I am a student of finance with most of my important learning accomplished thus far on my own. I have a contrarian view on many trends as is important in successful investing and finding value for appreciation. However, I still acknowledge the fact that the trend is the trend and fight the urge to jump in early before the shift.
Have been trading forex/ practice trading forex and practice trading equities and options using Think or Swim broker. Reading/ read many financial books but right now my favorite is "Options, Futures, and Other Derivative Securities" by Hall.
I am fascinated by using options to mitigate risk. Furthermore, I also like to follow and practice trade changes in the markets for oil such as $WTIC and how that affects the underlying oil based funds and equities. I like to examine bonds and the economy from a macroeconomic perspective and formulate investing and trading plans based on narrowing down opportunities utilizing statistical measures.
Conventional Wisdumb, www.conventionalwisdumb.com, lives in FL where he believes that Ignorance is the most expensive, deadly, and dangerous commodity in the world today. Formerly a VP with Bernstein's High Net Worth group he has his Series 7, 31, and 66 licenses which have fortunately all lapsed. One of life's lottery winners, he made enough money founding an internet business during the dotcom days (remember those?) to enjoy the good life and he is now a recovering entrepreneur who pesters those he loves with all kinds of crazy, outrageous, and contrary opinions, questions, and observations that are guaranteed to irritate. He also refers to himself in the 3rd party voice.
Jeff is the President of NewArc Investments Inc., manager of both individual and institutional investments. Jeff is a registered investment advisor, and portfolio manager for NewArc's investment programs. Jeff is a former college professor with a hands-on, real world attitude. His quantitative modeling helped inform state and local officials in Wisconsin for more than a decade. A Public Policy analyst, he taught advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin, and analyzed many issues related to state tax policy. Jeff began in the financial business as Research Director for trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He investigated anomalies in the standard option pricing models, taught classes for beginning options traders, and developed new forecasting techniques. In 1991 he established a general research consultancy, working with professional traders at all of the Chicago financial exchanges. In 1998 he started NewArc Investments, Inc. Jeff has a commitment to the specific needs of individual investors. It is not a one-size-fits all approach, but one that emphasizes the unique circumstances of each client. Jeff also serves on the board of two small technology companies (currently Chairman at one). He is occasionally as an expert witness in legal cases involving financial markets and hedging.
Isam Laroui has been trading stocks professionally since 1996, first at a couple of Wall Street proprietary trading firms, then independently starting in 2004. His preferred holding period and trading time frame have increased over the years from a few hours, using the one-minute and five-minute charts, to a few weeks, using the 30-minute and daily charts. He has been trading ETFs extensively over the past couple of years; SPY, SDS, FXI, USO, GLD, GDX, TLT, TBT, BGU are some of his current favorites. He also trades currencies (mainly EURUSD and USDJPY), although with an even longer time frame. A career-long non-dogmatic believer in and user of technical analysis, he has been a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technician Association (MTA) since 2006. In another life, he worked as an insurance actuary after receiving his MS in Statistics from NYU in 1993. You can read his various irreverent (and sometimes irrelevant) musings on his blog at http://musingsofatrader.blogspot.com .