I am an American lawyer, and retired in 2010 when I was in my early 40s. I recently moved with my family from the Washington DC area to Lisbon, Portugal. I came here because moving abroad seemed like it would be a fun adventure for my family. We travel frequently around Europe, which I write about in my blog at TheInvestorUnderground.com.
My investment process is (1) own established businesses that have been consistently profitable for at least 20 years; (2) spend less than I earn, and (3) reinvest my savings regularly into businesses described under part (1), above, at the best prices available at the time. If an investment activity does not relate directly to step (1), (2) or (3) of my process, I don't do it. That means I don't try to guess stock prices - I don't even follow them for the most part. I rarely sell a stock after I buy it, unless I feel I can't trust management. I pay all my living expenses with dividends, and don't plan to spend principal. Because I'm not drawing down principal, the price of that principal is more or less irrelevant information. I have found that by largely ignoring the price of my portfolio, I feel no sense of stress or arrogance based on what stock prices might be doing. It's easier to focus on just buying more businesses with my savings, and growing our portfolio income, if I'm not busy trying to guess what the Dow Jones Industrial Average might do next month.
Almost everything I do as an investor is to read about and think about investment topics. I try to learn a few things a day about at least one business that I own, or some topic that is relevant to all the businesses I own. I only place a small handful of trades per month - and those consist almost entirely of buying more shares with savings from dividends, and by doing so, growing the portfolio income at a compound rate.My number one consideration for whether to buy stock in a company is whether the business is genuinely first rate. If so, I'll pay top dollar if I must. If the business is not all that good, I won't pay a penny for it.
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Michael Hooper is a freelance writer and value investor based in Kansas. Hooper was previously business editor of The Topeka Capital-Journal for nearly 10 years, then worked four years as a trust officer. He has been a stock market investor since 1993.
I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have been active in the markets for several years, and am primarily focused on long/short equities.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lehigh University, where I double majored in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in History. My major track focused on Investments and Financial Analysis. While at Lehigh, I was the Head Portfolio Manager of the Investment Management Group, a student group that manages three portfolios, one long/short and two long only. I have had two internships, one a summer internship at a large bank, and another helping to manage the Lehigh University Endowment for nearly a year.
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I retired as CEO of an Automotive Parts supplier, and manage an investment portfolio for myself and family. I have a BA in History from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. My first career was as a fighter pilot in the RCAF, and, following my MBA I joined McKinsey & Company, Inc. leaving them for Canadian GE. I left CGE as a Vice President in 1984 and founded The Enfield Corporation Limited ("Enfield") which grew from 243 employees in 1984 to over 10,000 in 1989 when Enfield was taken over and I was replaced as CEO. In 1989, I acquired control of Algonquin Mercantile Corporation, renamed Automodular Corporation in the late 1990's when I turned it to focus exclusively on automotive parts sub-assembly. Along the way, Algonquin turned a few ageing drug stores into Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., sold to Katz group in 1997 and today a major Canadian drug store chain.
I have been a private investor since 1971 both directly and through a private company controlled by myself and members of my family.
I focus on investments in the oil & gas sector with an eye for dividend income and long-term capital appreciation. I typically allocate a portion of my own portfolio and devote some of my Seeking Alpha articles to small and medium sized companies offering compelling risk/reward propositions.
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I have watched, listened, learned and played the markets for about 25 years. At first my interest reflected a natural curiosity about business, but after legal training I graduated into a more educated and holistic view of the market as a reflection of litigation, law, news, market share, patents, finance, share volume, competition, competent management, philosophy and data.
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