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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

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.

Japanese Candlestick Whodunit: Bearish Engulfing or Dark Cloud Cover?

by Jim Fink on January 18, 2018

A bearish reversal pattern on Tuesday, January 16th for the S&P 500 suggests some downside through the end of January options expiration week, but the bull should soon return.

Trading the Bitcoin Craze Without Getting Hurt

by Jim Fink on January 4, 2018

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have outperformed stocks by a ton, but there are safer ways to invest in the bitcoin craze than in bitcoin itself.

Selling Options Lets You Win Just like the Vegas Casinos

by Jim Fink on December 14, 2017

Selling options can be profitable even if you guess wrong on market direction. That definitely beats betting on the roulette wheel in Vegas. Be the house, not the gambler.

How Ordinary Investors Can Benefit from a Rigged Stock Market

by Jim Fink on November 30, 2017

If one knows what to look for, ordinary investors can profit from the rampant stock-market manipulation just like the big boys. The secret involves trading options and analyzing “max pain” stock prices using publicly-available option open-interest data.

How to Protect Your Stock Portfolio in the Next Bear Market

by Jim Fink on November 17, 2017

My “three-legged stool” analytical approach is one of the best tools there is for predicting the market’s next move.

Why This “3-Legged Stool” Is Predicting Tough Days Ahead

by Jim Fink on September 28, 2017

My “three-legged stool” analytical approach is one of the best tools there is for predicting the market’s next move, and it doesn’t look good going into October 20th options expiration.

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