If you are reading this to find out who I am because something I just said pissed you off, let me take this opportunity to apologize. If you are reading this for any other reason, surely you must have something better to do. If that sounds rude, see above.
Montie has spent his career in the telecom and technology industries in various sales, marketing and business development roles. Currently, Montie helps businesses identify business and product strategies that leverage their strengths to grow their business. Montie has been an equity investor since the 1980s.
Individual investor since 2000. I have a natural tendency to question what others take for granted. That's not always a good life skill but it's helped me from time to time in the market.
My degree is in Mechanical Engineering. I also have a background in biochemistry and (oddly enough) in classical Greek literature. My main professional interests are in software, math, and engineering analysis. I've worked in the automotive field, robotics, computer vision and machine learning, and have developed cheminformatics techniques for biotech.
Investment-wise, I tend to be opportunistic rather than systematic. I have a particular interest in volatility trading and in the intersection of technology with societal change.
I'm a cartoonist, illustrator, writer and editor. I have been a freelance editorial cartoonist and opinion columnist for the Palm Beach Daily News for 25 years and contribute to marketing and communications campaigns in a variety of industries, often interacting directly with upper management and corporate boards. As a publications designer, I have been a design editor and art director for American Media, Inc. and launch and redesign magazines under contract. As such, I launched ValueRich magazine, a publication for the small-cap investment community and served as Editor in Chief for four years. I was intimately involved when the publishing, graphics and printing industries were among the first to be storm-tossed by digital disruption in the 1980s, and I have been an avid observer of the phenomenon as it continues to occur in sector after sector. This is a particular area of focus in my commentary. You can check out my work and my current book Billionaires and Butterfly Ballots, A 20-Year Palm Beach ‘Cartoonspective’ at www.palmbeachcartoons.com
I am a 40-something entrepreneur and executive, managing my own portfolio. I have been an Internet entrepreneur, founding and running VC-backed companies. For a little less than ten years I managed several global lines of business as Managing Director for a large management consultancy, where my teams supported primarily senior executives at global 2000 firms. My passion is creating and learning, and I am intensely interested in understanding all aspects of how businesses work, grow, succeed and fail.
Prone to gravity defying feats of market levitation, often while holding an anvil.
Uncanny ability to call a bottom - after hitting it (while holding an anvil).
Inhuman ability to recover from complete disaster and rise again.
Expert on the danger of cliffs, fiscal and otherwise. (Advice - avoid them. Disclaimer: not a recommendation to buy or sell securities)
I live in a wilderness, chasing an elusive thing that zig-zags randomly at great speed. It seems to say with a smirk, "You can beat me if you just try one more time". To that end, I embrace bizarre new products and technologies in fond hope. It's not that I'm deluded, really -- it's just that out in the wilderness, it's the most interesting game in town.
Long ACME. Paid spokes-animal (well, I don't actually speak, do I?, so let's say paid sign-animal) for ACME.
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Business owner for over 30 years now working less and investing more. Our company has grown from $1M in sales to $25M in that time. I have recently sold my shares as part of an exit strategy. My philosophy for success in life and business is based on creativity. As Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity: doing the same thing every day and expecting a different result."
It is very hard or impossible to time the broad market consistently — there are no famous investors that got rich by consistently knowing what the broad market would do next. This only makes sense, as there are just too many variables in the broad market. But there are many famous investors who got rich analyzing individual securities, and this is where you should put your focus. You can get an edge in individual securities. Joe Springer was the number 1 ranked stock analyst in the world by tipranks.com, and on most days is still ranked in the top 5%. Joe is a Certified Technical Trainer, and enjoys teaching about the stock market as well as managing portfolios. If you would like to follow Joe on Twitter, his handle is @JoeSpringer.
I'm now retired, formerly a security guard in Boston, and a self-taught, self-directed investor. My other interests include history, philosophy and music. I have a high school education (grad. 1967 Division Ave. H. S., Levittown, N.Y.).
