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Hi Michael,

First off, thanks for the invaluable content you put out there. I got your email from your podcast. I’m not sure if you read these emails or have an automated response for all the people that email you. So in case you do, here it goes;

I’m in my mid 20’s living in San Diego and will be transferring to finish my degree in Economics/Finance at a top 30 school this fall. I’ve had no family support and will rely on savings (been working full time to go to school) and some student loans. I have educated myself about the basics in value investing and other investment strategies for the last couple years but I wanted to trade. So I got into technical analysis and started position trading with about $5,000, holding about 3 trades at a time for several months and using stop losses, making money and losing money on small and mid caps in tech, retail and energy, using sentiment and moving averages. So I reverted to value investing and read some more before gambling away more money, until I came across your works.

I am not risk averse, but don’t have the stomach for draw-downs of more than 50%, plus I am a curious individual and like to be involved, hence why trend following sounds more appealing to me. I could have a value and momentum combined portfolio, but sounds like the average yearly return (back tested until 1967) is an alpha of 16% with beta of 18%. I am not expecting to become rich overnight (although that should be every capitalist’s goal) but to make enough to a decent income and enough time to focus on finishing school and learn more and more about the markets.

I understand this takes time and education and in fact have been digesting a lot of books and have be wondering what your take is if you were in my shoes.

Thank you for all you do,
[Name]

Some starting points here and here.