Joe Kunkle, Boston MA
I am the founder of OptionsHawk.com and run a subscription service. I previously managed Institutional accounts, but currently am just trading my own accounts and focusing on the OptionsHawk business.
Graduated Bentley University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Graduated Boston University in 2007 with a master's degree in investment management. Passed Level 1 of the CFA in December 2006
Most recently worked as an Equity Analyst for Thomson-Reuters on a new venture at Thomson Squawk-Box. I provided a wide array of live market analysis which includes but is not limited to swing trades, long-term trades, monitoring of the options market, option trading strategies, sector analysis, conference call coverage, earnings previews, trading tools, intraday trades, and other trading strategies. More recently I created Trader’s Hub, an interactive chat room via Reuters Messaging, where I provided live daily market coverage and trade ideas to the top traders at more than 50 institutions and hedge funds.
I have been trading for 15 years and have studied a variety of trading techniques and strategies. I combine many trading philosophies and combine technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and macro-economic analysis into every trade. I mostly trade options and implement complex option strategies to take advantage of favorable risk-reward set-ups.
I also believe in industry specific metrics and am developing a trading strategy around these metrics.
As for technical analysis I use a variety of techniques, but favor trading triangles and basic trend line support and resistance in channels and breakdown/breakout patterns, with a major focus on volume on the moves. I am a trend trader and will not fight a trend, because that is a losing strategy. I take pride in my stock picking ability and have had a lot of success in finding under the radar stocks that provide huge returns, and often find stocks that are eventually taken over.
Options provide the flexibility and leverage so that traders can make major returns in any market. I am an active trade and set strict profit taking targets and stop losses. I make large % gains in options trading based on news driven and technical analysis driven trades that allow me take advantage of moves in implied volatility. I track the options market and use unusual activity as a signal to follow the trade if it makes sense to me and there seems to be a story behind the action.