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Trader J's Inner Circle
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Update: I'm now 53 and this thread was started way back in the late 90s during the .com boom! Oh the things we've seen since then.

Rather than update the text below, I wanted to leave it as much of it speaks to the legacy of the thread, my values and what I hope(d) to accomplish here on SI. Now that I'm retired, I'm starting back on the thread with the hope of getting a close knit community of individuals wanting to share objective information with each other for group benefit. Nothing more, nothing less.

My own foundation is one of values, ethics and integrity along with a lot of respect, humility, discipline and so many other things tossed in. I hope anyone who chooses to contribute here has many of the same qualities.

Good luck all!

Hello to all:

As a quick introduction, let me introduce my self. I live in the Pacific NW. I am 48, and have been actively participating in the US markets since 1989. As much as I would like to consider myself a long term investor, I am by nature, a day trader. I hold long term issues merely by necessity.

I have started this thread because of a number of requests asking for input, tips, picks, thoughts, etc. I do not believe any one source has all the answers, or for that matter, even a majority of the answers. We all have our own goals, personalities, and styles. Most of all however, their exists strength in numbers. We are a diverse people, with diverse backgrounds and careers; therein lies the power. Those that are free with their information and are willing to share openly, will do well as we gain trust in others that do the same.

I ask that in OUR forum here, that you refrain from the personal attacks and pointless, baseless hyping and trashing, that plague other boards. Allow those that share good information, research and knowledge to rise to the top and ignore those obviously have selfish goals in mind.

Not one of us makes the right decisions all the time. As a trader, you MUST accept this if you are to be successful. Following are some very important tips that I believe all traders should keep in mind:

1. It is ok to jump on a stock without doing a lot of research. I
have done this many times but only on the lead of a fellow
trader that I have come to trust. A small amount of basic, good
research can always be done. It can take less than a minute,
but will help identify what you are getting into.

2. Never blame someone else for losing YOUR money, it was solely
your decision to "jump in". Keep a record of those that
often make bad decisions.

3. NEVER get emotionally tied to a stock under any circumstance.
ANY gain, is better than any loss. And a small loss is much
better that a larger one. This may sound obvious but I have
seen many a trader and investor get caught by saying "I can't
sell now".

4. Do not get greedy. If you are happy with a result, take it off
the table and don't look back.....unless looking for a reentry.

5. Become an unemotional, trading machine. Allow yourself to learn
from past mistakes and use it to your benefit next time. You
WILL find that patterns can, and often do, repeat themselves.

6. Don't boast about gains, or deny losses. All of us have made
good picks and bad picks. A good track record and respect from
fellow traders is the ultimate reward.

7. Learn from others. Don't be afraid to admit that you don't
know ... it will cost you in the end.

8. Don't beat yourself up because of hind-sight. We all do, but
the main goal is to protect yourself from large losses and take
advantage of momentum to lock in any amount of gains. You will
often find yourself selling into sudden weakness only to find
the issue soon rising on unexpected momentum.

9. As a related note to #8, every second of the trading day
presents an opportunity to make money.

10. Work at becoming better. Do your research and homework to
discover what may move an issue the next morning.

11. Don't discount your gut. Yes, I told you to be unemotional,
but I have always listened to my gut feelings. I believe
that your gut is your unconscious telling you that you may
have missed something.

12. Understand some of the tax laws relating to trading and

13. I said it before, and I say it again: Don't get greedy!!

14. Become a member of SI. It is quite ok to "lurk" but you will
be amazed and how much more involved and successful you will
be by actively participating. Lurk for a bit, make a little
money, and the make the lifetime investment into SI.

15. But most of all, have fun.

The last thing I would like to say is that trading may not be for everyone but for an entirely different reason that you may think. Anyone can participate; no amount of money, wealth, experience, status, work ethic or anything else will preclude you from trading. They may make a difference in your success rate, but ultimately, anyone can participate. If you can't stand to see any amount of
money be lost, please do not trade. If you can't lose money, you won't have fun, and if you don't have fun, you won't do well.

I firmly believe that you will be far more successful at ANYTHING you do if you truly enjoy it.

With all of that said, lets get it on.

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52961ROKU: Well that worked well, LOL. Glad I still have it in other accounts. TheTrader J1Tuesday
52960TRADE: Out ROKU in my Roth at $184.70. Could go higher and I'll be back inTrader J-Tuesday
52959Market thoughts 9/23: Much like we could have all done a better job of seeing wTrader J1Tuesday
52958Very interesting push-pull today. So impressed with the likes of CRWD, ROKU andTrader J-Monday
52957I think that is exactly it ... anyone looking for green and ROKU has held up so Trader J-Monday
52956OK, thank you, good to know... Yes! ROKU is doing quite well, and I'd probaJ.F. Sebastian-Monday
52955added a bit to IBM and UBA and started position in ORI. IBM 5.5% div w/ their oE_K_S-Monday
52954I really have no clue JF ... I am thinking about picking up AAPL and maybe MSFT Trader J-Monday
52953Glad you only had small stake. Any thoughts on whether today will be the end ofJ.F. Sebastian-Monday
52952NKLA: Out. That is EXACTLY why you keep speculation trades to a VERY small % iTrader J1Monday
52951Thinking I'll be adding a little Apple at some point in the rollover IRA whiTrader J-last Friday
52950Markets looks to be in the middle of another 3-day flush. We're over halfwaJ.F. Sebastian-last Friday
52949It was interesting that AAPL was issuing all those 30 year bonds this last year E_K_S-last Friday
52948AAPL continuing to show weakness here. I predict it will fall again close to 10J.F. Sebastian-last Friday
52947Continue to nibble at SJM w/ small Buy at the open @ $109.60/share 3.3% div andE_K_S-last Friday
52946Added to IBM @ $122/share this AM 5.3% div and AGGZF a global AG supplier includE_K_S-last Thursday
52945I'm still sitting on my hands and not adding much. Either looking for tradiTrader J-last Thursday
52944Small add to SJM @ $111.66/share; 3% dividend still 50% of the position I want fE_K_S-September 16
52943I am doing small Buys and moving monies a large chunk from local Credit Union (lE_K_S-September 15
52942I'm now at 80% of my VNQ position 33% of my DLR.Trader J-September 15
52941I bought VNQ and DLR as well today.Trader J-September 15
52940Small BUYS for me today too in: RTX, AGGZF, IBM & VNQ All good div payers aE_K_S-September 15
52939TRADE: Bought CLX at $210.16. Don't want to miss it again and it's theTrader J-September 15
52938CLX: Big drop today but i haven't seen why yet. Back to the level I wantedTrader J-September 15
52937DKNG: I have a couple positions in a couple different accounts but I don't Trader J-September 14
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