I have been a do-it-yourself, more or less passive investor since the mid-90s. I swore off politics after the 2012 elections, and suddenly found myself with a lot of time on my hands in the evenings. I decided to read a few books on investing that had been on my list for a long time, and realized that I now had the time to do the research and due diligence to more actively trade. By nature, I am a value investor. I am long on growth and special situation stocks.