I started to invest in 2007 and since then I've seen the housing crash the Euro crisis and now the great QE debate. From what I've seen, a buy and hold strategy can work - if you can time the market! But, from my experience, market timing is impossible. I rather focus on companies with strong fundamentals, safe dividends and some kind of growth story.
Retired Public Service Professional / manage my personal 401 & family portfolio.
Stocks that I either own or that are of interest to me are: AAPL, ANDE, COP, CSX, EPD, FB, HCN, JNJ, MMM, PG, SLB, SWKS, TRN, VZ, WFC, & WFSTX
CPA, who worked for two Big Four accounting firms. Particular interest in getting down in the basement of untapped small cap stocks, as well as stocks completely out of favor that are severely beaten up. Although, the lack of liquidity in small caps is a burden, the offsetting advantage is they are the least analyzed and followed stocks and as a result, more likely to have a broken valuation in this increasingly overbought equity market.