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Here at Sin Stocks Report, the ONLY thing we talk about is sin stocks and vice stocks! So, you might be wondering, “How did you become become interested in sin stocks?

How Did You Become Interested In Sin Stocks?

First, I should clarify: I tend to use the word “we” here because there are other people involved in this project, although it’s primarily me as the founder and creator who is the main contributor or at least the editor in chief.

So here is my story about how I became interested in stocks.

Prior to college, I had a lot of interest in business but not in finance or the investment world. I went to college to study for a degree in the humanities and my goal was to start a business after college.

Immediately after college I started a freelance writing business, but needed a part time job on the side to pay the bills while I got my business off the ground. That part-time job was at TD Waterhouse — the online stock brokerage company that gave people “do-it-yourself” access to buy and sell their own stocks.

The job came in at the height of the tech stock boom in 2000, and my role as a non-licensed employee was a combination of administrative support, “runner”, problem solver, etc. I would start the paperwork for new accounts and then hand off the final account completion to licensed traders; I would answer the phone and give stock quotes but then hand off trades to the licensed traders.

With daily exposure to the booming market, I started to develop an interest in stocks and began to research stocks — partly for my own interest and partly to know what I was talking about when people called in with questions.

I subscribed to a financial magazine and read it every month to dive deep on articles about stocks and the underlying companies. In one of those magazines was an article about something called “sin stocks” — an unofficial category of stock that was not strictly tied to an industry (like “airline stocks”) or market cap (like “small cap stocks”) but was a different way to look at stocks.

I tore that article out of the magazine and filed it in a file of stuff I wanted to read and think about some more.

That job ended shortly after the tech crash and I went on to work at other financial institutions in various capacities, including leasing and lending departments, real estate development, customer security, sales, and more. Five years later I got my licenses to trade stocks, bonds, and funds.

I worked as an Investment Advisor for a while then got into marketing (which is where my interest and education intersected) and I started freelancing for investment companies, financial education websites, and more.

Along the way, I still had that sin stocks article torn from the magazine and I would review it from time to time! And one day I decided to do some research on sin stocks for a client and discovered that there really wasn’t any solid information or reputable source for sin stock financial news and information. So I started Sin Stocks Report.

Somewhere in the past few years I’ve since lost that article in a purge of files but I’ve never forgotten it; it was the catalyst that started it all over 17 years ago.


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