The L stands for levitating. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhbhExed-OE You should not take anything I say as fact unless I've referenced the source. I simply speak my mind of what I perceive to be the factors influencing the particular valuation of a company. You have to be the judge for yourself of the weight of truth you place on it.
Mr. Berger is the creator and developer of the YDP screening tool, a chart system and its analysis for screening and monitoring dividend income equity investments. The recipient of Seeking Alpha's Outstanding Performance Award, he also has been Seeking Alpha's #3 ranked Author for Income Investing Strategy & #4 for Utilities.
20 years of sitting in the board room gives me unique insights into Oil & Gas investments and corporate deal making in general. Additionally, he offers a Premium Research subscription service for boosting income while reducing market risk using covered option writing on a dividend income equity portfolio.
Residing in Brazil gives me a local's inside view on the pulse of its economy, politics, investment climate and breaking news. A view of my front yard is available here.
A former Chief Operating Officer, Director, Vice President and General Manger of Oil and Gas for Southern Pacific's Oil and Gas Operations, Business owner, geologist, and cribbage player, I've been an investor for over 48 years (started young at 13) and learned my lessons the way that makes them stick, by hard knocks and both big and little mistakes. Hopefully I can share some of those lessons with others.
I am an American expatriate that decided to retire at age 57 in 2009 and now live in Brazil. As an early retiree I invest for income and manage portfolio risk by screening for strong and reliable historic data along with favorable fundamental and technical current trends.
I spend 6 months/year living at home in Brazil and 6 months/year traveling the world. I have structured my financial positions so that I live virtually tax free with much of my income exempt from US tax since I live ex patriot and a lot of my US derived income over the annual ex-patriate exemptions is held in my tax free ROTH and tax deferred IRA/SIMPLE plans. This enables my tax savings to pay for my 6 months of annual traveling :) .
My investing is for income and appreciation with a balance of low to moderate short term risk and low long term risk. To accomplish this I use quality dividend payors with a long track record of steady or increasing dividends along with slowly appreciating equity prices. I target a 6 to 9 % yield and almost exclusively require a minimum history of 5 years of steady/increasing dividends and no decreases in dividend ever or at least past 10 years. I diversify through sector, country and currency unit the stocks are traded in, and security type (equity, royalty trust, REIT, mlp, etf, and ADRs).
I use covered call writing to enhance my portfolio yield with no added risk. In fact, it lowers the risk substantially. Once I identify a stock I want to own and an entry price for it, I write cash covered puts at or below that entry price (with a minimum of 1%/month time premium. Thus i obtain at least a 12% annualized yield before compounding just from the option premium.
Likewise, I use the sale of cash covered puts to generate income and and generally get an entry point at 5 to 10% below my acceptable entry level price if/when the put stock does get presented. Thus my strategy provides a 12% pre compound yield on cash and entry into stock purchases at a 5 to 10% discount from "retail".
Because I only select stocks that I am willing to hold long term for their reliable dividend yields of > 6%, I am not concerned much with market volatility or short/midterm risk. Indeed, market volatility is my friend since it increases the premiums paid on the options I sell. I also selectively sell covered calls on positions I hold long so as to add to my yield that way while not taking on any additional risk.
This strategy has kept me happily living off my portfolio income and traveling 1/2 the year while my portfolio has been slowly increasing in value even after my harvesting income for living expenses. Of course my income will incrementally increase when social security kicks in for me in a few more years and I may then slightly mofidy my goals and strategies.
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I am an active investor in IP-centric investments for 6 years. I specialize in high risk / high reward situations both public and private. It is important for investors to plan for all outcomes as the litigation surrounding the IP investment takes many twists and turns. Extracting profits and limiting exposure are the keys to success.
I hope to provide information and strategies, which both expert and novice IP investors can profit from.
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My Blog Posts will provide you my picks in realtime, no blah blah, just realtime trades. This way I have 100% credibility imo. I advise everyone to trust only people who post their calls in realtime.
Full time trading experience since early 1997 in Stocks Bonds Commodities Forex.
I am here only to help people take better financial decisions. I am not earning anything out of these calls. I am 40 yo.
I live in London and manage my own capital, albeit not on a full-time basis.
I try to find a handful of ideas that a) have reasonable downside, and b) have the potential to go up a lot. Naturally, I prefer the long-term (years).
It'd be my pleasure to share / discuss ideas.
I find amateur investors funny at times. Many on these boards feel the need to be seen as right, vs actually debating / discussing differing views to get to the right answer.
This is a sign of hubris, immaturity, and an emotional investor, and thus, typically leads to poor results.
Any professional investor is well aware, that the most valuable view in the room is often not of those who are in agreement, but rather it is of those who challenge the group's view based on facts and force them to think deeper about their position.
Why? Well simply, it gets one closer to the 'right' answer, assuming one's mind is open and is really listening. The goal is absorb all information, viewpoints then make the best decision, it is not make a decision first based on limited insight, then filter out commentary and facts that do not align with that view - that is called cognitive dissonance and is one of the biggest threats to successful investing.
By listening to alternative views, one either gains greater conviction in their position, or alternatively they may realize, perhaps I need to change course, incorporate something else into my decision process, be on guard for a potential change/catalyst, etc. For that reason, there is ALWAYS value in the dissenting view.
When one see's investors act in a manner as I have just suggested (not willing to listen to alternative views), one can readily assume that they are quite unsuccessful, and if they haven't been yet, they will be over the long run.
Basing decisions on hubris, emotion and the need to be right, while ignoring those who challenge your views is the quickest road to failure in investing.
Good Luck to all!
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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.
