I hold a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois and currently work as a Senior Financial Analyst. I've been an investor since I was 17 and have tried to align my strategies and economic viewpoint with some of the greats (Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Charlie Munger, etc.). I've just recently begin to resume my self-education by reading works by Graham & Dodd, Milton Friedman, Jason Zweig, Charles P Kindleberger, James Montier, and others). It is my opinion that in this day and age of hedge funds, automated trading, etc. that the retail investor must take on a long-term view and be able to stomach the volatility and violent swings to succeed. I believe that in seeking out truly undervalued securities with strong fundamentals combined with basic knowledge and moderate economic analysis (buying near business cycle bottoms and selling at tops) will lead to long term success.