Multiple careers - including computer programming and energy conservation work for non-profits. Semi-retired, still doing a little consulting.
In good shape in terms of accumulation. Moving into distribution as necessary, although other income permits us to not rely completely on investment distribution at this point. Have been gradually picking up pointers from the dividend growth folks for making income investments.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” (Author - Patanjali)
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.” (Author - Epictetus)
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." (Author - Unknown)
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me." (Author - Erma Bombeck)
Stock investors are always asking what is the catalyst for value to be realized? I originally thought like this which lead me to take too much risk. I now focus on being patient, controlling risk, and minimizing permanent capital losses. These steps have lead to significantly better returns. Even when there is no clear catalyst, an undervalued stock is eventually its own catalyst.
I think the benefits of communicating on Seeking Alpha are enormous. Many times I have a strong financial view of a company but do not understand the specific industry or industry competitive dynamics. I can often interact and read insightful comments from engineers, scientists, and technology experts. These experts offer great free advice and I try to add value in my specific areas of expertise. One area that I have been specifically helped is the energy sector.
While some investors are very negative of people who short, I view shorting stocks and posting factual information as noble. The focus of course is on truthfulness and accuracy of this information. Anyone who is posting rumors, lies, or other unscrupulous behavior (long or short) to manipulate a stock should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a BS in Finance. From 2002-2006 I worked in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of America. I left Bank of America to manage family/friend money in long/short equity strategies. I also helped start-up two internet retail businesses.
I don't post much on twitter but think it is another great resource. I can be followed at https://twitter.com/jrhUofA
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in the area and are a serious investor, please send me a note as I would be happy to meet and exchange our best ideas.
I am a former securities analyst (financial companies & biotech) and portfolio manager. I largely avoid security analysis (though not underlying statistical and mathematical analysis or industry related work) because for the last several decades I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the level and tone of government regulation of the Industry.
Bill Simoes is an independent researcher whose focus is applying his technical and financial expertise to energy stocks involved in exploration and production. Bill has an engineering degree, MBA and 35 years of experience in petroleum production, reserves estimation and properties evaluation. He worked for a number of large multi-national exploration and development companies before becoming president of a private oil and gas company. In these capacities he was involved in acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.
Gary Hunt is Founder & President, TCLABZ, disruptive innovation strategy adviser to energy technology and information services companies on leveraging intellectual property for scalable growth and go-to-market strategies.
His checkered past includes stints as VP-Global Analytics & Data at IHS/CERA; President, Global Energy Advisors, the energy market advisory division of Global Energy Decisions; and the most fun anyone should be paid to have managing Austin Energy and Austin Water as Assistant City Manager for Utilities & Finance for Austin, Texas—live music capital of the world!
trader/investor in variety of sectors, especially tech and energy. Can flip several times in a day, or can hold for months or years. Sometimes I even do it well! Well enough to still be solvent and making a living at it, anyway.
Matt Mayfield. Degree and heavy background in economics and finance and major interest in physics and free markets. Acquisitions Strategist at the private equity firm Camwood Capital Group in Austin, TX.
I am a hyperrealist, i.e. driven to understand the processes that govern the way the world really works without bringing subjective value judgments into the equation; seeing things the way they really are. Long term capital appreciation- with the emphasis on the long-term.