I am LA, a long-time individual investor tired of paying someone else to invest my money. Curious if I could achieve higher returns, I combined my passion for learning with my competitive spirit and opened an on-line investment account with $2,500. Although I don’t work in the financial industry, I am a non practicing CPA which provides me the skills needed to develop my investing abilities. My ultimate goal is to achieve financial freedom and remove it from my bucket list. I created my blog, LA Stock Talk, to record my journey and share what I have learned to help others grow. I plan on churning some stocks and holding others long term based on lessons learned. My journey starts with a few simple rules. First, my strategy will be flexible, I’ll try not to make emotional decisions and will always do my own due diligence and never invest solely on the advice of another. Additionally, I’ll apply lessons learned and will remain level headed as the market swings each day. I hope my articles are helpful to everyone that reads them but it is important that everyone does their own due diligence and does not buy or sell stocks based on LA’s opinions or stock picks.