I have worked in market research at Proctor and Gamble, and as a systems analyst at AT &T. I have also worked in healthcare, and run a successful internet adventure in addition to being a known indie rock musician. I lost pretty much everything when my business burned 10 plus years ago (underinsured). Illness nearly took me just two years ago, but I am a survivor, and back 100%. During those lean ten years I day traded high risk high dividend stocks and managed to come out with enough to retire. Don't want to do that again. Time to invest for income.
I have been in this game for 12 years. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my first adventures were at the top of the tech bubble where for 5 short months I thought I was invincible. I soon found out how "vincible" I was. After the appropriate mourning period I decided that energy/resource stocks were cheap and became invincible again. Margin in an ever rising market made me, once again, "vincible" . I hope to learn.
Live in the Northwest and have been investing for the past 20 years. Recently retired and am interested in income producing stocks. I manage my own portfolio reading articles on several website including Seeking Alpha.
Retired Mech/Petroleum Engineer, Began investing in the mid 70's. Retired in 2010 and now invest in almost entirely dividend stocks including MLPs, BDCs, Reits, CEFs, and many large and small divy stocks.
I am a private investor, focused on value investing through balance sheet analysis.
I am not a financial professional nor do I work predominantly in finance.
I am a Business Development professional, working to develop new offerings into strong businesses.
I retired from being an Engineering Fellow for a major industrial conglomerate in 2007. I spent 32 years there and focused on technology strategy and new technology development. I was fortunate to have both a defined benefit pension, a good size 401k, and some taxable brokerage accounts. To keep my mind busy, I made a hobby of personal investment management. I have focused on asset allocation theory, valuation techniques, and technical analysis. As an income investor, my primary interests are choosing and holding individual dividend stocks, including MLPs. I select actively managed mutual funds for other asset classes. I recently began using exchange traded debt (baby bonds) and preferred stock to supplement a multi-sector bond fund.
Recovering futures day trader trying to Break on through to the other side.
Sucked at futures, never got past break-even.
Spent a couple of years writing automated futures trading systems until one day the light went on and I quit, posting a note on one of my multiple monitors that read "I'm smarter than my 5th generation computer!". That experience taught me that technical analysis only works if enough people believe in them and take some action when this crosses that and it's a full moon or whatever. It's a little like religion, you just gotta believe it works.
Before that, 28 years at HP in a number of different positions related to either customer support or negotiations of intra-company or joint company support agreements. That is until Carly moved my job to Costa Rica because she didn't want to bring the cash home.
It all sums up to the same conclusion... It's about people. Whether it's a business agreement or a stock, options, or futures trade, if you can figure out what the other side wants, you have a much better chance of getting what you want, or just walking away if that is the best option. But that requires a willingness and step inside of someone else's shoes. That is a skill not easily taught.