Gene Andrews, RIA & RCDD - Founded Alliance Communications Engineering, Inc in 1986 and grew the company to the status of a major player in Southern California as a communications infrastructure contractor with over 150 employees. In 2010 Mr. Andrews became a California Registered Investment Advisor to pursue his passion for stock trading at the professional level.
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.
I am a 63-year-old independent software developer working mainly on complex data-driven web sites. I got fed up with mutual funds not managing my investments very well, always staying fully invested in the market and never switching out to cash when the markets head south. I figured if I ever hope to retire, I needed to learn to manage my money myself. I moved all my retirement accounts to Schwab in 2011.
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $260K mark at the age of 33 (401K is through my employed, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, PSEC, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, STAG, SSW, VNR, NRF, NRE, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.
I am a proven investment expert and a one man idea machine.
The ideas that I generate are based on the unique, proprietary method I created over 25 years using actual, hands on trading and investment experience that generates tangible, superior returns.
In my 401K/IRA, I have generated 5 year annualized returns of 45% per year and a cumulative return of 535% in my 401K/IRA account as of year end 2013. The S&P 500 has averaged 18% and 128% cumulatively over those 5 years. From the inception of the account in 2006 to year end 2013 this account has generated average annual returns of 30% and cumulative returns of 516%.
Between October 2011 and December 2012 as the stock selection guru for The Palm Beach Letter. I recommended 29 stocks. As of December 31, 2013, these recommendations were up by an average of 53%. Of the 29 recommendations, 28 stocks have gone up and just one has gone down. The 3 highest returning stocks I recommended were Yahoo, up by 157%, Boston Scientific, up by 126% and Interparfums up by 117%. You can look at the attached file to see all 29 stocks and their performance as of December 31, 2013.
Between the years 2008 and 2009, a private account I managed won the prestigious Templeton Foundation investment competition with returns of 76%. I was manager of the Kinetics International Fund in 2009 and 2010 when it went up by 67% and 20%, outperforming the MSCI EAFE (up 28% in 2009 and 4.9% in 2010) in both years. I have 25 years of direct, hand on money management experience that includes every bull market, bear market and financial crisis since 1988.