Born in 1958, I am a small investor who has taken his lumps. When I started out, I made a lot of money trading. Then I lost twice as much, when market conditions changed but my methods didn't. Intellectually I believe that dividend investing is probably the best way to go. However, I am still addicted to searching for a good deal--call it value investing, or swing investing, or what you will. In the first 11 months of 2016, my portfolio is up 119%. Needless to say, I am happy about that. Especially as a part-time investor with a day job. But like everyone else, I would like to do even better.