I'm an old guy who's been a buy and hold investor for many years. I’ve learned a bit along the way, unfortunately often by my mistakes. I have been quite successful and have lived off my investing profits since my retirement, but have never been affiliated with any investment firm.
I am a value investor. My goal is to find stocks which are trading at a discount to the market due to a temporary obstruction, but with high long term growth potential. I am not afraid to put my capital in stocks which are not loved by the market at the moment, as I believe that these stocks will eventually provide the greatest percent increases in the future.
I'm intensely interested in micro-grids, particularly in solar energy at the residential and small-business scale. I'm also interested in using diverse plantings to increase food and energy resilience. I volunteer with community permaculture groups and with groups devoted to making efficiency legal with new code directions. ReCode is one of the groups concerned with this, as is City Repair and DePave. I frequently post on Renewable Energy World as well. I appreciate the diversity of opinion that can be found there and on Seeking Alpha. I visit truthout frequently as well. I don't use my real name on truthout. Some folks there do not seem to appreciate my feedback, notwithstanding the name of the site.
Currently based in Shanghai as CFO for a Pharmaceutical company. International exposure to Europe, Asia and Africa. Keen interest in the energy sector, natural resources, luxury brands, REIT's and emerging markets.
A qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and a lover of classical music, my other great passion in life is the trading of shares. Always on the look out for under the radar stocks with great potential, I tend to focus on biotech companies but consider all potential hidden gems.
I am 65 years old. I have been been both managing my portfolio and managing to live off of the capital gains and dividends for the past twenty years. My average yearly return has been 17% over this period. Constant vigilance, hard work and a lot of luck contributed to the results. Now that Social Security has kicked in, albeit not nearly covering my expenses I have decided to cut down both the time and intensity of my efforts. I am willing to give up the home-run stocks that appreciate 1000% although, I must admit, some lucky picks did goose my long term performance. I am now seeking a less volatile portfolio with a goal of returns of 10% a year. I am focusing on a core portfolio of "Quality Dividend Achievers" which are dominant in their industries, have A balance sheets and most, importantly, have raised their dividends for 20+ years. This is the increasing dividend stream section of my holdings. The other element are the "High Yielders". The key to this is that even if dividends don't grow, at least they won't be cut. Of course, no one position can be too large as, inevitably, some will be crash and burn. Losses can then be minimized. If any company in the Quality camp stops raising the dividend, it is sold. Likewise if a High-Yielder cuts the dividend it is sold.