I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor.
"Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet."
-David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"
I started investing back in the mid 90's. I remember my first buy was JNJ..2 shares that's all I could afford. Back then I was more interested in selling and using the money to pay off our bills/loans. My stint with mutual funds brought out my frustration of lack of control over my money. I did ok but struggled with the concept that there was something better out there. Then I thought, yes, ETF's.. that might work, buy a basket of stocks in different sectors. And I also bought individual stocks during this time. I did ok and kept this strategy for a few years. The past few years I 've been taking on too much risk and working way too hard. I don't mind the hard work but I need a reality check on proper investing for a sustaining stream of income as my husband and I approach retirement. My background is simple and most of my investing experience has evolved from reading, listening, trial and error and trying to understand and define "what am I trying to accomplish". I've been reading a lot of your comments/articles about dividend investing and I wish I had found you sooner. Now I'm focused on dividend investing for retirement income. So, my pencil is shapened and here we go....
I am a practicing attorney in the Richmond area. In additon to serving as trustee for a number of trusts I am an avid investor and I cannot stop watching, analyzing and contemplating the markets. Look to value investments for the trust(s) but moderatly aggressive personally. Keen interest in long term deep in the money call options coupled by put selling to finance. Works beautifully!!
Retired defense system engineer who spends way too many hours researching "investing for Income". Like many retired "Old-Farts", I reside in Florida but I am slightly different in that I moved to Florida 29 years before I retired.