I am mostly a value investor in individual stocks. Mostly in great North American companies. I reinvest dividends. I try to hold forever. Sometimes I invest in small to mid cap companies with solid cash flow, balance sheets, and compelling price ratios. I will occasionally chase quality growth. Higher PEs, but with a justified growth rate. I however disdain companies that don't make a profit. That said, yes, I use even smaller money to engage in deep risk. I'll play the greater fool theory. I'll ride speculative hype and hope to have a faster finger. Here I do my best to time the irrationality of the herd and the pump and dump collusion of smart money interests.I dollar cost average into index funds. When I have no alternative, such as with 401k plans. But when possible, I convert to a self managed IRAs. I prefer to do it myself, avoiding fees and the inefficiencies of indices. I keep an eye on important macroeconomic metrics. The S&P500 PE. The tmc:gnp ratio. Distributions of income & wealth. Employment. Any systemic risk. Stocks: AA. AAPL. AWK. BAC. CBI. CNI. CSCO. DEO. DNOW. DOW. DVN. FB. GLW. IBB. IBM. INTC. JNJ. KO. MRO. MSFT. MT. NOV. RDS-B. V. WFC. XOM. REITs: SBRA. STWD.Funds: VWELX. VMMXX. FTAWX. T Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth Trust t2. Annuity Funds: Deutsche Equity 500 Index VIP B. I work in hi-tech. I am essentially a software engineer. I work in silicon valley & often enough on wall street. I am a former US Army officer, where ironically I was introduced to more formal investing. I'm always seeking alpha. I'm open to collaborating in identifying good investing opportunities. I'm always learning and welcome criticism.
I've been a Seeking Alpha member for about 3 years and decided to take a stab at writing a few articles. As a prior non-commissioned officer, I aim to take a different approach than most: I'll be focusing on investing while in the military and how to maximize the benefits available.
These articles are meant to enlighten civilians, guide young soldiers, and solicit advice, and different strategies. I'm not an expert on stock analysis, but I'll do a few write ups along the way. I'm sharing experiences, and looking to engage in conversation about investment vehicles and their application to military retirement. I'm a young investor and I have much to learn. I hope to do exactly that by writing these articles and engaging in conversation with Seeking Alpha members!
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Martin Vlcek is a full-time investor and analyst who has been actively investing and managing money for more than 15 years. Martin has an Economics degree. Martin’s investment philosophy is to hold a truly diversified portfolio of investments across asset classes with low or negative correlation and a positive carry if possible. His primary stock investment focus is on undervalued small-cap stocks with favorable risk-to-reward ratio and upcoming catalysts.
Martin became a full-time investor and money manager after a 15-year career in online marketing where he was one of the pioneers of the pay-per-click search. Martin later held managerial positions at several Fortune 500 companies and also managed his own startup company.
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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.
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Small business owner and numbers n' info nerd. Know more about everything than necessary. We pay for what we don't know. Became very interested in the market in the 90s during the dot com boom. Made some very bad mistakes, but also some brilliant picks. $QCOM, $ORCL, $VOD and $FBIOX were my best fore sights, all of which I still hold. Just as excited today with the advent of the Cannabis industry which is an outgrowth I believe of insufficient health care and genetically modified foods by Big Pharma and Big Agra.
My stock portfolio is most about trying to capture tiny slices of ownership in the dominant publically traded companies in the world (in most sectors and industries) and not overpaying for that little piece of future earnings. I want to pay at most fair-valuation (although sometimes I try for bargain prices) as long the company appears solid and I think the company will be around 10 years and more. That is what I found produce the best total returns. I am mostly focussed on mature companies that pay dividends, but I do make exceptions, for leading companies in some industries - even if their dividend yield is low. I appreciate diversification and risk-management by not putting too much cash into each stock.
My portfolio has a spreadsheet on http://tiny.cc/tarkin
I live in beautiful British Columbia! As an outdoor enthusiast raised by an uncle and a father who were avid BC outdoors people, BC is a perfect home for myself. My uncle a geologist travelled around the province for his work, and sometimes took an excited me with him, to go on adventures! He had a great regard for geology, investing, sustainable resource development, was involved in the development and success of several British Columbia mining projects and he loved and admired BC wildlife! A percentage of his capital gains he donated to wildlife rehabilitation centres throughout BC, a tradition I continue. He had a marvellous collection of wildlife photos, including photos of very shy/elusive, gorgeous animals such as the lynx. Today I continue his tradition of donating some of my investment proceeds, for wildlife conservation/rehab ie. injured animals or for instance orphaned bear cubs from sports hunting, which is primarily hunting animals for fun (it is illegal in several nations i.e. Kenya, Botswana, Costa Rica...) not sustenance. In my spare time I actively research companies seeking value added opportunities in well managed companies with growing EPS, whose management is shareholder friendly, ie. dividends but also invests in innovation and R&D for future growth. I also consider sustainability practices such as in house recycling and other responsible/progressive practices. I studied economics and environmental science at Simon Fraser Univ. and have worked in venture capital lending for new technology start-ups in BC. Due to a personal commitment to ongoing learning I often upgrade my work skills, take more courses ect... and personal development workshops. I like to inspire others to do the same. I like researching and the due diligence process of selecting stocks to trade/invest in however I do have a very focused outlook on long-term profitability and dividend growth. I hold or have held shares in Apple, Hains, Micron, Lennar, Delta Airways, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and many others. Financial health is important but so is physical/emotional health to overall wellness, so please all remember to exercise regularly it is fun, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. When you are healthier your cognition improves, ie. exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain key for clear thinking. The key is research, facts and learning from other people such as other traders and investors on Seeking Alpha. All the best! Erica Denison
Welju Grouv, which is a pseudonym, lives in Germany. He writes on financial markets with special interest in software, health care, and staples. In addition he published the miniature novel "Nachtigall aus halben Tönen" (2014).
I am a busy surgeon with a particular interest in personal finance and investing. My father, a retired financial advisor, taught me discipline and the power of dividends and compound interest. I do not feel it is necessary to employ expensive, self-motivated brokers or managers to invest one's money.