I am a tax manager at a public accounting firm in the Baltimore area where my primary focus is hedge funds and alternative investments. My goal is to create a financially sound future for myself and my family. I consider myself to be a life-long learner, and I enjoy reading anything and everything related to personal finance, retirement planning, and investing. I have been investing for a relatively short period of time, and I have been experimenting with different basic trading/investing strategies to find what the best fit is for me. While I believe holding quality dividend paying stocks is an essential ingredient to long-term success, I also believe the market currently has a few weaknesses which can be exploited. In addition to a basic buy/hold strategy, I am concentrating on a post-earnings dip valuation play focusing on well know large caps with a history of short-term earnings volatility.