I have been a student of the markets since 1994. My investing education has been expensive: listening to brokers, caught in the .com crash not trading on fundamentals, then caught again in the financial crisis. It was not all bad news though. After the .com crash I did some serious value investing and got all my money back. Somewhere in the middle of the financial crisis I started doing real homework so I was able to move money from equities that fell less to equities that fell more and I got all the money back and more. I have a bachelor degree in computer science from John Carroll and I work at a large manufacturing firm managing the business relationship between IT and one business unit. I like value investing. I listen to conference calls, look at charts and the macro economic situation and make good decisions about long positions for value. Right now I think I am wise enough to miss most of the next big drop and get in near the bottom. I am still working on understanding growth, leveraging with options, using puts.