Hatch Investor Profile: Ben Langton Burnell, javelin star and investor from the Waikato

Ben Langton Burnell, known as Javmanben to his buddies, is a 26-year-old accountant, who also happens to be a professional athlete – a Javelin Thrower!

We spoke to Javmanben about how and why he signed up to Hatch, hoping to inspire like-minded people to follow in his footsteps. Here he is.

A bit about Ben

I live in Cambridge, Waikato, working as an accountant, but I dabble in photography and property as side hustles so to speak. When I’m not working, I’m playing music (piano and guitar) and spending time with my family and friends. My mum and dad are my biggest inspiration because of their incredible work ethic. I think I’ve inherited those genes, which is why I’m working hard with the hope to make it Japan – one of my biggest goals is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Why I’m keen on Hatch

I’ve always enjoyed investing in the share market. I see it as a way to earn passive income while I’m working my day-to-day jobs, and as an opportunity to understand the world’s economy, and how money flows. I don’t necessarily have an investment strategy, but I’d love to get to a position where I’m making multiple trades per week (using Hatch, of course!) for short term gains. 

Hatch has been a real learning experience for me – I’m learning through doing, and yeah, the markets are hard to predict. For instance, I bought Xilinx (XLNX) shares at $131 USD per share. And then that share price went and dropped! It’s now sitting around $120. If I subscribe to any investment philosophy, I guess it would be ‘buy and hold’. So here I am, waiting patiently for those shares to come back up. Eventually, they will. I’m known for grinding through personal setbacks – so this is just a blip for me.

My fave Hatch picks

VISA is looking good to me. We all know how credit makes the world go ‘round – for better or for worse. I’m also keeping a close eye on some of the semiconductor equities like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and NVIDIA (NVDA). One thing I’m not looking into is cryptocurrency. I’m not too sure about its future based on everything I’ve read about it.

Javmanben’s investment tip

If you’re getting started with Hatch, I’d recommend reading up on the sector you’re looking to get into whether it’s tech, or water, or whatever. That said, what you’re reading makes a big difference. I wouldn’t use the info from the conversations on Yahoo Finance to guide any of my decisions! Most of the investors on there don’t have a clue, if I’m brutally honest, give pretty crappy advice. Do your own research instead.

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