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Big thank you to everyone who has helped me reach 10k followers 🙏 I hope what I post on here helps your process. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d share my background story with trading...
I’m still very much a Rookie when it comes to trading. 2020 is actually my first full year. I’ll always be looking to learn more. Special thanks to the people on this list who share their experiences on twitter twitter.com/i/lists/122580…
First, I’m 22, Just graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I’ve always loved learning new things and figuring out the way things work. I’ll be going back to UMD in the fall to start my MS focusing on machine learning + design optimization.
Outside of trading my passions are photography and Soccer/ Baseball. I’m a big Man U, Dortmund, and Nats fan. Here’s an old video of a freekick session if you are interested:
But getting into the story… At UMD there is an honors Seminar Class Taught by Dr. Eric Wish @wishingwealth called “An Introduction to The Stock Market and Technical Analysis”. Its reviews were fantastic and I was finally able to take it in the spring semester of 2019.
At this point I knew nothing about trading/investing/The Stock Market. I was really interested but apart from watching the Big Short and hearing about the Dow Jones/ NASDAQ/ SP500 on NPR I was clueless.
Dr. Wish and his co-Instructor David McCandlish have been teaching this class for years and the first lecture is dedicated to an overview of the course+basic Financial Literacy concepts such as Roth IRAs. I don’t think I’ve ever taken such thorough notes in a class. I was hooked.
As the class goes on we learn more and more advanced concepts: how to determine if a stock is in an uptrend, how to use #CANSLIM, and when to buy on pullbacks. Technical analysis and analyzing trends really appealed to me coming from my engineering background.
As part of the class we read foundational trading books written by Market Wizards. Darvas, O’Neil, Minervini. I discuss my favorite ones in this video:

Full list:
wishingwealthblog.com/recommended-re…
A month into the course we started an 8 week contest where we have to apply what we have learned. Before we can trade we have to write our own complete set of trading rules about Market Conditions, stock selection, position management… It has to be comprehensive or we cant trade
I was determined to win and spent most of my time that semester looking at charts and watching trading videos like these: youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Over the 8 weeks I had some decent winners $PLNT $UBNT $TTD $CGC. But I didn’t yet get the finer elements of trading such as only considering the best setups and focusing on leaders with superior technicals + fundamentals.
I ended up making 4.3% over the 8 weeks Some more statistics are below (simulation used a mock 100k portfolio. I finished 4th in the class and was definitely disappointed. Still I felt I had done very well considering I didn’t even know what an ETF was 2 months earlier
After the simulation we wrote up a final report summarizing our performance, analyzing key trades, and noting important trading rules changes. I got an enormous amount out of this. My biggest two mistakes were buying extended from a proper buy point and selling winners too early.
After the Spring Semester I was picked to be a TA for the fall semester. I was determined to keep learning and improving and so I did what most new traders these days do, I opened a Robinhood account.
That summer I was working at the Naval Research Laboratory, trading stocks in my spare time and I also decided to start a Youtube Channel to help shorten the Learning curve for others. My charts at this time were still very cluttered:
In the summer 2019 I struggled in the robinhood account to make money and in my Roth IRA which I was trading the QQQ I performed along with the market for the most part. Trading is hard!
Helping teach the fall semester of Dr. Wish’s Class was excellent. I took even more notes and got to hear some excellent guest speakers including Mark Minervini @markminervini and Irusha Peiris @IBD_Irusha . I also heard them a second time at the IBD meetup in D.C.
I found I really enjoyed teaching and kept up with my Youtube videos during the Fall Semester. I was also working in the mornings before class at NRL and for the Diamondback as a news photographer. I also had my Senior Capstone (see below) I didn’t get much sleep this semester😴
For 2020 I decided to really get serious with both trading and Youtube. I contributed money that I had saved through internships. And I also started some key series on my channel including Python for Finance and The Stock Market Outlook.
Before the crash I didn’t make much headway, but my education from Dr. Wish and from IBD allowed me to lose only ~2% in February after noting the rising Distribution days and technical weakness
After the crash I overtraded and got in and out of strong stocks way too much. I also let shakeouts above the 21 ema get me out of huge winners like $DOCU prematurely. Still I did decently well in the first half of 2020 up ~21%
The second half of the year has been much kinder thanks to $LVGO and $TSLA in particular. Currently sitting at 50% YTD. Many people are doing much better than this and that’s great. I know I made mistakes and have learned from them. I'll finish the year strong💪
Trading and Youtube have already provided me with amazing opportunities such as partnering with a company who has helped me immensely: @IBDinvestors Big thanks to @hratzky and Jane Huang. The IBD crew truly care about helping traders/investors of all levels.
My goal is to keep learning, posting on twitter, and making videos. I try my best to post helpful info+high probability setups. I encourage you to subscribe to my Youtube channel if you haven’t already checked it out. Here’s my most recent weekly watchlist
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