I am not a Wall Street professional. I am retired military and a recently retired state - certified general real estate appraiser. In more than forty years as a speculator I have purchased over 750 stocks.My specialty is smallcap and microcap stocks primarily in the natural resources sector. I am very big on gold and silver penny stocks. I am also very fond of royalty companies, master linited parnerships and REITS. The only thing that I will not invest in is the S&P 500.The performance of the S&P is unacceptable. I don't do dinosaurs. There is only one reason to hang out in the in the blood splatered arena of smallcap,microcap and penny stocks where I have been a player for more than forty years. There is no other investing arena that offers such spectacular returns. I wrote a book about it. It is called "Forty Years A Speculator."
I am in my (very) late sixties, about to retire, have been investing in stock for years, think I know some stuff and know I have a lot to learn. Right now, I am trying to figure out how to think about a retirement account, that balances safety, income, and growth in ways that let me enjoy my retirement as well.
Former 20 year government employee, displaced and unemployed, trying to self-manage my IRA and other accounts, investing mostly in high dividend payers, MLPs and solid growth companies.
A mid-30s ex-venture capitalist and investment banker (finance degree)...now a serial startup CFO. I used to look for yield in all the wrong places, but have created a modified dividend growth (DGI) strategy that works for me.
I am a former sell-side analyst -- UBS 1996-2002, Needham 2002-2006 and ThinkEquity 2006-2008. These days I review automobiles and other technology products, as well as analyze the automotive and technology industries, and coming up with long/short ideas. I also continue to write (less frequently) on macroeconomics and politics.