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I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have... More
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  • 3+ Years, 1000+ Articles, A Tremendous Experience

    September 2014 has been a milestone month for me at Seeking Alpha. Some of you may have noticed that I crossed the 1,000 article level, but it's also the three year anniversary of my time at Seeking Alpha. Throughout that time, I've been fortunate to have such loyal followers, and I'm approaching a milestone at 5,000 in that respect rather soon. Remember, to get my articles in the fastest manner, you must follow me in real-time.

    So today, I'm here to thank everyone - those who read, comment, follow, help contribute, even SA editorial and support staff - without you, I would not be here. It's been a tremendous experience, and one that I hope will continue to grow.

    Sep 10 2:41 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Two Short Squeezes Came, Don't Get Greedy, And Don't Miss The Next One

    Recently, I've had a couple of articles about potential short squeezes that have been great for investors. I first started out discussing 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) in early June, noting how short squeeze potential was definitely there. When the article was published, shares were in the low $50s, and they bottomed a few days later in the high $40s. Since that original article, the company raised its 2014 revenue forecast, and the investor/analyst day was mostly seen as positive. For those reasons, along with a further increase in short interest, I reiterated the short squeeze notion earlier this week. On Tuesday, a short squeeze definitely seemed to happen, pushing shares above $69 at their highest point. Even if you didn't get in quite at the bottom, you could have easily made 30% or more in a month. This was a winning trade, and it might continue to work over time. But investors should not fear taking a profit, because this would certainly be a nice gain to take.

    During the middle part of June, I also detailed how SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) might be good for a short squeeze. Shares of the name were around $50 at the time, and now they are over $71. Shares of SolarCity recently popped after the company announced it would buy Silevo. Between these two firms, the possibility exists that a huge plant could be built with a capacity greater than 1GW. Again, a 40% gain in just a couple of gains is very nice. This is another example where you could take a nice profit. These trades worked out quite well, and short squeezes can be a great way to make money. Investors can't be too greedy though, because when the squeeze stops, these names can retreat quickly.

    Now if you missed out on these articles, you probably are looking forward to my next short squeeze candidate. I will continue to detail these names over time. The best way to get these articles is to become a real-time follower, which gives you access to my articles a lot sooner than those who don't follow me in real time. As always, don't forget to comment on my articles, because the discussion that follows the article can be just as great as the article itself. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the nearly 4,400 followers I have on Seeking Alpha and the large number of you who read my stuff.

    Jul 01 2:19 PM | Link | Comment!
  • For All Followers - Get Real-Time Author Alerts!

    A couple of months ago, I passed 4,000 followers on Seeking Alpha, and I would like to thank all that have taken the time to read my articles, comment on them, and discuss the many stocks that I cover on the site. Recently, Seeking Alpha announced a new feature that will allow you to receive real-time alerts on your five favorite authors. You can see all of the details here, but let me briefly quote the important parts.

    Until now, we (Seeking Alpha) allowed readers to follow authors and offered a daily digest comprised of new articles by those authors. Now, we are expanding this service to offer real-time alerts on up to five of those authors, while all your authors will still be included in your daily digest.

    The new feature of real-time author alerts facilitates this exchange of ideas between people, and will enable you to discover new investing opportunities from authors you trust, in addition to reading about stocks that you already follow.

    Going forward, you'll be shown a popup each time you opt to get alerts on an author so you can easily manage all the authors you follow and select which five on whom to get real-time alerts. You can also adjust and manage your preferences on this page, accessible from the email alerts page and from the emails themselves.

    Also, don't worry about double subscriptions; if you happen to be subscribed to real-time alerts on both the author and the ticker of a particular article, we'll only send you one email.

    This is a great new feature that I hope everyone will take advantage of. For those that read my articles, you know that most of my articles are published overnight, with a lot of my most recent ones being published between midnight and 1 AM Eastern time. With this new service, you should be able to get my articles a lot faster, as compared to just constantly checking the site.

    Jun 27 10:14 AM | Link | 1 Comment
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