I specialize in European companies, sector and macro views. Qualitative and fundamental analysis are leading, while technical analysis may decide entry and exit points.
Analysis and comparison is done on the facts. The main sources are financial data published by companies and analyzed without prejudice and as objective as possible. Emotions are kept out of the equation.
I prefer to look at the fundamentals first and start additional research later to prevent becoming biased.
Comparing companies (with other companies) or to the sector often leads to surprising conclusions. Good might be bad and the other way around. I tell them as I see them.
Apart from the fundamentals the business strategy is also an important factor. The direction (and the results) are often the result of a good or bad strategy. Success and failure of the chosen strategy will become visible when viewed over a period of time.
Now retired. I was a Health and Physical Education Major(College of New Jersey) and a USN Vietnam Veteran 1968-69. I have been investing in equities since 2004 and have found that I have had much more success without a broker's "help". My philosophy is "it's your money, put it to work yourself". I consider investing a hobby as much as a way to build a nestegg. It is a great way to pass time and learn about the companies that make the world go round.
Old. Experience in industry and government. Did lots of planning, budgeting and logistics.
Family connection to the oil industry goes back to 1910 in New Mexico. Would love to see America use the free energy of the Sun and wind and tides, leaving the oil for future generations. Hate waste, both the shortsighted consumption and the toxic long lasting kind.
Love travel, reading, art, great food and good beer. Travel means listening to other people, enjoying the local flavor as well as the natural grandeur. Favorite spots are Britain, the coast of Maine, New Mexico, British Columbia, Chicago, London, Toronto. Am still amazed by the vast beauty and variety of America.
Hate the simple answer approach to our complex societal needs. Campaign reform is essential.
Am amazed at the sheer stupidity I so often see from people who thought history and geography was a waste of time. Love reading mysteries, travel books, history, archaeology, and current info on energy.
Hate the fact that we bailed out AIG and financial institutions. (Canada, which is reviled as socialist, didn't need to.) The most basic fact of capitalism is that greed rules and cheaters will cheat as much as they can. We ignored that and are now paying for it. Capitalism can work, but it must be controlled. Failure to do so ends in disaster. China, a communist country is beating us at capitalism. Pretty sad. A complete revision of how we see things is essential. I don't want to leave this mess to my grandchildren. Despise the idiots who are responsible for it, beginning with JFK and Keynes, ending with today's so-called conservatives. My parents, who were true conservatives, would puke if they could see this mess.
Retired. Publishing 33 years in Chicago. Invest in dividend-producing stocks almost exclusively. Energy companies mostly in MLP's for oil, gas, coal, & pipeline companies, some shipping , & BDC's. Municipal bond funds for monthly income. Bonds in portfolio when yields were high. Follow SA daily.