During my collegiate and graduate career, I became very interested in the financial markets and investing in general. Since then, it has become one of my greatest passions. While staying true to the teachings of the greats, such as Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, and Warren Buffett, I have embraced additional methodologies and ideas which I believe can only enhance my skills as an investor. I have a BBA in both Business Administration/Finance and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Business Administration/Finance. All degrees were obtained at Millsaps College located in Jackson, MS. I am currently studying for the CFP exam. For more personal and professional info, check out my social network profiles. If you follow me, I'll follow you back -- a growing network is important in any field, but especially so for us investors! Facebook (New Business Profile): https://www.facebook.com/UltimaFinancial Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/propeller1990 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zach-cunningham/44/ba3/857 Twitter: https://twitter.com/propeller1990 Here are some of my principal investing guidelines: 1) Strong Potential for Growth -- This can be internal or external. Small Cap or Large Cap. Many people believe in the hot "growth" stocks in the smaller cap spaces, but overlook a larger, more prominent company's prospects for growth. Never overlook an opportunity. 2) Financial Fundamentals -- Just I preached not overlooking a larger company for the preconceived notion of no-slow growth, don't overlook a smaller company on the notion that it is not a "safe" investment. While no stock can be classified as truly safe, many small companies with solid fundamentals on their financial statements (liquidity ratios, Cash Flow generation, etc.) can be even more "safe" then their much larger counterparts that could be drowning in debt. 3) Look for the Ratios: I strongly follow undervalued companies using ratios such as the PEG, P/E, P/C, and P/B to help me identify companies that are trading at a discount. As such, I am typically a long term player -- however, I do not hesitate to make neccessary updates to my portfolio as a change in fundamentals takes place. 4) REMOVE EMOTION FROM THE EQUATION. By far the most important lesson in investing. Don't panic in a bear run and sell, and don't get caught up in a bull run and buy. 99% of the time you will wind up buying high and selling low if you let your emotions get the best of you.