Grew up dairy farming in Central NY
Starting fixing cars & trucks in my spare time, built it into a used car dealership with staff of 12.
Ran it for 25 yrs, Sold in 2009, now acquiring & managing real estate.
Live in Northeast Kingdom in Vermont.
Fascinated with investing and particularly transportation & energy
OK, it's now about three years after I first started lurking around SA and one year into my retirement. Thanks to getting heavily back into the market in 2009 and jumping into the world of high div and high div growth stocks (MLPs, REITs, BDCs, CEFs, and some of the 4+% big cap div growth stocks), I can afford a few speculative trades now and then.
My timing was perfect with early to mid 2009 as a major entry point for me for 90% of my portfolio. However, my speculative trades and channel trades have not worked out so well timing wise, but I keep these trades to 5-10% of the total investment portfolio.
Currently, working on techniques to minimize risks to income from investments while minimizing the time required to maintain the stocks in the portfolio. Investment income and a pension from a high-tech company are more than enough to support my wife and I at 57 and 62 years, respectively, and we've decided not to draw social security early.
I continue to think SA is one of the best avenues around for learning and sharing about investing, and encourage everyone to always do their own DD. May one day become a contributor.
I live in a glass house and I am a confirmed pragmatist.
I know that my knowledge is limited and that nearly everyone that I care to ineract with knows more than I do about almst erevything. But what I claim to know I most often understand and it is that understanding of what I know that gives me confidence in my convictions. I do ask that in judging my comments only the supported merits of each comment be weighted, and that any contradictory comments by others be weighed in like manner with no concern for the credentials or past ranking of the opposing authors.
Like all who engage in the discussion of complex technical matters I make mistakes and sometimes very big mistakes, and when I am shown to be wrong I am happy to admit my error and to learn from it. It is always best to present supportable information prior to reaching conclusions and that is always my objective.
I am a London-based Risk management professional with a deep interest in value investing. My interests in finance include company valuation and investing in small/mid Cap companies with tremendous growth prospects and sound management. I also hold a Msc in Quantitative financial modelling for derivatives from a leading French univesity.
Let's see, Veteran (Vietnam era), Commercial Artist, picture framer, industrial engineer & corporate executive (once upon a time), small business owner and operator, Ayn Rand fan, Libertarian (and no, its not a synonym for "Republican" or "Conservative"), and history buff. Serious investor, I need to earn money from my assets, and I'm of the age where I pull money out to help put food on the table. I like to fish, but just as with my investing, I am a "meat fisherman", I only kill what I plan to consume.
I'm an Independent investor with a passion for equity research. I'm usually long term minded, but occasionally engage in short term trades.
My trading style focuses primarily on fundamentals, with short term technicals occasionally commanding my attention. I believe that making money in the market requires forward thinking investment objectives, patience, confidence, and a trading ethic that embraces the opportunities presented by short term downtrends.
To reach out to Forward Looking Guru for business opportunities, to share ideas, guest writing opportunities, consulting opportunities e-mail him at Forwardlookingguru@gmail.com.
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
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I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
My wife and I have been living full time in a motor coach since 1998; we travel around the USA chasing good weather and adventure. We also park the coach from time to time in order to jump on a jet for some foreign adventures. I am an independent investor.