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. FSLR. 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.