I am an amateur investor in my 50's and invest in stocks that I believe are undervalued, have a good balance sheet, and preferably pay a dividend. I especially like beaten up stocks that have fallen too far. However, I try to stick with companies that I think have some sort of moat, brand value, or that I think can improve their situation. I'm not a buyer of stocks that have high P/Es - I prefer a 12 to 16. I focus on a few stocks, do research, and only invest in stocks I can understand. I read Seeking Alpha articles every day about stocks I am interested in and get useful information from the articles and comments. I own two businesses and am quite busy - the Seeking Alpha articles make it easy for me to keep up with the stocks I follow. The Seeking Alpha smartphone app works great in case you haven't tried it. As I write this in December 2013, my main holding is Apple which I started acquiring at about $450 and averaged down to $420. I also own Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. I like the investing ideas of Warren Buffett and Howard Marks and highly recommend Marks book "The Most Important Thing". If you follow Apple or Wal-Mart and want to share thoughts and research, feel free to contact me.