Old time engineer (batchelor's and master's degree in chemical engineer). Started about 35 years ago. Always an engineer, rarely in management roles. Have led big projects, but always as a hands on engineer. I tend to be very conservative economically (I think of myself as a capitalist). Socially, I really don't care about the social hot buttons (abortion - not in favor, but hey if you want to kill your own baby, I won't stop you), gays in the military (they stop bullets just as well), gay marriage (you want to pay the marriage penalty - go ahead), pot (just tax it), etc.
My primary investment methodology involves screening for micro-cap/small companies with both a solid balance sheet and an attractive valuation, then researching for internal or external catalysts that will likely have a positive influence on future earnings or facilitate a successful 'turn-around'. Internal catalysts would include replacement of a CEO (often a founder), an innovative new product, or a complementary acquisition. An external catalyst would take the form of an underappreciated yet robust positive change or trend in the company's business environment. Look especially for a confluence of positive factors. A degree of inferential reasoning is required, I believe, for judging the potential value of a given catalyst in the context of each individual company's circumstance. My conservative risk/reward criteria for stock selection--seeking the combination of substantial upside potential with minimum downside risk--can well be described by the phrase 'heads I win, tails I don't stand to lose much.' Satisfied to hold cash until I find the uncommon opportunity of strong earnings growth potential in combination with low stock valuation. Must be a compelling enough opportunity to justify accumulating a meaningful position. Invest with an expected minimum hold period of two years and a projected hold of 3-5+ years. Target capital gains potential of 20-25% compounded annually in exchange for the risk of investing in small companies. Current micro-cap holdings: TAYD, DRAD, SPAR, KTEC, HSON.
Secondarily, I'm just beginning to build a bond-equivalent portfolio of large-cap dividend stocks. Quite a challenging process, in my view, given that the growing popularity of DGI--in a predictable consequence of ZIRP--has driven up valuations excessively for the most sought-after names. Future 'flash crash' days or periods of market capitulation will likely provide the best opportunities.
I am a busy surgeon with a particular interest in personal finance and investing. My father, a retired financial advisor, taught me discipline and the power of dividends and compound interest. I do not feel it is necessary to employ expensive, self-motivated brokers or managers to invest one's money.
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