STANLEY Kroll is not afraid to make his views heard. Nor would anyone find criticism from his associates if, in describing this commodities trader's personality, the words ''self-publicity'' figured prominently. Mr Kroll - a commodities trader for more than 33 years, author of five books on commodities trading, and a man who has retired once already - has turned his trading acumen and knowledge to Asia's vibrant markets. A director-designate at Lippo Futures, Mr Kroll arrived in the territory six weeks ago with no job, having closed his house in the US and sold his two cars and his boat in the Bahamas. ''There are a lot, and I tell you there are a lot, of opportunities here in Asia,'' he said. ''I have been reading for five or 10 years about the growth prospects in Asia and I though 'gosh, I'd like to be there'. ''Then one morning I got up and thought that instead of regretting not being there for five years, why not go there now. So my wife and I did.'' Mr Kroll, who is due to speak at the next session of the Technical Analysts Society (Hong Kong) on Wednesday, wanted to do an MBA course when he got out of college, and found that by joining Merrill Lynch in 1960 he could work and be trained at the same time. He was linked with Merrill Lynch until 1967 when he started his own commodities trading firm and became a member of the Commodities Exchange Inc, the New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange, the New York Cotton Exchange, and the Mercantile and Produce Exchange in New York. Mr Kroll's first book was published in 1973. His fifth and most recent, entitled Computer Analysis, Strategy, and Risk Control for Futures Trading, is due out in April next year. When he first retired in 1975, Mr Kroll told Forbes magazine he was quitting while he was ahead of the game because ''if he kept going, sooner or later everyone would lose all the capital he had invested''. For the next six years, Mr Kroll lived for six months of the year in Geneva and six months on a boat in the Bahamas. ''I got really bored,'' he said. ''It sounds nice but I was reading a lot and there seemed to be a lot of opportunities, so I quit retirement and went back to work.'' In Asia, Mr Kroll believes he has a real edge. ''I am primarily a technical trader,'' he said. ''I rely on many other factors for my overview, but in the short-term trading and timing markets I am primarily technical. ''This is my edge because in Asia investors and account executives rely very heavily on market information, tips, rumours personal connections and they win or lose by the quality of that information. ''I am primarily technical. I just watch the market and that I believe is my advantage as I use relatively objective technical strategies developed over long experience.'' Mr Kroll will speak on Technical Trading Strategies on Wednesday at 5.45 pm at the China Club, located in the old Bank of China Building in Central.