Started my education premed student at Stanford, burned up my scholarship after the second year. Money was tight & I had a change of mind, so I changed my major & school. Eventually attained my BS in environmental sciences, and a minor in health sciences. After college worked as a medic for the nations largest ambulance company. Also volunteered time as a FEMA instructor to fire departments, training for nuclear, biological, and chemical disasters. Recently retired due to injuries, Paramedic for 28 years & volunteer w/fire department for 10.
After I was retired at 48 (injuries), I had to change my 401k over to an IRA. Being very upset at low returns and slow growth with the 401k over the years, I decided to take full control. I liquidated all the funds and after careful research, put the entire amount into one stock. My broker called me to make sure I was making the right decision. Three years later to the month, I tripled the size of my IRA, thank you LMT!!! I rolled the dice with my retirement on the line and thank God I won. However, I've learned to utilize much safer methods since then. Recently sold 60% of LMT and diversified in other solid companies.
Born & raised in California, married to a wonderful wife, no kids. We both like to travel & visit historical sites.
BS Environmental Sciences , UCSC
BS Health Administration w/Emergency Mgmt. Cert., University of Phoenix
Former US Marine; Information Security professional primarily working within Department of Defense and the utility industry
Preference for high quality dividend stocks, with a ill-timed contrarian move into commodity/oil services
Top holdings: US Bancorp, 3M Co, Schlumberger, MasterCard, and Under Armour
CVN-76. .U.S. Navy for life!
Hope someday very soon to move abroad. Very sad and heartbreaking to see what this country has become
' It is what it is "
Each day we live is a gift, so thank God in the morning for another day of life, and thank God in the evening for getting you through the day. Tomorrow is not a promise, merely a chance.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
I am the founder of the Braeburn Group of independent AAPL analysts and author of the Posts At Eventide web presence.
The objective of my work is to benefit readers seeking to understand Apple's financial performance and to provide a repository of information and analysis at my web presence for other independent AAPL analysts preparing quarterly estimates and share price forecasts.
In addition to following Apple, I maintain a keen interest in the personal technology product markets and follow publicly traded enterprises offering technology products and services to consumers.
Robert Paul Leitao
I am a value investor to the greatest extent possible. I also favor dividend stocks. I try to be a buy-and-hold investor, but sometimes I can't avoid the tempation to ring the register or to accumulate the inevitable tax loss. The main thing I have learned is that I have lost more money by selling too soon than for any other reason. I reside in Henderson, NV.
OK, it's now about three years after I first started lurking around SA and one year into my retirement. Thanks to getting heavily back into the market in 2009 and jumping into the world of high div and high div growth stocks (MLPs, REITs, BDCs, CEFs, and some of the 4+% big cap div growth stocks), I can afford a few speculative trades now and then.
My timing was perfect with early to mid 2009 as a major entry point for me for 90% of my portfolio. However, my speculative trades and channel trades have not worked out so well timing wise, but I keep these trades to 5-10% of the total investment portfolio.
Currently, working on techniques to minimize risks to income from investments while minimizing the time required to maintain the stocks in the portfolio. Investment income and a pension from a high-tech company are more than enough to support my wife and I at 57 and 62 years, respectively, and we've decided not to draw social security early.
I continue to think SA is one of the best avenues around for learning and sharing about investing, and encourage everyone to always do their own DD. May one day become a contributor.
I was first interested in stocks and investing while in High School. With my first job I saved a significant portion of that and put it into various instruments i.e. Roth IRA and stocks mostly. I started college for Business Administration and continued teaching myself principles of investing and savings and good personal finance. I graduated with an MBA in Financial Planning from California Lutheran University in May of 2011.
I have not worked in any capacity as a financial analyst but have significant experience in stock analysis mainly using fundamental methods but have recently started using technical analysis as well. A significant portion of my free time is spent with this hobby and I have a lot at stake as I have been investing roughly 40% of my salary for the last 16 years. I have a significant nest egg at the moment and hope to be partially retired within 5 years by 2019. I have been building a property rental and investment business and continue to build that and expand that.
What does the future bring for me? I hope to continue building and growing my business as well as publish articles on investing and start a blog in the future as well.