I’m a product designer and mechanical engineer by profession. The design side of my job requires me to think about problems in imaginative ways and dream up creative solutions. The engineering side of my job requires an application of real world constraints and analytical problem solving to make those dreams a reality. Put the two together and you get a point of view you’ll rarely hear from mainstream economists. I have little formal education or training in economics. Or, as I prefer to think of it, I have no baggage. I’m more apt to look at the world empirically than to view it through the lens of an economic or political theory pushed upon me in school. Growing up, I had an innate interest in economics which was nurtured by my father who was an outstanding stock analyst. In 2007, as the housing bubble was reaching its peak, I began studying Austrian economics and the history of money to understand what was really going on with the economy. From an Austrian perspective, the crash of 2008 was just the prelude to the impending currency crisis we face. While the politicians and central bankers do everything they can to postpone the inevitable, they are only exacerbating the problems. In 2010, I started a blog, Liberty Insight, to inform people of the seldom heard Austrian perspective and to explain how free market solutions and sound money can provide the answers to our problems.
I've had a 401k account for 9 years with my employer. It was recently move from John Hancock to Nationwide. The Nationwide account allows portfolio investment in a TD Ameritrade account. This is the first time I'm able to invest beyond mutual funds. I'm a rookie to the investment realm.
New investor with only an undefined fear of the future due to the current Currency Wars. Even a dullard like myself can see something is up and I've decided silver is the best way to go as gold is well beyond my means. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.
Individual investor. I have survived the downturn with minimal damage because I do not let the Wall St brokers or firms touch my money. I have been accused of being a gold bug, but gold has more than doubled my money while the elite of Wall St were losing 50%. So that puts me 400% ahead of the the money managers on Wall St. I follow gurus like Soros, Icahn, Jimmy Rogers, John Paulson, David Einhorn and Paul Tudor Jones.
I have recently become a more active trader to try to boost my returns. As interest rates spiked to 3.0%, most bond funds got slammed. Interest rate risk is now a primary concern for both bonds and the market.
80% of trades on the market are made by HFT-bots. When everything has disconnected from fundamentals, the only thing you can do is follow the smart money, and pray.
Brian Bleifeld is a CPA who has a hobby of analyzing markets for small inefficient behaviors. Markets Brian likes to investigate Financial, Sports, Social, Political Capital and Internet trends.
Since some of his findings involve financial areas he posts content on Seeking Alpha.
Brian is a graduate from Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University in Texas and holds a BBA in Accounting and a BA in History. He is a financial controller for WorleyParsons an ASX traded engineering firm. Brian also runs the website www.LibraryofTea.com which contains articles and videos about the love of tea.
You can find him
Linkedin at http://www.linkedin.com/in/bleifeld/
81 years old and counting.
PhD in Biochem, minor Genetics, UNC Chapel Hill.
MS Analytical Chem, St. Joseph's. (evening college).
BSc Chem, PCPS, now USP Philadelphia.
Hobby: Neurophysiological basis of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
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