I am a US-trained Earth scientists, who now works in higher education and research institutions in the United Kingdom. I started investing at small amounts and mutual funds 6-7 years ago, but has gotten more active last 2 years.
Finished CFA level 1 & CAIA level 1 in a breeze. Looking forward to CAIA level 2 and CFA level 2. Made top 1% on the Bloomberg BAT, but was a black sheep at my mediocre college, and I was foolish to let it affect me. (non-traditional student)
Hope to write some quality articles in the coming year.
I was playing with fire my first year in the market, using a lot of call options. It was easy to make 50+% gain in 1st yr, summer '13 to summer '14 (thank you bull mkt). This past half year has been a little rough; I wish I had acted more decisively on material information about the energy market and the movement of the Ruble ($YNDX is a favorite).
I remember announcing the probably course of events to family the morning after OPEC's Thanksgiving's Day announcements, and I regrettably decided to wait it through b/c our professors chided us to take a buy and hold approach, and b/c I had bought some quality energy names at very fair prices in October. In retrospect, I realize the importance of optionality or in a sense, degrees of freedom.
In this case, I realize I am too committed to a base scenario (energy stocks recovering in the next year) that has too much opportunity cost. If the price adjustment cycle lasts longer than the expected scenario, then I will be unhappy with the opportunities lost. An equal weight short position would have been an ideal temporary maneuver, expressing my short-term thesis, while not causing commitment angst in the present, hoping for the long-term adjustment to blow over.
I was entrusted with a fresh 100K family capital this past summer, and I plan to be more prudent and thorough (obviously with minimal leverage or derivatives). This market is a little dangerous with high debt loads in China, somewhat high valuation levels (horrible Schiller CAPE ratio, but not sure if that matters as much), and jitters over rate hike, Ukraine, terrorism, epidemics, difficulty of private sector adjusting to Obamacare, and possible fiscal & monetary stimulus tapering.
I think low energy prices is a great stimulus, but the possibilities of a perfect storm with semi-hard landing in China or Europe, a serious violent flare-up with Russia or the Terror War, and disease outbreak could somehow happen at just the wrong time (perhaps, right after a rate hike).
I've read a fair amount of Buffett. But I love the tech industry mostly. To humor Buffett (a tech dinosaur), I bought a tiny bit of IBM. It has been working hard to transform its whole business, and actually has some top-notch talent and product portfolios with a fairly conservative valuation. The market is probably right that is a long-shot that IBM will grow significantly again, despite its immense technology assets and partnerships. Recent comment: feel lucky to have exited IBM at a small gain; mulling a re-entry and annoyed that I missed the recent Google explosion. Google is solidifying its reach and ecosystem, but at steep multiples.
I've been away from investing for much of the past half year (now dec'15), partly because I was getting cyberattacks on my twitter account, my computer, and broker connection was being intercepted, which made me very uncomfortable. My car also very suddenly needed an engine replacement that same week, despite a thorough check-up a month prior. I'm having a hard time moving forward, after severe blacklisting after-effects, (too long & weird to discuss).
CAIA & CFA level 1s were super-easy even though I was underprepared. I look forward to embracing the challenge. I will end up working in Europe or abroad, if I have to. Lucky to get tons of invites from Bloomberg recruitment due to top notch scores, but haven't really applied b/c of crummy school issues. Plan to work on Wall Street Prep & hopefully some SA articles.
Dreamjob: working for a hedge fund focussing in equities, preferably with a multicultural bunch (I'm half european / half asian american)
Long-term dream job: top-notch hedge fund manager
My favorite time horizon: 3mo to 18mo, b/c best chance of having a direct connect with news & analysis. market moves too fast to be primarily buy & hold, albeit such a mid-term outlook forfeits the benefit of effective interest-free loan in the the form of deferred taxes (as Buffett makes use of) as well as benefit of a capital gains rate, but on the other hand, a mid-term outlook maximizes flexibility. I'm trying to stay more grounded in fundamentals, flesh out the invest case for a quite a handful of stocks, and balancing risks in wide portfolio. Plan to explore ETF's more.
Ronald Lindeboom is mostly a buy-and-hold investor and is the co-founder and CEO of CreativeCOW.net, the two-million visitor monthly peer-to-peer support network for media professionals working in film, broadcast, video and related crafts. In 2011, Lindeboom was named by FOLIO:, the leading magazine publishers trade journal, as one of the 2011 FOLIO: 40 publishers reinventing magazines for the future.
I'm a value investor seeking to improve my craft and broaden my network of fellow investors for sharing ideas and opinions. I'm interested in fundamental analysis with a particular emphasis on statements of cash flow.
I have a graduate degree in economics and have been doing financial analysis, business cases, marketing for 25 years in the telcomm and government contracting industries. I've been actively investing in stocks for ~ 25 years..
Retired Public Service Professional / manage my personal 401 & family portfolio.
Stocks that I either own or that are of interest to me are: AAPL, ANDE, COP, CSX, EPD, FB, HCN, JNJ, MMM, PG, SLB, SWKS, TRN, VZ, WFC, & WFSTX
Retired news reporter, former business writer for two daily newspapers. Former business owner.
Manages own IRA, to keep hand on pulse of the market.
Thinks the banking system is a no longer sophisticated control mechanism to keep the serfs in bondage.
I have been an investor in various forms for the past 30 years. I try to be flexible and go with what appears good at the time. I have managed more positive results than negative. I used to own lots of single family homes, but managed to sell most of them before the real estate crash,(how I managed to see it and people making millions more than me did not, remains a mystery). I now am invested in gold and energy and I appreciate the work of many of the folks here who share their knowledge. My best investments have come from the hard work of others. I just try to synthesis there knowledge into action.
I'm a dentist with a focus on oral surgery and endodontics, i have a Bachelor of Commerce with a finance specialization undergrad along with my DDS. I have a background in corporate finance which was focused mainly in the energy sector where i did my CFA. I enjoy keeping up in the investment world for personal interest and for ideas for my own portfolio.