I am a securities trader who holds a BSIT degree and an MCSE certification from Microsoft. I consider myself to be a buy-side analyst and investor who favors a mix of quality dividend paying stocks and individual corporate bonds. I often utilize options strategies to make stock trades and/or to initiate long-term investments; and I often utilize options strategies to hedge my portfolio against potential losses. I am a very technically oriented individual who believes that, with regard to one's investments, technical data coupled with fundamental data provide the best formula for long-term investment success.
Alan Brochstein, CFA, was the first investment professional to devote himself to sharing his observations about the cannabis industry from an investor's perspective publicly. He runs 420 Investor, a subscription-based due diligence platform for investors interested in the publicly-traded cannabis stocks and is also the founder of New Cannabis Ventures, a content aggregation site focused on investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.
Alan has worked in the securities industry since 1986, primarily with the responsibility for managing investments in institutional environments until he founded AB Analytical Services in 2007 in order to provide independent research and consulting to registered investment advisors. In addition to advising several different hedge funds and investment managers, including Friedberg Investment Management, where he participated as a member of its investment management committee, Alan was also a senior analyst for the independent research firm Management CV. In 2008, he began providing a first-of-its-kind subscription-based service for individual investors, Invest By Model, which offered two different portfolios that investors could replicate in their own accounts for $20 per month. Alan also offered The Analytical Trader at Marketfy, where he used fundamental and technical analysis in a disciplined process to offer specific trade ideas geared towards swing traders.
Alan launched www.420Investor.com in late 2013 as the premier source of information for "Green Rush" investors seeking to capitalize on the proliferation of legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In March 2014, Alan, who is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, began to focus solely on the cannabis sector. He launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com in late 2015.
You can follow Alan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/420investor) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Invest420). Alan also moderates a large LinkedIn group focused on the cannabis industry, Cannabis Investors & Entrepreneurs (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6523904)
I am now trading independently and I hope that this will serve as a resource center as you research your own trades. I trade stock and options and mainly focus on event driven strategies such as mergers & acquisitions, biotechnology, and earnings. As I place trades in my portfolio, I will update my blog with the trade, price, and thought process.