Former Navy and retired airline Pilot, live in San Diego, investing since 1963. I like hard assets, solid companies, and income producing stocks. Have a habit of risk taking I'm too old for, but old habits are hard to break. In the long term, American stocks will give the best returns, and trends always reverse. The first shall be last and the last first..The "herd" follows the leader, who is a computer program these days. Buy value when the market hates 'em. Aim, Ready, Fire!
I have come to rely on the SA forum as a source of investment ideas and feedback. I have been investing in individual stocks since the mid-80's. Everybody has their own style and comfort level with respect to risk. Mine is eclectic; I look at many more ideas than I purchase. One thing about investing in stocks--and things--you know: (ala Peter Lynch) when the market reacts negatively often the reaction is overdone. When that happens, and one is familiar with a stock, it's easy to know a bargain when you see one!
My academic background is in Engineering and management.
Besides one basic accounting course at university my investment knowledge is self-taught.
Reading books, SEC filings, annual reports, analyst reports, blog posts, MOOCs, message boards and listening to select podcasts and conference calls has helped me enormously to evolve as an investor.