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I have been investing since late 2005. Interested in high yield stocks, options, E&P names, and financials
Currently work as a commercial real estate appraiser. Graduated Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Economics and completed my MBA at Rutgers Business School in 2015.
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Michael Eisenberg is a venture capitalist with Aleph. I am also a partners Benchmark Capital, while blogging at Six Kids and a Full Time Job (http://sixkidsandafulltimejob.blogspot.com/) and at www.alpeh.vc. He adds a perspective -- often on Internet stocks -- from an earlier-stage professional investor.
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Retired and using the stock market for income and profit as well as extra income. My ideal investment would be growing dividend income for me, and capital gains to pass on to my grandsons.
I am retired, I live along the Columbia River in the area called "The Gorge". I bought my first mutual fund when I was 24 (1962). I mainly trade options now but have a few dividend stocks that I dont write calls on.
Specialize in the investment in and trading of "deep-value" high-yield securities, including debt, preferred shares, common shares, put/call options, and ETF's, for my own and family accounts only. Have over seventeen years experience personally directing our personal and family accounts on a mostly full-time basis.
Was previously an international-business executive, general manager and entrepreneur in the medical-technology industry. Also provided consulting, related to general management, new-venture formation and acquisition of venture capital.
Education: Brown University, School of Engineering (Sc. B. '71); University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration (MBA '73).
Present Home: Sarasota, FL
Previous Homes: New York City, Mountain View, CA
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
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James Quinn has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 29 year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and is writing these articles because he cares about their future. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager. These articles reflect the personal views of James Quinn. They do not necessarily represent the views of his employer, and are not sponsored or endorsed by his employer.
Robert Freedland is a medical professional by trade and an amateur investor who has been blogging on Stock Pick Bob's Advice since 2003. He has been investing in the stock market for 46 years, having made his first purchase at the age of 13 of five shares of Global Marine in September 1967. He enjoys sharing his philosophy and perspective on investing, both by blogging and podcasting. Visit Bob's blog: Stock Pick Bob's Advice (http://bobsadviceforstocks.tripod.com/bobsadviceforstocks/). Since 2009, he has been managing portfolios on Covestor, which now include Growth and Momentum (http://covestor.com/robert-freedland/growth-and-momentum), Sustained Momentum (http://covestor.com/robert-freedland/sustained-momentum), Healthcare (http://covestor.com/robert-freedland/healthcare) and Large Cap Momentum (http://covestor.com/robert-freedland/large-cap-momentum).
I've been studying and trading markets since the early 80's. Having realized that "the Markets" won't make me wealthy (never well enough capitalized), I trade mainly for the challenge and to try to earn a little pocket change.
Because the tone of commentary on SA seems to be increasingly laced with political opinion, I would like to add my own:
I was born, raised, and still live in rural Texas. My father instilled in me a work ethic that has served me well. I am unashamedly conservative in my opinions and approach to everyday living. Sadly, the ideals and values that I hold dear and that made this country strong are disappearing. And, though I have taken a more active role as a voting citizen, I fear that it may be too late to turn the tide of political corruption and the government takeover of the American free enterprise system and way of life.
When I was a very young man, I had the honor and privilege of working for a family owned business. I watched my father work seven days a week at nurturing and growing the business, doing whatever he had to do, until the ever increasing encroachment of government bureaucracy and confiscatory policy finally overtook it and my father's desire to fight. As a young husband and father, I followed my father's example and owned & operated my own company. I was successful enough (using a lot of my own blood and sweat) to support my family for many years. But, again, I found that the greatest obstacle to entrepreneurial success was not my competitors - it was government. In the years since, I, like my father, have done whatever I could to provide for and protect my family.
Today, I have the blessing of owning everything I have (home, vehicles, & a little extra real estate) debt free. Have I been lucky? No. Far from it! I've paid my share of "stupid tax" along the way because of my mistakes. Once I learned that there was no quick & easy path to wealth, I simply chose to live my life in the only manner that was sure to keep me out of debt and far from the welfare office.
The insidious trend of ever increasing government control of our lives is gaining momentum and must be reversed. My current station in life is the best example I can provide - for even though I have no debt; the income taxes, property taxes, excise & sales taxes, combined with all of the other hidden taxes that our government imposes on us are taking so much out of my earnings that I now worry about whether or not I can pay the tax man at the end of the year.
This situation is not the result of my family living beyond our means. As recently as two years ago, I could afford to pay all of the bills and save a little, too. Now, with the same level of earnings, it's a battle just to stay ahead the appraisal district and "Uncle Sam". Is it any wonder that young families can't afford to buy a home today?
Surely, many of you who read this bio will be thinking "oh boy, here's another raging, right-wing wacko". That's fine. I can only pray that your eyes will be opened one day soon. But, for those of you who are my age & over (now in my 50's), you know where I'm coming from. And, you know that the America you are living in today has strayed far off of the path that once made her great. It is up to us to steer our beloved country back on the course of prosperity and, yes, righteousness. For you can not have the former without the latter.