Chemist moonlighting as ‘weekly trader’. Formally degreed as a chemist, I’ve held a wide range of jobs and hobbies over the years… machinist, carpenter, computer science. woodworker, electronics, mason, engineer, mechanic, electrician, just to name a few – did you ever see that show several years ago ‘The Pretender’? Yep, well that is sort of me. 5-6 years ago, I had a couple thousand dollars doing nothing in an old account. So I decided to cash it out and do some research into investing / trading. Had a few stumbles here and there, but was overall successful in building that up at about 30% per year. Lately, I’ve wanted to take a more active role in actual trading vs investing and see if that number can be extended. I’ve generally found when I actively trade, I have the uncanny ability to predict highs and lows out of the stock trend. Unfortunately, it’s highs for buying and lows for selling! I also have a great ability to pick ‘stop loss’ levels. Give me a stock, I can set a stop loss, watch the stock dip 3 cents into that level, dump my position, then rocket up 15%. So if you’re following me, you might consider doing so only for the humor – or see the perfect example of a bad example! Lately, I have been working to refine my trading strategy which involves a blending of computer generated 'picks' or 'suggestions' for buying, combined with sources of human 'chatter/discussion' regarding the stock. The goal is to balance the number crunching capability of computers with the intuition of humans while trying to minimize faults due to the blind logic of computers and the emotional / apophenic responses of humans. As Niels Bohr is rumored to have said, "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."