I was formerly EVP of a major International Investment Bank, and prior to that SVP of a Wall Street retail brokerage firm. I've "retired" to Florida where my involvement with stock and real estate investments takes almost as much of my time as my Wall Street work days. For over five decades I have been analyzing and investing in stocks and have been through it all, the boom times as well as the crashes. My initial investments were while I was in college pursuing an engineering degree and then an MBA in Finance, and I've been an active investor ever since. I take an analytical as well as pragmatic approach to investing in stocks with a particular focus on undervalued companies in promising industries. My concentration is with long term growth investments as well as with short term special situations that display promising potential. If the potential with a stock in the latter category materializes, the investment either moves into my long term portfolio or is liquidated with the proceeds plowed back into other worthy investments. Employing all aspects of technical analysis and market timing, I analyze, evaluate and synthesize individual company profiles, financial data, news releases, market and industry trends, "Stock Watch" lists, analysts’ research, information provided by companies’ Investor Relations staff, etc. I tend to favor firms with rapidly growing sales, a solid balance sheet, high potential product(s) and pertinent insider buying/selling activity. The lesson that I have learned over the years is NOT to make investments based upon emotion or the hype of the moment, but rather to do due diligence on the relevant facts. If I find that I have made a bad investment decision, I sell it and move on. Emotion should be restricted to loved ones, not investments.