The buy-and-hold approach to the stock market generally isn’t a celebrated strategy among Reddit’s “Wall Street Bets” bunch, but more than a few glasses are being raised for one member of the meme-making trading community who claims to have made an absolute killing in recent years.
IKnowTheCodings, as he goes by on Reddit, says his portfolio, which includes the occasional options play, has multiplied 20X since he got started about four years ago.
Of course, he wasn’t hailed as a hero by everyone. Not in this group. ”Making millions over 4 years isn’t what this forum is about, 1 week or nothing,” Paradox501 wrote.
Most, however, prodded him for some tips and insight, and he was happy to oblige, answering dozens of questions as his post continued to attract attention.
So what’s his secret?
“Research and then following my gut. I think the thing I’ve been most successful with is not cutting off winners that will double when I’m up 10%,” he wrote of his investing method. “Limit number of positions. Don’t chase/revenge/FOMO trade. Buy the dip. Nearly every lesson you think you’ve learned will be the wrong lesson to apply at some point in the future.”
He said that he usually focuses on a single position, sometimes as much as 90% of his portfolio will be concentrated on his conviction pick. At the moment, he’s “the most diversified” he’s ever been, with his portfolio split between AMD AMD, -3.99% and Norwegian Cruise Line NCLH, 4.52%.
“They have 18 months of liquidity. If cruises aren’t back by then there are a WHOLE lot of other businesses that will be going under in the meantime,” he said. “I’m planning to hold until at least 40 and think it could be a year to a year and a half. Other cruise/travel stocks probably good too but NCLH is my favorite. I’m considering moving some more from AMD over in the next couple months.”
If Norwegian hits his target, IKnowTheCodings said he will consider hanging it up. “I like my job [as a web developer],” he said. “I’d probably be more tempted at 4M.”
Assuming his trading tale is true — he didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment — his push toward an early retirement took a baby step forward in Wednesday’s session, as shares of Norwegian rallied almost 5% amid a broader market advance.