Why “Playing the Ponzi”? I view the entire monetary and financial system as something of a Ponzi scheme. Starting with currency that is created as debt, and running straight through a global economic model that is based on infinite growth in a finite world. This won’t end well. I’d go a step further and suggest that our materialistic value and belief system is another way in which we’re building castles on sand… but I digress. I view our financial markets as a casino, and frankly, I like gambling. I prefer technical analysis to fundamental analysis because I find the “behavioral” side of investing more interesting than longer term projections based on financial/numerical analysis. Pictures make more sense to me than numbers. I'm dumb like that. As for an investing “philosophy”, I believe in small/micro-caps. I believe the market rewards growth above all else, and growth is easiest (to spot, at least) and most explosive when a company is young and small. As a company matures, its growth inevitably slows. Microcap stocks tend to be extremely volatile so I believe strongly in taking profits on the way up (or exiting quickly if the entry point proves poor). I attempt to buy stocks that are pulling back in the midst of a longer term uptrend. I hold anywhere from hours to years, but usually in the 3-6 month range. I am an amateur investment enthusiast, who has committed every investing cardinal sin at some point - and sadly, sometimes still do. Between first entering the markets in 1999, and 2002, I lost 90% of my seed money. Since then, I’ve found an approach that works reasonably well for me. My average return has been about 20% annually since 2003.
After having read Robert Scheer's The Great American Stickup, I decided that the market's open for anyone willing and able to succeed and do well. I just started this year, literally at the beginning of 2014 reading and absorbing all I can. Still confused by so much all in the air, but the dust is starting to settle and I'll be able to see the big picture.
I am retired. I was academically trained as an Institutional Economist specializing in comparative economic sytems. I am very knowledgeable about the old Soviet style command economies as well as the various types of mixed economies that currently exist.
Investor with more than 5 years experience trading commodities, gold and silver miners, exploration companies, oil and gas, platinum and other hard assets.
The investment style is part contrarian/value and I actively seek investments in distressed sectors.