I am a professional engineer & MBA graduate from Canada. I am a passionate value investor and have a strong interest in finance, economics and the markets in general. I would describe myself as an investment sloth. I believe I understand the Graham-Buffett value method and take it seriously. My personal portfolio is very focused and turnover is bordering on non existent. I don't swing very often but when I do I like the odds heavily favored in my favor.
I am a retired veterinarian. I have been investing in stocks since the early eighties. During the earlier years of that time frame, I concentrated on small value stocks but now, since I retired, I mostly invest in large dividend payers.
My life was changed when I read Ben Graham's "The Intelligent Investor". Buying low and selling high, what could be more logical? Hedge your bet by including a margin for error(ie. margin of safety). Yeah my transformation to a value and contrarian investor started with that book. Current member of StockBuz (stockbuz.net), a trading and investing oriented social network. On market days I can often be found in the chat room there, doing my best to annoy the technical analysis practitioners and day traders by pontificating the virtues of value investing.
My academic background is in Engineering and management.
Besides one basic accounting course at university my investment knowledge is self-taught.
Reading books, SEC filings, annual reports, analyst reports, blog posts, MOOCs, message boards and listening to select podcasts and conference calls has helped me enormously to evolve as an investor.
I'm a former financial advisor trying to atone for my past sins. I run a little financial education business, Thought Process Financial Education. You can check out my website www.thoughtprocessfe.com and my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/thestockjockey. My stuff is geared towards the "average" do-it-yourselfer. After 20 years in financial services, I find that the old-school trading philosophies of Jesse Livermore and Gerald Loeb hold more truth than the new-school EMH. Investing is a craft and it is sometimes messy.
Over 40 years of active investing; mainly income and growth stocks. Worked in the Banking Industry for a number of year. Then as Asset Manager for one of the wealthiest individuals in the US at that time. Retired from a Federal (Chartered) Agency responsible for open and failed Banking Institutions. As a rule, not a numbers cruncher but intuitive in my approach to personal investing.