Through my firm, Financial Life Planning, (www.flplanning.net) I guide a variety of professionals, families and business owners through the various stages of wealth accumulation, protection and distribution in the most tax-efficient and cost effective manner providing not just greater confidence, but significant improvement to their own financial situation.
I work hard since a teenager working in sales of all sorts. I got my itch to study and enjoy the market like others before me in 2008 of July. I dabbled in the markets and found it so new and exciting. More than I could ever remember feeling about money before, because money was a responsibility of needs mostly. I was never very good in math as a kid growing up. In fact I was never very much good at school except for sports. Through dabbles in the market I took finance and math classes to feed this deep hunger I newly discovered from bon appetit ala markets online, on radio, on tv and conversation. I found I am very good with numbers and I got into the market and the market got into me first. Because I always had a fear of learning math or languages and especially math as it is the language. But the excitement of the market put me past the fear of being told I was not smart enough. Well that is my tale. My market mentors are Schwab and Buffet INC's for starters and from there the world is my market oyster. I don't eat oysters but now I get why those who do are coming back for more. To me the market is addictive because no matter how up and down it is the market in an oyster. A fast track description of the market down the throat fast. It is new and exciting plus never is the same and you never can quite figure it out completely. The market always has something to teach you in math, languages, and plain life. If I ever thought by getting past my fear of learning all I would have to do is dabble in the fast addictive markets, than I would have. And You don't have to go broke doing so. You can just sit on the sideline until your turn to jump in. The cost to do that is variable all the time. I found a love for numbers I never knew I had.
Former International Program Manager who has built factories and distribution centers around the world. Former small marketing company CEO. Now retired and an investor.
Life long learner with a passionate interest in business and investments.
I am an independent investor with 20+ years experience. My style is technical analysis with an overlay of macroeconomic and value considerations. My primary concerns moving forward are the debt bubble, fed balance sheet, US budget and trade deficits.
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I only started active investing after the 2009 debacle when my managed retirement funds came no where near close to tracking the run-up from the 2008 crisis. I realized then that the finance gods have no idea what they are doing and only look out for themselves.
After intense self study and consultation with other successful investors I have started managing my money.
I have learned that there is no such thing as being "fully hedged" and that this economic environment is full of opportunties if you look carefully.
After getting into the market more closely I have witnessed the full-court press of sales-side pumpers/dumpers and other unsavory characters and find the financial world full of cock-roaches, rats, and snakes.
"If someone can't provide a truly fundamental and compelling reason to buy an investment then stay away from it." (that is my philosophy).
Engineer by trade. Computer Science, Philosophy, and Economics in my educational background. I own a small software company that creates enterprise mobility solutions for Fortune 500 companies (i.e. iPhone apps).
I am in my 40s. Into weight lifting, running, rock climbing, hiking, and driving fast (well maybe not so much on the driving these days).
Looking for ideas on Trading, Finance, and Economics. Please feel free to share your ideas or suggestions. I am not a professional but I sure like following the markets.
I am a Canadian entrepreneur who, after 35 years of starting up and selling on, various media-related companies; now spends his waking hours investing in the stock market and enjoying la dolce vita, living between Thailand and Bali.