I have been investing in various equities and real estate for quite a while. My background is real estate as an appraiser, focusing on the "four basic food groups", special use properties, hotels and resorts ,and development (commercial and residential subdivisions/condo projects). My real estate (hard asset) approach is basically finding broken, low occupancy, under performing assets at a discount and bringing them back to their full potential. My personal approach to equities is sort of a blend of dividend growth and current income with BDCs, REITs, mREITs, and a couple CEFs. I also like to find historically good dividend payers that have run into a hiccup and got punished by the market for a good entry point; but that doesn't always work out.
10+ years experience investing in every kind of company imaginable with a current focus on smaller market cap companies, especially those with interesting dividends. Here to post my thoughts publicly in order to help other investors and to gain valuable feedback from the community here.
I am a Canadian entrepreneur, who ran a small I.T. start-up with over 30 employees and contractors Est. 2001. I then sold the company in 2012, and now work for a financial services company.
I am a contrarian deep value oriented investor, that will go tactical when required.
My focus as an author simply put; will be to focus on quality, original, and thought provoking content.
Just an average investor... primarily in American equity and bonds.
(Important Note: My articles, blogs, comments, reference links and messages are not intended to be investment advisements; or to value securities. Examples and considerations are hypothetical and educational. Please consult a financial advisor before making investments in any security. Thank you for reading!)
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I became intrigued with stocks when I was seventeen. The thought of making money by doing nothing sounded awesome to me. After the purchase of several stocks, I realized that the possibility of making money in securities would be difficult. I started researching new ways to make money from stocks. Penny stocks caught my attention. I could purchase a thousand shares of a company for only a hundred dollars. With my calculator in hand, I quickly added up all the numbers and realized that if the share price went to one dollar, I would have a thousand dollars. My friends and I were excited about the “investments,” and the economic prosperity these investments entailed for us. My new strategy failed.
Did I give up though? No, I then turned to the advice of others, especially that of successful “investors.” Why should I spend time researching when a successful person can tell me what to buy? I tried again to make a successful investment, but failed for the second time. I knew there was a way to pick a good stock, but I could not seem to figure it out.
Shortly after my second failed attempt, I went to the library and found a book about Warren Buffett. Each page I turned unraveled the mystery of stock investment. I learned that Warren Buffett did not make his money from penny stocks, but rather he bought good, quality stocks and held them indefinitely. Since then, I have read two books highly recommended by Mr. Buffett, and learned vast amounts of information pertaining to securities.
My educational goals include becoming a financial adviser once I graduate from college.