Yeah, it is free enterprise!! Can we go way too far on this ? Is Earth dying before our own eyes ? Does quality of life really matter? Do we understand it or what? What is God all about ? Do smokers really have the right to blow smoke into our faces on streets? Should we put them back indoors so we can have the outdoors back to ourselves?
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Engineer by trade and passion. Have worked internationally for over three decades, running my own business. I hold a PhD in engineering, but honestly believe that the school of hard knocks has taught me lessons that are more applicable to my writing here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing interests mostly concern the resource sector, with a focus on precious metals, base metals and energy stocks of all sizes. My research explicitly includes small- and micro-cap juniors, and I try to manage the associated risks in a methodical manner.
Over past 40 years: College and University courses. Also studied Meditation, yoga, studied health and self-improvement and seeking enlightenment and business and life success and wealth through thousands of books and dozens of gurus.
I was licensed in Mutual funds and Life Insurance in 1985 and have 20 years work experience in accounting and 10 years experience in auto and vehicle insurance and 10 years of telephone sales and service.
I started intensive trading back around 2,000 for a few years than switched to Mutual Funds until February 2013 then sold all my funds and for three years have been doing intensive analysis of what moves Gold and Silver and generate profits for me, which involved 1,000+ hours studying over 1,000+ articles about the market and precious metals and became aware of what really moves precious metals and what doesn't.. The bottom line is there is way too much false analysis and articles and so called Gurus claiming to know what will happen to the price of precious metals and what moves them. Beware of almost all analysts and articles about precious metals are they selling something or are a perma bear or bull. I'm here to profit in precious metals. Most news, manipulations or conspiracy theories don't move Gold consistently in the same direction, so best to minimize focus on them. Elliott Wave I have found it to be the only trustable and profitable method to trade precious metals. There are also a hand full of the best Technical Indicators that are beneficial to use along with Elliott Wave including Ichimoku Cloud, TOS TTM Indicators, MACD, Parabolic SAR, Momentum, SMI ... Summary: I wouldn't trade Gold of Silver without Elliott Wave. -----------------------------
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“The way to win is to work, work, work, work and hope to have a few insights.”
– Charlie Munger
“People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to compositions as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.”
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong."
- John Maynard Keynes
My time frame for looking at an investment would generally be between two to five years.
BA in economics from UConn. MBA in finance from Wharton. Worked as securities analyst and portfolio manager for an insurance company and a bank from 1960 through 1983. Retired at age of 53. Private investor from then until now. I am 86 years young. I like to write poetry and short stories. And, I am the Chief Inspector of Sunrises and Sunsets on Earth (self appointed).
Value Investor. Research Analyst.
Follow me if you are a patient investor who can weather short-term volatility.
Creator of the V20 Portfolio. Follow my analysis here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3558556-the-v20-portfolio-introduction.
If you are interested in getting a sample report from my research service please shoot me a message at john.steinberg22[at]hotmail.com. Please include your background (professional/retail) as well.
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $340K mark at the age of 34 (401K is through my employer, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, DIS, SBUX, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, BG, ZTS, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, SSW, VNR, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.
Middle level management for the City of New York for 20+ years. Currently live on Long Island now but plan on relocating to Florida in the next 7 years after my daughter finishes school. Currently building a DGI Portfolio.
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
In real life, Macro Man (http://macro-man.blogspot.com/) is a global financial market trader at a London-based hedge fund. The Macro Man blog (http://macro-man.blogspot.com/) is a repository of his views, concerns, rants, and, on occasion, poetic stylings.
His primary motivation for writing is to hone his own views and thus improve his investment performance; however, he welcomes interaction with informed readers.
Visit the Macro Man blog (http://macro-man.blogspot.com/)
Katy Delay is a freelance commentator, an amateur cartoonist in economics, and the self-published author of a short biography of her father, economist Edward C. Harwood. He was the founder of the third oldest think tank in the U.S., the American Institute for Economic Research, of which she is currently a voting member. Having grown up literally inside the Institute offices, Katy absorbed a great deal about the dismal science; yet she also sympathizes with a public lulled to sleep by the phrase "economic research," combining as it does two of the most boring words in the English language. After getting her degree from Mount Holyoke College, she spent the next 30 years taking her American heritage for granted on five continents. Ultimately, through personal experience, she came to appreciate the significance of her father's lifework and to realize that the degree of freedom and opportunity we are supposed to have in this country is unique. It is also just as fragile as her father had warned. She began to study, and then to write. Since 2004, various websites and newspapers such as Mises.Org, PrudentBear.com, SeekingAlpha.com, and the Los Angeles Business Journal have published her articles. In 2005, she started a blog with the byline: "Proving that economics and a sense of humor are not mutually exclusive." Her first book, the Harwood biography, was published in 2013.
