An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
Full time independent day-trader/swing-trader and money manager, starting this process in 2001. I continue to research and glean from others, in particular identifying the "doers", who have gone before me. I tip my hat to their many contributions, especially my father.
I conclude that I must be an optimist entrepreneur with analytical gifting. For now, I know what "Wall Street" represents, and non-random patterns repeat, everyday. Wall Street goes long and short in the "spread" they create. I'm only a follower. I use my proprietary systems/technical indicators to avoid resorting to tea leaves, typically.
I find the contraction/expansion component of supply-demand economics simply fascinating. Albert Einstein said,"nothing happens until something move's". Stock's "price" move daily, things are happening. I am an avid student of "algorithms/technical analysis". I like how an indicator in its innate simplicity can reveal price "moving", in it's three observable directions, up, sideways or down. My struggle, as a trader, is with the management of the conscious mind and its incessant wanting to hijack the 'process' of trading. Therefore, to counter this mutiny I have become an ardent "practitioner" of technical analysis systems, in conjunction with developing a "managed mindset" that trades process.
I day-trade and swing-trade, taking long or short positions, allowing the market to dictate its emphasis, not mine. I follow the technical more closely in the micro trade, yet, always coupled together with the fundamentals in micro and macro trading perspectives. Essentially, this is my style, today. Remember: I merry heart is good for all approaches to life and markets.