Retired from SLB after 44 years in Seismic Data Processing and some Data Collection field work. Investing focus on
1) energy related companies related to Bakken, Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and Niobrara.
2) also undervalued dividend and safe growth stocks
Former Marine and retired Naval Aviator. Four years as an insurance agent until the 9-11 aftermath influenced a career change to pipeline construction safety. Other than my 401K, did not start investing in individual stocks until May 2012 .
After "paying my stock market tuition," I discovered Bill O'Neil's CANSLIM system and Investor's Business Daily. This was another learning period for me where I discovered one has to "watch his money" every day in the market lest it leak out of a "hole in the bucket." I also began to read dozens of books (many by the masters) on the psychology of trading, and have now shifted to reading about value investing and dividend stocks.
In March 2015 I cam across Jason Kelly's "3% Signal" system of investing. Jason is a contributor on Alpha and for those who may be interested in some of his works you can read about them at jasonkelly.com. I order three of his books off amazon and now have half of my portfolio invested in his 3% Signal system, and the other half in value dividend payers. I sleep sound and secure.
I use mostly individual stocks and ETFs but also hold a very small selection of mutual funds.
My personal portfolio has over time moved more towards easy maintenance, decently yielding stocks and ETFs but I can still become excited over a great small cap idea. :) But ideally I want a portfolio that can mostly handle itself for an extended period of time and that I don't have to worry about should something happen that keeps me from attending it regularly. Therefore I subscribe to some kind of core & satellite approach and I currently probably have too much of a satellite and rather want to add to my core.
Individual Investor. Focused on upcoming retirement (4-8 years from now, perhaps). Seeking a portfolio balance of secure/stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks.
Professional Background: Business Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and Risk Manager for a large University.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, PFE, CVS.
Consumer: MO, RAI, PM, DPZ, FIZZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX, KHC.
Tech and Content: FB, GOOGL, AMZN, AMD.
Small Caps: MGPI.
Utilities/Telcom: T, SO, D.
Industrial: LMT, RTN.
Financial Payment Processors: V, MC.