Recently retired from the information technology industry. Held numerous senior executive positions in hardware, software and service businesses. Primary industry/geo focus has been Financial Services in North America and Europe. Enjoy photography, golf, travel, climbing mountains, fitness and learning new things....but having said all that my family always comes first.
Couple of my favorite quotes...
"You have never really lived until you have done something for someone that can never repay
you." - Unknown
"Because in the end you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing
your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." - Jack Kerouac
I am a new member to SA. As some of you, I am struggling to find a way to invest for my retirement. I learned a lot from this site. Now I am focus on the articles and advise on retirement saving. When I was 30, I used to say I could tolerate RISK and always picked up aggressive portfolio from banks mutual fund. Now I am 50, I found out that I did not make much money, and my money just like roller coaster. I realize now that I could not tolerate any loss. That is why I joined this site and mainly focus on value investment. My first goal is no loss, with 5% return. Why 5%, according the the assessment done by financial adviser from bank, if I can get 5% return with my current asset and same amount of contribution, then I can retire with 60% of current income.
I like Regarded solutions and Larry Smith for their idea of dividend growth investment.
I'm an elderly retired geotechnical engineer, pursuing a hobby of swing trading in my Roth and IRA accounts. I don't take large positions in order to limit losses, selling as soon as I see $200-300 net gain, regardless of higher potential. I studiously avoid any greed tendency and am quite content with only the satisfaction of attaining my net goals. I have averaged a net gain of about $1000 a month over the last two years, which is quite satisfactory as I have minimal need of more ( but it would be nice!). The only judgement errors of significance have been some numerous holdings of mining stocks that I bought in the mistaken anticipation of inflation increase, which I am sure will be here soon.
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.