I used to be passionate about politics but have come to accept that yes, "politics is Hollywood for ugly people". I used to be heavily involved in the financial world as well. As a California boy, I was often up at 5am for the start of pre-market trading, and I often stayed up until nearly midnight for the end of Asian trading. Then shortly after 3/11 I gave up my fledgling career to dedicate my efforts to residents of NE Japan. Poorer than ever before from a financial standpoint, blessings of happiness, contentment, and a sense of purpose have filled me more now in poverty than ever did in times of material wealth.
Close to retirement age but plan to keep working for some time to come. Have invested in stock market sporadically, mostly confused and scared. It hasn't worked very well. Have a lot to learn, learn a lot from many SA folks and enjoy the sharing here.
Historically about 60% invested (minority is stocks along with a lot of "other") with 40% cash. Aiming at this stage to put more of the cash to work, and since I'm underweight in stocks/bonds, am focused there, especially but not only DGI.
Expect that I can avoid taking much if any income out for 15-20 years (except tax and the RMD), unless something unexpected happens--not a long compounding period but better than not at all.
"Demonstrated success is the one outstanding fact which justifies confidence in the outlook for any particular business, and thus the investor will always, as a first test for an industry security, carefully consider the results already obtained." - John Moody
As an editor on the SA PRO team my job is to help find the best content for PRO, to provide feedback and develop talented contributors, and to work with other departments to strengthen the platform.
I have studied to ply my trade in finance with a bachelors in accounting. In 2014, I developed an app to access corporate disclosure materials at the SEC. My grandparent’s home was filled with valuing investing paraphernalia and, naturally, I became interested in the stock market.
Seeking Alpha is full of hidden gems and bum steers. Check out some of the authors I follow. And authors, check out "The Elements of Style" by Strunk & White.
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Jeff Life graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. While working in the International Business Center at the University of Miami as a research assistant for Dr. Robert Gross, Jeff performed research on many projects in Business and Economics and helped to edit various books that were published by the Center. Also, he managed to organize many seminars for foreign and domestic leaders of multinational corporations. Jeff became an expert in compiling, formulating and applying data in various economic models to come up with proven and developed theories in business practices and Economics.
Jeff served as consultant for a project joint venture between USAID and Price Waterhouse in privatization of small-scale businesses in the newly developing market economies in Russia and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and graduated with a 3.875 grade point average earning him a Master’s Degree from University of Miami in International Studies with concentration in International Business & Economics.
With his keen eye for business, Jeff provided his services as a consultant in debt resolution management for various corporations such as, IBM, Colgate Palmolive and Levi Strauss, among others. His knowledge and experience afforded him a position of finance management working as a Finance Director for various auto franchises, negotiating loan terms with financial institutions and along the way accumulating 15 years of experience of working with lending companies and the banking industry.
Jeff became a fully licensed mortgage broker in the state of Florida in 2006, and worked with a branch of the Bank of Commerce as Director of Mortgage Operations, and later as Director of Loss Mitigation for a federal housing assistance program. He has been doing loan modifications since 2008.
In January of 2009 he founded Federal Home Mortgage Assistance in order to help the South Florida community deal with the financial and economic difficulties that have been brought on by the global financial crisis, bringing resolution and relief hundreds of families.
I am a dentist, a mostly beginning investor, most interested in trading in my IRA accounts. I am very interested in the psychology of trading and would like to sell puts and calls. My goal is to continually educate myself on being a better investor.