Brett earned his first contrarian investing profits in 2004 when he purchased an obscure investment (at the time): sugar futures. His friends on Wall Street stopped laughing soon enough when sugar rocketed to multi decade highs, illustrating that it indeed pays to be contrary. Brett quickly learned that the key to maximizing profits while minimizing losses is to invest against the crowd. He has since scoured the universe of stocks, commodities and options, searching for popular and tradable market misconceptions. Brett has been featured in The Economist, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune and Seeking Alpha. He is a graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in operations research and industrial engineering. In addition to his love of investing, Brett is an experienced technology entrepreneur. He co-founded two successful high-growth software companies, Chrometa, maker of the world’s most advanced timekeeping software, and LeadDyno, an online marketing tool for small businesses.
Longtime US Army civilian; considered by peers an expert in conventional ammunition and explosives (still have all my fingers and toes). Spent almost six years in the desert over nine deployments - great experience with our troops and professionally. Retirement coming up in a few months. Golf, travel, and grand/great grandchildren to keep busy.
Investment experience - on my own since middle 90s. Sometimes a genius and other-times a head-slapper. It's all been a learning experience.
Shifting more to income for retirement but still a DGI investor. Covered calls (occasional cash secured puts) are a staple as well. Sound like DGI and options are strange bedfellows?? Not really; my first rule before investing is - Do I like this stock enough to hold for a long horizon? Works for both DGI and CCs. If I get called, then it's on to the stock's doppelganger. KO, PEP, DPS are all acceptable alternatives if one of them gets called. Of course, in a tax sheltered account, I'll consider simply re-buying after a review. Called on COP; I'll go to CVX; PSX goes, Valero works.
I'm not locked in forever on anything but stalwarts are: AAPL, JNJ, WFC, INTC, ABT/ABBV, CSX, PG (under review), EMR, ADP, and LMT.
Regulatory Compliance Pharmacist Inspector for Health Clinics: Inspect and fix to make clinics comply with federal,state and local govt.standards & working for Govt.Agency in West coast.Also, worked 30 years for teaching hospitals correcting and verification of complicated hospital oncology and critically ill patients orders entered by Medical interns, intravenous formulations to critical (CCU) patients ,coordinating in implementing computers system in addition to running day to day operations in hospital Pharmacy dept., lead direction to junior Pharma D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Pharmacists on above etc.
I am retired and follow and create Dividend and Growth portfolios. I use Dividend ETFs and stocks. I also like to follow and use new strategies that create reduced risk for a better / lower Vol. and higher Total Return. I mange my risk with Treasuries and cash.
Retired CPA/CFE and Professor Emeritus in Accounting, PhD in financial management; TCU MBA, and a long career in public practice, internal audit, and teaching accounting, investments, financial statement analysis, and ethics.
Data Center Knowledge - Contributor: writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Recently covered breaking news and actionable ideas REIT ideas for Benzinga "REIT Beat," now Contributor/Sr. REIT Expert. Select articles featured on Investopedia.com, Seeking Alpha, and published on Yahoo! Finance, Google, MSN, Finviz and many other financial portals. Recent Select Freelance contributor for Motley Fool, writing about REITs and real estate topics for the Financial Bureau.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL