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.
I hold a PhD in the field of epidemiology a masters degree in public health. My undergraduate training is in policy, economics and the sciences. I have utilized my training in employment with government, academia, private industry and to further analyze the fundamentals and technicals of all manner of companies in different sectors. Specifically, I like to trade growth companies, REITS, biotechnology/ pharmaceuticals, precious metals, blue chips and small-cap companies.
Each market day I get up at 530 am and begin working/analyzing data before my day job. I focus much on current events, earnings, and developments. I also work after market hours to cover after hours developments or interesting action during the day. I aim to conduct 2 analysis per business day, which helps me stay focused on my own finances.
I have been investing for about 10 years. I also enjoy trading short expiration options, and investing in stocks with 3-20 year horizons. I enjoy writing with Seeking Alpha to share my opinion and analyses. I am a large believer in the crowd source model championed by Seeking Alpha and believe every ounce of analysis and opinion should be considered when you invest your personal finances.