I consider my self a conservative investor for the most part. I invest in common stocks, options and ETF's. I am not a buy and hold forever. My length of holdings vary in time but few last longer than one year. I am retired after 36 years in information technology. I have been managing my own investments for the last 3 years and have been very happy doing so. I was disappointed in the poor management of my financial planner whose knowledge on the stock market was less than desired. I have followed several investment services and found Real Money Pro to be the best one to serve my investment philosophy. My top 3 bloggers on Real Money Pro are Doug Kass, Paul Price and Jim Cramer. I have had my best results when I follow recommendations (that I choose) from these 3 gentleman.