How long have
you been trading?
during the halcyon days of the 1990s, when Federal Reserve
Chairman Al Greenspan was chastising the market and daytraders in
particular about “irrational exuberance” (not that such fanaticism is
entirely behind us). That was when you could place your chips on
almost any stock connected with the Internet and make a fortune.
At least for a few days. Dot-bombs like CMGI, and KTEL come to mind. Sadly and gladly,
those days are mostly behind us. And of course, Greenspan knew it
couldn’t last long before the rest of us realized it.
lifelong media guy. I’ve worked as a journalist for minor and
major market television, radio and newspapers. I’ve been a public
relations flack and marketing guru, a radio announcer and a magazine
and book publisher. And yes, I’ve written a few dozen books.
always on the move?
No. As much
as I enjoying visiting exotic new places and losing my luggage in
distant ports of call, I also like the tranquility of my own pad.
I try to take a new tour every couple of weeks, which means I’m
gone 1-2 weeks out of every four. Anything else is overkill.
Anything less and you can’t achieve economies of scale.
Charlie call home?
Be it ever so
humble, my home is in the suburban Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Of
course, that’s in Minnesota where it snows six months a year but
temperatures are often above freezing for at least one of the
other six months.
Do you make
money every day trading stocks?
No. I try
hard to do that, but nobody that I know can do that. Still, I earn
enough to Runaway for the rest of my life any gal pals I care to
lug along with me.
Yes. I have one
son, Marty, who's a senior producer for Fallon Worldwide, the
Minneapolis-based ad agency. You can blame him for producing those
wonderfully insane commercials about "Cat
Herders" and "Running
with the Squirrels." He's also a sports nut extraordinaire who created the popular mobile sports fan Web site, FanChatter.com.
money do you put in play each day?
I try to put
all of my trading funds, $25,000 to $30,000 in trades every day. Sometimes
that’s not possible, since stock markets can be fickle as a woman
in a shoe store (how’s that for sexist?). No sweat; with power
trading, I can boost that number to $120,000 and that’s more than
enough to make the kind of money I need (see my page on
capital requirements for trading).
most difficult part about trading on the road?
I’m not sure
yet. Sometimes it’s a drag being in a strange place without having
creature comforts readily available. Being able to grab a Coke and
tap out; go for a walk in a familiar park, make a sandwich, having
dinner or shagging some nubile young tart (just foolin’).
How Can I
feedback, comments, petty bitches and questions. I’m as close as
your mouse. You can reach
email me at:
Do you have a
product, service, destination, a hotel, a city, a country you
think Runaway Trader should know about? Maybe you’ve got a
wireless-related trading product you think I should review? Email
Charlie the Runaway Trader with your thoughts.
(If you have a
question about the equipment I’m using to make my Great Escape,
you may want to check the
Charlie’s Gear page first.