TOP 2017 PICKS: $AAPL $150, $TASR $35/$36, $KHC $112.5, $KO $60+
Finance Executive - Consultant - Trader- My directional trades will consist of selling puts and buying call spreads and selling calls and buying put spreads. Selective Employment: United Parcel Service, Canon Latin America, Amazon.com Education 1999 MBA - Wayne Huizenga School of Business at NSU 1995 B.Sc Business Administrative Studies NSU- Banking and Finance Specialty 1992 AA Business Miami Dade Community College 1987-83 Economics Faculdade Candido Mendes RJ Brazil Incomplete Certificates - Series 7 and 63- 2001 Expired - Real Estate sales associate 2004 - Expired Trader for JGM Securities/ Broadway Trading - 2001
“The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950’s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. I think I could make you 50% a year on $1 million. No, I know I could. I guarantee that.” – Warren Buffett, 1999
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.
Here's my portfolio composition as of March 1st 2017.
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.
Has 16 years of investment experience. Holds Bachelors Degree in Business and minor in Economics. Holds special interest in options trading and hedging strategies utilizing options. Resides in the USA
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Analyst for an environmental consulting group. Graduate student studying advanced analytics. I follow the markets as a hobby.
Always seeking to learn something new about the markets. Mostly focused on long-term investing but interested in short-term trading as well. I enjoy sharing ideas and knowledge here on SA.