Trader of stocks, ETFs, futures, and options for 25 years. Now mostly trading futures (stock indices, metals, currencies, grains, softs) and short-selling options on futures to collect premium based on my proprietary models that indicate if I should go long, short, or stay out of each commodity. BS Caltech 1976, PhD Stanford 1980 in Geophysics.
I am an individual investor nearing retirement (within the next 10 years). My portfolio is diversified among a 401k, an IRA, and a retail trading account.
I manage my 401k by tactically rotating between a varying mix of stock and bond mutual funds using momentum and trend-following strategies..
My IRA is managed by an outside firm who maintains it in a balance of dividend-paying stocks and ETFs, with an overlay of covered-call strategies. A portion is also maintained in cash to take advantages of opportunities as they arise.
I manage my retail trading account trading options based on overall market volatility using underlying vehicles such as VIX, VXX, XIV, and SVXY.
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.