Stephen Vita

Stephen's background includes working in the investment business since 1986. Most recently, he started and ran a successful subscription-based investment website, Alchemy Of Trading LLC, from 2005 to March 2015. Prior to that, for nine years he was a Portfolio Manager with a Registered Investment Advisor, responsible for all client portfolio decisions, stock analysis reports and recommendations. Before that he spent six years marketing mutual funds, insurance, and annuity products. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University Of Colorado, and a BA in English from the University Of Pittsburgh. Check out his blog Alchemy of Trading.

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  1. Asset Allocation

    3 Misconceptions about Warren Buffett

    Learn why Warren Buffett is the man behind the curtain and how he is misunderstood regarding the ways he has adapted and ...
  2. Tax Deductions / Credits

    Inside the Hedge Fund Infatuation with Charter Schools

    Find out why the federal tax credits available for investing in charter schools has lured dozens of hedge funds to the lucrative ...
  3. Markets & Economy

    3 Times the WTO Got It Right This Century

    Learn how the World Trade Organization (WTO) is facilitating landmark trade agreements that benefit both corporations and ...
  4. Mutual Funds

    The 4 Best Hedges for a Drop in the S&P 500

    Learn about the most effective S&P 500 hedging strategies available to protect a portfolio during steep corrections and ...
  5. Markets & Economy

    Macroeconomic Forces That Will Control Markets in 2016

    Learn why several basic macroeconomic factors will control the direction of stock and bond markets in 2016.
  6. ETFs

    4 ETFs To Trade the Euro (FXE, ULE)

    Learn how investors can utilize ETFs to trade major currencies such as the euro without the requirement of having a separate ...
  7. Politics & Money

    5 Times the European Central Bank Got It Right This Century

    Find out how the ECB made the right moves in pulling the eurozone through many difficult periods despite skepticism the euro ...
  8. Stocks

    4 Strategies to Short the S&P 500 Index (SPY)

    Learn the advantages and disadvantages of methods available to investors with the objective of making a bearish bet on the ...
  9. Alternative Investments

    4 Strategies Only Hedge Funds Dare Use

    Learn why investing strategies employed by hedge funds may result in steep losses and are not appropriate for most retail ...
  10. Bonds / Fixed Income

    3 Best Bond Strategies in a Rising-Rate Environment

    Find out which bond strategies offer the best protection and investment return during the Federal Reserve's monetary tightening ...
  11. Budgeting & Savings

    Will Airlines Keep Flying High in 2016?

    Learn why the airline industry has such a unique set of variable and fixed costs that makes it very difficult to forecast ...
  12. Investing Strategy

    3 Long-Term Investing Strategies With Strong Track Records

    Learn why discipline and a statistically valid investment strategy can help an investor limit losses and beat the market ...
  13. Mutual Funds

    The 3 Best Downside Protection Equity Mutual Funds

    Learn how it is possible to profit in a bear market by owning the correct selection of mutual funds that provide downside ...
  14. Stocks

    The 5 Biggest Asset Managers at the End of 2015 (BLK)

    Learn about the worldwide asset managers that prospered in 2015 despite a year of very poor performance in stocks, bonds ...
  15. FA Relevant

    Consumer Discretionary Vs. Consumer Staples in 2016

    Learn why understanding the seasonal tendencies of consumer discretionary and consumer staple sectors will help improve investors' ...
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