I have been an active investor in US equities and options since 1991. I do mostly position trades based on deep fundamental research and contrarian approach. During the 1991-2009 period my investment returns may be characterized as stellar. However, my investment record since 2009 was terrible. I consider myself an amateur investor. However, in all these years I learned a thing or two about equity markets and valuations. Though I do short equities often, going by my record – I admit that I am not a successful short seller. That is not to say my analyses were wrong, rather it is just that my timing is far from being perfect. I am a registered professional engineer and Professor of Civil Engineering at a major US university in my day job. The professional code of ethics for engineers dictates that, when making public pronouncements such as article authorship or comments on articles, I should disclose on whose behalf I am making those statements. I present all my equity and market related commentary and analyses on public forums such as Seeking Alpha in my capacity as an amateur investor. The analysis presented and the associated statements and assertions represent only my views and are in no way associated with my employer or my profession.