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I'm a part time investor very new to the market. I hold 1/3 of my portfolio in large cap growth names (safe) that I don't plan to sell soon, 1/3 in safe names with growth potential in short/medium term, and 1/3 in speculative play: biotech, and companies with good story but beaten by the market.
At The Art of Simple Trading we write about all things related to trading including, but not limited to the psychology of trading, the mechanics and tactics of trading, the necessity of loss, why less is more, etc. Most importantly, we write to help people from all walks of life understand TrInvesting™, a phrase we coined to represent the integration of trading and investing. There’s a common misconception that “investors” do not need to know technicals and charting since their approach is dominated by the “fundamentals.” We believe that the most important aspect of all investing/trading is risk management and, as such, an understanding of the basics of price movement, charts and technicals is indispensable.
I am a software engineer by profession. Got interested in market analysis some time back and now I spend most of my free time researching equities. .
I am also a freelance financial writer , investor and consultant. I primarily look for market inefficiencies to generate long term alpha irrespective of holding time and sector.
Old enough to been around the block a couple of times but young enough to still enjoy the ride. Ex-engineer who believes if he was smart enough to design medical devices he should be smart enough to make money off trading. Remains to be seen.
Finished CFA level 1 & CAIA level 1 in a breeze. Looking forward to CAIA level 2 and CFA level 2. Made top 1% on the Bloomberg BAT, but was a black sheep at my mediocre college, and I was foolish to let it affect me. (non-traditional student)
Hope to write some quality articles in the coming year.
I was playing with fire my first year in the market, using a lot of call options. It was easy to make 50+% gain in 1st yr, summer '13 to summer '14 (thank you bull mkt). This past half year has been a little rough; I wish I had acted more decisively on material information about the energy market and the movement of the Ruble ($YNDX is a favorite).
I remember announcing the probably course of events to family the morning after OPEC's Thanksgiving's Day announcements, and I regrettably decided to wait it through b/c our professors chided us to take a buy and hold approach, and b/c I had bought some quality energy names at very fair prices in October. In retrospect, I realize the importance of optionality or in a sense, degrees of freedom.
In this case, I realize I am too committed to a base scenario (energy stocks recovering in the next year) that has too much opportunity cost. If the price adjustment cycle lasts longer than the expected scenario, then I will be unhappy with the opportunities lost. An equal weight short position would have been an ideal temporary maneuver, expressing my short-term thesis, while not causing commitment angst in the present, hoping for the long-term adjustment to blow over.
I was entrusted with a fresh 100K family capital this past summer, and I plan to be more prudent and thorough (obviously with minimal leverage or derivatives). This market is a little dangerous with high debt loads in China, somewhat high valuation levels (horrible Schiller CAPE ratio, but not sure if that matters as much), and jitters over rate hike, Ukraine, terrorism, epidemics, difficulty of private sector adjusting to Obamacare, and possible fiscal & monetary stimulus tapering.
I think low energy prices is a great stimulus, but the possibilities of a perfect storm with semi-hard landing in China or Europe, a serious violent flare-up with Russia or the Terror War, and disease outbreak could somehow happen at just the wrong time (perhaps, right after a rate hike).
I've read a fair amount of Buffett. But I love the tech industry mostly. To humor Buffett (a tech dinosaur), I bought a tiny bit of IBM. It has been working hard to transform its whole business, and actually has some top-notch talent and product portfolios with a fairly conservative valuation. The market is probably right that is a long-shot that IBM will grow significantly again, despite its immense technology assets and partnerships. Recent comment: feel lucky to have exited IBM at a small gain; mulling a re-entry and annoyed that I missed the recent Google explosion. Google is solidifying its reach and ecosystem, but at steep multiples.
I've been away from investing for much of the past half year (now dec'15), partly because I was getting cyberattacks on my twitter account, my computer, and broker connection was being intercepted, which made me very uncomfortable. My car also very suddenly needed an engine replacement that same week, despite a thorough check-up a month prior. I'm having a hard time moving forward, after severe blacklisting after-effects, (too long & weird to discuss).
CAIA & CFA level 1s were super-easy even though I was underprepared. I look forward to embracing the challenge. I will end up working in Europe or abroad, if I have to. Lucky to get tons of invites from Bloomberg recruitment due to top notch scores, but haven't really applied b/c of crummy school issues. Plan to work on Wall Street Prep & hopefully some SA articles.
Dreamjob: working for a hedge fund focussing in equities, preferably with a multicultural bunch (I'm half european / half asian american)
Long-term dream job: top-notch hedge fund manager
My favorite time horizon: 3mo to 18mo, b/c best chance of having a direct connect with news & analysis. market moves too fast to be primarily buy & hold, albeit such a mid-term outlook forfeits the benefit of effective interest-free loan in the the form of deferred taxes (as Buffett makes use of) as well as benefit of a capital gains rate, but on the other hand, a mid-term outlook maximizes flexibility. I'm trying to stay more grounded in fundamentals, flesh out the invest case for a quite a handful of stocks, and balancing risks in wide portfolio. Plan to explore ETF's more.
Every stock has a story, and that story is told each day the stock market opens.
Market DJ: Research, Enlightenment, Entertainment
Listening to the market, cutting through the noise... Finding good products & companies, crunching numbers... Looking for long-term macro trends in consumer spending habits... Learning through research and market performance...
Focusing on US Listed Companies:
–retail and technology trends
–media and entertainment products
–food & beverage, restaurant, and hospitality
–long & short opportunities
We conduct independent, boots on the ground research, as well as the numbers. Go with what you know. Every stock has a story, and that story is told each and every day in the stock market. We look at the product, the company, then the numbers. I am djkidm, and teamed with knowledgable family & friends form Market DJ– research with a goal of making money & sharing that research publicly every once in a while to measure performance & receive criticism & advice.
Market DJ is mainly interested in growth & value. Companies that make money, preferably American, but we invest around the world. We look for at least 10% or more growth per year, and want a good product, company, and market, no excuses.
Range Bound or Down?
As of late 2015, we have turned bearish, at least in the cyclical sense. We shall see. In January of 2016 Market DJ formed Portfolio Lab: $100,000 of real cash with the goal of making money in a Bear Market, or Side Bear, which ever the case. Portfolio Lab serves a trading account with nimbleness being the golden rule. More details via articles or instablogs will be forthcoming depending upon time constraints. So far we have made very few moves; currently Long F, Long APPL, Long TWTR, Long GLD, Long SLV, Long JO (Coffee Futures), Short NFLX, short JACK, and sitting with 72% cash....
waiting to strike...
I have a background in Journalism, and I hope to shed some light upon the media practices I witness each day in the Stock Market. I graduated from Portland State University in 2003 with a BA in English. I make money as a restauranteur, deejay, and writer. I joined the market in June of 2013, which presented some terrific buying opportunities. Recently I quit my night job as a bartender to concentrate on business plans, market research, and to continue making money in the market. So far so good :)
Started Trading at age 25 in late 2011, mostly invested in energy and tech stocks. I keep a close eye on coal in general. I'm interested in building a 2 part portfolio one part dividends and long term hold stocks mainly for retirement, the 2nd part is a growth portfolio which will hold my more risky picks in an effort to fund various fun things in life.
Update: 2013 was a decent year 2014 not so good as of 10/10/14.... Hoping the year turns around. Made some moves shrunk my portfolio a bit. Focus is still to retain 50-70% long term (1 year or more) dividend companies. Using the remaining funds for options trades and any swing trades that I think might work out.