I worked for many years in management in the health care industry in the UK, in Bermuda, and for the last 20 years in Florida. The day I turned 59 1/2 I just got out of bed and decided I didn't want to work any more and that I would just take my various pensions from different countries, such as they were, roll them all into one big IRA, and just see if I could live by my wits. My investment objective is, therefore, to make enough so that I never have to work again, although it would be easy for me to do so if I wanted.
I could probably get by very well with a 10% annual yield on my capital, but of course more is more and much more is much more.
When I started out investing in stocks, I really didn't know what I was doing, but I had the occasional bit of luck, like investing every penny I had in BP in the summer of 2010, just when it couldn't go any lower. And it didn't. Then again I staked every dime I had on out of the money options on a drug that had a PDUFA date in January 2011. It was approved. Phew! But I was a nervous wreck and figured there had to be a better way.
Then about a year ago I started to study the whole business of options strategies, got myself a few books, and found out that you could sell options as well as buy them. This was a bit of a revelation, to say the least, because I had noticed that whenever I thought a stock would go up, it went down,and when I thought it would go down, it usually went up, but by selling options you could let other people's optimism work for you.
Then I found out about volatility. I had always known that the whole game was rigged, but now I began to understand how and why
I'm hoping that with some blog posts or articles here I can inform others about some of the things that I have learned in my time as a full time investor and personal hedge fund manager (O.K., layabout) so that they can avoid some basic errors, and I hope to attract enough criticism to be able to learn from those who know much more than me.
Mike Havrilla is a pharmacist, biotech stock trader and writer with experience that includes licensed pharmacist since January 2004, online trading since August 1997 and writing for investors since April 2007. Mike holds Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Wyeth prior to pharmacy school. He is also an avid runner and has completed over 20 marathons with a personal best time under three hours for the 26.2 mile race. Mike merged his former publishing business with BioRunUp.com / Mark Messier in October 2010, creating a new online biotech stock research and trading subscription service.
I trained in surgery before switching to strategy consulting. After several years of advising executives in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries I decided to take some time off to apply some of what I had learned about healthcare (both at the bedside and in the boardroom) to investing.