Retired mechanical engineering designer. Specialized in clean air, water & process gases for semiconductor industry. Now I just piddle around designing PCB and mechanical contraptions for a local electrical inverter manufacturer and following the markets.
I am a value investor interested in learning more about the market and various trading strategies. I have been investing in stocks for over a decade now, and learned a lot about myself and investing in general. I believe in individual rights and free markets (therefore limited government), but have been around the block long enough to know that capitalism is not perfect and the market is subject to corruption and manipulation. I also believe it is possible to profit in any market - the key lies in your decisiveness, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Several books that inform my investment philosophy are:
1) William O'Neill - How to Make Money in Stocks
2) Edwin Lefèvre - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
3) Michael Sincere - Understanding Options
4) Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
5) Robert Hagstrom - The Warren Buffett Way
6) Ken Fisher - Markets Never Forget (But People Do), The Only Three Questions That Still Count
7) Pat Dorsey - The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing
8) Heather Brilliant & Elizabeth Collins - Why Moats Matter
9) Jim Rogers - A Gift to My Children
10) Ray Dalio (video) - How the Economic Machine Works
I have also taken graduate courses in Strategy, Investments, Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Valuation.
Some of my favorites quotes:
when we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. -rachel naomi remen
the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. - j.m. keynes
it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. if you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside. -richard branson
i have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it. -richard branson
entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. - howard stevenson
don't optimize a melting ice cube. - kevin efrusy
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - f. scott fitzgerald
the dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. - archibald macleish
it ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so. - artemus ward
if you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? the things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. - oliver wendell holmes
Not a high-falutin' Pee Aich Dee economist.
Just a lowly physician tryin' to make sense of these Interesting Times.
"The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else." Frederic Bastiat, 1848
I am but a bemused and conjurepated skeptic in a world of majestic deceptions.
I am retired. I was academically trained as an Institutional Economist specializing in comparative economic sytems. I am very knowledgeable about the old Soviet style command economies as well as the various types of mixed economies that currently exist.
My wife and I have been living full time in a motor coach since 1998; we travel around the USA chasing good weather and adventure. We also park the coach from time to time in order to jump on a jet for some foreign adventures. I am an independent investor.
I'm a facilities maintenance mechanic in the San Francisco bay area working for a drug company. I LOVE to play golf and hope break par someday. I ride a Harley touring bike whenever possible and collect classic convertibles. Hoping to retire early to play golf 5 days a week. Never been very good at investing!
Old Geezer that listened to parents that lived through the Great Depression. Am a USAF veteran and proud grandpa of twelve grandkids. I am trying to learn enough to be a good investor and have met many great and tolerant (I ask a lot of questions) people here on SA.
Equipment Operator, Journeyman Lineman (IBEW), Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, IT Director, Owner/Operator for Alliant Tech Systems, Ensign Brickford Aerospace, General Dynamics, General Electric (various braches), Global Nuclear, Hewlett-Packard, High Test Labs, Intel, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Spectra Technologies, Trident Refit Facilities, United Launch Alliance, Vestas, Westinghouse.
I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon. Need a massage?
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
If it is easier, you can find my recent work sorted by country on this Seeking Alpha blog:
You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FrontierWriter
You can find me on Linked In here (I accept 98% of connection requests): http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-springer/42/b15/844
I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
I'm investing with both eyes on climate change and the math of future commodity shortages. Influences include Tom Konrad, Jeremy Grantham, and Jim Jubak. Major interests include heavy-duty vehicles--especially transit buses, biomethane, and combined heat and power.
Let's see, Veteran (Vietnam era), Commercial Artist, picture framer, industrial engineer & corporate executive (once upon a time), small business owner and operator, Ayn Rand fan, Libertarian (and no, its not a synonym for "Republican" or "Conservative"), and history buff. Serious investor, I need to earn money from my assets, and I'm of the age where I pull money out to help put food on the table. I like to fish, but just as with my investing, I am a "meat fisherman", I only kill what I plan to consume.
Grew up dairy farming in Central NY
Starting fixing cars & trucks in my spare time, built it into a used car dealership with staff of 12.
Ran it for 25 yrs, Sold in 2009, now acquiring & managing real estate.
Live in Northeast Kingdom in Vermont.
Fascinated with investing and particularly transportation & energy
I am an independent contractor in instructional design & development, organizational performance improvement. Presently a doctoral candidate in instructional systems, investigating performance support systems and mobile learning applications. I'm particularly interested in energy issues: efficiency, storage, security, sustainability, etcetera. In 2009 I completed construction of a LEED-certified residence incorporating SIPS envelope, geothermal HVAC, photovoltaic array, battery bank for backup power. I tend to be an early adopter but try not to be on the bleeding edge of innovation--I've found that being too early to the party can be as painful as being too late.