Ben_HSTwo hundred and forty-one years ago today, the world’s premier fighting force had its first two battalions commissioned for service by the Second Continental Congress.

The United States Marine Corps had its first recruiting site at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Yes, believe it or not, the U.S. Marines were born in a bar, and we’re damn proud of it.

I’ve been blessed to wear the uniform for a little more than a decade now, between my active duty and time with the reserves.

We are damn proud of our heritage. Every November 10th, we tell all fellow Marines, young or old, retired or active, “Happy Birthday, Marine.”

All Marines are taught from the onset of training to respect the institution and all that have served before.

Everyone understands they are a part of something bigger than themselves, and we will defend our core values and ethos for the greater good of the team and country.

After ferocious fighting during the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, the Germans nicknamed the Marines, “Teufel Hunden.”

The English translation: Dogs from Hell, or Devil Dogs.

Ferocious. Loyal. Disciplined. No better friend, and no worse enemy.

Here’s another fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, Marines aren’t actually robots. We do have fears…

Ask any Marine what their greatest fear is and you will get back one answer every time. No Marine ever wants to let their teammates down, period.

Courage can be simply defined as having the willpower and discipline to overcome your fears. Finding courage is an easy choice when you put your teammates first.

You see, much of who I am as a man has come from the strong mentoring of the brave men and women I’ve served with in the Marine Corps.

After leaving active duty in 2009, I decided to apply my Marine Corps tradecraft, “command and control systems,” towards making better decisions in the stock market, which I had taken an interest in.

The problem I kept running into was that I was losing big money by only using traditional information from fundamental and technical indicators to make trades. It seemed like the market was always one step ahead of me.

Like any good Marine, I improvised. I came up with an unconventional solution to gain an advantage leveraging a new class of indicators: social media meta data. Taking this approach, and using this data, was right in my wheelhouse considering my specialty in the Marines.

It’s what I had lived and breathed for four years as Deputy Director for Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s computer and information systems. We specialized in the collection and flow of information, and turned it around to commanders to use to make critical warfare decisions.

Turns out, successfully trading stocks and Department of Defense intelligence-gathering methods are more closely related than you think…

So, after three years, and enough caffeine to kill a large farm animal, I finally built a working system that gave me an advantage over the big institutional investors.

Now, my MarketVox trading service takes in millions of social media messages per day and provides early indicators and warnings on stocks that are poised for major breakouts.

The system is especially good at finding groundswells of online conversations about new technology before the news hits the mainstream. You can learn more about it here.

I’m sure those in a Philadelphia bar nearly 250 years ago didn’t have my type of intelligence system in mind when they were founding the Marines, but I’m thankful they did what they did.

If you see a Marine today, shake their hand, look them dead in the eye, and tell them Happy Birthday.

Hell, you may even get the Marines’ verbal equivalent of a high five back in return. It’s a loud grunt, but don’t be alarmed. OORAH!







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Ben Benoy
Ben Benoy is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and has been an active retail trader since 2006. He identifies investment opportunities based on key social media trends. He first identified the concept in 2008 and has since developed a tool for tracking investment “chatter” between social media users. His proprietary Social Media Stock Sentiment system has developed into a state-of-the-art platform that identifies and classifies chatter about stocks through algorithms and other indicators to forecast stock-price direction. Ben’s track record speaks for itself — over the past 12 months, his system boasts a win rate of 82.2% on 112 stock trades.