I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in the field of Sociology and am a life long "student." I learned about investing through observation as my father invested my grandfather's small nest egg before I was born when grandpa died in 1958. Dad invested in Growth and Income companies so that Grandma would not run out of money and would have an income. When she died in 1978 she was worth nearly $1 million with about 60% of that being Philip Morris as it had outperformed everything else by a wide margin. At 17 I inherited about $9,000 and kept it invested and benefited from the dividends for spending money while in college and graduate school, then I had money for a downpayment on a house in my mid 20's and kept the rest invested. I was mainly buy and hold but wasn't a fan of the tobacco industry so weaned off the PM for cash needs and also bought other stocks, mainly pharmaceuticals. Up until this year I was mainly a buy and hold investor. I the past couple years I have become much more active in researching and managing my investments. I love growth, especially with game changing companies like: NTCXF, ARTH and CLIR. I also have holdings in more traditional growth companies and ETFs--JNJ and TAN for instance.