Amber Hestla, Chief Investment Strategist

Amber Hestla is Lead Investment Strategist behind Profitable Trading's Income Trader, Profit Amplifier and Maximum Income. She specializes in generating income using options strategies that minimize risk by applying skills she learned on military deployments and intelligence training to the markets.

While deployed overseas with the military, Amber learned the importance of analyzing data to forecast what is likely to happen in the future, a skill she now applies to financial markets. Prior to that, Amber studied risk management working undercover. While risk management is no longer a matter of life and death, she believes it is the most important factor in long-term trading success.

And although she makes her living in the markets, she continues to study the markets and trading daily. Her writing has been featured in trading magazines including the Market Technicians Association newsletter, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities and Stocks, Futures and Options in the United States, and Shares, a weekly trading magazine published in the United Kingdom.

Analyst Articles

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) surprised investors who were concerned about slowing iPhone sales when it reported its fiscal Q3 earnings in late July. While profits on the smartphone were down, Apple reported sales of 40.4 million iPhones, slightly beating projections by 400,000. Read More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) surprised investors who were concerned about slowing iPhone sales when it reported its fiscal Q3 earnings in late July. While profits on the smartphone were down, Apple reported sales of 40.4 million iPhones, slightly beating projections by 400,000. Read More

 My years in the military have allowed me to see the world in a totally different way. While deployed overseas I tracked IED locations, went on convoy missions and gathered intelligence from local villages. I learned the importance of analyzing data to forecast what was likely to happen, and I… Read More

 My years in the military have allowed me to see the world in a totally different way. While deployed overseas I tracked IED locations, went on convoy missions and gathered intelligence from local villages. I learned the importance of analyzing data to forecast what was likely to happen, and I… Read More

I recently wrote about my No. 1 income strategy for this low-yield environment. Now, it might not have been the most exciting strategy. But when you consider the paltry yields being offered in other corners of the market, it is exactly the kind of thing that should get your heart… Read More

I recently wrote about my No. 1 income strategy for this low-yield environment. Now, it might not have been the most exciting strategy. But when you consider the paltry yields being offered in other corners of the market, it is exactly the kind of thing that should get your heart… Read More

For as much time as analysts spend studying charts and getting the opinions of other professionals, sometimes the most useful information comes from people outside the job. Whenever I attend one of my kids’ activities, I invariably end up near someone who wants to talk about what I do for… Read More

For as much time as analysts spend studying charts and getting the opinions of other professionals, sometimes the most useful information comes from people outside the job. Whenever I attend one of my kids’ activities, I invariably end up near someone who wants to talk about what I do for… Read More

Investors have a tendency to fixate on the negative instead of seeing the bigger bullish picture. Because of this, they often overreact to the slightest bad news and rush for the exits.  For the more level-headed traders out there, this can lead to great opportunities. Read More

Investors have a tendency to fixate on the negative instead of seeing the bigger bullish picture. Because of this, they often overreact to the slightest bad news and rush for the exits.  For the more level-headed traders out there, this can lead to great opportunities. Read More

It’s one of the easiest and safest ways to generate 20%-plus returns on a regular basis. Once you’ve mastered the technique, I wouldn’t be surprised if you stopped trading stocks or only buying and holding investments altogether. That’s how powerful this strategy is: It can drastically improve the way you… Read More

It’s one of the easiest and safest ways to generate 20%-plus returns on a regular basis. Once you’ve mastered the technique, I wouldn’t be surprised if you stopped trading stocks or only buying and holding investments altogether. That’s how powerful this strategy is: It can drastically improve the way you… Read More

Pension funds are in the news again… and the news isn’t very good. Many plans are underfunded, which means they don’t have enough money to pay the benefits they’ve promised. Among those many underfunded plans are funds managed by the city of Chicago, which were recently… Read More

Pension funds are in the news again… and the news isn’t very good. Many plans are underfunded, which means they don’t have enough money to pay the benefits they’ve promised. Among those many underfunded plans are funds managed by the city of Chicago, which were recently… Read More