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Hello, my name is David. I am a swing trader on bank and technology stocks, mostly the largest market caps in these two sectors. I monitor the fundamental trends then determine if some are over-priced or under-priced stocks for possible short or long positions. I also follow the seasonality and annual cyclical performance of companies, as applicable, for position set-ups. Sometimes I play pre- or post- quarterly earnings if the investor sentiment shift becomes too skewed and extreme. At that point, I also utilize technical analysis.
My view is from afar at a lake in Oklahoma in a low noise environment. I have traded for many years and noticed long ago I did better if I followed my ideas and ignored the chatter and buzz. Someone will always have a reason to buy or sell a stock no matter what the circumstances. Patience and timing is critical so as to not force a trade. Don't go to the trade, the trade will come to you if you are diligent.
Therefore, the less noise the better for me. Accordingly, while I analyze macroeconomic data and the specifics of company financial statements, I ignore business media histrionics and hype. I don't watch TV and especially don't watch business channels.
I receive my own alerts for companies I am covering and have my own calendar for macroeconomic data I am charting for trends. Technology has enabled me to create my own databases and monitor events without reliance on location or mass media. We've come a long way from the old Bloomberg screens which were seemingly a miracle at the time, lol.
30+ years experience in banking, insurance, economics, finance, investments, and public accounting, including owner and partner of financial institution auditing firms, financial institution auditor, vice-president of operations of property & casualty insurance company, vice-president of finance of life insurance company, public accounting audit manager, and public accounting SEC quality control manager.
I am an individual investor that eagerly digs into a company's financial data to see what I can learn about it. Deciphering the mysteries of financial reports has been a long-term quest that began when a pre-Internet mailman unexpectedly left some company's formal report at my door. Over time, I synthesized various approaches for fundamental analysis into one ever-evolving methodology to assess performance and value.
The Gauging Corporate Financial Results blog describes the analyses I perform and the methodology itself. Writing about these efforts helps focus my thoughts. I share them with the hope I might be helping other investors. I know I benefit from reader feedback.