"The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself," has proven valuable to me. But, "It ain’t what we don’t know that gets us in trouble. It’s what we do know that just ain’t so," has proven even more valuable.
Individual investor. Been at it since 2005.
Blue chips and emerging blue chips.
Love to spend free time poring over my watch-lists, reading annual reports, finding undervalued companies and making money in stocks.
I am an individual investor. Became interested in dividend growth investing and managing my own portfolio through my reading adventures at Seeking Alpha. I've learned a ton from everyone who contributes and comments here. Still have a long way to go even though I'm semi-retired and drawing Social Security.
I am a value investor interested in learning more about the market and various trading strategies. I have been investing in stocks for over a decade now, and learned a lot about myself and investing in general. I believe in individual rights and free markets (therefore limited government), but have been around the block long enough to know that capitalism is not perfect and the market is subject to corruption and manipulation. I also believe it is possible to profit in any market - the key lies in your decisiveness, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Several books that inform my investment philosophy are:
1) William O'Neill - How to Make Money in Stocks
2) Edwin Lefèvre - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
3) Michael Sincere - Understanding Options
4) Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
5) Robert Hagstrom - The Warren Buffett Way
6) Ken Fisher - Markets Never Forget (But People Do), The Only Three Questions That Still Count
7) Pat Dorsey - The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing
8) Heather Brilliant & Elizabeth Collins - Why Moats Matter
9) Jim Rogers - A Gift to My Children
10) Ray Dalio (video) - How the Economic Machine Works
I have also taken graduate courses in Strategy, Investments, Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Valuation.
Some of my favorites quotes:
when we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. -rachel naomi remen
the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. - j.m. keynes
it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. if you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside. -richard branson
i have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it. -richard branson
entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. - howard stevenson
don't optimize a melting ice cube. - kevin efrusy
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - f. scott fitzgerald
the dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. - archibald macleish
it ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so. - artemus ward
if you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? the things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. - oliver wendell holmes
I am almost 25 years old and two years ago I graduated Kharkov National University named after V.N.Karazin, the faculty of international economic relationship. This University is considered to be one of the prestigious and best in Ukraine. Do you think I’m making boast? Own up I really proud of my University and of the privilege to have studied there. I really proud that I have graduated this University cum laude and have vindicated my diploma work “World gold market: its condition and perspective” magna cum laude. But of course I understand that any knowledge without practice is nothing. That’s why I have started my financial blog. I live in Yalta, Ukraine. This town is called ‘town of happiness’. Why? It is really very beautiful here. There is a rare combination of sea, mountains and warm climate here. We have a lot of tourists here all year long. Unfortunately, it’s one of the reasons why locals here do not like to work – they used to live at tourists’ cost, renting their own lodging, for example. I long to use my knowledge and to arrive by means of my beans. I am not a financial guru; I do not claim to know everything. Instead of it, I’d like to learn more. I’d like to learn new things; to learn useful and practical things. I am ready to learn. Do you ready to learn with me? I invite you to join me. If perhaps you do not agree with something in my articles I’m ready to discuss it with you. Anyway, I like to associate with people of any age with agile mind. If one day you decide to stay in Yalta even though for a short while I’d love to meet and talk with you.
Solo Family Practice doc (yes, still make occasional house calls), also served board/board chairman of small physician owned insurance company, flight doc in the ANG 23 yrs. Dad was depression raised, WWII naval aviator/CPA and (briefly) stock broker - my value roots.
A Gold Bug since the early 00's that recognised the trends of debasement of currency so much so that he had to do something about it in his own personal life. He went into trading and eventually buying bullion at the bottom rode it to the top to get mangled himself in the car wreck that was the gold crash. Recovering himself well he knew that he had to keep on with being in gold and could also see the signs that the engineered gold crash isn't over but also will end eventually.