private investor....former student in bio tech ....interested in advancing practical and economical sources of treatment for human welfare with dignity an awareness . methodical research can be done with new technology with a much more efficient an timely manner...especially vaccines developed thru research more than a decade ago....Why an Who is creating the lengthy timeline to get these cancer vaccines to patients....We can send discover satellites to another solar system an RETRIEVE the DATA ! WE as a generation are mapping our entire solar system an beyond...OUR government has a duty to protect its citizens not only by man/made laws, but the very law of NATURE demands accountability from its leaders....I am saddened by their methods.!
I've been investing for over 40 years. On my 18th birthday, I bought Continental Airlines, which immediately dropped and four months later I sold it for a 10% profit, foreshadowing many future trading experiences. I got burned in the dot-com bubble and swore off investing. I did some calculations and discovered if I put my investing money into my mortgage, that would be the best ROI and I'd recoup all my dot-com losses, so I did it and paid my house off early. I missed the 2008 Bear Market, after having been burned in the dot-com bubble, but followed the market every day since I was 14 when I paid for a WSJ subscription from profits from my paper route. I doubled my money in 2013 in the stock market. I doubled my money again in 2014. 2015 has been quite a bit tougher, and I have become more cautious and more research intensive. I have flipped stocks several times a day and I have held stocks for years, too. Overall, I made nice profits with stocks, but only broke even buying and selling options. Never traded commodities or shorted stocks. Never say never. Researching companies keeps me abreast of all the latest technological advancements and it is really cool to know about all of that.
I am passionate about investing since 15 years already... and would like to share a couple of ideas with my readers.
I have an engineering background (PhD) and have worked in the industry bringing billions of dollars of manufacturing facilities up from the ground mainly holding a strategic/commercial role.
Please do your own research and due diligence prior to investing your own money. Good luck!
BA Philosophy with a focus on epistemology. I have only been investing since March of 2013. I'm self taught. Anything I may write here on Seeking Alpha is purely to inform others and is not meant as investing advice.
A fund manager who cut his cloth in Schroders London. He joined Coronation South Africa in 1998, running the Smaller Companies Fund which had the best 5-yr record in the sector during his tenure. In 2005 he left Coronation to pursue his passion in writing (and invest without constraints). He recently completed his first novel, a financial thriller called "White Man's Numbers" which can be purchased from Lulu.com and Amazon. Highly acclaimed, See excerpt and reviews on website link below.
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.
Long-time individual investor who began trading in mid-90's. My philosophy is to identify "value gaps" between what I believe a company to be worth today versus it's stock price. I do not follow charts or technicals, but rather look to find companies with stock prices that move out of sync with the value of recent news to find and (hopefully) capitalize on these value gaps.
Trading infrequently. Long only.
More than twenty years self employed in the music industry.
BA in Sociology and Political Science.
Proud father of two girls and married many years.
Yes, I run my own small business, a family, and try to learn about investing on top of that. Sometimes it all works, sometimes, not.
Just learning the ropes and soaking in as much as I can.
I'm a Chartered Professional Accountant (Canadian CPA) with an eye for catching misunderstandings and inaccuracies in comments/articles; particularly as it pertains to accounting and taxes.
I would classify my investor profile as 70% dividend-driven, 30% growth-driven.
The L stands for levitating.
You should not take anything I say as fact unless I've referenced the source.
I simply speak my mind of what I perceive to be the factors influencing the particular valuation of a company.
You have to be the judge for yourself of the weight of truth you place on it.
I work on the crossroads of design, branding, consumer research and product development. Occasionally, I buy shares of companies, whose industry I understand or work in.
However, I take capitalism and its machinations with the necessary spoonful of quality Swedish stone salt.
Twitter: @IbexInvestor; (https://twitter.com/IbexInvestor)
Value investing partnership/hedge fund with a focus on value investing and special situations. The portfolio is very focused, and I typically hold between 20-25 individual long positions in common stocks.
I received my MBA in analytic finance and economics from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in March of 2013, where I learned a significant amount about investing. Over the course of my life I've learned immeasurably more from a class that occurs one Saturday every year in Omaha, Nebraska. The class is virtually free of charge, and taught by two elderly men named Warren and Charlie. They teach me more about investing, business and life in 8 hours every year than a lifetime of MBA classes could, and I'm eternally grateful to them. I am also a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Illinois.
I find amateur investors funny at times. Many on these boards feel the need to be seen as right, vs actually debating / discussing differing views to get to the right answer.
This is a sign of hubris, immaturity, and an emotional investor, and thus, typically leads to poor results.
Any professional investor is well aware, that the most valuable view in the room is often not of those who are in agreement, but rather it is of those who challenge the group's view based on facts and force them to think deeper about their position.
Why? Well simply, it gets one closer to the 'right' answer, assuming one's mind is open and is really listening. The goal is absorb all information, viewpoints then make the best decision, it is not make a decision first based on limited insight, then filter out commentary and facts that do not align with that view - that is called cognitive dissonance and is one of the biggest threats to successful investing.
By listening to alternative views, one either gains greater conviction in their position, or alternatively they may realize, perhaps I need to change course, incorporate something else into my decision process, be on guard for a potential change/catalyst, etc. For that reason, there is ALWAYS value in the dissenting view.
When one see's investors act in a manner as I have just suggested (not willing to listen to alternative views), one can readily assume that they are quite unsuccessful, and if they haven't been yet, they will be over the long run.
Basing decisions on hubris, emotion and the need to be right, while ignoring those who challenge your views is the quickest road to failure in investing.
Good Luck to all!
Financial markets have fascinated me since childhood. I strive to combine my education in biology, math and history with common sense to find winning trades.
To identify good investments and the right time to enter/exit them, I draw on all financial disciplines that could be helpful. The following is a non-exhaustive list that inform my decisions: Finances of a company, market condition, who owns it, what insiders are doing, analysis of trading behavior, option positions, short interest, public perception, social media, retail involvement, deep valuation of assets and patents, debts and obligations etc.
Btw, my screen name refers to the popular MODIS satellite package in polar orbit around earth. It's mission is to daily photograph the entire planet in several optical bands. This data that is then made available to researchers like biologists, which is how I know about it. It is my inspiration to try see things as they really are.
MODIS also reminds me of my favorite quote from Mr. Buffett: "It's easier to make up a lost opportunity, than to recover from a loss." The instrument moves on, seeing new things; it doesn't get stuck. Capital is a precious resource, so every trade deserves to be as perfect as you can make it.
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