I am a self-directed investor, and former CEO of a $200 million/year enterprise. In researching investment ideas, I look at intermediate and longer term trends. I believe in buying and holding, but also believe in not always following rules, including my own, While I am not a CFA, my MPA from Harvard included coursework in Public Finance, and numerous courses in economics and analysis. Subsequent work experience includes obtaining, and managing funding for projects of up to $500 million; oversight of strategic management, and overall leadership of the entity. These experiences have given me skills I use every day in looking at investment opportunities--looking for big picture trends, taking note of potential pitfalls, and charting a successful path to increasing returns over time. Like all portfolio managers, I've had some unexpected learning experiences, or mistakes as they are frequently referred to, but know the risk in the risk/reward equations are real. However, the rewards of risk/reward ventures are also real, and over time taking measured risks offers much better longer term results for investors able to tolerate the risks. I look for value, values, and management as key indicators of what to consider and what to avoid. I also know that none of us is as consistently smart as all of us can be collectively, so appreciate constructive comments and feedback.
I am the President of TFST Publishing which is a Stock Advisory Service . We publish The Focused Stock Trader an online newsletter www.thefocusedstocktradercom
I have been a stock broker, investment banker, and CEO of 2 micro-cap companies ( see LinkedIn). At the present time I am focused on my newsletter which ended 2013 with 85 profitable trades out of 95 recommendations, for an annualized return of 265%. The Focused Stock Trader recommended the purchase of 49 stocks in 2013. The 49 stocks that were recommended had an average high 64% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. The top ten trades all had a high at least 90% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. OVERALL THE TOP TEN RECOMMENDATIONS HIGH PRICE HAD AN AVERAGE RETURN OF 170% ABOVE THE FOCUSED STOCK TRADER’S INITIAL RECOMMENDATION PRICE.
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Blogging as http://investingcomments.wordpress.com on occasional basis. Started investing in 1974. Have seen many ups and downs. Overall, quite successful, though not fabulously. I have done better than market, in the final analysis, but not consistently. In the process, I have accummulated a great deal of information and knowledge, having read hundreds of books on investments, from all sorts of angles. I have traded stocks, options, futures, commodities, indexes and so on. Currently I have become an intermediate term investor, focusing on ETF's, in the main. I have taught personal finance and investing at college level. I have been an educationist all my life, now retired as an emeritus professor of philosophy and religion. I believe personal finance should be a required course in all higher education programs.