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July 18, 2020, 12:32 p.m. EDT

He had $35,000 in retirement savings in March — 350 trades later and he’s apparently sitting on $1 million

Nikola Corp, Amazon, Disney and Apple were some of the Reddit trader’s winning bets

By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Prepare for some serious trading FOMO, courtesy of Reddit’s “WallStreetBets” community.

If his detailed story is to be believed, the user, who identifies as “Mori226” on the popular social-media platform, has had a spectacular run during the coronavirus pandemic, and he walked his fellow traders on Reddit through every step of his journey.

“I cracked the 7-figure mark, and then some. I started with $35k in my ROTH IRA in late February/early March,” the trader wrote. He said he pulled out about $50,000 along the way.

Check out: All about the Roth IRA

Here’s what his nosebleed trading climb looks like charted:

How did he pull it off? Mori226 offered up some of the tips that worked best: Hold at least 50% in cash reserves at all times, don’t beat yourself up on bad trades, let the winners ride, never put more than 25% in any single position and learn to cut your losses, to name just a few.

“Try to stay disciplined. Learning to control. my emotions was key,” he said. “Losses don’t kill options traders, calculating your alternate universe net worth on your woulda-coulda-shouldas do.”

Mori226 went so far as to lay out each trade made during that stretch. Here are the biggest winners, led by huge profits betting on alternative-fuel vehicle maker Nikola Corp. (NAS:NKLA) , as well as on Amazon (NAS:AMZN) (NAS:AMZN) , Disney (NYS:DIS) and Apple (NAS:AAPL) :

The trader also took some lumps, particularly on bets against the S&P 500 (S&P:SPX) :

And one last bit of wisdom to impart:

“Learning to get a sense of the current trend is the hardest part... Who is your best friend? The trend. Who gives you your giant pile of tendies [profits]? The trend,” he wrote, “Who buys your wife a new iMac pro? The trend. Never try to ‘outsmart’ the market. You’re going to lose you f*****g shirt.”

What do his buddies on “WallStreetBets” make of it all? The top comment pretty much summed up the outpouring of love, appreciation and unveiled envy: “Congrats! Now f*** off.”

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