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I am a retired University lecturer in the UK. My education was primarily in Physics and I taught electronics for some 40 years - a time of great change and innovation. Much of my work in that time was in design and engineering solutions for both my own Physics department and the Electronics department of Salford University, Manchester, UK.
Interests, outside of making the best of my (very) hard earned cash, are my family (wife Nitaya and son Matthew), my friends, quality education for all, not just the elite or those in the developed world, and doing what I can to help all life on this planet. I'm not an out-and-out "greenie" but I know good tech when I see it!
Mordechai Rorvig writes for Seeking Alpha from Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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Eric Parnell, CFA, is the Founder and Director of Gerring Capital Partners. Gerring Capital is a registered investment advisory firm seeking attractive returns opportunities emphasizing value, quality and risk control. Eric also publishes The Universal premium service on Seeking Alpha targeting winning strategies in bear and bull markets across the asset class universe. Gerring Capital implements these strategies for its investors and then Eric discusses them on The Universal. Eric is also a Visiting Instructor at Ursinus College in the Department of Business and Economics. Prior to founding Gerring in 2005, Eric was the Director of Investment Communications at SEI Investments and an Economist at Moody’s Analytics.
I'm a retired electrical engineer who spent most of his career at Intel, with brief stints at Bell Labs, HP, and a Design Automation startup called Daisy Systems. While the first third of my career was largely design engineering--some of it in early microprocessors, my later career emphasized large-scale data analysis aimed at improving reliability and yield of production in semiconductor wafer fab factories.
As an investor I have worked in common stocks for over forty years. I seek to buy unusually good companies at moderately depressed prices, and have struggled a bit with the problem of when to sell.
I am a simple individual investor who believes that the playing field is level, but may require active management of one's holdings.
I've devised a series of steps that constitute a highly defined covered option strategy that most anyone can follow and that I've described in Option to Profit (2011).
Having retired from a career in Pediatric Dentistry, approximately 10 years ahead of schedule, after spending the previous 10 years working just 2 days each week, I now spend my time trading and alerting others of trading opportunities in large cap positions through the Option to Profit subscription service, a premium subscription service that provides actionable Trading Alerts via text messaging or e-mail at www.optiontoprofit.com. as well as a Web site access only subscription plan.
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Over 30 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur, however focus now is global and involves almost all economic categories.
Mr. Berger is the creator and developer of the YDP screening tool, a chart system and its analysis for screening and monitoring dividend income equity investments. The recipient of Seeking Alpha's Outstanding Performance Award, he also has been Seeking Alpha's #3 ranked Author for Income Investing Strategy & #4 for Utilities.
20 years of sitting in the board room gives me unique insights into Oil & Gas investments and corporate deal making in general. Additionally, he offers a Premium Research subscription service for boosting income while reducing market risk using covered option writing on a dividend income equity portfolio.
Residing in Brazil gives me a local's inside view on the pulse of its economy, politics, investment climate and breaking news. A view of my front yard is available here.
A former Chief Operating Officer, Director, Vice President and General Manger of Oil and Gas for Southern Pacific's Oil and Gas Operations, Business owner, geologist, and cribbage player, I've been an investor for over 48 years (started young at 13) and learned my lessons the way that makes them stick, by hard knocks and both big and little mistakes. Hopefully I can share some of those lessons with others.
I am an American expatriate that decided to retire at age 57 in 2009 and now live in Brazil. As an early retiree I invest for income and manage portfolio risk by screening for strong and reliable historic data along with favorable fundamental and technical current trends.
I spend 6 months/year living at home in Brazil and 6 months/year traveling the world. I have structured my financial positions so that I live virtually tax free with much of my income exempt from US tax since I live ex patriot and a lot of my US derived income over the annual ex-patriate exemptions is held in my tax free ROTH and tax deferred IRA/SIMPLE plans. This enables my tax savings to pay for my 6 months of annual traveling :) .
