Lejun James Shao is the founder of www.myIRAs.net (http://www.myIRAs.net/), WhitePine Investment Inc of USA, and CEO of WhitePine Software Inc, Beijing, China. He was the top finisher in MSN's 1st US One Million Dollar Investment Contest, "Strategy Open Tournament," with a +45.88% return in 4 months from August 28 - December 2008.
An IT wizard turned professional investor, James Shao graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD degree in Computer Engineering in 1990 and worked as an assistant professor in Singapore's Nanyang Technology University for 5 years after graduation. He worked as Chief Software Engineer in DSP Technology, Design Engineer in Ford Motor Company, and several other high tech companies after his return. James Shao started his investment profession in 2001.
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I am a value investor. I like to daytrade and ride stocks upward on good news and earnings beats. 2013 had a lot of those, but 2014 - not so much.
I am very new to investing and trading, and got into the market in late 2012 after pretend-investing for a few months, but I have had good luck so far.
I recently decided to try my hand at article writing, as I often leave rather detailed and lengthy comments on other articles. The amount of revisions required to get an article published was a bit discouraging, and did not allow me to mention opportunities in a timely fashion, so now I am back to just commenting.
In 2013, I was the windshield.
I am a personal finance and investing blogger. A software designer by profession, I have a passion for economics, business, finance and investing. My personal financial goals are to generate enough passive income to fund my retirement, and along the journey - share my experiences and help the readers.
I am a full-time software engineer, a problem solver in particular.
Investing started for me as a "problem to be solved". I soon discovered Benjamin Graham and value investing in general, and then after many mistakes, I am still here and still buying.
I don't try to predict the market, after all I can't even predict what I will eat for lunch tomorrow. I prefer to analyse the current value, and then I buy when I feel like I am going to own something worth my money. And if the price goes down afterwards? Who cares.. I own value, not share price. Right?