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.