Marco is a trader of stocks, options, currencies, and futures. He has been fascinated with the financial markets ever since he bought his first stock at 11 years old. Marco entered the business world at the age of 13, with the creation of an extremely successful retail website (GoldenAgeCheese.com), that of which he still has a major role in today. Marco writes about stocks and options whenever he gets the chance. He's dedicated to educate his readers to the best of his ability about the financial markets, particularly about buying/selling options and different strategies. 2008 was one of the most profitable years trading stocks and options for Marco. He trades based on technicals and fundamentals, so you may find many of his posts valuable.
I started actively investing in 2012. I retired in 2013 (age 48) and my wife and I moved to Costa Rica. My primary objective is to create income for living expenses. My strategy is to boost the income from dividend stocks with Covered Calls and Cash Secured Puts. Admittedly, when I started investing I chased yield. It was 2012 and everything seemed to work. Over time I have learned through experience to become more conservative. My portfolio is ~25 dividend stocks with a blended yield of 4-5%. I use the tactics of Covered Calls and Cash Secured Puts to boost income with a total income goal of 10%. I also use the tactics of a 25% trailing stop and position sizing of 4-5% to manage risk.
John Scherr is the founder and President of WhisperNumber.com, an independent financial research firm focused on earnings expectations. He is a regular contributor to Fox Business Network, and has been featured in Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch. He is considered a leading expert on 'whisper numbers' and post earnings price movement analysis.
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Time + Capital + Work + Discipline + Courage + Knowledge = Profit. First five are innate. Knowledge grows with intellectual curiosity and time. Always looking for new/better ideas. Prefer reading material written by people who who actually invested/traded with transparency vs. people who talk about selected trades they made or could have made.
I'm a 38 years old consultant from Antwerp, Belgium. My investment style is comprised of many influences in the areas of (deep) value investing, small cap value, special situations, dividend growth and growth stock picking.
I have 20 years of practical experience in the stock markets. Throughout my professional career, I've done ICT and finance projects for 5 government-owned corporations, 4 banks, 3 investment newsletters, 3 high-tech companies, 2 start-ups, 2 fund managers and one in-house bank.