I am making up for lost time. I so wish I understood basic financial principles when I was in my teens or early 20's. Instead, I screwed up everything I touched and dug a nice, but recoverable hole. Started value investing in the late 90's on a small scale and have gradually picked up speed ever since while expanding my areas of interest and the methods I use. I've shifted away from only mutual funds and into an aggressive self-managed combination of individual stocks and options, mutual funds, and real estate. I want the world to know that it is never too late to become financially responsible and the payoff is great. You should never stop learning. However, we are FAILING our own children by not teaching them financial principles as part of a "standard education."
I am currently serving in the military and have been an amateur investor for the last few years. I have been putting away some money every month to help give myself some extra money. I am looking to get into the investment world full time as a certified professional investor.
Background: Accounting, Finance, Statistics
Strategy: Equity Concentration of Value & Profitability; Discipline + GRIT!
Interests: Behavioral Finance, Psychology, Valuation, Governance;
Complex Financial Analysis, Legal Analysis, Regulatory Compliance
Fun: Dancing, Reading, History, Music, Movies, Logic Puzzles
Tools: Microsoft Certified Expert -- Excel, Access, et al.
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
The scales are symbolic to freedom, capitalism, justice, and in honor of Luca Pacioli, mathematician and father of accounting.
Retiree. 39 years of amateur investment experience. No professional education or experience in finance or economics. Educated mostly in political science (Ph.D., 1974), which has produced no measurable impact on my income or understanding. My primary interests (as an investor) are related to strategies for dealing with risk and uncertainty.
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.
I am a value investor interested in learning more about the market and various trading strategies. I have been investing in stocks for over a decade now, and learned a lot about myself and investing in general. I believe in individual rights and free markets (therefore limited government), but have been around the block long enough to know that capitalism is not perfect and the market is subject to corruption and manipulation. I also believe it is possible to profit in any market - the key lies in your decisiveness, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Several books that inform my investment philosophy are:
1) William O'Neill - How to Make Money in Stocks
2) Edwin Lefèvre - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
3) Michael Sincere - Understanding Options
4) Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
5) Robert Hagstrom - The Warren Buffett Way
6) Ken Fisher - Markets Never Forget (But People Do), The Only Three Questions That Still Count
7) Pat Dorsey - The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing
8) Heather Brilliant & Elizabeth Collins - Why Moats Matter
9) Jim Rogers - A Gift to My Children
10) Ray Dalio (video) - How the Economic Machine Works
I have also taken graduate courses in Strategy, Investments, Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Valuation.
Some of my favorites quotes:
when we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. -rachel naomi remen
the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. - j.m. keynes
it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. if you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside. -richard branson
i have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it. -richard branson
entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. - howard stevenson
don't optimize a melting ice cube. - kevin efrusy
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - f. scott fitzgerald
the dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. - archibald macleish
it ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so. - artemus ward
if you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? the things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. - oliver wendell holmes
Veteran options-oriented value investor.
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