Spent over 30 years in computer systems work, many different functions. Owned my own business for awhile. Got tired of it (managing employees is not my baliwick) and stopped doing it professionally. Did other things, off and on, for some more years and finally bumped into this investing/trading stuff. "Looks like a challenge" said I and jumped in (I've found I'm happiest learning new things and overcoming challenges - this certainly qualifies as a challenge). Still on the steep side of the learning curve, but with facilities like Seeking Alpha, internet availability of all sorts of information and dedication, I'm beginning to improve my performance. As part of that learning, I've recently been working on learning technical analysis of charts. I Have been using covered call options for a while and had good success with that, so I'm currently studying and playing with small positions using other option strategies. Being interested in a lot of different things, I had a desire to check out natural gas, due to its environmental and potential cost benefits. Fortunately, before I dabbled in it, I had already learned to not trade on emotion and had started getting familiar with how I might more effectively use technical analysis of charts. My first foray into NG, using UNG, I made a small return in a short time, thanks to the charts. As time goes on, I'm discovering additional resources. It looks like I might enjoy doing this for a long time. Because of my background, I guess, I'm a big believer in "community knowledge". That is what any one of us knows is available to all the community members, except for those that need a serious "attitude adjustment". I enjoy learning from all and sharing what I may have to contribute.
Full time independent day-trader/swing-trader and money manager, starting this process in 2001. I continue to research and glean from others, in particular identifying the "doers", who have gone before me. I tip my hat to their many contributions, especially my father.
I conclude that I must be an optimist entrepreneur with analytical gifting. For now, I know what "Wall Street" represents, and non-random patterns repeat, everyday. Wall Street goes long and short in the "spread" they create. I'm only a follower. I use my proprietary systems/technical indicators to avoid resorting to tea leaves, typically.
I find the contraction/expansion component of supply-demand economics simply fascinating. Albert Einstein said,"nothing happens until something move's". Stock's "price" move daily, things are happening. I am an avid student of "algorithms/technical analysis". I like how an indicator in its innate simplicity can reveal price "moving", in it's three observable directions, up, sideways or down. My struggle, as a trader, is with the management of the conscious mind and its incessant wanting to hijack the 'process' of trading. Therefore, to counter this mutiny I have become an ardent "practitioner" of technical analysis systems, in conjunction with developing a "managed mindset" that trades process.
I day-trade and swing-trade, taking long or short positions, allowing the market to dictate its emphasis, not mine. I follow the technical more closely in the micro trade, yet, always coupled together with the fundamentals in micro and macro trading perspectives. Essentially, this is my style, today. Remember: I merry heart is good for all approaches to life and markets.
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
John Petersen is executive vice president and chief financial officer of ePower Engine Systems, Inc., a company that has developed, built and demonstrated an engine-dominant diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain for long-haul heavy trucks that promises fuel savings of 25 to 35 percent depending on terrain and payload.
John is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related legal services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors.
Over the last eight years John has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to AltEnergyStocks, Seeking Alpha, The Street, NASDAQ.com and Batteries International Magazine. He currently works as a senior editor at InvestorIntel.
John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. John’s diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of the battery industry.
I have been investing privately for ten years. I look to take concentrated positions in stocks with asymmetrical risk/reward profiles. Turn around situations, companies on the verge of significant revenue / EPS growth, and stocks that unjustly sell below their NCAV are all very interesting to me. I find that most of these finds come in small caps, due to their lack of coverage. However I am not averse to taking a position in a large company which I think fits one of my criteria.
long-time laissez fair investor for retirement in mutuals, now investing small part in individual stocks. Interested in business and tech, business and tech history, transportation, energy, etc.
Dr. Kris has two degrees from MIT because one just wasn't enough. Her life goal was to figure out the universe and having done that (at least to her satisfaction), she decided to tackle something even more difficult—the stock market.
Applying the scientific method along with an insatiably curious mind, she began trading stocks, futures, and options in order to find the holy grail to market success. She's discovered to her immense satisfaction that not only is there one way to succeed but many. Combining her love of cooking with the stock market, she's devised recipes for investment success designed to please the palate of most investors. Dr. Kris currently manages a private equity long/short portfolio and writes of her current research projects that appear on her website, StockMarketCookBook.com.
Her most exciting project is applying market timing models to Modern Portfolio Theory to not only give greater returns but at substantially lower levels of risk. (See PortfolioPreserver.com for further information.)
I am teaching and doing research in mathematics at University Paris 12. I have a PhD in Dynamical Systems from the University of Orsay.My main hobbies are investing, programming, playing pool, parenting and playing backgammon.I am co-founder of a startup which helps institutions digitize and organize paper documents. We hope to complete an OCR software developed in house that will allow indexing scanned books.
I am an electrical engineer. My investing interests are in the transportation industries, mainly locomotive and automotive OEMs.
My investment goal is to increase my chances for success by broadening my knowledge and embracing the future.
I AM A NUMBER DUMMY!!
A term I use for the general public MIDDLE CLASS. We are the financially uneducated, unexposed to the stock market and financial investments. Most of us don't even know what the fiscal cliff is. One woman thought it was 70 ft. tall! WOW!
I for one, think we should start teaching our kids financial responsibilities in schools, at an early age. How about a REAL education for once.
Why we need classes like home eck is beyond me. Cooking & sewing?? Read the box & microwave it! I for one support a small tax on investment income to support financial education in public schools. Could help save America.
I'm coming to the game late, so I'm quite aggressive towards growth.
My thoughts on the fiscal cliff?? Shove ur scare tactics where the sun don't shine!!
As for investing, I shoot from the hip. I go with my gut. Common sense goes along way. I don't buy hype. EPS what? What ticker is that?
HISTORY; 20 yrs. prototype machinist. 12 yrs. construction labor, management, owner.
Current; Investments & gardening (yes, profitable..gardening that is ;)
I am just looking for companies with technologies that are in an early commercial phase. With disruptive technologies and ability to meet needs the world needs. I may dip in and out because these stocks tend to be volatile, but my objective is to be long. I currently am long ($MVTG,$GCEI,$UQM,$JKS, $ERII,$AXPW, among others).
I search for companies to invest in that will grow a retirement plan while contributing to a better future planet for kids. I've been following alternative energy stocks since 2006 for my own retirement and that of some friends, but my main job is computer programming, unless you count tutoring the occasional middle school kid. I'm still angry about the needless death Lehman Brothers inflicted on Evergreen Solar.