Tom, a native of Berwyn, IL, has been interested in stocks, bonds and real estate for over forty years. A classically-trained woodwind musician and retired High School Principal, he holds two master's degrees and blogs. Mr. Smicklas values a conservative, diversified approach towards investing utilizing varied income streams, always sensitive to of the march of political and economic trends worldwide. Tom knows that in the investment world there is no substitute for experience, with failure as well as success.
I have been investing and trading since the mid 90's. I have traded the oex using options, and am now primarily interested in stocks with an emphasis on dividends and growth. I am a fan of Fibonacci and Gann for TA and believe in time and price as it relates to retracement levels as guide to when to buy or sell a position.
When I am not reading here on SA, I am traveling with my wife or fostering Great Pyrenees dogs.
Long : SDRL,PSEC,KMI,EPB,NMFC,PER,PHT,SFL,STAG,TGH,UAN,FSC,FRHLF,ARCC,,ARR,AWP
I am a young investor, currently in my mid-twenties, hoping to take valuable advantage of the long-term time frame that sits between me and my comfortable retirement. I have graduate with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Finance and am currently employed at a large investment bank. I am about to embark on my Graduate Studies to earn a Masters in Finance. I am an avid student of investing and the interconnectedness of the global economy. While the Crash of 2008 and the subsequent Great Recession have undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the global economy and millions of individuals and families around the world, I must say that I am fortunate to have been studying Economics and Finance during such an interesting and once in a lifetime period. My college curriculum was supplemented and enhanced because of the ever changing economic environment that was captivating news headlines and I must say that my love for the field was born out of such interesting times. I am proponent and student of value investing and have developed a hybrid strategy of value and dividend growth investing principles.
In my early 30s with a growing family. Have invested in mutual funds for many years in both retirement and taxable accounts but am not completely satisfied with the returns. Have recently turned to dividend-paying stocks as my investment vehicle of choice for the all too small amount of money I have left over every month.