I was introduced to stocks as a child and taught by my father how to analyze and chart stocks when daily entries were made with a pencil and a ruler on graph paper. Self employed my entire adult life I began actively trading during the tech meltdown and have traded full time since 2006. I do not trade options, and I do not sell short. Fudamental analysis, technical analysis, and the ability to connect disparate discreet points of data are the keys to my success as an investor. Remain calm, be patient, and try not to be greedy.
Author (non-fiction and fiction), WGAE member emeritus, and premium voice actor for hundreds of political candidates from the office of President on down. My twenty years as an ad agency principal has given me an insider's knowledge of most consumer-facing and B2B business models to help me differentiate the smell of success from a spritz of corporate Febreze. Began statistical programming in 1980 for consumer surveys and media analysis. An active investor since 1985, I use the R statistical language (plus Perl, SQL and unix utils) for market analysis and quant strategy.
My life changed on 14 Nov 2007. I underwent a quadruple bypass. "Teamwork" is invisible to me. I'm not a cooperative or flexible person. Thus, I was unprepared for the pain after surgery, the requirement that I do things that made the pain worse, etc. I spent 3 weeks in the ICU and seven weeks in the hospital. If my wife had not so fully devoted herself to me, and if she had not, so much, wanted me to live, I would have died. As it was, I lived and had numerous complications.
When I finally came home, I could not get up, nor sit down, nor walk, etc. I spent a lot of time in front of the TV. Before 14.11.07, TV had not been one of my favorite things. The most interesting programs were the news, and stock market channels. While I had owned stocks for almost 50 years, I hadn't been interested enough to follow them.
Before, I was mentally tired when I was physically tired. After, I became physically tired long before being mentally tired. So the stock market became a therapy, a form of mental exercise.
P.S: My Seeking Alpha pseudonym used to be "socphd71." For sins against the website which I don't yet understand, I was banned from that pseudonym and acquired this one.
I am a Financial Advisor and wealth management professional within Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Global Wealth Management platform, and have a far-reaching and high value business background in law, real estate finance and insurance. My practice, which exists in a team environment containing access to well-established money managers with vast experience in investment management, delivers client-focused and comprehensive strategies tailored to long and short-term investment and financial objectives, need, cash flow, risk tolerance, tax status and my client's unique context. I work with:
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