Brenda Jubin is an independent trader and investor with an academic and business background. She taught philosophy at Yale and was dean of Morse College, one of Yale's twelve undergraduate residential colleges. She then founded Brevis Press, a company specializing in academic press book production. Throughout she invested in stocks and mutual funds. She has now settled into the life of a full-time trader and investor. She also writes the blog Reading the Markets (http://www.readingthemarkets.blogspot.com).
Family of 4 trying to make sense of all the info out there.Got tired of being told where and how to invest by "pros" who then tell us we should have done more work ourselves when they fail to do the job...Well they were right (after all they are pros!) and we got rid of them and the expenses(the one thing that maintained stability) they seem to generate and our portfolio has never done better.All mistakes are on us,but so are more of the gains.Seeking Alpha has played a huge roll in our learning process...We still listen to the "pros" but now a wider variety of them as we watch/listen/read Bloomberg,CNBC,CNBCW,FoxBiz,& Yahoo Finance near 24/7...
Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' several years ago. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed).
Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the main rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011. Started to get comfortable with my portfolio management approach in 2012 - and managed to get almost 14% last year (2012) in my main IRA with a basically 'conservative' 65% bond funds to 35% equities model ;-)
Sadly, two smaller portfolios didn't do anything like that well, and I am working on understanding why - I believe it is largely because they were much less diversified, despite being nominally more aggressively allocated.
Started drawing pension this year, but still need to draw down the portfolio by around 15-20% a year (assuming no return) until I draw social security (target in around 4 years), at which point I should finally become cash-flow positive - yay!