My investing is for income and appreciation with a balance of low to moderate short term risk and low long term risk. To accomplish this I use quality dividend payors with a long track record of steady or increasing dividends along with slowly appreciating equity prices. I target a 6 to 9 % yield and almost exclusively require a minimum history of 5 years of steady/increasing dividends and no decreases in dividend ever or at least past 10 years. I diversify through sector, country and currency unit the stocks are traded in, and security type (equity, royalty trust, REIT, mlp, etf, and ADRs).
I use covered call writing to enhance my portfolio yield with no added risk. In fact, it lowers the risk substantially. Once I identify a stock I want to own and an entry price for it, I write cash covered puts at or below that entry price (with a minimum of 1%/month time premium. Thus i obtain at least a 12% annualized yield before compounding just from the option premium.
Likewise, I use the sale of cash covered puts to generate income and and generally get an entry point at 5 to 10% below my acceptable entry level price if/when the put stock does get presented. Thus my strategy provides a 12% pre compound yield on cash and entry into stock purchases at a 5 to 10% discount from "retail".
Because I only select stocks that I am willing to hold long term for their reliable dividend yields of > 6%, I am not concerned much with market volatility or short/midterm risk. Indeed, market volatility is my friend since it increases the premiums paid on the options I sell. I also selectively sell covered calls on positions I hold long so as to add to my yield that way while not taking on any additional risk.
This strategy has kept me happily living off my portfolio income and traveling 1/2 the year while my portfolio has been slowly increasing in value even after my harvesting income for living expenses. Of course my income will incrementally increase when social security kicks in for me in a few more years and I may then slightly mofidy my goals and strategies.
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Back in the deep forests of the southern Adirondacks after a six month, 9000 miles bicycle tour. When was the last time YOU went on a six month vacation that cost you about $100 a week. Most of that was for food; and I STILL MANAGED to trim down to 175lbs.Healthy and happy here, ready to get back to the market and writing for SA.
Now you know how I can live on an income most of you call pocket change. Put me in the bottom 1% of Seeking Alpha readers and most certainly contributors. Nothing like hanging out with loggers to cut expenses.
What a great way to avoid the carping on Wall Street. If I read another article about how the market is in a bubble, I shall pull out my hair...which is difficult because I have a shaved head.
Seriously though, I am a tried, true, and original Investment Biker. I've already toured in Europe, Asia, North and South America (see my website below) so I have about 200,000 cycling miles under my belt. It's been a while since I've done a long tour so starting this spring of 2015 I'm hittin' the road with my 28 speed Fuji Touring bike and riding for as long as I want. (Sorry about the Jap bike for all you Harley guys). Think about it...since I usually 'wild camp' in the forests for nothing, my only real expenses are food and some routine maintenance. I cover those expenses by using the monthly options cycle to generate income from calls, puts, or spreads of various sorts. So while you Seeking Alpha trendies are sitting in front of your screens all day, I'll be out riding in the Sierra, the Cascades, the Rockies, the Appalachians, the Catskills, the Adirondacks, the Green and White Mountains...and thats just this summer!
All i need to keep an eye on the markets are a small Grundig AM/FM/Shortwave radio (go to hell you Sirius guys!) and a Netbook for trading and fun when I can get internet access...which last time I looked was everywhere.
Enjoy the bull market which started in Summer of 2009 and should run for a few more years. Ignore these 'stuck in a rut guys' and Obamanazis. Between lower energy prices from natural gas frackomania, lower medical costs and longer lifespans from bioengineering marvels just coming down the pike, and the eventual collapse of slave labor kleptocracies like China (and Chicago), the outlook for stocks and capitalism is as strong as its ever been.
When not cycling I am a self employed stock trader and military/political analyst. Live in the US now, lived throughout Asia (Korea, Japan, Russia, Pakistan, India, SE asia) in the 1990s and early 2000s. Statistics and forecasting, using market based socioeconomic data, are my specialty. Sometimes I am an adjunct college professor, teaching statistics, some finance courses, and earth/environmental science classes online.
