I started to invest in 2007 and since then I've seen the housing crash the Euro crisis and now the great QE debate. From what I've seen, a buy and hold strategy can work - if you can time the market! But, from my experience, market timing is impossible. I rather focus on companies with strong fundamentals, safe dividends and some kind of growth story.
Having taken the "red pill" in early 2007 (with regard to our modern economic/banking/fiat system) I've slowly changed my own business plans and operations accordingly. Seeking Alpha has become my regular daily reading. Part of the continuing self-education that our modern American educational system unfortunately does not even remotely deem necessary. Slowly considering investing in stocks and bonds, cautiously and conservatively.
I only look at stocks that have the possibility to double over a twelve month period and stocks in which the risk/reward ratio payout is high. In addition I focus on swing trade opportunities.
I focus more on valuations and risk/reward metrics as opposed to what make companies tick.
I have been a professional investor for over 20 years and during the past several years an economics analyst and financial writer for capital.gr, the biggest economic news portal in Greece.
I have managed money from time to time and have also done some seed venture capital projects in the past.