I call myself the Random Investor because I don't intend to limit myself in any way. I choose stocks to review the way I choose books to read (and I read A LOT) - whatever catches my eye. Might be an interesting piece of news, might be a product I like, might be I like the competition, could be something Cramer said. (I like him on Squawk on the Street, not so much on Mad Money.) Full disclosure: I have no positions in any individual stocks and do not intend to initiate any in the next six months.
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My positions, long or short can change dramatically as new information comes to my attention. All stocks are risky, but, don't follow me into a penny stock without realizing they are HIGHLY risky and you can lose ALL of your investment.
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Education is an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management. Masters' in Organizational Management.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. ;)
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!
Retired Public Service Professional / manage my personal 401 & family portfolio.
Stocks that I either own or that are of interest to me are: AAPL, ANDE, COP, CSX, EPD, FB, HCN, JNJ, MMM, PG, SLB, SWKS, TRN, VZ, WFC, & WFSTX
65 year old retired physician living almost exclusively on dividends. Don't like the way we are sacrificing our country for our own selfish purposes. The opposite of the values I was raised with.
I am a 67 year old retiree,fortunately with a pension. I have a portfolio that held up fairly well during the past 2 years. I am attempting to grow my holdings with dividend producing stocks and carefully-selected small company stocks.
I was once an investment advisor but switched careers and became an Elementary Reading Teacher. I don't have to deal with the compliance dept. as a RIA which is a good thing. They made it impossible to purchase anything but open-ended mutual funds. That is no fun and it limits profits!