I have been doing my own investing since 1986 and have never had an advisor. Generally speaking, I like buying and holding. Therefore I look for companies that have good long term growth prospects and are reasonably priced with manageable debt. I also look at their earnings track record, and see if they consistently turn out good earnings growth, year after year. I was a farmer for many years and recently sold my beef cattle herd, but continue to maintain some small scale farm projects, as well as an interest in food and agriculture. I also have done some writing. I am at present teaching Bible in a Christian school.