I'm a 50 something former (accidental) accountant that found himself on the bleeding edge of our current economic distress after being laid off in early 2007. Thankfully I'd listened to my grand parents while growing up about the dangers of being in debt (each had gone through our last Great Depression) and as a result, found myself unemployed with two paid off cars, no credit card debt, a house with no mortgage and a decent amount of savings and investments. My job search was fairly active for the first couple of years but for various and sundry reasons it all came to naught. Rather than giving up I just dove full time into what had been a part time pleasure, managing my and my family's stock portfolios and I haven't looked back! I discovered David Fish's CCC list, F.A.S.T Graphs and a boatload of great authors here on SA and have been utilizing all of it, with some of my own tweaks to guide my investments.