Dennis has been in the technology industry for nearly 30 years and watched the growth of the personal computer industry, the internet, and the new mobile internet with great interest. Professionally, Dennis has served many roles in the information technology and internet economy including: designing and implementing wide area networks , Windows/ Unix/ OSX systems administration, database design and development, and web programming. He is currently the Director of Web Services for a small private biotech research firm called BioMedGPS.
Dennis has been investing in equities since 1990, though the bulk of his experience with equities is over the past 15 years.
At the end of the year I ask myself the same question. Did I beat the S&P 500? As long as the answer is "yes", I'm going to keep plugging away. I may change strategies. When the answer becomes "no", I'm going to put everything into a combination of preferred stocks and an S&P 500 ETF and pretty much forget about putting a large effort into "investing". At some point, due to age, I'll start shifting into a larger percentage of income producing investments. I'm 60 and have about 10% of my holdings in investments focused on income production [Bonds and preferreds]
A little bit about me:
I hold two US issued software patents, one of which is issued internationally. I have 3+ decades experience as a software architect and 16 years as an intellectual property researcher specializing in security. I've delivered 1/2 a dozen shrink-wrap retail software packages to market and spent 3 years at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
I am the husband of one wife, and I have one college aged son who still sees me as a mentor. I am a world citizen; a fighter of poverty through clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and visiting the sick, orphan and stranger.
I am long several stocks but starting to transition towards all income growth dividend stocks, plus a smidgeon of S&P 500 Index funds. I am heavily invested in the Apple Ecosystem and a high-end user since Powerbook 100, LOL, although I was a late iPhone adopter, I've owned Palm, Nokia, Sony/E.
I have extensive international experience and am very multicultural in my approach to everything. Also, I am an avid science fiction reader, and have a collection of all the Nebula and Hugo award winners, mostly first edition.
I'm a self employed businessman who started trading in Sept 2011. I did OK my first year, I guess, being ahead $30,000 just by holding Apple. But I made a fatal mistake and kept holding. I didn't have a plan.
I've learned a lot about investing these past few weeks, as I watched in shock the past 6 months as the Apple crash ate away at my funds.
I now know how to invest. I have a method and a plan, and feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.
Good luck, everybody!
Most people follow the path of least resistance making poor dietary and health choices. People also spend their discretionary income and credit on retail, shiny computer gadgets, smartphones, and cable TV instead of on retirement savings. One can profit from this behavior by buying stock in companies that support other people's bad decisions.
I focus on investing long-term in high-quality, dividend-paying companies that tap into poor lifestyle choices across the economic spectrum.
I'm long on companies like Coca-Cola (sugar water), Kraft, and Mondelez (pre-packaged junk food), Altria and Philip Morris, Int (smokers), Abbott and AbbVie (drugs and equipment to treat poor lifestyle choices), Intel (computer chips to support shiny gadgets & now mobile phones too), Disney and Comcast for entertainment, internet and cable, and of course who can forget booze (Diageo) and lattes (Starbucks).
And since most people don't have a lot of money saved, one can profit from stores that sell cheap clothing (TJX Companies), banks to lend them money (Wells Fargo), and energy to move them about and heat their homes (Williams Companies and Chevron).
My complete portfolio currently consists of the following stocks:
AbbVie Inc (ABBV)
Abbott Laboratories (ABT)
Chevron Corporation (CVX)
Diageo Plc (DEO)
Emerson Electric Co (EMR)
Gramercy Properties Trust (GPT)
The Home Depot (HD)
Intel Corporation (INTC)
The Coca-Cola Company (KO)
The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC)
McCormick & Company (MKC)
Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ)
Altria Group Inc (MO)
Norfolk Southern Company (NSC)
Proctor & Gamble (PG)
The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX)
Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)
The Walt Disney Company (DIS)
Wells Fargo & Co (WFC)
Williams Companies (WMB)
I am the founder of the Braeburn Group of independent AAPL analysts and author of the Posts At Eventide web presence.
The objective of my work is to benefit readers seeking to understand Apple's financial performance and to provide a repository of information and analysis at my web presence for other independent AAPL analysts preparing quarterly estimates and share price forecasts.
In addition to following Apple, I maintain a keen interest in the personal technology product markets and follow publicly traded enterprises offering technology products and services to consumers.
Robert Paul Leitao