Born in Czechoslovakia. Stary Kozel translates to "Old Goat". Retired from IBM. Background in math, sciences, published some technical papers (IBM) that involved some statistics. Will be 70 years old in June 2012. My sport is rowing using my concept 2 machine. In pretty good physical shape. Like to use technical analysis. Fibonacci works!
I've been interested in business and the markets for over twenty years. I've done all right, but it took me a ridiculously long time to realize that I'd made far more money from investing than I ever had from "trading."
It turns out that investing boils down to five simple words: buy right and sit tight. Buy great companies (when they can be bought at a good discount), and hang in there until either the earnings dry up or the stock becomes significantly overpriced.
You don't plant a tree and then uproot it just because a branch fell off, or because you think winter is coming. You just stand back and let it grow. (On the other hand, if someone comes along and offers you a thousand dollars for a tree that's only worth three hundred, sell it to him and buy some good saplings with the money.)
The paradox of investing is that tomorrow's price doesn't matter. Value matters. Focus on today's value, and tomorrow's price will take care of itself.
Software engineer by profession (B.Sc Comp. Sci, Applied Maths, M.Sc Information Technology), journeyman trader/investor with quant leanings. Interested in quantitative, algorithmic & statistical approaches to the markets as well as analysis and application of global macro themes and more traditional approaches (value and growth investing.) Particularly like options as a versatile vehicle for expressing a view and positioning oneself in the market, and particularly short premium/volatility strategies under periods of elevated IV as this tends to put probability on your side.