I am a student and explorer of our mind, consciousness and reality behind the veil. I started investing in stocks in early 2015. Soon, I see what life leads me to with this experience. Stock market opens a window for me to interactively create and perceive the workings of the consciousness. It is an interactive mirror to explore and probe into the working of our own mind-emotion system, individually and collectively. My investment philosophy become gradually mature and can be summarized in the following aspects of an investment process:
1. Perceiving the economic characteristics of the business and its industry: the supply and demand, competitive landscape, value generation process and its share of contribution by labor, capital, tangible and intangible assets as well as economic goodwill (the unobserved value of the integrated whole business due to resource optimization and scale).
2. Understanding the financial and accounting characteristics of the company;
3. The mass *perception* of the above two determining of the price, which can be deviate from their true underlying value, sometimes dramatically due to limited scope of investors' attention awareness and its illusory effect;
4. Be aware of my own and investor's thinking process -- the hidden source drivers of every thoughts and urge to act, as well as the comprehensive and deeper insight regarding to the above three points, observing the influences of my own innate emotional drive and reactions.
Excessive return on investment can be achieved only when the subject "I", with a deep anchor inside and free from the influence of the mass mind, can perceive innocently and objectively the deviation in No. 3 that is going to diminish with high certainty, with the effect of time, by which the nature of 1. and 2. will unfold with more clarity through the manifestation of previously hidden and illusion-clouded true forces, or with the effect of direct intervention with the mass mind, through clear writing communication. In another word, there are opportunities where the market can misunderstand a strong deterministic force that "I" can see with clarity, meantime know that misunderstanding will correct itself by time. The ability of catching these opportunities makes an investor *conscious*, relying on all four factors above.
“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing" -- W. B.
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I am a former financial communications programmer, turned full-time investor. I began investing in the mid-1990s, looking for a way to achieve early retirement. (A goal in which I have succeeded, if you don't consider full-time investing a job.) I took a scientific, experiment-based approach rather than a studious one. I feel that this approach, combined with my extensive programming work in financial markets and directly with traders has given me uncommon contrarian insight into what really drives market dynamics.
To that end, my articles will center around stocks and their derivatives because that's where I have the most experience (over 20 years). I may occasionally comment on currencies, where I believe I have a sound academic knowledge, but less trading experience.I will always refer to a company by name or some abbreviation thereof. By contrast, I will refer to the stock a company issues by its ticker symbol. I think it can be important to differentiate between the two.
I buy established, good companies with strong management, solid balance sheets, free cash flow, growing earnings, and increasing dividends. This is a long strategy, which buys value situations, combining the fundamentals of Growth at a Reasonable Price, with Dividend Growth Investing. This style has been coined as "I-GARP" by Clay King.
To further reduce my risk and enhance my returns, I enter positions by selling puts, also known as short puts. I practice Teddi Knight's strategy of using option premium capital to build positions, and use technical analysis, (Bollilnger Bands, 10-20-30 moving averages, and earnings misses) to enter trades, as practiced by Teddi and Dr. Samir Elias.
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
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