I am a lifetime investor who has had an interest in putting money to work since I was a teen. I caught the bug early from my father who was a CPA. I have made my own independent investments my whole investing life of 30+ years. I am and have been a proponent of managing one's own investing and have encouraged others do do so. I generally keep it simple with long positions in no load, low fee mutual funds, ETFs and individual stocks. Occasionally I will write covered calls but that is as sophisticated as I get. Professionally I have worked in Education for the past 20 years.