I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling glacier walls and hang gliding off tall buildings to survey the best urban party spots. I can ride my bicycle up almost any incline without slowing down—the laws of physics do not apply to me. I am a talented academic, but absent-minded: I once figured out the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. Although not a commercial success, my book “What Your Orchestra Teacher Never Told You About Double Reed Technique: The Oboe and Bassoon Player’s Guide to Dating Beautiful Women” drew enthusiastic praise from both sexes.
Focused on upcoming retirement (5-8 years from now). Seeking a portfolio balance of stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks. Background: Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and University Risk Manager.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, CAH, MDT, STK, PDCO
Consumer Staples: MO, CVS, KHC, HRL
Consumer Disc: DPZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX, KO
Tech: GOOGL, AMZN, FB, MSFT, CSCO
Industrial Cyclical: LMT, RTN, BA
Home Building: HD, LOW
Financial: V, MC
Utilities/Telecom: D, VZ, T
Currently based in Shanghai as CFO for a Pharmaceutical company. International exposure to Europe, Asia and Africa. Keen interest in the energy sector, natural resources, luxury brands, REIT's and emerging markets.
Born in 1958, I am a small investor who has taken his lumps. When I started out, I made a lot of money trading. Then I lost twice as much, when market conditions changed but my methods didn't.
Intellectually I believe that dividend investing is probably the best way to go. However, I am still addicted to searching for a good deal--call it value investing, or swing investing, or what you will.
In the first eight months of 2016, my portfolio is up 119%. Needless to say, I am happy about that. Especially as a part-time investor with a day job. But like everyone else, I would like to do even better.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” (Author - Patanjali)
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.” (Author - Epictetus)
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." (Author - Unknown)
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me." (Author - Erma Bombeck)
Ian Bezek worked for 3 years as an analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. He's currently living in Mexico, pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities.
Feel free to contact him regarding investments, writing, or speaking opportunities.
I have studies theoretical chemical physics. Since early 2013 I became interested and did some self study in finance with a particular emphasis on mathematical finance. Simultaneously I started investing/speculating in the resource sector. Also, I have registered and am preparing for CFA level I exam. Now I am searching for a job in the financial sector.
My name is Mark B. Spiegel and I'm the Managing Member of Stanphyl Capital Management LLC. I can be reached at: mark (at) stanphylcap (dot) com. My Twitter feed is @markbspiegel
I am projecting that the US govt is near insolvent and that we will be facing a new Bretton Woods currency agreement bringing gold back into the monetary system in combination with a sudden fiat currency devaluation (across the board-most currencies) against gold over a long weekend or an outright sovereign debt panic by 2020-2025. The least expected outcome double digit inflation is very likely sometime in the future. The Fed PRO-POVERTY policies are going to crush the poor, fixed pensioners and lower middle class since disposable income growth is limited. Beware middle class and retirees your purchasing power will drop dramatically when everyday necessities absorb a larger % of your income. To spread the word to the brainwashed American drones that this economy is one big illusion ponzi scheme and you are infact broke. Issuing more debt to solve a debt problem is crazy. I am accepting nominations for those that played a major positive and major negative impact on our economy. Inductees: The Hammer Hall of Fame Bill Black Brooksley Born David Walker Ron Paul Robert Rodriguez Peter Schiff David Stockman Janet Tavakoli John Bogle Elizabeth Warren Steve Wynn ============================== The Hammer Hall of Shame Ben MadMan Bernanke Lloyd Blankfein Bush II Jamie Diamond Shaun Donovan Barney Fwank Dick Fuld Alan "The Maestro" Greenspan Tim Geithner Paul king Krugman David Lereah Angelo Mozillo Obama The NAHB The NAR Henry Paulsen Nancy Pelosi Charles Prince Franklin Raines Robert Rubin David Stephens Larry Summers Bob Toll Maxine Waters Lawrence Yun
Active investor primarily in the oil & gas, financial, technology and medical sectors.
My professional background is in economics and accounting, licensed CPA for 20 years, with employment as a utility regulator, private sector consultant and author on energy and other utility issues, including expert testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on natural gas pipeline economics, testimony before the United States Tax Court on pipeline economics, and testimony before numerous state utility commissions and civil courts.
Having retired from consulting, I reside on my farm in Northern Virginia with my wife and three middle-school age children (as well as dogs, cats, chickens, turtles, and ducks).