I have 3 kids under 10. We live debt free, own 2 used cars paid with cash and rent for $600/mo. I was tired of watching our Roth IRAs grow by %10 in 10 years in loaded mutual funds, while the S&P500 beat our Roths easily. With the help of Seeking Alpha authors I started buying stocks about 10 months ago. Up about %50 over all (+/- %10 in a given week due to high beta small cap growth stocks) Very excited about the opportunities ahead. So far I have done very well at picking stocks and timing my buy-ins. I need to learn when to sell. Any help or advice is welcome. I do this part time reading a few hours in the evening and on my phone at work. Thinking about doing this full-time.
I'm a self-employed technical translator, German --> English. I have the NI pension and a SIPP pension fund, plus some dividend-bearing stocks, which will enable the transition from earned income to unearned income. I'm also interested in potential large capital gains, but without jeopardizing my baseload income.
I'm a computer engineer with a great interest in finance. I'm not a pro, I do it for my family. But I'll share what I know and try to be as helpful as I can. I own about 10% of my assets in precious metals. As for currencies, I keep about 75% CAD vs 25% USD of my assets. I have about 35% in mutual funds; global small cap, global fixed income and global real estate. These allocations are fully managed by me, but I re-balance twice a year or so. That mutual fund core is insuring sufficient diversification and low correlation to the following US and Canada single stocks.
About another 35% is a trusted core of single stocks, both Canada and US. These positions are generally overweight at about 3% of portfolio. Core positions have a few properties in my portfolio: low turn-over, very long term, low debt, often dividend growers with low payouts, good valuations, good growth, low beta. They are safe and feel safe, and I usually build those position over the years. I consider it core after 2 years of reliable service. A stock can gain my trust by presenting profits. Not much mega caps, mostly small to medium caps. Another property of my core: easy to understand businesses. They wash linen, they sell groceries, they make boxes, they produce wine. As I build confidence and understanding, I allow more exotic positions in core. They manage money, they rent retirement houses, they dig for metals, they patent software, etc.
At the other extreme, I keep a few lottery tickets as satellite positions for about 20% of portfolio total, 0.75% to 1.5% of portfolio each position. More risky or difficult to understand business, more volatile and some signs of stink. Could be reversal plays, could be momentum stocks, can display signs of breaking out. Usually, I rely a little more on technicals than fundamentals there. And I trade. I learn. I make mistakes. I churn. Survival of the fittest.
I always look for dips in my core positions, and I wait for clear signals to buy back (volume, a few moving avg). If I have cash, I use it. If I don't I look at core and I trim large gains. If no gains there, I look at satellites for gains. If no gains, I look at satellites for mistakes, stinkers, unreliable bets. With money, I buy dips in core positions or in-the-middle stocks. In middle stocks are first buys aiming core, or rising satellites gaining confidence and improving.
Here's my complete stock portfolio as of mid-March 2016, where each record corresponds to (yes I would like to display as array):
NAME, TICKER, MKT CAP, PE, BETA, % of portfolio
Alimentation Couche-Tard ATD.B 33.71B 21.4 -0.11 5.0%
Richelieu Hardware Ltd. RCH 1.59B 26.74 0.57 4.9%
Winpak Ltd. WPK 2.89B 21.65 0.42 4.7%
Milestone Apartments MST.UN 1.49B 4.44 -0.17 4.7%
Supremex Inc SXP 144.07M 9.43 0.92 4.7%
Savaria Corporation SIS 311.44M 29.33 0.48 4.6%
K-Bro Linen Inc KBL 356.99M 30.42 0.4 4.4%
Intertape Polymer Group ITP 1.25B 17.94 1.05 4.3%
