Retired, ex financial exec for a fortune 500 firm. Retired early (age 50) to enjoy life after a long corporate career. Turned out to be a great idea when I almost died of myelodysplastic syndrome in 2011 before an experimental stem cell transplant saved me.
I write a pro bono investing newsletter and do investing seminars, currently writing a book that should be published in fall, 2015. Since I have the time, I am always willing to converse on investing, exchange ideas and otherwise help/share thoughts with anyone desiring to improve their investing results. The teacher always learns more than the students and the lines between the two often blur! Everyone has something of value to offer, whether they know it or not!
My style is aimed at capitalizing on the human predispositions to "do the wrong thing." If you know your companies and their value, rest assured that humans will take them to valuation extremes in both directions. My theory of "The 7 Flaws of the Human Mind" is my basis for investing and will be featured in my upcoming book that should be published in the fall. (taking longer than I thought!)
I am a buy and hold common stock investor. Warren Buffett is definitely my guru. He makes the most sense to me. I began investing in the stock market at age 14 in 1970 with money earned on my paper route. What I have done since 1970 is invest primarily in the Dividend Aristocrats whenever the stock market is relatively low. I have never sold a single share of stock except on the rare occasion when one of my stocks was bought out for cash and I was forced to sell.. I keep all of my stock certificates or direct registration statements in a safe deposit box at the bank. I do not automatically reinvest dividends. I only purchase stocks when I feel that the stock market is relatively low. Brown University, B. A., 1978. Below are the 35 stocks in my portfolio.