Since construction jobs haven't been plentiful in Las Vegas, I studied information management at the prestigious College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. My previous financial background is in the field of hanging drywall, where I learned absolutely nothing about the concept of compound growth. I started trading/investing after taking a finance class and watching Mad Money on CNBC.
I'm a no one, but I might not be forever. Currently in school studying Biology with the aspiration to become a doctor. We'll see...but hard work usually pays out what is put in.
I look at investing through both momentum--confirmations coming through numerous TA signals--and fundamentals. Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" is a perfect guide for identifying value, but as I have learned, value alone is not enough. I could find an enormous number of value stocks with the simplest of stock screeners, invest in them, and come away with nothing to show for it. As far as I can tell, it takes a keen mind to identify excellent opportunities; understanding the fundamentals of a company, security analysis, governmental policies, monetary policies, foreign exchange rates, the behavior of major financial institutions, the behavior of individual investors, world events, a company's competitors, and a sound understanding--and appreciation of--technical analysis must be at least understood and appreciated before taking a strong stance in a company. Even then, with all of that information, it is very possible--actually it is probable--that there are factors that either you have overlooked or were not aware of.
My goal is to learn everything I can about, well, everything as it relates to investing.