Large swings in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and other major market averages always seem to increase the level of fear in business news headlines. Here are some good ones we’ve seen in the past few weeks: “Panic selling returns to fragile markets” “Investors urged to avoid panic… Read More
Amber Hestla is Lead Investment Strategist behind Profitable Trading's Income Trader, Profit Amplifier and Maximum Income. She specializes in generating income using options strategies that minimize risk by applying skills she learned on military deployments and intelligence training to the markets.
While deployed overseas with the military, Amber learned the importance of analyzing data to forecast what is likely to happen in the future, a skill she now applies to financial markets. Prior to that, Amber studied risk management working undercover. While risk management is no longer a matter of life and death, she believes it is the most important factor in long-term trading success.
And although she makes her living in the markets, she continues to study the markets and trading daily. Her writing has been featured in trading magazines including the Market Technicians Association newsletter, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities and Stocks, Futures and Options in the United States, and Shares, a weekly trading magazine published in the United Kingdom.
I’m sure you think of option traders and long-term mutual fund investors as being at the opposite ends of the trading spectrum — and they are. But option traders can actually learn a great deal from long-term mutual fund investors. Because they invest for the long term, mutual… Read More
The market finally got its long-awaited correction as the S&P 500 plummeted 11% in just four days. Global growth concerns and currency wars sent shockwaves throughout the world’s marketplaces, sparing almost nothing. Even before the recent market crash, this has been one of the toughest markets in years… Read More
I’m fortunate to have spent time in the Army, especially working in intelligence gathering. If you’ve served, you know that teamwork is one of the core values of the Army. You never leave anybody behind. I apply this same thinking to the markets (and life in general). I… Read More
China is devaluing its currency. Oil is crashing. Greece is facing years of slow growth and might be dragging down the rest of Europe, where GDP growth is already slowing. The Federal Reserve is also concerned about global growth, which may delay an interest rate hike. The news… Read More
I study a number of great investors because I believe success leaves clues. Every buy and sell decision Warren Buffett makes tells us more about his process, and those insights can help us create our own success. While you’re obviously familiar with Buffett, you might not be familiar… Read More
For the inexperienced, the world of options trading can be daunting — even confusing, but once you understand the basics of how options work, they are as simple as buying or selling stocks. Today I’m going to explain how options are priced and how that knowledge has helped my readers… Read More
There’s a financial formula used by some of the largest banks on Wall Street, including Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). It’s the secret behind many of their top money-making strategies, and they’ve been using it for decades… Read More
After the pain and suffering caused by the global financial crisis, not to mention the losses many investors experienced, a lot of people still feel disillusioned with Wall Street. Maybe you’re one of them. I don’t blame you if that’s the case. After all, the crisis we experienced wasn’t a… Read More
Financial statements offer a great deal of insight into the complex process that is investment analysis. Successful analysis requires understanding what these statements say… but also what they don’t say. For example, the income statement offers insight into how much a company is earning, but it doesn’t tell us whether… Read More