Income investments are an important portion of any retirement portfolio. Historically, they’ve provided retirees monthly or quarterly income distributions to help cover expenses, health care and any other living expenses. The other morning I was perusing a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney report that outlined four… 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 recently learned that hot water can freeze faster than cold water. Perhaps you already knew this but it was news to me. It’s a phenomenon known as the Mpemba Effect. This Mpemba Effect seems counterintuitive. Water freezes at 32 degrees. Since cold water is closer to 32 degrees than… Read More
Whether it’s possible to beat the market has been the subject of much research and debate by... Read More
Whether it’s possible to beat the market has been the subject of much research and debate by academics and practitioners. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH),... Read More
Forty thousand-plus people flocked to Omaha, Neb., the first weekend of May for Berkshire... Read More
Forty thousand-plus people flocked to Omaha, Neb., the first weekend of May for Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-B) 50th-anniversary shareholder meeting. Along with many of my peers, I always... Read More
As an investment analyst, I spend a great deal of time studying the classics in the field. For instance, I read Warren Buffett’s annual letters to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) and the books of his mentor, Benjamin Graham. There are also books by Peter Lynch,… Read More
I saw a headline last week warning that an analyst at a major Wall Street firm believes the S&P... Read More
I saw a headline last week warning that an analyst at a major Wall Street firm believes the S&P 500 is at risk of a 5%-10% decline. I have no doubt Deutsche Bank’s (NYSE: DB) David... Read More
April will be the 70th month of economic expansion for the United States. That seems like a long amount of time, but it’s not abnormal. The last three expansions in the United States lasted an average of 95 months, with the longest lasting 10 years. Using recent history as a… Read More
You would be shocked to know how many accepted “facts” in the financial world are simply not true. For example, you may have been told that asset allocation — the amount of your portfolio you dedicate to stocks, bonds, etc. — is more important to your future returns than stock… Read More
Last week, I shared some research with you that I submitted to the Market Technicians Association... Read More
Last week, I shared some research with you that I submitted to the Market Technicians Association (MTA). My paper, “Fixing the VIX: An Indicator to Beat Fear,” earned me the 2015 Charles... Read More
Dear Profitable Trader readers, Next week, I’m headed to the 2015 Market Technicians Association’s (MTA) Gala Awards Dinner in New York City. The event is hosted by the MTA, a global organization of 4,500 professional investment analysts. I’m going because Amber was awarded the 2015 Charles H. Dow Award. This… Read More