David Sims is the managing member of RidgeHaven Capital LLC. We prefer distressed equities and value investing. The firm was established to manage wealth with an eye on fundamental value, but also an understanding of technical trends and market behavior.David is a Certified Public Accountant and previously worked as an auditor at a Big 4 accounting firm, SEC Reporting Analyst and financial systems administrator at a small private company. Find the Sims On Finance Investing Podcast on iTunes, Tune In Radio, and Player FM radio.
After having been in the investing world for more than 25 years from private banking and investment management to private and venture capital; I have pretty much "been there and done that" at one point or another. I am currently a silent partner for an RIA in Houston, Texas.
The majority of my time is spent analyzing, researching and writing commentary about investing, investor psychology and macro-views of the markets and the economy. My thoughts are not generally mainstream and are often contrarian in nature but I try an use a common sense approach, clear explanations and my “real world” experience in the process.
I am the Chief Editor of the REAL INVESTMENT REPORT, a weekly subscriber based-newsletter that is distributed nationwide. The newsletter covers economic, political and market topics as they relate to your money and life.
I also write a daily blog which is read by thousands nationwide from individuals to professionals at www.realinvestmentadvice.com.
I am an individual investor with 30 years of experience. Along with my trading experience I have a BS Bus, BS CMIS, MBA, passed CPA exam and leadership experience at 3 different Fortune 500 companies. I have also purchased, financed, built up and sold a small business.
I tend to follow about 50 companies across all industries and consider "Risk Management" to be my greatest strength. Through a combination of risk management and trading I was able to avoid and prosper from the recession.
My expectation is to beat the S&P 500 return and take less risk. I have accomplished that for several years in a row.
I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in the field of Sociology and am a life long "student." I learned about investing through observation as my father invested my grandfather's small nest egg before I was born when grandpa died in 1958. Dad invested in Growth and Income companies so that Grandma would not run out of money and would have an income. When she died in 1978 she was worth nearly $1 million with about 60% of that being Philip Morris as it had outperformed everything else by a wide margin. At 17 I inherited about $9,000 and kept it invested and benefited from the dividends for spending money while in college and graduate school, then I had money for a downpayment on a house in my mid 20's and kept the rest invested. I was mainly buy and hold but wasn't a fan of the tobacco industry so weaned off the PM for cash needs and also bought other stocks, mainly pharmaceuticals. Up until this year I was mainly a buy and hold investor. I the past couple years I have become much more active in researching and managing my investments.
I love growth, especially with game changing companies like: NTCXF, ARTH and CLIR. I also have holdings in more traditional growth companies and ETFs--JNJ and TAN for instance.
I am an independent part time investor. I have held C-level positions in information technology, consumer electronics, industrial services and upstream energy industries. My goal is long term capital appreciation and income growth. I prefer to identify medium to long term secular trends and then analyze companies positioned to exploit those trends.
I am a retired baby boomer who enjoyed writing in my former profession. I have been an active investor and follower of the stock market for many years. Now that I am retired from my former profession I am going to give a shot at writing for Seeking Alpha in an effort to join both interests into one new endeavor.
My background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Technology and a Masters in Education. I have worked as a consultant for Toro, Honeywell, St. Jude Medical and others. I began investing early in my career as a small business owner and have put together a small portfolio of stocks. I enjoy the chase for market dollars, as well as the human side to investing.
There is risk in everything and always opportunity!
My name is Ron Smith, I am 64 years old and have been retired from a community college for two years.
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Early 40's, Project Manager State Agency in California. Self direct investor for less than a decade. No financial education/employment background whatsoever. Been following the SA site almost daily since opening the brokerage account and building my knowledge base for investing slowly but surely. SA has been an immeasurably valuable tool in my toolbox as far as investing goes and has helped lead me to other resources online and elsewhere. Family member suggested a DGI approach prior to me opening the brokerage account and have found the strategy fits my timeline, personality and goals. Mistakes might provide some of the best lessons but of course I would prefer to skip those classes.
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Semi-retired Senior. 1960's engineering degree with numerous graduate hours in management.
Retired when in executive management of energy firm. Have worked in electric, natural gas pipeline and oil & gas industry. Presently am an independent oil & gas producer and cattle rancher.