The Van Scan is a place to discover and discuss worthy speculative trade ideas on the US stock markets.
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This is a place primarily for speculative traders (not investors). I am primarily interested in high-risk / high-reward trades. Penny stock ideas are the norm. Option trade ideas are encouraged. Witty dialogue is a must. Humility and thick skin are helpful.
I welcome you to MY WALL...
When I'm actively trading, you can find me on this board and in these other places:
1. The Option Millionaires chat room. If I could be in only ONE place, this is hands down the place I would choose to be. The wealth of education I receive here from experienced and successful professionals is unparalleled. I know I am biased as I am involved in the development of this site/service, but I have found the trade ideas given out during market hours in real-time are the best currently available as far as stock options go.
2. On Twitter. Follow me @vantillian 3. My parents' basement eating chips off my chest on a couch from the 70s.
"Friends don't let friends trade alone. You need a community to thrive. The quality of your success is in direct proportion to the quality of people within the community. So choose your networks wisely, friends."
A kind word to the would-be penny-only players.
Friends, penny stocks can be fun and profitable. More often than not, they can prove addicting. I do trade penny stocks and often fall in and out of love with them. I like to research penny stocks and discuss them with others. But penny stocks are not for everyone. They are attractive because of the potential for multi-bagger gains. They are attractive to those who have the "gambling spirit."
But all of us that have traded penny stocks for any length of time have gotten burned by lies, dilution, shorts, or any number of the enemies against a share price going up. Penny stocks are not all that I trade. I use about 5% of my portfolio to trade in pennyland. I use another 5% of my portfolio to invest in stock options.
I want to humbly suggest looking into stock options if you are looking for the same kind of high-risk / high-reward potential without all the drama of pennyland. Here is a recent post by my good buddy jimmybob that will help summarize the allure of stock option trading. For me, its not one or the other. I trade penny stocks. I trade stock options. I trade anything that moves, really. But I'm also a speculative gambler, and I want to put that 10% of my portfolio money in something that has the potential for mammoth returns.
If you are interested at all in the wonderful world of stock option trading and investing, there is really only one place I can recommend with every fiber of my being.
"The Van Man luvs ya baby."
Any whiny posts will be deleted. You have been warned. These stock picks are ALL very high risk and you should expect to lose all your money before investing. If you are playing with money you cannot afford to lose, then you have a problem and should either cease and desist frominvesting and/or find pastoral help immediately from a Bible teaching church in your area. If you are a crummy trader, learn to be a good one before we and others take away all your money. If you are sitting on 50-100% profits on an OTC issue and have not lightened up on your position at all, you are stupid. Very.
PLEASE NOTE WELL: I reserve the right to buy or sell any securities at any time without warning. You should not interpret anything that I post as a recommendation to buy or sell securities. You should assume that I hold a large position that I am looking to liquidate on any stock I highlight. Everything on this board and in all my posts is simply opinion. If you follow my picks you should be prepared to lose your entire investment.
FIND A TRADING STYLE THAT WORKS FOR YOU! All of us are wired differently and there are as many different kinds of trading styles and methods as there are personalities. The market truly is a microcosm of life. Ebb and flow is an ever-present reality on every stock. That being said there is one ultimate common denominator to successful trades. Sell your stock higher than where you bought it!!!
WHAT HAS WORKED FOR VANTILLIAN is to have a couple different strategies at work simultaneously. The first strategy is to keep my ear to the ground on stocks that may move soon (say between a week to two months out) and begin ACCUMULATING a nice position. I don't mind spending a good deal of money (over $5-10K) on plays like this where I have really done the DD. But these tend to be somewhat boring plays until the big moves happen. So.....because I tend to suffer from market ADHD I need to have one cash pool designated for ACTIVE DAYTRADING. I probably make between 20-50 trades on any given day. I am looking for anything that moves in order to make quick intra-day gains of 10% or more. I generally invest less than $3,000 per trade on these kinds of stocks unless they are trading insane dollar volume (over $1M daily as a rule). Taking a haircut (i.e. loss) is part of the daytrading game too. But so is averaging down! It's not a precise science and much like a sport such as basketball or golf you must always have the mindset of a humble learner that though they continually improve, they are ever an infinite distance away from perfection! Self-proclaimed OTC Jedi-masters are only fooling themselves! Be careful of those tooting their horns the loudest. You simply will not find the trader/investor who is never wrong. Being wrong is part of the game, but being right more than you are wrong is essential to survival! So learn from all your mistakes. Take something with you that makes you a better and stonger investor/trader. Here is some inspiration and truth from Rocky Balboa!
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