The Wishful Thinking of Nuclear Fusion Energy

“I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.”—Stephen Hawking By L. J. Reinders Don’t expect scientists to harness the power of nuclear fusion anytime soon. Fusion occurs when atomic nuclei join to create a heavier atom, releasing power that … Continued

Meet Mike Niemotka

Home/Office location Round Lake, Illinois Age 54 Years trading 20  How did you start trading? My father introduced me to investing around the age of 13, but it was more the typical buy-and-hold for stocks. About eight years ago,I stumbled onto tastytrade as I was researching options trading, andI was hooked.  Favorite trading strategy for … Continued

Meet Kimberly Jane

@mommavestor Home/Office location Washington Years trading Three  How did you start trading? I have been engaged in the stock market for most of my adult life, but at first I invested in the market through a portfolio manager. When the market pulled back in 2018, I began to manage one of my accounts. I began … Continued

Meet Dino Karahalios

Home/Office location: Wauconda, Illinois Age: 68 Years trading: 16 How did you start trading? I attended a presentation by Tom Sosnoff, who was then CEO of thinkorswim. He spent a very generous amount of time answering individual questions and sharing his trading knowledge. I was ready to take more control of our savings from a … Continued

The Luckbox Bookshelf

New and not-so-new books that captured our attention this month The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution By Keith Devlin  In this scholarly 2011 biography of Leonardo of Pisa—the 13th-century math whiz better known as Fibonacci—author Keith Devlin documents a life of nearly unparalleled achievement. At the same time, Devlin shoulders the task of dispelling … Continued

Meet Joseph Barbuto

Home/Office location Long Island, NY Age 59 Years trading 25 How did you start trading? Around 1987, I was working for a small electronics company that Bear Sterns took public. This gave me some insight into the reality of small public companies. I started playing with penny stocks. What I learned about penny stocks was … Continued

Meet Derek Mullen

Home/Office location: Dublin, Ireland  Age: 48 Years trading: 15 How did you start trading? I was lucky enough to be working for a company that issued stock to its employees. This sparked an interest in learning about how markets worked. I took every course I could find. Once I started learning, I couldn’t stop. Favorite … Continued

Meet Alex Weisenbach

Home/Office location Cornell University (Class of 2023) Age 20 Alex Weisenbach began investing when he was 9 years old. Upon discovering tastytrade, a network that covers stocks and options, he called in so often to express his opinion that co-CEO Tom Sosnoff invited him to appear on a show.  Years trading 10 How did you … Continued

Where the Action Is

Volatility is synonymous with the probability of movement. Consistently volatile sectors, such as oil services (OIH), oil and gas exploration (XOP) and gold miners (GDXJ), have a high probability of movement. Other sectors, including consumerstaples (XLP), utilities (XLU) and healthcare (XLV), have a lower probability of movement, meaning they’re more stable and thus more appropriate … Continued

Celebrate National Mezcal Day

October is the perfect month to add a little smoke and spice to your favorite drinks Mezcal — tequila’s estranged cousin — is quickly becoming more popular than ever, and the fact that National Mezcal Day is Oct. 21, serves as a reminder to try it if you have not yet done so. You won’t … Continued