I am an an entrepreneur, trader and programmer based in Mainz, Germany. I studied economics, journalism and ethnology at the Jonannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. My experience with financial websites goes back to the late 1990s when I published a German language site (redboerse.de) focusing on emerging technology stocks. To me, work must be enjoyable.
"The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." (Frank Zappa)
I am an individual investor. I also assist a small number of other investors develop a quality portfolio by first determining their goals and risks. Individuals I assist with their investments, I mainly help set up a long term investment strategy with a small portion of the portfolio dedicated to trading.
Investing strictly for myself, I am mainly a short term trader with a small amount allocated towards long term holds. The reason my strategy is slighty different than individuals I assist with their investment is that I am willing to take more risk with myself. I try to find short term strategies that use sense, but also require experience, knowledge, and continued research. Information is always changing and that is why adjustments sometimes need to be made to original plans. Although it is easy to fall in love with a stock, just ensure that your continued investment is for the right reasons and the company's strengths are still in tact and their weaknesses have not changed.
The main thing I would push any investor to do is to not be lazy. It is easy to follow the coattails of others and believe a well thought out opinion, but every investor needs to come to their determination of the value of an investment. Ensure that continual research is being done, read the quarterly and yearly statements, contact management often, follow other companies to get a comparison. Also, sharing ideas with other quality investors is a very good and positive thing to do as well as an investor can learn a lot from others, but it is always important to follow up by doing your own due diligence on shared information. Just remember, you do not know everything and there is always something that can be learned.
I have traveled through the abyss of Chinese reverse mergers and lived to tell about it. Primarily trade small caps: bio-pharma, commodity related, low float value, and US listed Chinese stocks.
My investment approach is primarily that of a "contrarian value investor," finding temporarily undervalued value and growth stocks, especially among small-cap and even micro-cap companies, and within the "socially responsible investor" context (no junk food, animal cruelty, heavily polluting, alcoholic beverages, gambling, tobacco, or weaponry-oriented companies).
As every savvy investor knows, markets in the short-term are often not at all efficient at pricing equities—except in the lamest sense that a stock’s price is what buyers and sellers agree upon at a particular moment of the day. Exploiting inefficiencies in stock-valuations is one secret to making big gains over time when a company’s shares re-set to a higher price to more accurately reflect significant changes in fundamentals, financials, and/or economic trends.
I'm a psychologist, author, spiritual counselor, with strong progressive values, living with my wife in Santa Barbara, CA, USA. See my websites: www.rare-leadership.org and a really huge, multi-faceted website, www.enlightened-spirituality.org