With advanced degrees in both economics and finance, I place great deal of importance upon macreconomic developments and fundamental analyses of industries and individual companies In typical markets, I seek out investment themes which offer compelling reasons to invest in a group of like companies. Within a theme group, I look for earnings consistency, growth, market leadership, competitive advantage and reasonable valuations as measured by PEG ratios and other metrics. I like companies that dominate their economic space and which enjoy what Buffet refers to as a durable competitive advantage and Morningstar refers to as an economic moat. I try to remained disciplined investor but will frequently yield to the lure of a pure momentum plays. To assist in identifying current themes, I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and subscribe to IBD and use Zack's and StockCharts.com to filter, screen and rank investment candidates. Four or more technical measures may be used to time entry and exit points by understanding underlying momentum, strength and directionality.
I have worked for almost 30 years in the custody end of financial services in the Midwest USA. My interests are personal investing to earn income and prepare for retirement and more contribution to the church and society.
Recovering tax attorney and CPA. Executive and employee compensation expert. Founded CompensationGPS consulting firm to assist companies in Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC to structure competitive compensation plans. Manage personal investment portfolio.
Individual investor. Been at it since 2005.
Blue chips and emerging blue chips.
Love to spend free time poring over my watch-lists, reading annual reports, finding undervalued companies and making money in stocks.
I am a retired software engineer and a humble trader. Using my own charting program, I do both long-term (years/months) and short-term (days/minutes) trades. I follow a couple of mottoes in trading:
- Trust nobody (especially those flip-flop analysts, or moon shooters).
- Stupidity has a price, which I have paid a lot.
- The trend is my friend, so is the non-trend range. When a trend (very few in years) comes, I buy high and higher (pyramiding up) until it reverses. Most (80%?) of the time, the market is in some sort of trading range, where I buy low and sell high.
- Human can only see what has happened, not what is going to happen. That is, any prediction or forecast is only a guess.
- To me, every trade is a 50/50 bet. First I prepare for the worst, then wish for the best. On profitable trades, it is because I am lucky, not because I am good or smart.
- Never argue with the market. For failed trades, I blame nobody but myself and go back to refine my system.
I come here to learn, and respect everybody's opinions, regardless how absurd they seem to be sometimes. I will never get involved with emotional arguments.
Good luck, and wish you all make money from this fascinating market.
Education - Washington State University
BA Management & Operations
Date of Birth - September , 1970
Job Title - Attorney + Business Director
Industry - Insurance Actuarial
Investment Experience - 20+ Years
When looking for situations to invest, I primarily focus on stocks that have demonstrated consistent revenue, cash flow, book value, and earnings growth of 20% or higher; and show significant potential for continued growth due to industry trends, internal product innovation, and highly skilled/competent management.
For this website all you need to know about me is that:
I am an interest rate junkie; Homer and Sylla's "A History of Interest Rates" is a touchstone.
I have a passion for macro economics; William Greider's "Secrets of the Temple, How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country" is another touchstone.
The first house that I built in 1978 sold for $28,000 that year and is assessed today, 12/9/2013, at $522,500.
I got out of the housing development business in 2005.
For more about me see www.gotothomas1.com
Matt Mayfield. Degree and heavy background in economics and finance and major interest in physics and free markets. Acquisitions Strategist at the private equity firm Camwood Capital Group in Austin, TX.
I am a hyperrealist, i.e. driven to understand the processes that govern the way the world really works without bringing subjective value judgments into the equation; seeing things the way they really are. Long term capital appreciation- with the emphasis on the long-term.