I am an individual investor and my vehicle of choice is my Roth IRA. I would consider my investing style to be Dividend Growth/Value. I always take dead aim and execute. I am able to do this because I do not have cable/satellite television service. If you want to increase your returns, turn off the television and read while having the fortitude to win. It is easy to be right, but to be right and sit tight is key.
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $260K mark at the age of 33 (401K is through my employed, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, PSEC, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, STAG, SSW, VNR, NRF, NRE, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.
Glen Bradford MBA is a born again independently wealthy accredited private investor and prior hedge fund titan that enjoys the process of discovering where and why he's wrong as soon as possible. He contributes to Seeking Alpha primarily to read people's negative feedback so that he can avoid generating unnecessary losses.
The absolute best you can do is give someone an opportunity and incentive to take it.
Take upon yourself worth carrying and enjoy as your own.
"Uncertainty will certainly work for me." - Glen Bradford March 2009.
Specialize in the investment in and trading of "deep-value" high-yield securities, including debt, preferred shares, common shares, put/call options, and ETF's, for my own and family accounts only. Have over seventeen years experience personally directing our personal and family accounts on a mostly full-time basis.
Was previously an international-business executive, general manager and entrepreneur in the medical-technology industry. Also provided consulting, related to general management, new-venture formation and acquisition of venture capital.
Education: Brown University, School of Engineering (Sc. B. '71); University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration (MBA '73).
Present Home: Sarasota, FL
Previous Homes: New York City, Mountain View, CA
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
I became intrigued with stocks when I was seventeen. The thought of making money by doing nothing sounded awesome to me. After the purchase of several stocks, I realized that the possibility of making money in securities would be difficult. I started researching new ways to make money from stocks. Penny stocks caught my attention. I could purchase a thousand shares of a company for only a hundred dollars. With my calculator in hand, I quickly added up all the numbers and realized that if the share price went to one dollar, I would have a thousand dollars. My friends and I were excited about the “investments,” and the economic prosperity these investments entailed for us. My new strategy failed.
Did I give up though? No, I then turned to the advice of others, especially that of successful “investors.” Why should I spend time researching when a successful person can tell me what to buy? I tried again to make a successful investment, but failed for the second time. I knew there was a way to pick a good stock, but I could not seem to figure it out.
Shortly after my second failed attempt, I went to the library and found a book about Warren Buffett. Each page I turned unraveled the mystery of stock investment. I learned that Warren Buffett did not make his money from penny stocks, but rather he bought good, quality stocks and held them indefinitely. Since then, I have read two books highly recommended by Mr. Buffett, and learned vast amounts of information pertaining to securities.
My educational goals include becoming a financial adviser once I graduate from college.
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In trading, what is more important is betting heavy when all signals are green. By adding fundamental analysis to the mix, we stand a better chance against hedge funds using intelligent algo-based softwares that detect panic within milliseconds as well as manipulative market makers that push out weak hands from trading positions. Hence, we often switch gears from day trading to swing to ascertain the most optimal efficiency in our trading profits by keeping a close eye to our total position and volatility.
In following the footsteps of John Templeton, Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett, I wholeheartedly believe Peter Lynch's advice on that it is futile to predict the economy and interest rates. Bargain hunt and pick value stocks with good business models and great management by keeping a close eye on competition, and you should do well.
Edgar Ambartsoumian has been a stock and options trader for 14 years and received his BBA in Finance and Accounting from UTSA.