I've been an avid stock market follower since my early high school days in the late 60s. I bought my first shares of stock, SMSC -- Standard Microsystems, in 1977 with my tax return check. After enjoying a very nice gain a year and a half later, I was hooked. Everyday is a new learning experience. It brings to mind the catch-phrase used by the makers of the game Mastermind: "A minute to learn; a lifetime to master."
Anyone who is persuaded in one evening is not really persuaded. He can be converted by the next person of opposite views with whom he spends an evening. The only person who can truly persuade you is yourself. You must turn the issues over in your mind at leisure, consider the many arguments, let them simmer, and after a long time turn your preferences into convictions. - Milton Friedman
Very young (25 years) retail investor, recent graduate of Architectural Engineering in Budapest, Hungary.
Born and lived 5 years in Bavaria (Germany), 15 years in the USA (east/west coast), 3 years in Hungary, 1 year in Slovenia, and now currently in Sweden. Can speak 3 languages fluently (Hungarian, English, German) and have a reasonable knowledge of Swedish. "Global citizen" and "third culture kid" are accurate labels to my way of life.
I assume that people know something I don't and therefore look for those with specific information rather than feel-good analyses written from lofty perspectives.