My name is Nick Mackintosh, born in May of 1988 and I am currently residing in London, UK. I got involved in the financial markets during 2010 after my poker career ended due to online poker becoming illegal in the USA. The 2 things I most enjoy in my life are card games and the stock market, influenced by my grandfather. I had always enjoyed movies such as Wall Street / Boiler Room / Trading Places / Rogue Trader but what really piqued my interest was Million Dollar Traders featuring Anton Kreil and Lex Van Dam from Goldman Sachs. I read every book I could get my hands on for technical and fundamental analysis and traded a demo account for a while before making my first deposit. My first major setback was during the announcement of Greece and potentially Spain needing a bailout, I was heavily leveraged in the financial sector at the time which included a lot of bank stocks. This quickly wiped out my first account. Second setback was deciding I could be a day-trader by scalping the forex market such as the EUR/USD or GBP/USD pair for 5 pips per trade several times a day. Even though some technical strategies can and do work, the idea is ludicrous when you factor in the spread/commission charges and the general risk of it. I started to slowly wake up and become known as a Turtle, which is basically trend following several currency pairs (or stocks for that matter) on a weekly time frame. If your analysis is right, the bigger the time frame the more chance you have of being proven right due to not being whipsawed out of the trade during volatile news announcements such as Unemployment Figures of the Non-Farm Payroll. My true love for the financial markets had always been fundamental analysis in stocks. I have spent a lot of time researching companies I am interested in. Not only do I try to figure out their business model and project growth. We also have to factor in the company's competitors and how they can do during economic turmoil by looking at their balance sheets and cash flow. Long story short I am a long only investor who invests in Dividend Growth Stocks primarily within the FTSE. Putting 15-20% of my income aside every month to go through my stock screener to select the best value stock I can find.