(Age 48) I've been a founder of, board member of, or executive of technology startups in mass storage, graphic arts, face recognition, and hospital information systems. Painful experience has lead me to believe very strongly that we're all a lot less smart than we think in bull markets. Lots of fun to be pitching companies in 1999 . . . by 2002, not so much.
Notwithstanding a pretty firm conviction that outpeformance is more chance than design, I enjoy the search for very out of the way opportunities which may advantage the individual investor.
Never been in the securities business, not selling anything . . . my bad advice is disinterested.
The only addition I have to my overly wordy intro. is I enjoy communicating with SA reader's. Please, do not hesitate to write personally on stocks or on commentary made within. I have met some very intelligent individuals both domestically and overseas that I communicate with quite regularly to our mutual benefit financially and personal enjoyment socially. If you haven't tried it, do! I look forward to hearing from you and will certainly always respond!
Moving along the continuum of time, I have been invested in the market successfully for 30+ years. Part of the general "diaspora" from New York City, (Queens), and now a (retired) educator and self-taught (organic) rancher in West Central Texas I have always had a profound interest in geo-politics and history as it relates to economics. Possessing degrees in politics, electronic engineering, as well as a separate masters in education I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and worked for several international firms most notably in Sweden and Canada before doing what amounts to missionary work in our public schools, as a humble teacher.
My investment philosophy is conservative, yet on occasion contrarian. For example commodities in the early 70's, presently high quality US dividend aristocrats - mixed with some well entrenched or positioned European securities that offer consistent dividends and growth upside. That said, I too believe long-term investment is the "sine qua non" for financial success - unless you are steeped in financial wizardry and luck, which I certainly am not nothing usually takes the place of "time in the market". I have also constructed a firm inner ring of dividend aristocrats that allow my (outward) "concentric ring" to flourish. However, in a dangerously (???) over bought market I have gathered the wagons and sold off a number of smaller European and global equities that have profited during our long bull run-up - while awaiting like Godot the inevitable 20 -30 % correction.
I have always invested in dividend stocks, and will continue to do so; I do not "play the market". "Dividends are real money and do not "lie" about a stocks overall performance. The goal always is to be equal to and greater than inflation - beyond the pablum of government disseminated statistics that nothing is costing us more, to buy quality when others flee, to invest and not flip equities for a quick dollar, to hold on, but know intuitively by experience when to sell, if, for example (more concretely agreed upon), if a dividend is cut.
I enjoy SA, and believe it is a positive forum for intelligent conversation concerning investment and economics. Again, look forward to hearing from you.
35 year "community banker"..."jack of all trades"...ops...systems...retail...lending...compliance...executive and board committees. No "specialty"...but very aware of financial services big picture and intricacies...experience in $14M to $60B asset range. Investment experience a missing piece...but working on it. Mobile Internet...Cloud...Energy (NATGAS-Grids-Battery)...Financial services - Regional/Community...any disruptive company themes. Now Biotech.
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I have been an investor in various forms for the past 30 years. I try to be flexible and go with what appears good at the time. I have managed more positive results than negative. I used to own lots of single family homes, but managed to sell most of them before the real estate crash,(how I managed to see it and people making millions more than me did not, remains a mystery). I now am invested in gold and energy and I appreciate the work of many of the folks here who share their knowledge. My best investments have come from the hard work of others. I just try to synthesis there knowledge into action.
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.