David White is a software/firmware/marketing professional and a long time investor. He has worked in the networking field, the semiconductor equipment field, the mainframe computer field, and the pharmaceutical/scientific instrumentation field. He has bachelor's degrees in bioresource sciences and biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry. He has done significant graduate work in EECS and business at Stanford (through SITN) and UC Santa Cruz. He was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems (about 1/3 of an MS in EECS) by the Stanford Computer Science Department. He also took most of Stanford's undergraduate Computer Science curriculum.
I invest my own capital in a variety of both public and private opportunities. As a former winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award I understand how to build, operate and run a successful business. I've sold my operating companies and now invest for my own account with a focus on the domestic oil E&P business. I have significant positions in current publicly traded companies along with a working interest in multiple oil wells in Oklahoma and Lousiana.
I enjoy spending time day trading and analyzing the market. I’m always looking for a good swing or day trade, but mostly I’m focused on finding stocks that will hit big and up-list from the OTC to the big boards. Basically, almost all of my portfolio is traded daily, especially considering I tend to look over multiple market segments for trades instead of spending all my time on one section. I’ve been analyzing and trading stocks for over 9 years now, and I have a strong understanding of trends, as well as the knowledge to make smart trades.
Martin Cohen has been licensed in the securities industry for more than fifty years and specializes in raising capital for business development stage growth companies and institutional alternative investment management companies. He was certified as a financial planner in 1977, co-founder of the Dallas Chapter of the IAFP, founder of the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Certified Planners (ICFP), and served on the national ICFP Board. He currently serves as the EVP of Balanced Financial Securities, an investment banking broker dealer established in Dallas, Texas in 1978.
I'm a somewhat younger (38) investor living in the Netherlands. I'm married and we have two young boys. I work for a large cap Dutch company, giving me a very good salary and decent pension plan. However, I've recently inherited quite some capital from my deceased parents and I'm still a long way from retirement, so I started researching how to increase our wealth at an acceptable risk level, to better support my family and next generations.
I'm from a middle-class family, with both my parents very wary of the stock market. Of course, from the 80s to the 00s things were a lot easier when one would receive 4 to 5 % interest on a saving account. Now, with saving accounts yielding less than 1 %, things have changed a lot and I simply feel obliged to my family to search for more sensible ways of managing our money.
When I first tried my hand at stock investing in 2000 I lost a lot of money because of the DotCom bubble and learned some hard lessons. Many years later I experimented with mutual funds (high fees!), but my timing was usually off, so the yield was only marginal at best.
Recently, after months of reading on SA and other sites, I've come to the conclusion that dividend growth investing (DGI) would suit me best. I'm very grateful for the valuable and free information from research done by many highly-regarded contributors, especially in the DGI corner. I'm especially a big follower of Brad Thomas, who seems to have dedicated his life to researching the best-of-breed REITs (wonderful US invention!) and sharing his findings (mostly for free). Like Mr. Thomas and many other DGI-ers, I believe the value-driven investing style of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett provides the best balance between risk and reward in the long run. I hope to pass on this mindset to my children and grandchildren.
I'm using a buy-and-hold strategy with blue chips, REITs and BDCs, primarily based on David Fish' CCC list, and articles and discussions on SA.