I consider myself a full time trader. I like volatility in the stocks I play and prefer to day trade shares. If things don't go my way, I move to plan B and hold stocks for no more than a month. I also like to play Options. Still a newbie so execute straight calls/puts. No straddles for me yet.
As a researcher and technical writer, I frequently write for SeekingAlpha where I present my bullish or bearish case on a stock that I own or sell short. I have worked in the Canadian financial industry (fully licensed, providing services to high net worth individuals and families).
My interests cover a wide variety of subjects and greatly influences how I assess a business. I use technical analysis, literary analysis, a computer scientist's perspective, an understanding of psychology and sociology, marketing, history, and more when making my assessments.
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I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.
I'm a self employed businessman who started trading in Sept 2011. I did OK my first year, I guess, being ahead $30,000 just by holding Apple. But I made a fatal mistake and kept holding. I didn't have a plan.
I've learned a lot about investing these past few weeks, as I watched in shock the past 6 months as the Apple crash ate away at my funds.
I now know how to invest. I have a method and a plan, and feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.
Good luck, everybody!
Recently: Learning how to play options/warrants.
Just another retail trader from Europe seeking for more knowledge about markets and stocks in general. My lessons so far:
1) "Never follow the trend" - You will just get ripped off by the big sharks.
2) "Expect the unexpected" - Especially during QRs and product presentations.
3) "Be patient" - So far 90% of my judgement was correct long term.
4) "Accept the game rules" - Hedge funds and other large institutional investors influence the markets in their favor, not in yours.
5) "Don't hold onto your losses in defiance. Reflect your judgement." - It is never wise to love your stocks. You want to earn money, not to sport a tattoo of your favourite band.
I consider myself conservative in terms of risk management and look closely to P/Es and book values.
I consider the following stocks long: $BBRY, $BMW.DE, $EBAY, $TM, $V
I monitor: $AMZN, $AAPL, $FB, $HLF, $INTC, $JCP, $LNKD, $NFLX, $NVDA, $QCOM, $TSLA
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Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.
I only look at stocks that have the possibility to double over a twelve month period and stocks in which the risk/reward ratio payout is high. In addition I focus on swing trade opportunities.
I focus more on valuations and risk/reward metrics as opposed to what make companies tick.
I have been a professional investor for over 20 years and during the past several years an economics analyst and financial writer for capital.gr, the biggest economic news portal in Greece.
I have managed money from time to time and have also done some seed venture capital projects in the past.