I’ve put a lot of thought into planning my personal finances, and you can gain the benefit of my insights through my posts here and on Thoughtsworththinking.net. Like most investors, I was shocked by the financial crisis that emerged in 2008, and I have found the impetuous and often contradictory opinions expressed by some professionals on markets and the economy to be largely unhelpful. I have come to the conclusion that many (but not all) commentators lack the objectivity and perspective to speak credibly about the future. In addition to holding a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, where I studied the relationship between politics and the world economy, I am certified as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). But I think my most important experience in writing for Seeking Alpha is the work I put into making my own financial decisions. I don’t expect or recommend that anyone accept my opinion as sacrosanct, but as one of many perspectives that can add value to a studied investment decision. My goal in every article or opinion I offer is to provide something—whether a fact or confluence of arguments—that you will not be able to find anywhere else, using the experience, perspective, and research capabilities I bring to the table. The information I provide on this web site does not constitute professional investment advice, and should only be used in consonance with all available information, including the opinion of a professional adviser, to make an investment decision. Please visit Thoughtsworththinking.net About me I live in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C.
40 years investing, my strength is technical analysis, though I am a believer that fundamentals also play a vital role in the stocks you pick and follow. I was a tech stock trader in the late 90's and early 2000's, I also trade options when I feel the timing is right. My portfolio is now leaning toward energy and some dividend paying stocks. V, DIS HD , AAPL, T. Focus is on Oil and REits at the moment . I own a long term position in AAPL, O, OHI, HCP, MO, GILD, JPM, DIS, Main, BACPRA, AGNCB, FB, , T, OKE, WMB, ETE and actively trade their options when I see a potential positive reason. I trade daily market movers, usually off dips and breakouts. Trading frequency is daily to monthly. Holding core positions in my mind is key as long as fundamentals are staying as expected.I focus on market leaders in sector that outperform the market, Buy Preferred stocks and dividend stocks in specific sectors using IBD and other sources Including SeekingAlpha.com and Finviz.com, Yahoo Finance and Fidelity.com.