Got hooked on Seeking Alpha in 2006 using it as as a tutorial for individual stock investing - while waiting for a major correction. In 2009 I implemented a strategy of purchasing companies that were being overly punished and would likely outperform in a market rebound. It worked well. With a pragmatic view I continue to invest and evolve; it has become an enjoyable and profitable retirement hobby.
I've been an investor for over 30 years and managed my mother's portfolio and estate after my father died. My philosophy is that financial planners, insurance sales people and especially stock brokers are more concerned about making money off of you rather than for you. Today's internet , especially Seeking Alpha, and discount brokerage companies provide an individual more than enough tools to succeed at investing. I believe in investing in companies that grow both profits and dividend, ETFs over mutual finds and select high growth individual companies in innovative, growing industries such as biotech and informaiton technology.
Private Wealth Manager / Securities Expert / Co-host of "Investing and Your Legal Rights" heard monthly on www.KQV.com. Over 35 years in the investment industry, first working at PaineWebber for almost 20 years which included 3 years as a branch manager. Currently have a CRCP (Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional) designation which is issued through FINRA at Wharton and an AIFA (Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst) which is issued from the Institute of Fiduciary Studies at Katz School of Business. Completed the Institutional Trading Course at the CBOE and Private Wealth Management - Professional Track at Wharton. I work as an expert in Securities Arbitration and Trust Litigation, having provided expert services on over 400 cases and testified in over 50 of them.