Recent graduate from Bulls on Wall Street and a full time day trader. I have been an investor in the stock market for over 20 years. It wasn't until Stocktwits and Twitter came out that I realized I was missing the boat in the market. I was your typical Buy and hold kind of guy and I had some fantastic wins. However, I also had some mammoth losses with that strategy. I read hundreds of books, went to investment seminars, subscribed to the Wall street Journal. IBD, Barron's and countless other financial publications. I spent thousands of hours studying and reading about the macro economy and companies I wanted to invest in. I studied company financials, read every article about them, listened to conference calls, looked into management, checked out their product or service all in the hopes of investing in the next Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, early and becoming an overnight millionaire. Then I started following day traders on Twitter and Stocktwits and I watched these traders make some pretty impressive profits holding a stock for literally 10 minutes or an hour. I actually watched one individual make an obscene amount of money in one stock both on the way up and then on the way down in about 4 hours. The kicker for me was when he concluded his trading in that stock he asked " Hey does anyone know what that company does?" I was floored!! They were in and out in one day and holding a cash position overnight. Not having to worry about waking up the following morning to some negative Press release about one of the companies they are invested in, or the overall macro economy that sends markets or your stock plunging. It was then that I decided to educate myself and learn this craft to become a full time trader. Now I am blessed and living my dream of making a living doing what I love as a day trader and blogging about my journey. You know you have passion for your job when you are sad that its Friday and you can't wait till Monday.
Hi, I'm a 26 year old investing and economics enthusiast with a passion for anything and everything surrounding the financial markets. I was raised by my father on the premise that "knowledge is power" and have used that theory to continually develop my understanding of the securities industry. Growing up my father only trusted himself to manage his and our family's assets and that had a major influence on me.
Just a little bit about myself. I graduated from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas in the spring of 2007 with a degree in Finance. Since then I have spent time as an equity research analyst for the largest investment advisory firm in Arkansas, worked in institutional fixed income sales for a regional investment bank, and most recently as an associate in the Private Client Group for the largest investment banking firm off Wall Street. My inherent interest in economics and investing is what drives me to never stop learning.
With that said if anyone is interested in sharing ideas, brainstorming, and/or engaging in general conversation feel free to shoot me a message.
Ranked #18 overall blogger by TipRanks for 2014.
University of Virginia, class of 2011 B.A. English
I am a young investor focused primarily on dividend growth stocks. Seeking Alpha, and more specifically, the dividend and income community that exists here, has played a significant role in my development as a portfolio manager. I am not a professional, though I do manage my family's finances. I enjoy the process; the research, the decision making, the strategic planning...and not paying a financial adviser to do the work for me. I've built what I believe to be a conservative, diverse, and balanced dividend growth portfolio currently consisting of 48 positions. Thus far, I've been able to meet by goals from income, income growth, and capital appreciation standpoints. I use a wide variety of metrics, both fundamental and technical, when establishing fair value when doing my due diligence on an individual company. All of my methods are discussed in my work here. I hope this work inspires debate, conversation, and education - this is why I write for Seeking Alpha, to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to hopefully contribute, in some way...even if its by posing a question, to the growth of others.
Lastly, I began doing this in early 2015 and I plan on continuing to do so: I donate as much of the earnings that I get from SA on a monthly basis to various charities. Depending on how active I am writing each month, and what sort of side projects I have going on at the farm my wife and I recently purchased, the amount donated each month differs. However, I am pleased to be able to give back - I think its important to stay grounded and gracious when focusing so much on finances and these monthly donations help me not to lose sight of generosity.
*I should note that all articles that I write here are done so for my personal informational/educational purposes only. Any purchases that I make or opinions that I express are not meant as recommendations for anyone else. Please perform your own due diligence before following my lead into or out of a position. I am not a professional. I enjoy investing and the open discussion that articles on this site inspire - this is why I write, not to influence anyone else's decisions, but to enhance my own ability to make sound financial choices. That being said, I wish the best of luck to everyone. May we all meet our own financial goals.
Deep due diligence to identify catalysts that move share prices, with the goal of showing how to take advantage of the subsequent overvalued/undervalued opportunities.
I am primarily interested in intellectual property and most healthcare verticals, but I try to write about anything that interests me. My work has been featured on SeekingAlpha, StockTwits, Yahoo Finance, and CNNMoney, among others.
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Providing insight and education to investors on the unique business of AVT, Inc. Manufactures of high tech automated retail machines that can dispense a wide variety of products from snacks, drinks, pharmaceuticals, gold coins, electronics, carpet cleaning machines, propane tanks, etc. We continue to develop innovative systems that provide operators with efficient methods to increase revenues, reduce shrinkage, and be remotely managed wirelessly.