I'm now retired, formerly a security guard in Boston, and a self-taught, self-directed investor. My other interests include history, philosophy and music. I have a high school education (grad. 1967 Division Ave. H. S., Levittown, N.Y.).
Born in 1958, I am a small investor who has taken his lumps. When I started out, I made a lot of money trading. Then I lost twice as much, when market conditions changed but my methods didn't. Intellectually I believe that dividend investing is probably the best way to go. However, I am still addicted to searching for a good deal--call it value investing, or swing investing, or what you will.
The USA is in trouble due to a broken federal political system, corruption that is less sinister and more systematic, lobbyist control of everything, and free markets used as an excuse to make money off people's misery. Despite this fact, I want to survive and (in parallel) I want to see humanity progress so I'll just do my little part and hopefully I have some success. If anyone here is truly seeking "alpha" status then you are guaranteed to fail as it only happens to those not looking for it. "The crow doesn't choose the crow life, the crow life chooses the crow" -- The Lord Of Crows. I cannot help my cynicism but I enjoy humanist moments plus I also really like a good laugh since, as you may know, humor is one of the most important aspects of life.
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.
Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
Veteran options-oriented value investor.
Options can make you a riskier speculator - or they can make you a better value investor, a better dividend growth investor, or a better high yield income investor
Incorporating customized and conservative value-oriented option strategies can significantly improve your performance while also helping you overcome the biggest drawbacks to value investing (rare bargain opportunities on truly world class businesses), dividend growth investing (takes too long), and current high yield income (high risk).
For the last 7+ years, via the Great Option Trading Strategies website, I've been publicly advocating and teaching a customized options-oriented approach to acquiring ownership stakes in exceptional businesses at exceptional prices and to generate high yield income from low risk stocks.
True investing works . . . and smart, conservative, customized option trades designed to systematically reduce risk and perpetually lower the cost basis on the long term investor's portfolio makes it work better and faster.
Individual investor since 2000. I have a natural tendency to question what others take for granted. That's not always a good life skill but it's helped me from time to time in the market.
My degree is in Mechanical Engineering. I also have a background in biochemistry and (oddly enough) in classical Greek literature. My main professional interests are in software, math, and engineering analysis. I've worked in the automotive field, robotics, computer vision and machine learning, and have developed cheminformatics techniques for biotech.
Investment-wise, I tend to be opportunistic rather than systematic. I have a particular interest in volatility trading and in the intersection of technology with societal change.
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I am retired. I was academically trained as an Institutional Economist specializing in comparative economic sytems. I am very knowledgeable about the old Soviet style command economies as well as the various types of mixed economies that currently exist.
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All the Best!
Richard Glenn worked as a trader on Wall St. before striking out on his own. He is currently a full time trader, trading options and equities for his own account. He lives in Washington, DC.
I am a nimble trader\investor who has been investing all the way from 2000.
I can buy a stock then turnaround and sell the next day or hold it for a year, so holding period varies based on my conviction.
I follow Contrarian Investing with deep value buying as my basis to buy stocks.
Currently, I'm an engineer working in the semiconductor industry, but I have had a varied career. I am nearing retirement. I came to the realization a few years back that I could not approach retirement and remain an amateur investor, that I needed to step up my game. Still in the process of doing that. Looking for and value. I can't imagine any non-investment pro finding their way around in the stock market, without a community like this one.
Update: Retired, as of 12/2015
Over 10 years of investing experience, I use dividend reinvestment to accumulate stocks. I view myself as a Long-Long investor, very rarely (if ever) making short term trades. My three model portfolios--Widows and Orphans, Climbers and Dogs, and Pretty Girls and Railroads, are basically each 1/3 of my actual trading portfolio, divided into thirds, with W&O being the top third and PG&R the bottom third.
I consider myself an independant Buy-Side Analyst.