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I'm a Georgia Tech industrial engineer with experience in the M&A department of a large German corporation. I've been investing my own money for 6 years quite successfully, and am currently working and studying my masters in consumer affairs in Munich.
I have been managing my retirement fund for the last several years. And when it grows sufficiently... I will retire.
I started investing when I rolled over a 401k from a previous employer into an IRA that I managed myself. That was a few months before the meltdown of 2008-2009 - a true trial by fire. During that time I discovered that I do not panic easily. Good to know! I experience large losses on paper, but in the crisis I saw opportunity. I nabbed CBS, GE, and a few other great American companies at insanely low prices in March 2009. Those stocks saved my bacon over the next couple years.
These days, I tend to favor technology and biotech stocks that look promising but are currently under-appreciated. I have always been a computer geek, and I used to teach high school biology, and have been overall a fan of science. There is a real technological revolution going on, particularly in healthcare, and I'm glad to be alive to witness it.
And to invest in it.
I look for great value, then buy and hold. I occasionally pick a dog, but the good ones have been quite good. I only trade when better opportunities for value and growth present themselves.
Glad to say that I'm at least closer to retirement than I would have been if I left it all in a 401k to be managed by some hedge fund asswipe. Still a long way to go, though. :)