I am an engineer in my early 30's living in the US. I am particularly interested in energy, lately natgas and coal, and have a bit of a bias for fearing inflation. Traded stocks and ETF's since 2004, options since 2012.
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10 years of experience as a natural gas and wholesale electricity trader for a large merchant energy company, where I generated over $10 million of average gross margin per year. I am currently managing my own capital trading energy commodities and related equities.
Update 6/2017 my IRA is being grandfathered and since I have an acct with less 100K I can no longer buy and sell stocks at my leisure. I can keep the stocks I have already bought; I plan to ride it out before transfering my acct. to a yearly fee based acct which I can buy more ETFs.I'm a undergrad in biology. I'm long XLF AAPL LVS TCK and several mutual funds. I've been an investor in mutual funds since 2002, but found to dislike like the +/-gains. My first 'almost' double bagger was CAT. I held BP through the whole oil spill only to sell at mere gain. I don't short or play options. XLF is good to buy with the removal of Dodd-Frank law. Sold: CENX 2.6 bagger; MUSA at 40% gain after spin-off dividend from MUR; KCG 26% gain after holding for 2.5 years; ALSN was a 1/3 gain after only 6months 2016-2017. ACI 99.95% lost... just couldn't sell after 75% of my money just vanished. Small losses/small gains: IBM, MUR, PFE, HP, LUK
Peter Lynch said "There is always something to worry about. Avoid weekend thinking and ignore the latest dire predictions of the newscasters. Sell a stock because the company's fundamentals deteriorate, not because the sky is falling."
Warren Buffett: I say hold, basically hold. I mean, the idea that the European news or slowdown in this or that or anything like that, that would not cause you to own a good farm and had a run by a good tenant, you wouldn't sell it because somebody said here's a news item, you know, this is happening in Greece or something of the sort. If you owned an apartment house and you got to raise your rents a little, it's well located and you have a good manager, you wouldn't dream of selling it. If you had a good business personally, the local McDonald's franchise, you know, you wouldn't be thinking about buying or selling it every day.
I'm a bottom feeding speculator in the small-cap and micro-cap biotechnology sectors. Material and Energy stocks are also exciting to me and I'm learning more about them and their cycles.
I'm not a fan of dividend investing, and sometimes intentionally avoid stocks that distribute them. I like volatility and scary things that do not make promises.
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