I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
Over 25 years investing experience with stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, options. Intuitive trader that has beaten the SP500 handily since 2000, mostly because I went to cash during the downturns. Overweight precious metals from Jan 2010 to Feb 2013. Now heavily weighted toward agency mortgage REITs.
Jon Chait is a investor that manages his own hedge fund (solely my own money). I have accounts that are short term and other accounts that are long term. i use options to hedge positions and to take advantage of short term swings in the markets.
Developer of an equity switching strategy (STORMM) that uses unique momentum indicators to generate buy and sell signals. Daily comments at: http://hgpolites3.wordpress.com/
Not a professional or licensed trader just managing my own portfolio.