Amateur investor and graduate engineering student at The University of Texas at Austin. I study robotics, but solar power and electric vehicles are my passion. My record: 2013 - up 85% after riding the solar wave then making a few costly mistakes with naked calls and overexposure. 2014 - up about 10% after a rough year for solars. Saved only by selling covered calls.
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I am a young individual investor with technological and financial background (MSc Aerospace, MSc Finance). I work for a leading technological company and manage my own capital.
My greatest influences: Warren Buffett and Philip Fisher. I invest for the long term in superior businesses managed by outstanding individuals and selling at a reasonable price. Think big, think long term and buy the business, not the stock.
As of February 2015, I am long TSLA, NVDA, AAPL, SEDG, PANW, SCTY, PYPL, AL and GILD.
Past portfolio returns (US stocks, dividend payments included):
* 2015: +22.9%.
* 2014: +4.7%.
Trading infrequently. Long only.
More than twenty years self employed in the music industry.
BA in Sociology and Political Science.
Proud father of two girls and married many years.
Yes, I run my own small business, a family, and try to learn about investing on top of that. Sometimes it all works, sometimes, not.
Part time individual investor
Focus on alternative energy and biotech looking for triple digit investments through stock appreciation or deep in the money options.
Tend to hold one stock at a time.
Lawyer and MBA currently working in statistical predictive analytics.
Currently investing CUR.
2013 stock invested SPWR.
Tom Konrad, PhD., CFA is a financial analyst, freelance writer, and portfolio manager specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is currently looking for a money management firm to sponsor what he believes would be the first dividend income oriented green mutual fund, based on a strategy he has been managing since December 2013.
. He is Editor at AltEnergyStocks.com.
Tom lives in New York's lower Hudson River Valley. He volunteers for the environmental nonprofit community, runs, and is a woodworker. He's currently using those woodworking skills to renovate (and upgrade the energy performance) of the 1930 farmhouse he lives in with his wife.
He can be reached at tom at tom konrad dot com.
Computer Software Engineer and amateur investor. I generally invest in high-tech since I know it well. When I deviate into other areas I do poorly. I have been investing for 50 years and have learned a few hard lessons along the way worth sharing.
As a pioneer in the renewable energy industry, I continue to work in developing the next generation of SPV technology, based on multi-junction thin films. I am also involved in renewable energy storage technologies based on a combination of batteries and hydrogen.
My research and writing examine the difficulties of the present economic system and searches for solutions that can bring about changes without violence in our society. My efforts focus on creating a new paradigm of self-sustaining economic communities (SSECs) in which all members of the community have the opportunity to succeed and to contribute to the common good, and in which renewable energy plays a central role. My theory is based on decades of research in energy, technology, economics, sociology, and business. I hold 25 technology patents, and have published more than 120 articles detailing my work in physics, engineering, and technology. My theories address some of the most profound problems our world faces.
I founded Optel, in 1970, to manufacture liquid crystal displays, and Chronar Corporation, in 1976, to commercialize thin film photovoltaic technology based on amorphous silicon. I headed up technical development of a manufacturing process for amorphous silicon, and, in 1982, oversaw the construction of the world's first amorphous silicon manufacturing facility in Port Jervis, New York. Over 20 such manufacturing facilities built by Chronar are currently in operation throughout the world. Chronar also established the world's first amorphous silicon 100-kilowatt utility interactive photovoltaic power source in Birmingham, Alabama.
Today, my work centers on creating SSECs that harness the power of renewable energy, and help create equality and prosperity for all members of the communities. I am currently writing a book that details how SSECs can help solve energy, economic, and value crises that will, in turn, help humanity achieve more of its potential.
I was an NRC scholar from Canada, and spent two years in Oxford, working on lasers and nuclear polarization. I speak English, Hungarian, German, and French.
Professional Engineer with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Va Tech and an MBA from East Tennessee State University.
I have designed and built two passive solar homes, the second of which we still live in.
I built an all elecric drive Jeep, two plug in hybrids and now drive an all electric Tesla Roadster.
I have graduated from UC Davis with B.A.s in Economics and International Relations in 2013. I have previous work experience with Morgan Stanley's Financial Training Program in portfolio construction and valuation and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) in lighting efficiency. My most recent position was with Mosaic, a solar finance and investment company, as an Institutional Investment Marketing Fellow. I enjoy travelling, the beach and the ideas of sustainability and decentralization.
Considerable experience as the operations head in the solar sector for the full value chain from poly to solar panels. Has indepth knowledge of the value chain elements covering suply demand issues, cost of manufacturing and trends in manufacturing learning curve for cost reductions.
