I'm an individual investor. Over the last 15 years I've traded in stocks, bonds, and options. Now, I'm mostly a long term dividend investor. I'm not above growth investments or special situations though. My pen name came from the coin collecting hobby. When I started out, I filled up albums with various cheap low grade coins. I became focused on filling the holes and making my album complete. Even if it would not look that nice. A wiser collector told me, I was playing "bingo" by filling holes. All I was doing was accumulating junk. Junk doesn't appreciate and is only worth it's scrape value. Realizing the error of my ways, I stopped paying bingo. Now I seek quality and value in my collectables like my investments.