Jim Fink is chief investment strategist for Options for Income, Velocity Trader, and Jim Fink's Inner Circle. He has traded options for more than 30 years and generated personal profits of more than $5 million. Jim also serves as an investment analyst at Investing Daily’s flagship investing publication, Personal Finance.
Hopelessly overeducated, Jim holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. For good measure, he has been a member of the Illinois and D.C. bars.
Prior to joining Investing Daily, and when not incurring student loans hiding out in academe, Jim practiced telecommunications regulatory law for nine years until he realized that he made more money trading stock options than writing briefs. After attending business school, Jim switched gears to the investment realm full-time, working for a university endowment, a private wealth management firm, an insurance and financial planning company, and as a Senior Analyst for an online investment newsletter service that encourages the wearing of funny hats.
A possible but unlikely descendant of legendary brawler and boatman Mike Fink, Jim defies his heritage, believing that investing success requires patience and analysis, not swashbuckling bravado. Besides his passion for analyzing and writing about stocks, Jim likes to hike in the desert Southwest, vacation in Las Vegas, play tennis, and feed his toddler son Cheerios.
The Russell 2000 small-cap index has already entered into a bear market and the near-term prognosis for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq is also bearish based on technicals and geo-political risk, but the longer-term outlook for equities looks bright based on extremely bearish investor sentiment and a resumption of corporate earnings growth after the terrible earnings drop of 2015. A global economic recession would change everything, however, and that is the risk investors fear most from China's current woes. Stock selection in such a perilous market environment is more important than ever. Focus on Roadrunner recommendations with high safety ratings. Read More
The small-stock resurgence has just begun with the best month of the calendar year for small-cap outperformance -- mid December to mid January -- right around the corner. Read More
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been hit hard by months of speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. Sell the rumor and buy the news, especially when you have a financial genius at the helm who is doing everything opposite from the herd. From now on, Roadrunner Stocks will focus on value stocks exclusively in honor of Warren Buffett, Ben Graham, Seth Klarman, and all of the other value-investment superstars of this and every other era. Read More
In the current issue of Roadrunner Stocks, two new BUY recommendations and two SELL recommendations have been issued. 1. The Value Portfolio is adding Internet services company Rackspace Hosting (RAX) and selling digital marketer Harte-Hanks (HHS).2. The Momentum Portfolio is adding emerging technologies software provider Globant S.A. Read More
The Internet has transformed global commerce and information and one of the hottest subsectors within the Internet space is managed hosting, which provides businesses with an online presence to connect with customers. This month's Front Runner is a managed hosting pure play that has partnered with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to reap profits from this high-growth Internet subsector. Read More
Diamond Hill Investment Group and CBOE Holdings are thriving, while third-quarter results have laid low a few other Roadrunner companies, but the future remains bright for all of these well-run businesses and the price volatility in October -- a month when many stocks typically reach bottom valuations -- has created tremendous bargains for the savvy investor now that it's November. Read More