I am an individual investor nearing retirement (within the next 10 years). My portfolio is diversified among a 401k, an IRA, and a retail trading account. I manage my 401k by tactically rotating between a varying mix of stock and bond mutual funds using momentum and trend-following strategies.. My IRA is managed by an outside firm who maintains it in a balance of dividend-paying stocks and ETFs, with an overlay of covered-call strategies. A portion is also maintained in cash to take advantages of opportunities as they arise. I manage my retail trading account trading options based on overall market volatility using underlying vehicles such as VIX, VXX, XIV, and SVXY.
I was a day-trader in the late 90's to early 2000's and moved into swing and position trading after 2003 or so. In the last two years I transitioned to value trading and am now into deep value. If the company is not at risk of going out of business I am a buyer of stocks in the 4 to 7 P/E area. I can read a chart and actually know what "the market is talking to you" means.
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Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
In investing, I have a heavy focus on reinsurance companies, and I enjoy learning how to value their investment portfolio and underwriting ability, taking inspiration from the reinsurance companies that Warren Buffett used to help build Berkshire Hathaway's investing empire. The other focused sector that I study is deepwater offshore petroleum drilling.