I spent my last several years in studying, exploring and contemplating who we are, our mind and reality, to quench a hunger hidden deep inside.
I started investing in stocks in early 2015. Soon, I see what life leads me to with this experience. Stock market opens a window for me to interactively create and perceive the workings of the consciousness. It is an interactive mirror to explore and probe into the working of our own mind-emotion system, individually and collectively. I feel more alive, energized and creative, and the innate fear of money in the depth of the mind started losing its grip.
My investment philosophy become gradually mature and can be summarized in the following aspects of an investment process.
1. Correctly perceiving the economic characteristics of the business and its industry: the supply and demand, competitive landscape, value generation process and its share of contribution by labor, capital, tangible and intangible assets as well as economic goodwill (the unobserved value of the integrated whole business due to resource optimization and scale).
2. Understanding the financial and accounting characteristics of the company;
3. The mass *perception* of the above two determining of the price, which can be deviate from their true characteristics -- which is value;
4. Be aware of my own thinking process -- the hidden source drivers of every thoughts and urge to act; The comprehensive and deeper insight regarding to the above three points, in absence of emotional drive and reactions.
Excessive return on investment can be achieved only when the subject "I", with a deep anchor inside and free from the influence of the mass mind, can perceive innocently and objectively the deviation in No. 3 that is going to diminish with high certainty, with the effect of time, by which the nature of 1. and 2. will unfold with more clarity through the manifestation of previously hidden and illusion-clouded true forces, or with the effect of direct intervention with the mass mind, through clear writing communication.
In another word, there are opportunities where the market can misunderstand a strong deterministic force that "I" can see with clarity, meantime know that misunderstanding will correct itself by time. The ability of catching these opportunities makes an investor *conscious*, relying on all four factors above.
About Risks: “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing" -- W. B.
CPA with 25 plus years experience large corporate and international taxation. I invest for my own personal account. Hobby is chess. Bio is here http://saintlouischessclub.org/about-us/our-board-and-staff