Almost a full time individual investor who trades frequently, mostly shorting options. Educational background: MBA and Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. My style of investing is twofold: conservative and aggressive. The conservative part is for preservation of capital and dividend generating companies. The aggressive part is for appreciation and I look for stocks that are: a) near monopoly b) high barrier of entry for new competitor c) young and growing market and d) increase profitability. Granted that is a tall order, yet, that kind of company exists. Looking into the rear view mirror you have CSCO, QCOM, INTC, ORCL etc etc. Those companies are in the past, so, find the ones that are for the future. Quote: "the decision that you made, given the data, given your knowledge and experience and the urgency to fix the problem, was the right one - even if the outcome was not what you want"