64 years young, retired. Have been researching, educating, and investing for over 25 years. Started with nothing and have been fortunate. I don't subscribe to fee newsletters but do research extensively. Primarily stocks and ETP in five independent portfolios for estate and ease of management reasons, at least for me. I trust my fundamental research and both western and candlestick charting ability. I am satisfied with a total of 22 to 44 stocks/ETP at any given moment across all portfolios. I avoid more. I will be heavy in one or more sector or asset group for a period of good return although my instincts tell me not to do it but keeping personal emotions out of my analysis make it a prosperous engagement. My total return and projected income at age 71 1/2 are looking good especially with the volatile markets. My strategy is basic positional and do hold for years doubling and tripling some positions' mkt value along with a good annual dividend / units yield with high single digit and mid dbl digit annual div and unit increase. Total portfolios' return 5 yr 264%, 3 yr 82%, 1 yr 13.75%. With the mks so high, patience is key to reentering the mkts with new value growth position after taking some off the table. At some point, after RMD i will reduce risk and continue to not speculate. Even if i had $100 million i would not speculate. I did day trade for several years with futures and commodities in the early-mid 90s but ceased due to stress, risk and amount of time to keep abreast of derivatives. Patience and accurate risk-reward v time are key characteristics of my strategy(ies).
Individual investor focused upon a limited number of diversified stocks. Seeks stocks selling below fair value; favors dividend growth. Advocates fundamental investment analysis, supplemented by the technical charts. Options strategies primarily employed to generate additional income or hedge risk.
Contributing columnist for Real Money and TheStreet.com. BA in History from Bemidji State in Minnesota. I went on to learn Chinese at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
I worked in mortgage sales at Countrywide and Bank of America until 2010 when I decided to relocate to Taiwan.
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