I am a 29 year old who has been passionate about investing since my dad introduced me to this way of life at the age of 12. As I grew as an adolescent I used my life savings to try to earn my fortune in the thrilling world of high finance. Along the way I've made and lost several small fortunes through option speculation and aggressive growth investing and learned valuable lessons that I want to share. I am passionate about long-term, buy and hold, dividend focused investing. History teaches us that this approach is the most powerful means available to build long-term wealth and income. My goal is to teach my readers how to find, research and follow the kind of companies that will make their financial dreams come true. I now write for The Motley Fool and you can follow my work here: http://my.fool.com/profile/AdamGalas/info.aspx
Individual Investor. Focused on upcoming retirement (4-8 years from now, perhaps). Seeking a portfolio balance of secure/stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks.
Professional Background: Business Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and Risk Manager for a large University.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, PFE, CVS.
Consumer: MO, RAI, PM, DPZ, FIZZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX, KHC.
Tech and Content: FB, GOOGL, AMZN, AMD.
Small Caps: MGPI.
Utilities/Telcom: T, SO, D.
Industrial: LMT, RTN.
Financial Payment Processors: V, MC.
My great grandfathers greatest investments were that of the early investments in Ford Motor Company. His investment discipline has been passed down the family tree and likely is woven into my DNA. I have made many initial mistakes investing, but have learned from each event. I have become addicted to stock research and analysis over the last year and a half. My biggest stock analysis asset is my perceptions. I use my eyes much as the preaching's of Peter Lynch.
Portfolio Analyst at Phyto Partners
"Phyto Partners is a venture capital fund that invests in businesses that operate in and around the burgeoning cannabis industry. The Phyto team provides strategic business resources to companies that participate in the business of Cannabis."
I live in beautiful British Columbia! As an outdoor enthusiast raised by an uncle and a father who were avid BC outdoors people, BC is a perfect home for myself. My uncle a geologist travelled around the province for his work, and sometimes took an excited me with him, to go on adventures! He had a great regard for geology, investing, sustainable resource development, was involved in the development and success of several British Columbia mining projects and he loved and admired BC wildlife! A percentage of his capital gains he donated to wildlife rehabilitation centres throughout BC, a tradition I continue. He had a marvellous collection of wildlife photos, including photos of very shy/elusive, gorgeous animals such as the lynx. Today I continue his tradition of donating some of my investment proceeds, for wildlife conservation/rehab ie. injured animals or for instance orphaned bear cubs from sports hunting, which is primarily hunting animals for fun (it is illegal in several nations i.e. Kenya, Botswana, Costa Rica...) not sustenance. In my spare time I actively research companies seeking value added opportunities in well managed companies with growing EPS, whose management is shareholder friendly, ie. dividends but also invests in innovation and R&D for future growth. I also consider sustainability practices such as in house recycling and other responsible/progressive practices. I studied economics and environmental science at Simon Fraser Univ. and have worked in venture capital lending for new technology start-ups in BC. Due to a personal commitment to ongoing learning I often upgrade my work skills, take more courses ect... and personal development workshops. I like to inspire others to do the same. I like researching and the due diligence process of selecting stocks to trade/invest in however I do have a very focused outlook on long-term profitability and dividend growth. I hold or have held shares in Apple, Hains, Micron, Lennar, Delta Airways, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and many others. Financial health is important but so is physical/emotional health to overall wellness, so please all remember to exercise regularly it is fun, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. When you are healthier your cognition improves, ie. exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain key for clear thinking. The key is research, facts and learning from other people such as other traders and investors on Seeking Alpha. All the best! Erica Denison
I'm not a financial advisor, or in the financial sector. I wouldn't advise following me or taking any stock opinion as being based on any expertise. I'm trying to learn by reading Seeking Alpha and use my savings to invest with the goal of creating an income stream for when I retire.