I am an Israeli of American origin. I've spent 25 years of my life in the US, 22 in Israel. Born in Juneau, Alaska, I now live outside of Tel Aviv. I am a licensed attorney in New York and Israel, and an active real estate investor. As far as formal education goes (over-rated!), I have 5 Degrees (4 graduate, including a JD, MA, MBA and a LLM), from Michigan, Colorado, Hebrew U and Tel Aviv U. I spent three years at a free market think tank and working in the Israeli Knesset. During that period I published two economic policy papers. I serve as a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. I am proud to say that I sold 98% of my stock portfolio in July '06 because I felt that the markets had peaked (the Doww was over 14,000 when I pressed the sell button). We used the money towards buying a duplex down the street (here in Israel - not the US!). Five years later, the duplex is up 90% and the 2% remaining stocks still haven't broken even! I started actively investing again in June '10, after selling another investment property. So far so good. In the second half of 2010 I had an IRR of 37%. For the first 6 months of 2011 - IRR 26%. My spare time is devoted to my wife and four children. Amitai is 17, Nadav is 14, Aiden is 12,and Matan is 7. While I have a MBA in finance, I do not see myself as a securities markets professional. I like real estate investment far more! Still, I feel comfortable in my convictions. I feel that I know what I am doing with my portfolio.