Retired Foreign Service employee who served in or visited 58 countries during his career. In 1999 made a million and lost most of that only to come back strong and end up with a 2.6 million dollar portfolio which also took a major hit over the next few years. Now realizes the importance of protection. Trades as an interim trader using the 10 day moving average which gets him in and out of equities before any significant losses occur. In this volatile market you can ill afford, especially as a retiree, to lose. That said, he does keep a harem of long term equities, his three favorite in the coal sector and include ICO, AHGP and ARLP.