry R. Williams Scholarship in honor of Max Wales –". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Williams Percent R Indicator (%R)". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Intraday Seasonal Cycle Forecast Trading Charts of Major Markets". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ (McGraw Hill, 2012).
  12. ^ "Report of the official canvass by County of votes cast at the general election, held in the State of Montana ... (exclusive of votes cast for members of the legislature) : Montana. Secretary of State : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Report of the official canvass by County of votes cast at the general election, held in the State of Montana ... (exclusive of votes cast for members of the legislature) : Montana. Secretary of State : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  14. ^ "Rock N Roll Marathon- San Diego". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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