The Young Investor
- Max Levin
At the young age of eleven, I started watching and investing in the stock market. I was originally introduced to the market by my grandfather, who was retired with a lot of time on his hands. He was an amazing teacher who taught me everything that a young investor needed to know about investments. This included graphing, dividends, mutual funds, options, and trading techniques. Even though it was a hobby of his and he didn’t trade on such a large scale, I was still mesmerized how he created revenue by buying
and selling stocks on a daily basis. Since I could not drive, and had only a minimal amount of funding at such a young age, I thought that trading in the stock market would be a perfect business.
From the moment I learned about the stock market, all I wanted to do was make money. As time accumulated, so did the funding in my portfolio. I knew at a very young age what I wanted my future to look like. I would always ask people, what did for a living and wanted to know how they got there.
By the age of 13, while in middle school, I talked, walked, slept, and ate financial data. I followed the stock market from opening to close, watching trends and current data to make my next stock pick. My investing strategy was more on a longterm basis, buying and holding for a couple of months. I enjoyed giving people my opinion of stocks and financial data from all of the research and knowledge that I had gained.
It was not til the last year of middle school that I started investing in the stock market full fledge. Even though I attended school full time, I traded the stock market from an application on my cell phone, trying to hit every opportunity that arose. I would skim books on how to statistically read charts in depth and started to invest in many different sectors within the market.
During the summers I took part in internships that only enhanced my knowledge in specific financial fields. I am always looking for new businesses that I could be part of in the future. By taking advantage of these opportunities, it only gave additional motivation towards that specific financial business.
As a Freshman in high school I play lacrosse and am a member of the Debate and Mock Trial Teams. I also started my own company called StockPick101.com which is an online forum that the average person posts and comments about different investments and stocks. This is a resource for new investors and market enthusiasts. We supply the “101 in Stock Picks”. From there I gathered recognition by numerous media sources such as newspapers and magazines. It was evident that there was a need for such a service.
With my experience in the stock market and a view from someone of the younger generation, I started writing articles for my contemporaries to introduce new investors to the market. I have aquired my own column under the “Whiz Kid” and are writing articles for Mainstreet.com and Jim Cramer.