I have worked in the buy side at two major investment firms for the past 6 years. I trade my own accounts daily and am currently studying for part 2 of the CFA.
I am skeptical by nature, and there's nothing I trust less in this world than big gov't.
I am a true believer in Capitalism and the tremendous increases in standard of living we've had as a result. Why in the world people endorse socialist policies when they've never worked in history is beyond me.
You've also discovered another passion of mine...politics.
Anyway, I have an open mind. I try to use facts, logic, and historical precedence to frame my arguments and my beliefs. However, I'm a human being and emotion sometimes sneaks its way into my words. If you think I'm wrong, I invite you to use the same tools as me (facts, logic and historical examples) to try and change my mind. It wouldn't be the first time it's happened!
Focused on upcoming retirement (4-8 years from now). Seeking a portfolio balance of stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks.
Professional Background: Business Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and University Risk Manager.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, CAH, MDT.
Consumer Staples: MO, CVS, KHC, MCD.
Consumer Disc: DPZ, FIZZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX,
Tech: AMD, GOOGL, AMZN, FB, MSFT.
Small Caps: MGPI. (produces grain for hard liquor manufacturers)
Industrial Cyclical: LMT, RTN, BA.
I am an IT Professional living in Atlanta who is trying to grow my portfolio.I had parents who gave me bad advice about money and it has taken me years to outgrow the bad lessons taught at a young age. I am on the path to grow my investments and ease into retirement rather than struggle my way in..
By using this site, I have discovered that I have been more of a speculator for the last 30 years than an investor. Even though I have done well (thanks to the 90's where a mistake was hard to make!), my approach, in hindsight, could be called the "shotgun" approach. Buy a lot and hope to hit something! Frankly, I have made every error I read about but finally I have come to appreciate what a solid, reasonable, careful, and defensive approach value investing really is - thanks to some really solid articles on this site, and some good books on value investing.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; M.A.; M.Ed; Ed.S. etc.