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Jim Fink

Jim Fink is chief investment strategist for Jim Fink's Options for Income and Velocity Trader. He has traded options for more than 20 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 and is a CFA charterholder.

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.

Analyst Articles

Companies with predictable earnings have historically outperformed because investors value stability and are willing to pay for it. Fortunately, predictable companies are also easier to value accurately using snapshot earnings multiples, but it only works if one spends the time analyzing the income statement and isolating core earnings from reported earnings. Ignoring the anchoring bias of current market prices is the key to value-investing success. Read More

“If I had $10,000 to invest, I would focus on smaller companies, because there would be a greater chance that something was overlooked in that arena.”  —Warren Buffett Here are just three reasons why you need to hold top-flight small-cap stocks right now: Higher returns: If you had invested in… Read More

The stock market continues to rise as the real economy remains stuck in neutral thanks to monetary stimulus. When the monetary music stops, large caps will drop based on "risk-off" macro beta but small caps will perform based on fundamentals. Read More

With interest rates on fixed-income investments near all-time lows, income-seeking investors need to look at stocks. U.S. dividend-paying stocks historically outperform, but foreign dividend-paying stocks have performed even better. Read More