My strategy remains unchanged. I am looking for slow moving products to sell at high profit margins (minimum 20%). This is in contrast to other (much richer) traders out there who look for fast moving but low margin items to sell. My style suits my play time. I am trying to avoid the competition whereas the other traders take them on (and win).
An item that I can buy for 100m ISK from a Jita sell order and sell in Dodixie for 130m in 5 days time with no maintenance to the sell order is fine with me. In fact, that would be just ideal. If i had 5 products that did that then i would earn 150m ISK over 5 days for 500m ISK invested. That is close to getting me a Plex a month. (before taxes etc etc but you see my point)
My overriding aim is that each business venture must be able to Plex an account per month and my total time spent on my businesses each day must not exceed 45 minutes.
As a general rule, if I am able to log on for at least 45 minutes each day then I make 7bn ISK per month. When real life is busy I make less (sometimes close to nil) and other times I make more.
When i look at how the sell orders are split over my alts, it is noteworthy that my Amarr business is smaller than Dodixie. This is a reflection that Amarr, whilst being a large market, is quite competitive. In fact, i suspect i am slowly starting to leave Amarr. I have always found Dodixie works best for my strategy.
The Jita sell orders are actually sell orders in two regions near Jita. I don't sell more than a few items in jita - way too competitive.
My Corporation holds the ISK balance and Plex.
The 8.7bn of items sitting in Jita are items stored there to replace items sold in the trading locations. I would have had them couriered to those locations in early January.
Perhaps not an inspiring increase on 2014 but i will plead Real Life getting busier.
Given how busy Real Life has been i have not really changed what i sell much. If anything, i have started selling the T2 variants and some Blueprints that typically sell for over 1bn ISK.
Therefore, when i put that altogether in the mix, and my Trading / Manufacturing made me 78bn ISK in 2015 vs 90bn ISK in 2014 which is a fairer reflection of real life being busier.
I started investing in Plex back in February 2014 (at a starting cost of 636m per Plex!).
My reasons for investing in Plex i detailed in an early post but in summary i find this is the best way of investing surplus ISK to hold its value in the game (i.e. an inflation hedge).
Since then i have entered the Plex market a further 5 times and now own 94 Plex, valued at 104bn ISK. I last entered the Plex market in March 2015. My total cost has been 67bn ISK - so a nice tidy profit.
One side effect of this 104bn ISK of Plex is that a 5% fall in the price of Plex will reduce my wealth by 5bn ISK.