I worked for many years in management in the health care industry in the UK, in Bermuda, and for the last 20 years in Florida. The day I turned 59 1/2 I just got out of bed and decided I didn't want to work any more and that I would just take my various pensions from different countries, such as they were, roll them all into one big IRA, and just see if I could live by my wits. My investment objective is, therefore, to make enough so that I never have to work again, although it would be easy for me to do so if I wanted. I could probably get by very well with a 10% annual yield on my capital, but of course more is more and much more is much more. When I started out investing in stocks, I really didn't know what I was doing, but I had the occasional bit of luck, like investing every penny I had in BP in the summer of 2010, just when it couldn't go any lower. And it didn't. Then again I staked every dime I had on out of the money options on a drug that had a PDUFA date in January 2011. It was approved. Phew! But I was a nervous wreck and figured there had to be a better way. Then about a year ago I started to study the whole business of options strategies, got myself a few books, and found out that you could sell options as well as buy them. This was a bit of a revelation, to say the least, because I had noticed that whenever I thought a stock would go up, it went down,and when I thought it would go down, it usually went up, but by selling options you could let other people's optimism work for you. Then I found out about volatility. I had always known that the whole game was rigged, but now I began to understand how and why I'm hoping that with some blog posts or articles here I can inform others about some of the things that I have learned in my time as a full time investor and personal hedge fund manager (O.K., layabout) so that they can avoid some basic errors, and I hope to attract enough criticism to be able to learn from those who know much more than me.
I am a retired electrical engineer. I spent over 25 years analyzing transmission systems in the western half of the U.S. using state of the art computer programs. I also wrote computer programs to analyze the results of the computer models I used. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 54 years and very proud of it! I presently own AAPL,BAX,BMO,BXLT,BMO,COP,,F,FGP,IVV,MAIN, ORI,VO,VGK,VB,QQQ,T,WMT,KR
I have been a Type 1 diabetic for over 50 years. I have been using PODDs devices for nearly 5 years and have found them to be very easy to use. I am trying to grow my retirement fund(s) and my wife's so that we can retire in with a RMD of about $2000/mo. Half way there. Long REITs and other stocks. Have about 3% of my portfolio to "gamble" with.
15 years of personal and professional investing experience, manage family funds through various individual and retirement accounts. I've worked in retail brokerage for major sell-side firms, trained customer service reps and sold market data and electronic trading software for one of the industry leaders, and have several years of experience working with a leading, independent financial newsletter writer. Passed series 3, 7, 63/65 and CFA Level II candidate.
The only addition I have to my overly wordy intro. is I enjoy communicating with SA reader's. Please, do not hesitate to write personally on stocks or on commentary made within. I have met some very intelligent individuals both domestically and overseas that I communicate with quite regularly to our mutual benefit financially and personal enjoyment socially. If you haven't tried it, do! I look forward to hearing from you and will certainly always respond!
Moving along the continuum of time, I have been invested in the market successfully for 30+ years. Part of the general "diaspora" from New York City, (Queens), and now a (retired) educator and self-taught (organic) rancher in West Central Texas I have always had a profound interest in geo-politics and history as it relates to economics. Possessing degrees in politics, electronic engineering, as well as a separate masters in education I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and worked for several international firms most notably in Sweden and Canada before doing what amounts to missionary work in our public schools, as a humble teacher.
My investment philosophy is conservative, yet on occasion contrarian. For example commodities in the early 70's, presently high quality US dividend aristocrats - mixed with some well entrenched or positioned European securities that offer consistent dividends and growth upside. That said, I too believe long-term investment is the "sine qua non" for financial success - unless you are steeped in financial wizardry and luck, which I certainly am not nothing usually takes the place of "time in the market". I have also constructed a firm inner ring of dividend aristocrats that allow my (outward) "concentric ring" to flourish. However, in a dangerously (???) over bought market I have gathered the wagons and sold off a number of smaller European and global equities that have profited during our long bull run-up - while awaiting like Godot the inevitable 20 -30 % correction.
I have always invested in dividend stocks, and will continue to do so; I do not "play the market". "Dividends are real money and do not "lie" about a stocks overall performance. The goal always is to be equal to and greater than inflation - beyond the pablum of government disseminated statistics that nothing is costing us more, to buy quality when others flee, to invest and not flip equities for a quick dollar, to hold on, but know intuitively by experience when to sell, if, for example (more concretely agreed upon), if a dividend is cut.
I enjoy SA, and believe it is a positive forum for intelligent conversation concerning investment and economics. Again, look forward to hearing from you.
Former banker to north american mining & energy industries and coal industry CFO. My initial training was as a financial analyst. My investment philosophy is to seek out fundamentally sound companies in industries that exhibit positive trends. Currently active in mortgage and real estate industries.
BS-Business Admin-Univ of Illinois