Charles Rotblut, CFA is the editor of the AAII Journal, the flagship publication of The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). Charles provides both insight about individual investor sentiment and market analysis. He is also the author of "Better Good than Lucky: How Savvy Investors Create Fortune with the Risk-Reward Ratio" (W&A Publishing/Trader's Press).
I have been exposed to stocks since young as my father made fortunes from savvy and shrewd stock investing which have brought us much wealth and prosperity after starting off in extreme poverty.
I am a keen lifelong student of economic and stock market history, which I believe gives tremendous insights and understanding to the current market environment. I use economic and market fundamentals to guide my trading decisions, and then employ time tested technicals and indicators to more effectively time entry and exit points.
I have called and profited heavily from the 2014-2015 collapse in oil prices, the August 2015 correction and the big fall in small cap biotechs, and from emerging market companies who export to the US. I employ both long and short strategies to provide a practical and commonsense approach to profit from the market.
Besides stock investing, I have a stable job, and am a part-time entrepreneur.
I recently retired from a 30 year management consulting career and am using preferred CEFs to build my own pension. My portfolio is 80% preferreds, 10% MLPs, and 10% equities. The reason my preferred allocation is so high is that over the past 20 years, preferred CEFs (using Flaherty PFD and PFO as benchmarks) have beaten the S&P 500 with less risk. I have written several articles for Kiplinger's Retirement Report on this topic.