I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor. "Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet." -David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"
Michael C. Thomsett is a widely published options author. His "Getting Started in Options" (Wiley, 9th edition) has sold over 300,000 copies. He also is author of "Options Trading for the Conservative Investor" and "The Options Trading Body of Knowledge" (both FT Press); and "Options for Risk-Free Portfolios" and "Options for Swing Trading" (both Palgrave Macmillan). Thomsett also writes for www.TheStreet.com
MS Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Northeastern University.
Individual Investor, Mathematical Background, Technical Analysis.
While I have a strong mathematical background (graduate-level statistics was one of the hardest classes I've ever been exposed to), it wasn't until I took classes in graduate-level Macro and Microeconomics that I finally realized my true interest in applied math. Even though I have studied technical analysis and mathematical application to investments and portfolio structure, value investing always derives from hard work. I believe vital connections can be made from math to economics to investments through deep research; anything from company filings, press releases, books, and scholarly journal articles apply. If we are able to connect our research to businesses and the economy, and then affix mathematical applications to specific valuation motifs and technical themes, then we can work toward finding productive investments.
I hope readers enjoy my analysis, can learn from it, use it, and even provide feedback to help me improve, as I always set out to develop better skills, more breadth of knowledge, and expertise in both economics and investments.
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the more I work, the more I have of it." -Thomas Jefferson
Just another unsophisticated retail investor. Goal: absorb some alpha rays by learning from the smart people that hang out here, and to share what little I know. My investment interests are retirement, retirement, retirement, income, value, momentum, dividend growth, merger-arb, and any other strategy that I can get my head around. (Did I mention retirement?) I also play bass, write code and an occasional short story and enjoy kayaking and other outdoor pursuits down here in South Florida.