I'll try to submit SA articles from time to time but I enjoy READING the wisdom of many of you writers (thanks to many of you!). Maybe I can visit some of you along the way.
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Retired aerospace engineer. Bachelor's degree in physics, doctorate in fluid mechanics. More than a passing interest and experience in computation and computer hardware. Possibly better known in some circles than I should be because of my obsession with interconnect bandwidth in "supercomputers" (which, for some applications, aren't all that super).
Analyst and Fund Manager with almost 20 years investment experience. Coverage includes a variety of industries, with a focus on technology.
Particularly focused on value stocks, poorly understood or under-followed situations, and contrarian perspectives.
Primarily invest in special situations with value that is poorly understood or not fully appreciated, or where we believe there is a highly asymetric risk/reward profile. Also look for long/short ideas in mid/larger cap names where we believe we have a variant view, and the market is dramatically mispricing value.
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Arsene Lupin is a technology professional in the internet & social media spaces, with an interest in finance. He has experience in both big company and startups, and a PhD in science.
Dr. Joel West is professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Keck Graduate Institute, one of the seven Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles County. He was co-editor of the book Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006). His consulting focuses on IP strategies and business models for software and Internet service companies. Before KGI, he spent nine years as a faculty member at the San Jose State College of Business, was president and co-founder of Palomar Software and also a columnist for MacWEEK.
For more information, see Joel’s website (http://www.joelwest.org/) and the home page for his blogs (http://www.joelwest.org/blogs).
I primarily invest based on knowledge of technology, and rarely if ever try to time stocks.
The only way I've been effective investing is by understanding the technology behind the products a company sells, and the market they sell in, while being dispassionate and unbiased.
Senior development engineer at a "Fortune 100 technology giant". Investing or trading is mostly a hobby. The vast majority of my money is in rental real estate (10 paid-for addresses, all self-managed) and those properties were purchased by selling (shorting) straddles and options to stock speculators (the "covered call" is the simplest example). Pick your stocks carefully, with a dividend cushion and a wide moat.
Electrical Engineer and private investor. I reside in the heart of Miyazaki, Nippon (Japan) about half time, and in my 727 home in Oregon, America, the other half (AirplaneHome.com, HikoukiIe.com, and AirplaneHome.com/Images/CoyMediaPagesCatalog.html). I'm 66 years of age (as of 2016).
I seem to be chronically incapable of conveying concepts concisely. For those who suffer through my rambling, redundant, and serpentine rhetoric, my sincere apologies. I do perceive that my composition desperately needs to be more efficient, so I'll try to make it so.
I'm also incompetent in most facets of the technology areas I invest in. I'm a good circuit design engineer, but I know precious little about integrated circuit fabrication technology and many other specialities. So I depend upon others, mostly here on Seeking Alpha, who have direct experience in areas where I have little or none. The bread which appears on my table (and the jetliner which resides in my yard) arrived largely on the shoulders of those who contribute here and others from past times, and I'm genuinely grateful for their energetic and community minded generosity.
In an effort to improve perspective, I try to keep two key long term cyber system goals in mind as I try to judge whether a firm possesses a clear vision of the future. The first is the Smoking Hairy Golf Ball, an idealized liquid helium cooled semiconductor sphere with wire connections on its surface, envisioned long ago as the final stage of evolution for maximum performance solid state electronics systems. The second, and most important, is a HAL-9000 algorithm, that is, conscious life creating software. Setting aside considerations of whether it's wise to pursue that second goal, firms which steer themselves toward either or both of these goals, in the context of developing their more ordinary products, are, in my view, likely to be lucrative. And for the record, I suspect a HAL-9000 algorithm will prove to be wonderfully positive for humanity. If we develop and manage the technology wisely and compassionately...
In my view some firms are moving, step by tiny step, toward one or both of these milestones.
I'm eager to hear constructive and civil criticism, so please don't hesitate to offer your suggestions.
Itsu made mo, genki de ite kudasai (Be healthy and, by implication, happy forever please), Bruce