I am a long time individual investor and retired after a 37 year career as an emergency physician. Now days I trade mostly options extracting small gains fro the market with high probability relatively low profit positions. That said returns on and annualized basis are quite attractive and consistent. I spend enormous mount of time researching and analyzing now that have all day to follow the markets and trade.
A few of my pet peeves. Insider trading; all one has to do is follow in particular Barron's favorable articles and compare the charts and one will see almost uniform spike in volume and price of the position at hand during the preceding trading day and very often two days. I have written to Barron's about this and the SEC and never have gotten a reply. It is obvious at least to some extent insiders at Barron's various departments necessary in getting the paper published, posted online, and printed are trading on the information as well as some in the printing rooms and distribution channel.
Another is dark pools. All security transactions need to take place in a forum open to all investors and traders such as the major stock exchanges so everyone can make decisions base on total market activity. A corollary to this is high frequency computer trading. Use all the high speed computer you want to scoop out trades but all trades need to be entered manually by a human into a trading platform on a public exchanges so the trades show up on the level II screen etc. with everyone else's. Anyone who believes the SEC is the individual investor's friend is delusional. There have been past revelations that they have held meetings or released information to the fat cats on Wall before the information becomes available for public consumption and action.
Been there. Done that and then some!
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
Licensed Life Insurance Professional (LLQP) Canada
From Logging to Construction to Land Development there aren't too many jobs that I haven't done.
But my passion is in the Markets!
Currently working towards my own Financial Independence and helping anyone else that is willing to listen, learn and grow with me.
I am a retired engineering executive and a committed value and dividend growth investor. I am a proponent of "buy and hold" and reinvesting dividends to compound holdings in stocks. After decades of letting mutual funds manage my retirement accounts, I now manage these funds entirely by myself and am fascinated by the never-ending learning process about investing, companies, their management and Mr. Market's behavior.
I have seriously studied Warren Buffett and his investing approach, as well as his methods of managing Berkshire Hathaway. He appears to be extremely unique and operates BRK with a very high degree of integrity. His success speaks for itself. BRK is unique in the entire world.
Individual investor - Primarily dividend income and dividend growth. I dabble with Covered Calls and Cash Covered Puts for added income.
I have been dabbling in the stockmarket since the 80s but started working hard on building my retirement portfolio about 2010 (I retired in 2015 at age 66) and morphed into mostly dividend growth Investments with some REITs and MLPs for high yields and the tax benefits of MLPs. I am very overweight in Energy stocks from my 401K and because it is the industry I knew, but I am working on minimizing this concentration.
My current retirement portfolio is comprised of the following 35 stocks: BASFY, BNS, CAG, CAT, COP, DOW, DPM, EMR, EPD, ETN, EV, F, GE, GIS, JNJ, KHC, KMB, KMI-PA, LEG, LXP, LYB, NSH, OHI, OKS, OLP, OXY, PAA, PG, PSX, RDS-B, STAG, SUN, UL, WFC, WPC
Husband I both retired although it was more recent for my husband who retired from a major oil company. My background is in criminal justice. Our portfolio is in stock from this oil company which has performed quite well for us until recently. Times are getting scary now with this recent hit across the board it appears in the stock market. We need advice.....and fast.
Consultant in the economics of renewable energy retrofitting - moving energy from liabilities to assets. Passionate student of the business scene, particularly commodities, currently not an active investor. Author, translator, blogger. Trading experience is more commodities than stocks.