Andrew Peller Ltd. ADW.A 384.42M 20.23 0.22 4.3%
AMERCO UHAL 7.87B 15.9 1.55 3.6%
Saputo Inc. SAP 15.48B 25.96 0.25 3.6%
RDM Corp RC 98.02M 16.8 0.88 3.4%
Acadian Timber Corp ADN 306.91M 20.22 0.48 3.3%
Richards Packaging RPI.UN 280.52M 23.04 0.6 3.2%
Lassonde Industries Inc. LAS.A 649.85M 22.6 0.08 2.9%
Pason Systems Inc. PSI 1.46B 1000 0.37 2.8%
Tricon Capital Group Inc TCN 1.05B 11.43 0.43 2.8%
Metro, Inc. MRU 11.24B 21.33 0.22 2.8%
CCL Industries Inc. CCL.B 8.17B 26.01 0.85 2.8%
Walt Disney Co DIS 155.07B 17.59 1.34 2.8%
First Trust Health Care... FXH 1.18B 20 0.9 2.5%
Photon Control Inc PHO 79.55M 10.22 1 2.3%
Brookfield Asset Management BAM.A 44.31B 19.34 0.52 2.1%
Brinker International EAT 2.64B 14.54 0.4 2.1%
Sylogist Ltd. SYZ 249.35M 52.2 1.34 2.0%
Logistec Corporation LGT.B 442.18M 16.21 0.55 1.6%
Enbridge Income Fund ENF 4.00B 16.83 0.17 1.5%
Ceapro Inc. CZO 129.92M 19.85 2.14 1.3%
ProShares Ultra Nasdaq BIB 493.79M 30 2.18 1.3%
Pivot Tech. Solutions PTG 73.55M 9.55 0.45 1.3%
Biosyent Inc. RX 125.79M 34.13 -0.29 1.2%
XPEL Technologies Corp DAP.U 28.62M 18.28 0.1 1.0%
Pacific Safety Products PSP 10.96M 13.21 1.98 0.9%
Omni-Lite Industries OML 17.38M 22 1.11 0.8%
American Water Works AWK 14.82B 31.17 0.13 0.8%
IWG Technologies Inc IWG 11.88M 13.06 0.77 0.7%
I started following the stock market few years ago.
After a couple of wrong bets and bad advises, I have decided to take charge of my money! Do some studies on the matter and try to understand better the stock market mouvements, in order to maxime my utility in each investments.
I'm an amateur, and doing this on my spare times only.
Sorry for the Run-on sentences in advance. If you have any questions about my research or any data related to my blogs, just inquire about them via comment. I am a 20 year old finance student studying the pharmaceutical industry and in particular the top performing industries of Biotech and life science research. I research companies that target untapped markets and follow capital expenditure trends of the industry to capitalize on surrounding opportunities. Companies working with government funded research institutions (NIH, Foundations, Universities) are my favorite long picks. I am long small caps with strong pipelines and balance sheets, and short most one trick unicorns that don't have value or technical support. I pick my trades on a company by company basis. I don't always require that a company is involved in a favorable industry that has unmet demand by big pharma, but that is where I believe discrepancies in valuations occur most often. Recently, I have moved with momentum and enjoy testing hype in valuations. I use fundamental analysis, some historical pricing model techniques, and ultimately, macro themes to build and test my thesis's for industry analysis and trading. I always trade on technical analysis, but find value in fundamentals. In 2016, my Biotech industry top picks are involved in the clinical development of therapies in ophthalmology (Dry eye, DME, AMD), rare diseases (MF, Lupus, DMD), lung disorders (COPD), cardiovascular diseases (PAH, DCM, CLI), and breakthrough cancer therapies (so basically anything Celgene, Roche, and Novartis miss).
Expecting a lot of crowding in Melanoma (ex. ARRY) and cholesterol drugs (ex. $ESPR, $AEGR) in 2016 with multiple expected drug launches. Finally, I am excited for Biosimilars to make their debut in 2016. PAH patent expiration for $UTHR and others in 2017 and many more mAbs before 2019 should open up some serious patent cases and entrants. I am still expecting a ton of BLAs to be filed in 2016 (ex. $PFNX, $MNTA, $SRNE). Thanks for reading, tweet @Kuritzmike if you want to see what I'm trading on the day to day.
Part-time trader with a small budget to play with. I'm trying to learn how to keep my head above water in the trading world and after I stop inhaling water on every trade, I'll increase that budget and actually attempt to make some money.