Bob Kirtley has traded options and stocks since 1980. Bob Kirtley spent many years working on Oil projects including some in Alberta, such as the tar sands installations in Fort McMurray. He lived and worked in many different countries, as that is the nature of the construction business. Planning and cost control are key to a projects success and he tries to apply those disciplines on a daily basis when dealing with investments. His training in such areas as SWOT and Risk analysis can be applied from time to time. His qualifications include being chartered in the United Kingdom, which is similar to that of a Professional Engineer in Canada, along with a Masters Degree in Project Management from South Bank University, London, England. He has been working for a number of years on a full time basis representing a group of investors in England.
I own a consulting engineer firm specializing in transportation engineering in the northwest. Been investing in stocks off and on since 1967 with mostly negative results, especially when working with stock brokers. The tech roller coaster ride with the crash of 2000 taught me a few lessons about momentum, the fed role (Greenspan), and rigid stop losses and I have since been doing okay. Of course e-trade helps tremendously with the ability to get quickly in and out without losing the kitchen sink.
I must say that Seeking Alpha has been a boon for some of the very intelligent commentary following the otherwise frequently shallow articles.