I first became interested in investing when I was about 12 years old. My mom was telling a story about her best friend's husband, who had bought stock in Clearly Canadian, and was handing out bottles to friends at every opportunity. I wanted to know more about what it meant to buy stocks, so my parents encouraged me to contact a broker, who suggested I get my start in mutual funds. In ninth grade, I participated in a stock market simulation game in one of my classes. My team came in first place, due in part to our tech-heavy focus in the mid 90s. Several years later, after following the market further, and contributing periodically to my mutual fund account, I inherited a good amount of money when a relative died. So, I opened an online account and started trading on my own around 2001-2002. Some of my initial purchases at that time included MO, AMZN and PFE. Unfortunately, I made some poor financial decisions during my college years and had to sell my positions to pay off some credit card debt. I currently manage the investments in my IRA, as well as those in my wife's. Since we are both relatively young, I look for stocks that offer consistent dividend growth, as well as companies that might be undervalued. I am currently long ETN, GOOGL, MA, GILD, TXRH and TWX.
Retired from Pubix Supermarkets ... too early, because of broken neck car wreck... Love my Publix Stock (privately owned company) ... but 'fool around' a little with many others... monthly investment to my 'sweetheart' Google... some others I'm proud of... and some not so proud of... but not really a 'trader' ... more of a 'hoarder' (what I buy I keep... my kids can fuss about it after I'm gone) ... Kids, grandkids, service work, face book/Pinterest/Twitter/blipfm ... Love reading all the stock opinions...
Light trader interested in dividend growth stocks. I own every S&P dividend aristocrat, and then some. The aristocrats form the foundation. I have ownership of more companies that I have placed on that foundation. I have several general rules about stocks. Rule #1: Do not buy a stock to sell it. Rule 2: Do not sell a stock you bought. Rule 3: If I am unsure if I should sell a stock, see Rules 1 & 2. Rule 4: If I really am going to sell a stock (fundamentals change, dividend frozen or cut, etc.,), then just sell it and do not look back. Rule 5: no foreign tax withholding (I do not want the money back later, I want it re-investing now, There are plenty of US and British dividend companies) and Rule 6: drip. drip. drip.
As a full time analyst in another field, I became interested in business and securities analysis half a decade ago. A Masters of Business Administration really helped give me the tools to be fully engaged in this "hobby". I simply share my investment thesis** and market/business/security thoughts here on Seeking Alpha. I truly value other's input as it adds to my knowledge/strategy.
**My investment thesis was built on a long time horizon view of investments (5-25 years). I am 100% invested in stocks. I have a strong risk tolerance, but tend to keep a core of dependable investments to power long term returns. The core investments will be in companies that I believe have tremendous revenue growth potential over the next 5+ years, pay a growing dividend, initiate stock buybacks and splits, and above all have management that cares about creating long-term shareholder value. I make few exceptions to this strategy.
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I am almost 25 years old and two years ago I graduated Kharkov National University named after V.N.Karazin, the faculty of international economic relationship. This University is considered to be one of the prestigious and best in Ukraine. Do you think I’m making boast? Own up I really proud of my University and of the privilege to have studied there. I really proud that I have graduated this University cum laude and have vindicated my diploma work “World gold market: its condition and perspective” magna cum laude. But of course I understand that any knowledge without practice is nothing. That’s why I have started my financial blog. I live in Yalta, Ukraine. This town is called ‘town of happiness’. Why? It is really very beautiful here. There is a rare combination of sea, mountains and warm climate here. We have a lot of tourists here all year long. Unfortunately, it’s one of the reasons why locals here do not like to work – they used to live at tourists’ cost, renting their own lodging, for example. I long to use my knowledge and to arrive by means of my beans. I am not a financial guru; I do not claim to know everything. Instead of it, I’d like to learn more. I’d like to learn new things; to learn useful and practical things. I am ready to learn. Do you ready to learn with me? I invite you to join me. If perhaps you do not agree with something in my articles I’m ready to discuss it with you. Anyway, I like to associate with people of any age with agile mind. If one day you decide to stay in Yalta even though for a short while I’d love to meet and talk with you.
So I'm still pretty new to this.
My strategy so far is to pick a few winners in industries I'm very familiar with (that means finance and tech, mostly), and to stick any leftover cash into index funds until I see a great opportunity. Right now I have about a 50/50 split. Not a fan of bonds at all in this market; I really don't see any point when corporate dividends are higher than bond yields. If I want a straight income fund, I'll pick up a REIT.
Long IBM, BOFI, INTC, MSFT, GE, NOK
I work as a Business System Analyst for a global bio-pharmaceutical company based in Illinois. I am a value-investor that looks for opportunities to exploit market inefficiencies to make out sized profits. I generally am interested in the pharmaceutical industry as well as large income producing companies for value investing. Intense research, intelligence, and patience are the keys to having success with this strategy.
My ultimate objective is to leverage the knowledge, experience and relationships of our contributors to introduce our subscribers to profitable long and short investment opportunities in the healthcare sector.
My focus is on identifying and analyzing technically-complicated companies and equities that are grossly over or under-valued.