Update, Thanks to the many much more experienced members here and their vast storehouses of knowledge I've been able to overcome my early investing mistakes and turn things around. Not an easy thing to do these past 2+ years. Thanks Guys and Gals! -------------------------------------- Laid-off 2 yrs ago, forced into trying to manage and make money from my IRA (formerly 401k). paying my dues in the market as I slowly learn the art of successful investing and trading. IRA does not allow day-trading w/o SEC violations so I am relegated to trying to develop a successful weekly (or partial wkly) to monthly trading strategy based on technicals and market trends. No easy task. Focus is on High Dividend earners, mReits being number 1 at this point, also trying to take short term 5-10% gains from undervalued stocks when they run-up (ie: S) suddenly. I appreciate the knowledge base of the many fine authors here & I hope to learn much from all of you.
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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.
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I managed large box retail stores for 30 years. I then retired from retail, studied for several years and opened a financial services firm. I was a registered representative for ten years and recently sold my financial services business. Core holdings: EPD, MMP, APTS, BIP, HASI, BX, COR, CVS, DLR, CELG, AMGN, HTGC, JNJ, LMT, MAIN, MHLD, NEWT, NRZ, OHI, RTN, UNP, WPZ, OAK, SIR, SXL, SRLP, TEP, UTX, WPC, MPW, and BIF. As a former Registered Rep, I now own zero mutual funds after seeing how they were destroyed in 2008.
I am a retiree who enjoys investing Long-Term. I reside in California. My careers were as an announcer and a U.S. Postal Service clerk. I have stocks plus other investments. I try to be respectful. I look for investment opportunities that are not as well-known as others. If I read something that a Seeking Alpha contributor mentions and it looks attractive for my investment style, then I will buy it, and give credit to the writer. I am more of a support person than a contributor; at my age, I do not need the pressure of deadlines; trying to find solid investments is enough of a challenge. This Bio was edited September 4, 2012.
OK, it's now about three years after I first started lurking around SA and one year into my retirement. Thanks to getting heavily back into the market in 2009 and jumping into the world of high div and high div growth stocks (MLPs, REITs, BDCs, CEFs, and some of the 4+% big cap div growth stocks), I can afford a few speculative trades now and then.
My timing was perfect with early to mid 2009 as a major entry point for me for 90% of my portfolio. However, my speculative trades and channel trades have not worked out so well timing wise, but I keep these trades to 5-10% of the total investment portfolio.
Currently, working on techniques to minimize risks to income from investments while minimizing the time required to maintain the stocks in the portfolio. Investment income and a pension from a high-tech company are more than enough to support my wife and I at 57 and 62 years, respectively, and we've decided not to draw social security early.
I continue to think SA is one of the best avenues around for learning and sharing about investing, and encourage everyone to always do their own DD. May one day become a contributor.