I am a retired University lecturer in the UK. My education was primarily in Physics and I taught electronics for some 40 years - a time of great change and innovation. Much of my work in that time was in design and engineering solutions for both my own Physics department and the Electronics department of Salford University, Manchester, UK. Interests, outside of making the best of my (very) hard earned cash, are my family (wife Nitaya and son Matthew), my friends, quality education for all, not just the elite or those in the developed world, and doing what I can to help all life on this planet. I'm not an out-and-out "greenie" but I know good tech when I see it!
I'm a former software engineer (now a small business owner). In my previous vocation, I worked on spreadsheets and databases, and I developed an affinity for number crunching. I've been invested in stocks for 20 years, but really only actively managing my portfolio for the last 10 or so. I generally prefer to mitigate risk in the form of dividends to provide some return while I grit my teeth at the ups and downs of the market, although I will invest in tech growth stocks if I envision a long term trend (e.g. Mobile devices, Robotics, 3D printing, renewable energy, etc.).
I am an engineer and long time technical consultant specializing in control and instrumentation systems for medical, industrial, vehicle and aerospace companies. The technical, cultural, market, regulatory and other factors that separate successful products and companies from their peers has fascinated me for many years. My investment experience is limited to my own accounts.
Biologist, computer scientist, studied renewable energy for last 50+ years, studied EV's for about 25 yrs, believe in nuclear power called the sun so we only need one nuclear plant 8.3 light minutes away, despise the thought processes of most shorts. understand exponential growth.
I work in the energy industry. I was originally studying to be a science teacher thus my Degree in BioScience. But my father was a private businessman and I helped him answer phones as a young man therefore "business" was always in my blood. I earned an MBA before they become common. I also studied two years towards a Masters in Electrical Engineering.
I enjoy reading about the interaction of business, technology, and society.
I am a value investor interested in learning more about the market and various trading strategies. I have been investing in stocks for over a decade now, and learned a lot about myself and investing in general. I believe in individual rights and free markets (therefore limited government), but have been around the block long enough to know that capitalism is not perfect and the market is subject to corruption and manipulation. I also believe it is possible to profit in any market - the key lies in your decisiveness, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Several books that inform my investment philosophy are:
1) William O'Neill - How to Make Money in Stocks
2) Edwin Lefèvre - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
3) Michael Sincere - Understanding Options
4) Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
5) Robert Hagstrom - The Warren Buffett Way
6) Ken Fisher - Markets Never Forget (But People Do), The Only Three Questions That Still Count
7) Pat Dorsey - The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing
8) Heather Brilliant & Elizabeth Collins - Why Moats Matter
9) Jim Rogers - A Gift to My Children
10) Ray Dalio (video) - How the Economic Machine Works
I have also taken graduate courses in Strategy, Investments, Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Valuation.
Some of my favorites quotes:
when we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. -rachel naomi remen
the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. - j.m. keynes
it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. if you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside. -richard branson
i have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it. -richard branson
entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. - howard stevenson
don't optimize a melting ice cube. - kevin efrusy
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - f. scott fitzgerald
the dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. - archibald macleish
it ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so. - artemus ward
if you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? the things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. - oliver wendell holmes
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.
Healthcare provider who cares about a sustainable planet for our children. As an investor I am divesting from last century's energy sources. I like solar (photovoltaic and thermal), wind, and geothermal energy, public transportation and electric vehicles among other things to help transition to a sustainable planet.
Avid student of stock market since the Dow was 850. Current volatility makes it tough to bring gains to bottom line. 3D printing company Stratasys largest holding with APPL and AMZN entered at low points and holding. RAD is a worry right now in my portfolio. All trading done in IRA - majority of IRA's in large funds.
Like Private REIT's for Medical Buildings, Data Centers.
Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' several years ago. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed).
Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the main rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011. Started to get comfortable with my portfolio management approach in 2012 - and managed to get almost 14% last year (2012) in my main IRA with a basically 'conservative' 65% bond funds to 35% equities model ;-)
Sadly, two smaller portfolios didn't do anything like that well, and I am working on understanding why - I believe it is largely because they were much less diversified, despite being nominally more aggressively allocated.
Started drawing pension this year, but still need to draw down the portfolio by around 15-20% a year (assuming no return) until I draw social security (target in around 4 years), at which point I should finally become cash-flow positive - yay!