Founder and Lead Analyst at Lone Wolf Publications Ltd (www.lonewolftrader.com).
I also manage a private investment portfolio full time, and also provide mutual fund analysis and buy recommendations to individual investors managing their own investments.
I trade for myself via ETFs and futures markets, with interests in commodities generally and a special interest in precious metals.
Kevin is the CEO and founder of Blue Water Capital Advisors. He is involved in all aspects of the business, including portfolio management, financial advisory services, team management and business development, and he is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Kevin is an experienced speaker and is available (under certain conditions) by request.
Kevin brings a unique perspective to wealth and risk management that is very intuitive and measured. Clients are confident in his abilities and trust that their assets are managed by the best in the business. Although he has been a leader within the regional wealth management industry for the majority of the last two decades, it is not his first career. He was a petroleum geologist and academic research scientist for 17 years in his first career. Kevin’s keen sense of risk-reward dynamics was developed during his geological career when he served as an exploration team leader and senior manager in the oil and gas exploration business. He drilled over 100 wells on his own geological interpretations and found millions of barrels of oil. This was a very high risk kind of business, and Kevin learned a great deal about how risk really works from his experiences in exploration geology.
He was also a professor at The University of New Hampshire and Bryn Mawr College for several years and has published 11 papers in international scientific journals and books. Highlights of Kevin’s geological career include surviving a violent well blowout, working as a consultant to Phillips Petroleum, Texaco, Exxon, and numerous independent firms, acting as a Principal Investigator on a dinosaur dig in Montana, diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, teaching and advising students, receiving numerous research awards and grants, and conducting funded scientific research on sedimentology, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, and global plate tectonics.
Kevin left his geology career when the global oil price collapse finally caught up to him in 1992. He went into the financial advising industry because his father had been a nationally-ranked leader in that field with a major national firm, so he felt comfortable with making the transition. Over the years he was awarded the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation and has completed about half of the coursework for a Master’s degree in Financial Services. Kevin served as a Trust Officer and Vice President for a major Midwestern regional bank for seven years, and served as a Senior Vice President at National Bank of Commerce in Duluth for four years. He was a member and board member of the Arrowhead Estate Planning Council for a number of years. He has a refined sense of the big economic picture that is grounded in his ability to differentiate meaningful information from “noise,” as he once did while working in science and petroleum geology. Kevin is the principal shareholder of Blue Water Capital Advisors, LLC.
I was a software engineer for a little over 21 years before I decided to call it quits to the corporate world when I was 45 years old (in 2014). I have always dreamed of retiring early, but I didn't plan to retire until I was 50 years old. When I realized my investment portfolio could generate the income I needed to free my life from the shackles of the corporate world, I quit my job and never looked back.
I did not win the lottery, inherited large sums of money, nor got lots of stock options from a company that I worked at that IPO'ed. It was all very hard-earned. I lived below my means and saved a substantial percentage of my take-home pay ever since the third year of my professional life.
I've been a lurker on SeekingAlpha for years, and finally decided to become a contributor to document my journey as an early retiree.
It's hard to categorize me as an investor. Although I'm mostly "dividend growth" minded, I also dabble in growth, deep value, speculation, as well as a little hedging now and then with options.
I am 40 and would like to retire before 60. I am fortunate to work for a state government and I am vested in their pension. So, I am set when I turn 60+. Because I don't have to worry about saving for a normal retirement age, I have been able to put almost all of my savings towards the goal of early retirement, by investing in a taxable brokerage account.
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
I am the founder and CEO of a successful NYSE company that returned 22% annually to its IPO investors over a 13.5 year life as an independent company. I have been a director at three public companies, a trustee of a major college and of a science museum.
I manage my own investments, and tend to be a contrarian. I try to look at companies from the perspective of their ability to grow long term cash flows and also whether they are efficient in using capital.
I have been successful as a trader, but prefer investing to trading.
I am a "reformed" ex-financial adviser who made a career change into healthcare for both practical and altruistic reasons. I have over 15 years of past experience in wealth management. During my previous career I specialized in overall portfolio management and relationship management for ultra-wealthy clients. Prior to voluntarily walking away from a very successful but ultimately unfulfilled career, I co-managed a book of business totaling approximately $1.2 billion AUM including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, hedged funds and private equity funds for a private trust company.
