Moving along the continuum of time, I have been invested in the market successfully for 30+ years.
Part of the general diaspora from New York (Queens), and now an educator and self-taught (organic) rancher in West Central Texas I have always had a profound interest in geo-politics and history as it relates to economics. Possessing degrees in politics, electronic engineering, as well as education I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and worked for several international firms, notably in Sweden and Canada before doing what amounts to missionary work in our public schools, as a teacher.
My investment philosophy is conservative, yet on occasion contrarian. For example commodities in the early 70's, presently high quality US dividend aristocrats presently - mixed with some well entrenched European securities that offer consistent dividends and growth upside. That said, I too believe long-term investment is the sine qua non for financial success - unless you are steeped in financial wizardry and luck, which I certainly am not. I have also constructed a firm inner ring of dividend aristocrats that allow my (outward) "concentric ring" to flourish. However, in a dangerously over bought market I have gathered the wagons and sold off those smaller European and global equities that have profited during our long bull run-up - while awaiting the inevitable 20 -30 % correction. I have always invested in dividend stocks, and will continue to do so; I do not "play the market". "Dividends are real money and do not lie" about a stocks overall performance. The goal always is to be equal to and greater than inflation - beyond the pablum of government disseminated statistics, to buy quality when others flee, to invest and not flip equities for a quick dollar, to hold on, but know intuitively by experience when to sell if, for example, a dividend is cut - or not.
I enjoy SA, and believe it is a positive forum for intelligent conversation concerning investment and economics.
Value investor that seeks intrinsic value and the principles of Warren Buffett. Seeking Alpha placing special emphasis to identify risk and lay it off to the capital markets at profit.
Use options to hedge and to deliver a risk adjusted return on investment.
Trading Strategy: Sell puts on stocks I want to own at an attractive discount, when price is at bottom of bollinger bands and 200 MDA and the company has strong balance sheet and brand equity.
Willing to take long term holds for great management team in very big market that offers a strong value proposition.
Seek gurus and following their patterns if I can corroborate ready, simple clear information. Trend is your friend. Books that have influence my investment views Intelligent Investor, by Ben Graham, Contrarian Investor by David Dreman (version one and two), One Up on Wall Street Peter Lynch, and The Complete Option Player 4th Edition by Ken Trester.