I am an individual investor with over eight years trading experience in equities and options. I hold an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago and a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. My work has brought me to different parts of the world, most recently spending two years in London creating a global supply management strategy for a multinational financial services firm. During my time overseas I gained insight into global financial markets through my relationships with traders, investment bankers, asset managers and exchange operators. I became more intrigued with the inner-workings of the global financial system and decided to steer my graduate education toward the subject matter of international business and finance. Taking advantage of the five hour time difference between London and New York I found time to trade more frequently and gain experience with different investing strategies. My investing focus is on current income. I hold a portfolio composed primarily of dividend growth stocks and augment my income strategy through the use of short options. My focus as a writer is to identify value opportunities on income producing securities for the intermediate and long term. I also like to look at different entry and exit strategies using options as a way to enhance current income and manage risk.
Lifelong student of International Affairs...this dovetails nicely with a casual interest in investing and finance. Long term (25-30 years) horizion for investing. I tend to favor value and high quality dividend stocks. Nickel and diming adds up if you are disciplined and consistent.
Started Trading at age 25 in late 2011, mostly invested in energy and tech stocks. I keep a close eye on coal in general. I'm interested in building a 2 part portfolio one part dividends and long term hold stocks mainly for retirement, the 2nd part is a growth portfolio which will hold my more risky picks in an effort to fund various fun things in life.
Update: 2013 was a decent year 2014 not so good as of 10/10/14.... Hoping the year turns around. Made some moves shrunk my portfolio a bit. Focus is still to retain 50-70% long term (1 year or more) dividend companies. Using the remaining funds for options trades and any swing trades that I think might work out.