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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

Great Investors Focus on the Balance Sheet

by Jim Fink on June 22, 2018

Understanding a company’s balance sheet provides an investor with two valuable pieces of information: (1) stock valuation; and (2) risk of bankruptcy.

How to Avoid Dividend Time Bombs

by Jim Fink on May 25, 2018

High dividend yields are nice, but make sure they’re sustainable. Always invest in stocks based on strong business fundamentals first and high yield only second. Here’s a guide.

Best Dividend Stocks for Big Profits

by Jim Fink on May 18, 2018

Think dividends are boring? Think again.

7 Rules of Investing for Huge Profits

by Jim Fink on May 3, 2018

Jim Fink critiques James Montier’s list of investment principles. For the most part, they’re right on the money.

A High Short Interest Ratio is a Red Flag Warning

by Jim Fink on April 19, 2018

Short sellers on average are some of the smartest investors, so investors that buy heavily-shorted stocks are assuming additional risk. After thoroughly analyzing the stock’s business prospects, traders can buy puts if they agree with the short sellers’ pessimism and buy calls if they disagree.

How to Pick Industry Sectors: Economic Cycle or Calendar Seasonality?

by Jim Fink on April 5, 2018

Successful investing requires both a bottom-up and top-down approach. Identifying different stages of the economic cycle is not easy and a calendar-based seasonality approach is more precise and effective.

Buy Small-Cap Stocks and Profit as they Become Large-Caps

by Jim Fink on March 22, 2018

To generate big returns, go small. The best performing stocks typically start out as small-capitalization stocks. Small-cap stocks in general have outperformed the market over time.

How to Trade Volatility and Make Money with Limited Risk

by Jim Fink on March 8, 2018

The only way to make money with volatility ETFs is to bet against them using options. By using options, you can be an anti-fragile and convex investor, which is the most successful type of investor.

How Two Small Volatility ETFs Triggered a Stock Market Correction

by Jim Fink on March 1, 2018

Volatility exchange-traded products, especially XIV and SVXY, were the primary cause of the recent stock-market correction that dropped stocks more than 10%.  

Blockchain Yes, Bitcoin No: What is the Best Blockchain Stock Pure Play?

by Jim Fink on February 8, 2018

Blockchain is more exciting than bitcoin, but finding an investable opportunity in blockchain right now is more difficult than many investors understand.

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