I invest in companies that have strong fundamental characteristics such as P/FCF, Sales Growth, and Net Margin. Investing is an ever changing world and learning never ends. I will graduate with a B.A. in Finance in May 2013. I have been investing since the 2008 Financial Crises.
I am an individual investor. I try to limit my stock portfolio to companies and products I understand. I am a consultant in technology / Internet, so most of my stock investing is in that space. I believe in the benefits of combining non-correlating assets. I implement most trades through options, often LEAPS, with the occasional spread or straddle. I use Peter Hoadley's tools for portfolio optimization and options strategy. I spend a lot of time in Excel. I'm reading Graham and Dodd.
When not investing, I enjoy skiing and flying. I'm a private pilot, and glider pilot. I have two sons in their 20s. I live in a 1700s house that has a cooking fireplace, so I've been learning Colonial cooking techniques (pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/timothyshea/sets/72157621824250901/).
I learn a lot from Seeking Alpha. I enjoy the articles, and the diversity of comments.
I buy and sell based on earnings potential and valuation looking out 5-10 years and have been actively investing for 15 years.
Here on SA, I've been following the ladies and gentlemen of the DG community as well as some of the more provocative writers- a balanced diet - since 2007.
In the public markets, I currently have approximately 50 positions across multiple portfolios with a goal to reduce this number to a more manageable 30-35 as I've gotten to "know" those positions that I'd like to deepen. I typically buy in thirds, slowly building a position while I get to know the company better. The majority of these holdings are individual equities (approx 85%) with a smattering of bonds and cash equivalents.
Because of the importance I ascribe to the importance of dividends as an indicator, 90% of equity positions pay a dividend. The remaining positions, approximately 10%, do not pay a dividend - these are PCLN, AMZN, LNKD, GILD and BRK.B and a few other very small speculative positions.
I am an individual investor currently swing trading volatility ETNs (XIV and VXX). I am developing strategies for timing trades and backtesting using excel.
Contango is my friend.
My handle on twitter is @ContangoMojo