First of all, let me state that I am NOT a CPA, attorney, nor financial planner. I am just a relatively savvy stock investor who wants to help the general public find their way through some of the maze of stock investing.
I am 85 years young, although you might not think so from my accompanying newest picture. Yes, that is reallly me, age 84 and 11 months. I have been investing in stocks and bonds for about 60 of those years. It is now my main hobby. I invest mainly in high-yield stocks rated A- or lower down to B. I got stung a few years ago when Lehman Brothers, rated AAA, went down the tubes, costing me over $25,000, so decided to never again get involved with highly rated (over-rated) stocks that paid only small dividends. I prefer the high-yield stocks like BDCs, REITs, and MLPs from which I can get paid NOW, even though I actually expect to last another 20 years or so. I have developed my own stock investing system that I call MRHY (medium risk, high yield).
I took early retirement in 1987 from a job as manager of a Computer Systems and Programming department at a large life insurance company. I am the holder of a CDP (Certificate in Data Processing) from the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA). During my working years, I frequentlly worked closely with the company actuaries and accountants. I even took some actuarial classes to be able to work with the actuaries in their own language and skills. Those experiences, plus my computer skills and high IQ, have alllowed me to build my stock portfolio from less than $300,000 in 1987 to over $600,000 in 2007. I also have the benefits of ~95% long term retention of whatever I read or hear, which is very useful in stock market investing. I inherited $everal hundred thou$and in 2011, which I have invested in medium-risk, high-yield stocks (MRHY), so that my total stock portfolio is now well over $1.25 million.
The above Bio was posted a couple of years ago and has now (October, 2015) been updated. My stock holdings are now over $1.5 Million and my annual dividend income is now just
over $175,000. I also collect income from SSA, 3 annuities that my deceased wife and I started receiving when we retired, and a restaurant seating about 120 that I bought in November, 2014, for a total annual income of about $240,000.
Folks, if I can do it, you can too. All that it requires is a good brain with an understanding of the financial world, mathematics, and a little actuarial science, plus a high risk tolerance!
I am not a finance professional, but am working towards becoming one. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Investing and studying the markets and the economy are hobbies that I live each and every day. I contribute articles to Seeking Alpha primarily to consolidate and organize my own thoughts and share my knowledge and research.
I used to run a limited partnership, boutique hedge fund in the 90s. Retired in 2000 and moved from New York City to Toronto, Canada, got married, raised a family and basically settled down. After a few years in Toronto, my wife got tired of the city’s 8 months of cold weather and insisted that we move to a city where there are 8 months of warm and balmy weather. So we settled on San Diego, CA and moved here in 2005 and now call this lovely city with the most perfect weather, home. After moving to Sun Diego, I decided to come out of retirement and start an Internet company that helps non-profits, especially school PTAs, raise money. After a somewhat long development period, my start-up, called donornation.org, went live this month (December 2012)! The response so far has been quite encouraging and I intend to take the company from its current, local San Diego focus, to nationwide, hopefully in the next 2 years. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think…any feedback and suggestions to help improve the site is always welcome. Being that my day job is running a tech start-up, I don’t have the time to be an active trader…However, being an avid market watcher and investor, I started this blog to maintain a public record of my views on the economy, the markets and my stock picks. My space here has given me the opportunity to share my analysis, good, bad and the ugly, with everyone. It has also allowed me to keep a running scorecard on how effective my investment ideas have been. About a year ago, just after my Options2Wealth blog's public portfolio recorded 10,000%+ return in less than 6 months, I received an offer to write a book based on my blog's accomplishment by one of the most respected literary agents in the United States. This was a totally unintended and unexpected result of my original motivation which was to simply help demystify derivatives (options) and show how just about anyone, armed with the ability to read stock charts, can take advantage of the most powerful wealth building tool legally available to us all. Based on the fact that some of my readers were able to mimic my moves and achieve returns of as much as 4,000%+ tells me that my blog has succeeded in its raison d'être. Finally, I shall be remiss if I did not acknowledge the many public and private comments / messages that I have received, and continue to receive, from my readers here. I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I'm extremely grateful, and humbled, to all those who have taken the time to share your comments, kind thoughts and warm wishes with me...Should you not receive a reply, please do not take my lack of responsiveness as a sign of hubris...Due to my various interests and activities and the fact that I spend a considerable amount of time traveling, my free time is extremely limited and if I have not responded to your message, please accept my sincere apologies... Best of Luck to All! karim pirani