However, after a close family member passed away in 2011 I did some deep soul searching and decided to leave the wealth management business in 1012 for a career in healthcare. From an altruistic standpoint, I believe that I can have a more meaningful impact on society in the healthcare field as a clinician. Also, from a more pragmatic standpoint, I believe that disruptive technology will have less of an impact on careers such as physicians, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners; these types of careers are hard to automate for a number of reasons beyond the scope of this bio.
Now that I have successfully completed my career transition into healthcare I would like to leverage my years of financial experience to keep individuals informed and entertained. I would be doing this research for myself so why not write about it in an open forum like Seeking Alpha. Thanks for reading my profile and I hope that you enjoy my articles.
Education:• B.A., Political Science from Valdosta State University (2000) • MBA, University of Georgia (2010) • BSN, Mercer University (2015)
Middle 50's - Prepared for an active Retirement sooner than later.
Social liberal - Fiscal Conservative.
Believe in investing to produce wealth.
Love trading to have fun.
Investing rules to live by:
1. Always invest based on your own ideas.
a. Never take anyones recommendations or stock picks.
b. Listen to Cramer. But, don't invest in what he recommends. Listen to _why_ he recommends them. Especially, when he's talking about a stock you already own.
c. Never take specific recommendations from a broker or financial planner.
- Especially with front-end loads!
- Listen to _why_ they want you to purchase the investment vehicles they are suggesting.
2. "Read the Quarterlies! It's all in there!"
a. When _investing_ its very important to understand what the company says their business plan is. _Not_ what analyst say it is. Well, they very conveniently put that in writing for you. It's called a quarterly report. I'm continually amazed how few people that call them selves _investors_ actually read these. It's often in black and white - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
b. Look for inconsistencies between reports. i.e. last quarter it was "We're making 'big' widgets - 'cause that's where the market & the margins are!" - This quarter: 'Big widgets aint working - so we think will make little widgets. We came make lots. What we lose on margins, we'll make up in volume!"
c. If the Q report is not clear, and their business plan is not obvious, then sell the stock. If they can't articulate what they are doing... then you shouldn't believe in it. Enron is a famous example of this. The stock was going up like a rocket - I thought about investing in it... I read one analysts analysis (though I generally don't consider analysts as having a brain) after reading the Q: "I've read thousands of quarterly reports in my career. This is first I've read that I don't understand how they make money. There are so many asterisks in this report as to make it unreadable." I read that - and I was done thinking about Enron as an investment.
3. When starting or closing a position - always look at the technical charts.
I don't believe in using charts when deciding what to buy or sell an _investment_. But, I've found technical analysis really useful in timing a purchase or sell.
I will use technical analysis to make a _trade_.
Too many times I've bought into a good _investment_ when it was falling .... Only to see it fall much farther. Or sold, a winning position, only to see it rise much higher .... both times shortly after my decision to enter or exit.
The timing of the purchase or sell, is an inherently a short term event. Technical analysis is useful in deciding when to pull the trigger.
4. Never make a trade that can impact any other part of your portfolio.
i.e. Don't ever use Margin.
But, options can be Fun!
5. Put Options are useful to preserver gains.
Esp. when a stock has made great gains ... You think is over bought ... But, darn. You want to hold it for a year to avoid those marginal tax rates... Okay, now purchase some put options to preserver your profit.
ex ceo and founder of a company I sold to a private equity group last year. 4th start up sold successfully..i am done now at 65. but I have been involved in the markets since I bought my first stock at 13..cambridge nuclear. gone now..
while I have held a large portfolio of 15% tax qualified dividend bank and ins prfeferreds to yield 6%
I use them as collateral for some trading. I have a list of 50 stocks I trade at various times in their ranges. but now at my age I only wish to hang onto what I have I do not need ordinary income.
so...I read a lot and study and hope I live long enough to see what happens to our economy as a result of the unprecedented debt and fed balance sheet..i have bought physical gold,palladium and
platinum at 10% of my net worth as a hedge against the inevitable inflationary storm..i also bought the GLD for my grandchildren to go to college on. as sure as the dow will be 25,000 some day so gold will be 6X what it is today. they will benefit from it..
I'm primarily a long-term small-cap investor. I'll try to respond to all comments and messages.
PREVIOUSLY NAMED "BRIDGING THE GAP" – don't worry, I'm still the same person, now just writing under my real name so people can better find me.