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What I'm Trading - Krish

Starting at just 18yo, this student by day and sparky by night is on his way to an early retirement. Having seen demand for EV chargers at work skyrocket, this Kiwi investor bought into the EV boom.

Occupation: Student, Bachelor of Engineering

Industry: Electrical

Age: 18

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Hobbies/Interesting Fact About You: Student by day, Sparky by night

Stake portfolio size: $7,000 USD

What was your first investment on Stake?

Tesla (TSLA) and Nio (NIO). I am enjoying working in the electrical sector as a sparky. We have had incredible demand for EV chargers installation. It was a no-brainer starting my portfolio off with the biggest EV companies out there.

In one sentence, define your investing style.

Go big or go home.

Why are you in the market?

I want to reach a point where I can retire early. I subscribe to the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early). Everyone wants to be financially free and retire early, so the sooner I start, the sooner the day will come in my opinion.

What’s in your Stake portfolio right now?

Apple (AAPL), GoPro (GPRO), Nio (NIO), NanoDimension (NNDM), Tesla (TSLA), Rocketlab (RKLB), Vanguard S&P500 (VOO).

How are your returns so far?

My high growth stocks like Tesla and Nio are currently down 5-6% each, my lower risk stocks like AAPL and VOO (S&P500) are currently up 7-8%, also my free stocks which I got when I joined Stake are up 8% as well which is awesome. I only started investing recently having just turned 18 so I have decades to build and grow a portfolio.

Any other investments that are not on Stake?

Kiwi Saver for long term growth and safety. For those who don’t know, KiwiSaver is a voluntary savings scheme set up by the government that grows until your retirement. A lot of countries have something similar.

What are you watching? Why?

I’m still watching Nio, Tesla & Rocket Lab. Essentially the EV and Space sectors, as I feel like they will play a role in creating a brighter future and change the world as we know it.  By 2030 China, USA, and NZ are projected to only import EV vehicles, while Rocket Lab is planning to launch rockets more frequently which is a catalyst for the stock price.

What’s a piece of advice you’d give a newbie?

Don’t buy anything without doing your DD (due diligence). As the saying goes.

Don’t invest in companies you don’t trust & don’t believe because if they dip, you won’t make the conviction to make the most of the dip buying opportunity; that’s where gains can be made in the long run.

What’s one mistake you’ve made and what did you learn from it?

Buying “meme” stocks. Don’t buy the hype nor listen to other people. Do your own research and evaluate whether the company is undervalued or overvalued. After all, your capital is at risk so you must choose wisely and cautiously.

If you were to buy a US stock or ETF right now, what would you buy? Why?

I would buy S&P500 to take advantage of compounding returns while I’m young. the bigger the hill, the bigger the snowball. By starting at my age, I am getting in at the top of the mountain. The top 500 companies in the USA are huge companies that have built a great reputation for revenue growth and stock performance returns. I trust it to continue its years of consistent growth throughout my life.

ICYMI: make your own decisions

This is not investment advice, just my opinion. It doesn’t reflect any opinions of Stake. I’m as fresh to this as the next person off the street. Do your own research and make your own decisions.

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