I have been in and out of the stock market many times since the early eighties, each time moving my money into real estate. My background is with the wholesale and retail building supply industry giving me a inside look at such companies as GP and HD.
Current status working in sales for a Lead manufacturer which has given me a interest in the movement of commodities.
Children are about to finish college, cashflow is about to change sign. So I am looking for some investment ideas. As a starter, I am trying to understand the shipping market. It seems to be distressed and might present opportunities in the years to come.
Just a small town guy in flyover country who likes to think about economics and finance, ever since taking a course from Larry Meyer in Washington U. in St. Louis many years ago...before he became a big Fed-head. He personally scammed me out of a dollar to "save the whales," and I've been intrigued ever since.
Just a small time private investor that is currently investing in oil & gas related energy names from Canada in order to generate dividends and income in case I ever get to retire. Still trying to find those monthly dividend payers for future income.
I have watched, listened, learned and played the markets for about 25 years. At first my interest reflected a natural curiosity about business, but after legal training I graduated into a more educated and holistic view of the market as a reflection of litigation, law, news, market share, patents, finance, share volume, competition, competent management, philosophy and data.
1. Core portfolio of long-only, under-followed equities (liquidity-challanged micro caps, ignored small/mid cap names)
2. A small allocation of the portfolio is reserved for highly compelling event-driven ideas/special situations
3. Typically hold a high cash allocation for opportunistic purposes
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.
early (ish) days on active investment. been in property for a while.
Been a great year, FB,NOK the stand out winners. Long FB ( $27, sold too early at 46.08) ,AAPL ( $477) ,NOK ($3.77, sold too early at 6.32, bought back at 7.65!), LCC ($16.06, sold at 20something, bought again at 23.25 before the merger),
Watching LINE( I missed that one!) , ALU ( bought at 3.77), MSFT( missed that ship), HSBC ( bought at 677p, patience required...), and of course ORCL, out of ex employee interest.
took a tiny position in FNMA at 2.35 not clever I know, but sold at 2.95, too nervous to hold.
oh...added some AMD at £3.63, sold at 3.75 to buy some bbry...again!