I'm a Cornell chemical engineering graduate, and was a technology developer for the petrochemical and refining industries until I left the corporate world in 2000. I now spend my time trading stocks, bonds, and options for my own account. I am also an internet dealer of rare postage stamps and an amateur astronomer with an observatory in the mountains of West Texas.
Focused on upcoming retirement (5-8 years from now). Seeking a portfolio balance of stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks. Background: Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and University Risk Manager.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, CAH, MDT, STK, PDCO
Consumer Staples: MO, CVS, KHC, HRL
Consumer Disc: DPZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX, KO
Tech: GOOGL, AMZN, FB, MSFT, CSCO
Industrial Cyclical: LMT, RTN, BA
Home Building: HD, LOW
Financial: V, MC
Utilities/Telecom: D, VZ, T
I'm a writer for one of the country's largest pop-culture-type magazines and, at the same time, I am one of the world's worst investors. Did I sell an apartment in Manhattan's Flat-Iron district in late 1999, because I feared the Y2k problem? You bet I did. And so it has gone.
Even so, at the age of 60, I have managed to broom together quite a tidy little pile. And I hope to keep it. And grow it. Though I have my doubts, given my investment history, that any of this is possible in the long run. Or even the short.
Herein lies a chronicle of the life & times of my money.
I am a former private equity and venture capital attorney with many years of investment management experience as a sideline. I've recently retired from legal practice to concentrate on fund management on a full-time basis. I now manage separate accounts for a small group of high net-worth clients.
Full time profession: Self employed IT Consultant. Expertise in business analytics, financial industry.
Academical background: computer engineering, computer sciences, marketing management
Investing: Long term value investing within my circle of competence, i.e technology, internet and of course BRK.B. I mainly use CFDs .
My stock portfolio is most about trying to capture tiny slices of ownership in the dominant publically traded companies in the world (in most sectors and industries) and not overpaying for that little piece of future earnings. I want to pay at most fair-valuation (although sometimes I try for bargain prices) as long the company appears solid and I think the company will be around 10 years and more. That is what I found produce the best total returns. I am mostly focussed on mature companies that pay dividends, but I do make exceptions, for leading companies in some industries - even if their dividend yield is low. I appreciate diversification and risk-management by not putting too much cash into each stock.
My portfolio has a spreadsheet on http://tiny.cc/tarkin
I am a seasoned business owner with 30 years experience in the IT industry. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in economics, minors in business and computer science. I am a novice investor hoping in increase my knowledge and ability to invest wisely and produce healthy returns.
I have been a truck driver for 42 years and have retired. I have been reading and slowly trading since 2010. I try to play long positions and have been watching short trades very carefully. I would like to move into a day trader but have not been there yet.
I am a 40 something year old software engineer passionately working from home for the company I founded over a decade ago on a shoe string. Now I balance raising three terrific kids with coding and investing and brewing my own craft beer and meade. I shoot mostly from the hip on the market, a mix of a little bit of brains with a lot of dumb luck.
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.