Intrepid Leader at Maks Financial Services providing ongoing Financial Planning and Investment Advisory services. My firm and I simplify the lives of busy clients by providing ongoing financial planning and asset management. this is done by providing our clients customized, ongoing comprehensive financial planning, and customized investment advisory services tailored to the clients' needs. As a fiduciary, we have a legal obligation to put the needs and interests of our clients above our own. Specialties: fee based comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, life insurance and protection planning.
I have been analyzing and trading stocks for over 10 years. I have primarily studied and followed value investors like Warren Buffet. However, I also believe that technical analysis can play a role in analyzing a stock before making an investment. I have found that solid financial analysis, combined with the ability to understand current market psychology is key to investment success.
I also find the best trading spot is far away from Wall Street, my favorite place is a sunny beach in Mexico.
I am planning to form a small private equity company which will focus on activist investing and possibly buyouts of smaller capitalization companies.
Born June 27th 1935 in Vienna, Austria. The youngest singer in my family which sang with the von Trapp singers, of which the film Sound of Music was based. Maria (played by Julie Andrew) was actually my nanny before she married Capt von Trapp (played by Christopher Plumber) who was not in the navy of Austria since Austria, being a land locked country, had no navy.
The little boy "Kurt" in the film was actually me. My mom never sued Twentieth Century Fox for using our story without receiving payment. (the von Trapps never went over the Alps to Switzerland.. that was my family and me...the captain and his singing family went to Italy and from there came to America via London)
When arriving in USA we moved to Arlington VT. where my neighbor was Norman Rockwell. My mom disallowed me from sitting for him despite frequent invitations to do so. Second immortality lost. :-)
Graduated with honors(Wall Street Journal award) from Lafayette College in 1957. After attending med school became ER physician in Conn. hospital, on the night shift. Had a seat on the NYSE at the same time and commuted from the hospital to Wall Street daily. After a few years of this, left medicine to stay with the NYSE Stock exchange.
Was also partner with Leon Cooperman in a NYSE member firm in late sixties. Carl Ichan and other notables of Wall Street are on best friends list..
Traded money for many well known names on the street such as Peter Kellogg of Spear Leeds and Kellogg, etc.
Am only surviving founder of the CBOE opened In early 70's. Names of "stripp, strapp, iron condor, condor, straddle, strangle" were all names that were thought up and first used by me. Traded options long before the CBOE was founded.
Traded on the CBOE under acronym PPP (known as Peter Paul) till 1988.
Started a Classic Jaguar restoration company in 1988 till 2011.
Went back to trading my own account, off floor in 2008.
60 years trading experience. Have been an avid technician the entire 60 years. We use fundamentals, PE ratios, overall market conditions, Fibonacci retracements, Elliott Wave theory, my own mathematical formulas as well as my own technical chart work (5 minute, daily, weekly as well as yearly) charts in analyzing and preparing recommendations to buy sell or hold.
ALL OUR ARTICLES are and will contain material discussion on timing and will be geared for the short term trader as well as the long term investor. I am on my computers, monitoring live charts and financial news on a minute to minute basis every trading day, from pre-market trading opening to after-market trades and the final closing.
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I'm an independent equity researcher, writer and investor based in Amsterdam. My primary focus is on the micro-cap segment of the market. I also work for pension funds as a member of the Board and Investment Committee. Lastly, I enjoy soccer, sports in general and brewing the best coffee one can make at home.
Bio-Chemical-Environmental Consulting Engineer. I invest mostly in tech stocks and green stocks with unique cutting edge technology and patents, like Alt-energy, since I understand them best. Been in the stock market since the mid 1980's. Prior US DOE grant research recipient. I have multiple international patents and experience writing them.
I've been working in the construction and chemical/petrochemical industry for 30 plus years. I most recently exited that industry to purchase a Sertinos Cafe franchise. I am the Area Developer here in the great state of Texas for All American Specialty Restaurants, Inc. brand restaurants. My goal it to open 400 locations here in the state over the next 10 years.
Jeez, there is a tempting devil-on-my-shoulder whisper to come across as a grumpy older investor. Yes, I walked 5 miles to school in the snow and barefoot most of the time. But I've always been a fundamentalist who was impressed by a reasonable 'story' or thesis for a particular company. Having made a lot during dot.com days and then watch too much of it slide away, I will happily listen to the rose-colored glasses version of events and then do my own revisions as to why American Motors will NOT be making a comeback.
Currently, I like non-commodity tech and energy stocks. I used to like smaller companies but the odds of them getting acquired or squished is about even, so they better have a great and unique advantage.
I'd love to say I was a buy-and-hold kinda guy but the truth is I do get impatient. Having heard it too often, I don't like a management excuse of the sales being soft because of deals that didn't get closed in the final few weeks. Like most of you, I will make exceptions to that if the story is right. And that is what we're here for, sniffing out our version of truth among the piles of information. Like a meal in a vegan restaurant, not all of it is good!
I'm 67 yrs old w/degree in chemistry; lots of engineering exposure and bkground. My areas of interest are conservation, energy systems and industrial innovation. I am an independent consultant affiliated with the Energy Institute of University of Delaware and the Center for Environmental Policy. I am currently working on a solar initiative for Greater Newark, Delaware that will include a stationary, synergistic electrolytic Hydrogen production cell and fuel cell power modular system as an educational/training platform for engineering students at the University of Delaware. This is in the concept stage. Also, I am working w/U of D and Air-Liquide to develop a pilot synergy program for Hydrogen production as a by-product of certain existing energy systems. This initiative is in concert w/The Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at U of D under the Direction of Dr. John Byrne. I am also working on a novel improvement for the deployment of Platinum in high temp applications.