Healthcare provider who cares about a sustainable planet for our children. As an investor I am divesting from last century's energy sources. I like solar (photovoltaic and thermal), wind, and geothermal energy, public transportation and electric vehicles among other things to help transition to a sustainable planet.
Many people like to pick stocks, but how many add value doing so? Academic research suggests the answer is very few, both amateur investors and even professionals (net of management fees). The obvious conclusion is that the most common mistake of investors is to assume they're smarter than the market. Not that investors are likely to admit this probability. Professionals have no incentive to do so, and amateurs typically remain unaware of their lack of skill because they almost never measure their performance. The few that do measure performance often do so inaccurately and against an inappropriate benchmark.
With the above observations in mind, I've posted my stock portfolio performance compared to various benchmarks on the following website: http://imgur.com/V3jjfFY
The data is a snapshot from my brokerage firm's automated performance tracking software. The brokerage firm does not guarantee the accuracy of their tracking software, but their tracking has been very close to my own estimates.
Rather than bore you with biographical details that might be meaningless or misremembered, I'll offer a true personal experience that captures my view on stock investing: At the completion of my first year as a starting pitcher in Little League, I had an undefeated pitching record and top strikeout tally. Nobody could hit my curve ball. I was admired by the league's coaches and my peers alike. The next year, hubris caused me to ruin my arm throwing far too many curve balls, thus ending my baseball dreams. Meanwhile, my best friend in Little League diminished his early success because he never threw curve balls. His parents wouldn't allow it. In spite of his early disadvantage, he ended up an MLB All Star and World Series winning pitcher.
What does this have to do with investing? Most kids have big, improbable dreams. Yet only one of the hundreds of my friends and acquaintances achieved his big childhood dreams. I've been exposed to thousands of individuals who exude confidence and make bold claims of superior investment performance and methodologies. Yet I haven't found one nonprofessional investor who could prove that he had beaten a benchmark index for a 10-year period. Although there are a number of living professional investors who've beaten an appropriate benchmark for a 25-year period, the number is small enough to fit on a school bus.
Like my Little League success, nearly all investment outperformance reverses course. The odds an investor will beat a benchmark for an entire lifetime are lower than a Little Leaguer becoming an All-Star with a World Series ring.
The Market News tracker is my favorite part of this website. Otherwise, I see the website mainly as a social media venue for aspirational stock hobbyists & advisors who are 110% certain that they're endowed with special investing skill. Never mind that almost none can provide a meaningful, long-term record of outperformance. Fortunately for the authors, the website is very supportive. Comments critical of articles are often removed, and bloggers can trumpet good luck and misremember blunders without troublesome fact checking. The unconditional love enables bloggers to achieve popularity with skillful self-promotion, confidence, and a likable persona. An ambitious subscription stock-tip blogger would be well advised to study the techniques of Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra rather than Warren Buffett and Ben Graham.
"You make more money selling the advice than following it."
I have walked in two worlds. Having worked on Wall St for 20 years and in 2008 decided to make a change and went into the renewable energy business, specifically solar energy. I would like to offer opinions on the industry and assumptions folks are making out the solar industry.
Investing for over 30 years, retired at age 44, soon to be 59. I buy and hold until there is a compelling reason to do otherwise. I like new companies but will buy old with a new twist. I invest in people not numbers, yet respect numbers. I love Kickstarter.
My favorite daily activity is research.
Thank you guys, for your kinds words and helping make SA an entertaining site.
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Patented inventor, AI researcher, gifted proposal writer and renovator of properties. Graduated with honors from U.VA Eng. school, while working, then won full AT&T Bell Labs scholarship for grad. computer science degree in AI learning systems. I won't bore you with my R&D work in Artificial Intelligence R&D Applications in military and satellites. Just know I helped keep the country safe from a nuclear attack (SDI) and every time you pick up the phone to call overseas, I helped optimize that Intelsat system. So I did do a few things to help the world.
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Most people here are great, but avoid arguing with a few dishonest traders who will twist your own words and make up stuff to scare people. They never admit mistakes. They have none! ;-) If these sleazy fund guys came to your office, you would toss them out fast. Online they can pretend to be rich and famous, in their shorts in their mom's basement, so don't be fooled. They don't fool the smart people here!
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So don't trust the sleazes. Matthew 7:6 warns: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."
Chemical Engineer by training and profession. 25 yr career in US mid-continent and gulf coast refineries and petrochemical plants. Dedicated conservationist/environmentalist since the late '70's. Father of one 15 yr old daughter.
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I enjoy corporate strategy especially the influence of strategic choices on stock performance and corporate earnings. Good strategic choices influence customer choices, corporate relationships and the quality of earnings. That's the focus of my curiosity and optical lens through which I write and read articles.
I am a graduate of the Carlson School of Management with an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management. My other interests are business development, working with small businesses and cycling.
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I have been an active investor since I was 18 years old. I find myself selling investment opportunities unconsciously to my friends more often than not. My field of expertise is new technologies.
I'm an Independent investor with a passion for equity research. I'm usually long term minded, but occasionally engage in short term trades.
My trading style focuses primarily on fundamentals, with short term technicals occasionally commanding my attention. I believe that making money in the market requires forward thinking investment objectives, patience, confidence, and a trading ethic that embraces the opportunities presented by short term downtrends.
To reach out to Forward Looking Guru for business opportunities, to share ideas, guest writing opportunities, consulting opportunities e-mail him at Forwardlookingguru@gmail.com.
I am a retired University lecturer in the UK. My education was primarily in Physics and I taught electronics for some 40 years - a time of great change and innovation. Much of my work in that time was in design and engineering solutions for both my own Physics department and the Electronics department of Salford University, Manchester, UK.
Interests, outside of making the best of my (very) hard earned cash, are my family (wife Nitaya and son Matthew), my friends, quality education for all, not just the elite or those in the developed world, and doing what I can to help all life on this planet. I'm not an out-and-out "greenie" but I know good tech when I see it!
An urban planning researcher and long term investor. I am interested in sustainable development, energy and the environment. I have performed research on topics ranging from urban growth in China to multi-modal transportation in the United States. I am particularly interested in spatial observation of urban phenomenon and understanding trends in the relationship between human civilization and the pool of natural resources.
I am a California native who has been investing for over a decade, ever since I was a teenager. A self-proclaimed Warren Buffet follower, I believe in "buy-and-hold" meaning I look for solid companies that are good growth stories, that I know and am familiar with, that will present strong returns year after year.
I am an independent investor, focusing on small to mid market cap companies with high growth potential and perform fundamental, market and risk analyses.
I joined Seeking Alpha to share some of my ideas and interact with fellow investors for progression.
I also work full time as a project manager in a Finance/IT company.
Biologist, computer scientist, studied renewable energy for last 50+ years, studied EV's for about 25 yrs, believe in nuclear power called the sun so we only need one nuclear plant 8.3 light minutes away, despise the thought processes of most shorts. understand exponential growth.
Aron is not an accredited engineer nor does he hold an advanced degree in any of the fields related to electric vehicles. He is simply an enthusiastic young man with a 6th grade education and an abiding love for electrified transportation.
An avid computer user, he once made a list of Judas Priest songs that totally rock, done completely using a computing device. He is also an amateur investor and fashion designer who enjoys making Egyptian inspired artwork out of plywood and MDF, or any other materials at hand that are cheap and relatively non-toxic.
Future plans include building a 1500 gallon lotus fountain. Shaped like a lotus flower, it will contain white and sacred lotus, and also koi fish if they can be trained not to eat too much lotus.