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.
My trading approach is to focus on public but non-obvious information that had not yet been fully digested. I focus on data that had been publicly announced, but where analysts had not yet connected the dots.
Long term view. Medical and computer science trained. Patient investor. Still learning alot from many other Seeking Alpha fellow members.
Portfolio heavily biased towards technology stocks. Some medical devices holdings.
Former pit futures trader who has since migrated to online trading in 1998. Still trading derivatives occasionally.
All opinions expressed are personal & derived primarily from technical analysis of charts. Fundamental info all gleaned from general newsfeed & summarized. I like to share my views with others purely to provoke intellectual exchange so we all can benefit. Wishing fellow traders/investors success in all you do !
As a value driven investor, my investment approach is safe and cheap. I focus on investing in companies with extremely strong financial positions offering future growth at a discount. I take that same top-down approach and apply a synthesis of market implied growth rates in securities to isolate companies where existing assets of the business covers the market price. I closely monitor the underlying fundamentals of financial markets and the global economy.
Where my research typically diverges from convention is - incorporating a volatility based perspective to the fundamental analysis, enhancing the risk control in investing.
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Retired Public Service Professional / manage my personal 401 & family portfolio.
Stocks that I either own or that are of interest to me are: AAPL, ANDE, COP, CSX, EPD, FB, HCN, JNJ, MMM, PG, SLB, SWKS, TRN, VZ, WFC, & WFSTX