New member brnichols is an investment research analyst and trades financial derivatives. Fields of interest include technical analysis, macroeconomics, demographics, financial history and energy policy. His published topics include; stock options,dividend investing,technology,services, and finance.
We are semi-professional traders. By that we mean that we are accomplished professionals in other fields, who have gained knowledge, skill and experience at trading the markets almost as a matter of self-defense. We were dissatisfied at the way fund managers, investment “professionals” and/or brokers managed our money. Over the past decade, we have successfully taken charge of our financial futures.
Investing on my own since 2007. Investing successfully is the most challenging activity I have ever undertaken. Books that inspired me to fire my investment adviser: The Big Investment Lie, Michael Edesess; and What Wall Street Doesn't Want You To Know, Larry E. Swedroe. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder: made me realize that as smart and persistent as Buffet is, he is not the genius some make him out to be. He is a flawed man, he is human, he received a lot of help and benefited from starting out in the pre-internet era. Not all his investments were successful and he uses his financial muscle to great advantage, something small retail investors cannot do.
I mainly focus on two sectors: technology and auto industry. I am long only and I like to take a conservative approach where I sell covered calls on the shares I hold in order to reduce my risks. Some of the stocks I follow closest are Nokia, Microsoft, Ford and Apple. I believe that being able to see beyond numbers and actually understanding business models of companies we cover is crucial to provide useful insight on companies.