I’m Clay. I’m a 33 year old normal guy who makes a living trading stocks, teaching, and blogging. I am not the stereotypical “Wall Street trader” who lives the crazy lifestyle that is often portrayed in TV and movies.
I don’t drive a super fancy car, I don’t own mansions, and I don’t have millions upon millions of dollars. What I do have is a gorgeous wife, two great children, a fantastic family, awesome friends, and a “job” that allows me to spend most of my time with them.
ClayTrader is not my real name, it is simply an alias that most other traders know me by. It was given to me by my coworkers when I used to work as a process engineer for Honeywell ($HON). During any break time, slow time or lunch time, they would always see me looking at stocks and technical charts. Although I was not a “day trader”, they decided to substitute my first name, Clay, in for “day” and the rest is history.
I first became interested in the stock market in 2005 while I was still in college at The Ohio State University studying to get my degree in engineering. I will not sugarcoat anything… I was, quite frankly, a nerd who loved math and anything that involved numbers. With numbers, patterns, and sequences being a major factor in the world of the financial markets, it was a natural fit.
Like most new traders, I was all over the map in terms of my consistency. I would nail multiple winners in a row, but as soon as I thought I had it figured out, I would have multiple losers in a row. When I finally identified what my problem was, my trading career really began to take a turn for the better.
What was my problem? I did not have a core strategy, nor any sort of foundation to build my education and strategies around. With this realization, I began the hunt for an analysis procedure that would begin to give me consistency in my profits. After a long and intense search, I chose technical analysis (the use of charts) as my primary tool due to their ability to remove emotions when analyzing a stock.
As the emotions were eliminated thanks to charts, my consistency became more and more predictable. Did I win all the time? Of course not! (Anyone who claims this is a liar!) Did I begin to see an upwards trend to my profitability? Yes!
There are a few reasons, but by far the most prominent reason is because I have a sincere passion for teaching and find great enjoyment in doing it.
During my senior year of high school, we were required to job shadow three different professions (one week each) and then write a final paper on it. My three weeks were spent with an engineer, a lawyer, and a teacher. While I ultimately chose to major in engineering due to the huge job demand for that profession, the experience I enjoyed by a long shot was with my former 5th grade teacher. She allowed me to teach a few different lessons (and put my own twist on them) and I had a great time with it, but most importantly, I discovered an unknown passion I had for trying to help others learn.
This blog allows me to once again enter into the teaching arena that I enjoyed so much during that high school experience. However, I will not sit here and pretend to be a perfect angel that is doing this all solely out of the kindness of my heart… the extra money I make for doing something I love is pretty awesome. It’s a true “Win-Win” for everyone. You get to learn how to improve as a trader, and I get to do what I love while making some extra income doing it!
I know what you’re thinking,
Just because you have a passion for something and love it does not mean you are actually “good” at it.
This is an extremely fair observation, and in responding to it, I would obviously be biased towards myself. All I can essentially say in response comes in two forms.
First, I am the #1 most followed trader on the world’s biggest small cap trader message board forum: Investorshub.com.
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While Investorshub.com certainly does not have the number of members such as Facebook or Twitter, it does contain over 500,000 registered traders. Being the #1 most followed member out of all these other traders demonstrates the passion and effectiveness of my teaching.
Perhaps you’re still skeptical? That’s fine and I take no offense. This is the internet and I am a stranger to you.
All I ask is that you keep in touch with me so you can see how I operate things around here. While I do charge for the premium training and services, I also offer free education, so by keeping in touch, you will be made aware of the free content that is also available.
Facebook and Twitter are two great options in the social media world to keep in touch; however, I also have a free newsletter you can join. As a ‘thank-you’ for signing up for the newsletter, I will send you a free resource guide, The 5 (Dirt Cheap) Tools I Use To Find Stocks To Trade (Including 3 Completely Free Tools). I assure you, there is no catch and you may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.