Glen Bradford MBA is a born again independently wealthy accredited private investor and prior hedge fund titan that enjoys the process of discovering where and why he's wrong as soon as possible. He contributes to Seeking Alpha primarily to read people's negative feedback so that he can avoid generating unnecessary losses. The absolute best you can do is give someone an opportunity and incentive to take it. Take upon yourself worth carrying and enjoy as your own. "Uncertainty will certainly work for me." - Glen Bradford March 2009.
I began investing shortly before the 2008 crash, and promptly lost around 50% of my retirement money. I really wanted to sell at the lows, but kept my wits and my portfolio rebounded over the next year to be worth a little more than what I started with. I've made many mistakes, but try to avoid repeating them. My biggest mistake seems to be buying great stocks, then selling them for a small profit instead of hanging on for a much larger one.
These are certainly "interesting" times to be investing!
I am by no means an expert. I am working hard to learn the ins and outs of investing. Warren Buffett say to develop a "circle of competence" so that is what I am trying to do with companies that are exploiting horizontal drilling and fracking. I believe that my greatest contribution will often be in the questions that I ask.
Current college student who enjoys small cap research through closely scrutinizing upcoming events and news. Analyzing the news flow of companies aiming for new/greater revenue can help you determine wether or not this revenue has a real possibility of being generated. Analyzing finical statements and basic technical analysis also plays a vital role in determining current valuation. Being patient and coping with volatility can be rewarding all though you should always recognize when you are wrong. I enjoy putting together the pieces of the puzzle and seeing the whole picture.