Ron Patterson is a retired Computer Engineer. He spent five years in Saudi Arabia working for Saudi ARAMCO. He has followed the peak oil story since 2000. Ron started blogging on peak oil in 2013. His web site, PeakOilBarrel.com is one of the most followed blogs on the subject. Ron's interest are geology, biology, paleontology, and ecology. His hobbies are blogging and kayak sailing.
Currently employed at a large investment banking firm.
Attracted to the value-investing framework laid out by B. Graham, and practiced and preached by the likes of W. Buffet, C. Munger, H. Marks. Focus on small / micro-cap names with interesting business models that fall under the radar of most institutional investors.
Some guiding principles:
1. Essence of risk is measured not by the standard deviation of log normal returns (i.e. volatility), but by the probability of permanent capital loss, which is largely a function of price
2. It is difficult, if not impossible, to make predictions regarding the behavior of highly complex systems like the macro-economy. The most reliable means of acquiring an advantage in investing is through focusing on the micro; by digging into a company's business model and financial statements to uncover discrepancies and patterns that the market may have missed
3. Identifying catalysts is an essential component of investing. You must identify a probable path through which the views of the broader market will eventually converge with what you have discovered already
I am a retired veterinarian. I have been investing in stocks since the early eighties. During the earlier years of that time frame, I concentrated on small value stocks but now, since I retired, I mostly invest in large dividend payers.