Jon Slotnick is a stock analyst and trader who currently provides stock analysis and alerts to several financial websites. He has also worked as a freelance copywriter for TD Ameritrade's active trader initiatives, and written a series of financial literacy DVDs for New York Times bestselling author Julie Stav. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
I believe wholeheartedly in telling stories that allow an audience to have a new experience. I learn more and more about people and the world daily and use my professional work as an avenue to put this knowledge to use helping others and engaging in discussions that promote progress. A writer at the core, I have extensive experience in communications and financial journalism for the life sciences. I am seeking to follow promising healthcare companies with cutting edge technology that could quite significantly change the world. I have no positions in any stocks.
Investing for about 25 years and enjoy analyzing companies, especially special situations. I live in the US, have a PhD in the biological sciences, with about 20 years experience In clinical development and commercialiation/marketing of Therapeutic biologics, small molecules, and medical devices.
As I have grown older, my philosophy has evolved from one of short-term trading, to finding stocks that can be held longer-term, preferably forever. I enjoy researching biotech stocks, but seldom invest here due to the volatility and risks. I rely on my own fundamental analysis but will also consider chart patterns when deciding opportunities to buy or sell. I always do my best to figure in investor & analyst psychology, and use basic financials to reassure me of my analysis (including mistakes) when volatility gets extreme. Do not consider myself to be an expert on technical analysis and as a scientist with training in statistics, am skeptical of that the historical movements of a stock can be used to reliably forecast buy/sell signals (if charting were that reliable as a predictive indicator, everyone would be using this to their advantage).
In addition to looking at company's financials, I like to consider companies that are positioned to capitalize on changing demographics (growing per capita income in developing countries, aging of America, obesity epidemic, etc.), and strongly prefer companies with a wide economic moat. I frequently sell covered calls to mitigate and take adtvantage of market volatility. When I find a high conviction company that I want to own, not infrequently I will sell naked puts to reduce my cost basis and generate some cash flow.
I became interested in the markets about three years ago as the prices of commodities, in my case, copper were consistently moving higher. Since then, I've moved into following options on highly active stocks. I also follow most commodities from sugar to lean hogs and basically look for opportunities any where. I chose to focus on a market mostly because of gut feel and then use technical analysis and trend following to enter.