I am a chemist by trade and an Austrian Economist by study and love discussing the capital markets and take a qualitative approach to global monetary trends and a technical, quantitative approach to trading. My current focus is on emerging markets of Southeast Asia as well as gold and strategic commodities. Feel free to find me on: Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-luongo/5/384/a59/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tom.luongo Twitter: @tfl1728
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Martin Vlcek is a full-time investor and analyst who has been actively investing and managing money for more than 15 years. Martin has an Economics degree. Martin’s investment philosophy is to hold a truly diversified portfolio of investments across asset classes with low or negative correlation and a positive carry if possible. His primary stock investment focus is on undervalued small-cap stocks with favorable risk-to-reward ratio and upcoming catalysts.
Martin became a full-time investor and money manager after a 15-year career in online marketing where he was one of the pioneers of the pay-per-click search. Martin later held managerial positions at several Fortune 500 companies and also managed his own startup company.
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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.
Worked in telecommunications, didn't like it... Currently BCOM student.
Been investing and some trading for 5 years. Have a deep love of the markets.
Apprehensive to admit that I'm a gold bug! I've always liked gold, but only really considered for investment in the past few years.
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Individual investor. I have survived the downturn with minimal damage because I do not let the Wall St brokers or firms touch my money. I have been accused of being a gold bug, but gold has more than doubled my money while the elite of Wall St were losing 50%. So that puts me 400% ahead of the the money managers on Wall St. I follow gurus like Soros, Icahn, Jimmy Rogers, John Paulson, David Einhorn and Paul Tudor Jones.
I have recently become a more active trader to try to boost my returns. As interest rates spiked to 3.0%, most bond funds got slammed. Interest rate risk is now a primary concern for both bonds and the market.
80% of trades on the market are made by HFT-bots. When everything has disconnected from fundamentals, the only thing you can do is follow the smart money, and pray.