Pradeep Bonde at Stockbee has posted an interview with "Market Wizard", Mark Minervini.
For those who don't already know, Mark is something of a present-day all-star stock trader and, more recently, a stock trading educator. In 2000, Jack Schwager profiled Mark in his book, Stock Market Wizards, thanks to his largely self-taught skill and the trading record he had amassed up to that point.
Here's an excerpt from Stockbee's interview with Mark:
[SB]: "You often say the individual investor/trader has a great advantage over the Professional manager. What gives the individual investor the edge?
[Mark Minervini]: The biggest advantage that the individual investor has is control. With today’s technology, most traders can have the same tools as a pro. However, the individual trader has a tremendous advantage over professionals like mutual fund managers, mainly because they have greater liquidity and speed.
This enables the individual to be more concentrated in a smaller list of well-selected names at lower risk because the individual can utilize stop-loss protection with little or no slippage. The individual, with a faster response time, can be more patient and strike at only the most opportune moments, which is the best advantage of all.. "
After reading Stockbee's interview, be sure to check out Joe Fahmy's interview with Minervini for additional insights into Minervini's trading philosophy and what Fahmy learned from working with him. Excellent stuff.