Over twenty-five years experience with the stock market and investing Individual investor that has advised many fellow educators about investing in the stock market Enjoy actively managing several portfolios Look for diversification in portfolios Research and homework on stocks are enjoyable BS- Elementary Education MS ED- Advanced Teacher Education Twenty- five years of coaching HS Varsity Athletics- football and basketball
Retired at age 54 (2003), now enjoying the good life. Had a stroke in '13 and lost the use of my right arm. Currently teaching myself to draw with my left hand. My work is displayed in the profile picture. All art work for sale along with several bridges and a well managed plot of swamp land.
Early in my working career, I set two goals, First, to manage my income to support my family and have a comfortable retirement, and second, to retire by my mid fifties. Along the way, I discovered that I not only enjoyed investing, but that I was rather good at it,hence, retiring at 54.
Why set these goals? With my family background, I knew I had no rich uncle. My family were coal miners, an I by luck and grace, I was the first to graduate from college.
Retired July 2015. Until then was passive, mutual funds investor in 401K's and IRA's. Since then have been actively switching to an income producing portfolio. Started primarily dgi but has evolved to a hybrid approach including:
DGI type stocks -- JNJ, T, XOM, CVX, HCP, IBM, STX, ADM, EMR, MAIN, OHI, ABBV, AMGN, AAPL, PG, KMI, WMTCEF's -- EOS, PDI, JPC, PDT, ETJCovered calls and cash covered puts
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $260K mark at the age of 33 (401K is through my employed, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, PSEC, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, STAG, SSW, VNR, NRF, NRE, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.
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Martin Vlcek is a full-time investor and analyst who has been actively investing and managing money for more than 15 years. Martin has an Economics degree. Martin’s investment philosophy is to hold a truly diversified portfolio of investments across asset classes with low or negative correlation and a positive carry if possible. His primary stock investment focus is on undervalued small-cap stocks with favorable risk-to-reward ratio and upcoming catalysts.
Martin became a full-time investor and money manager after a 15-year career in online marketing where he was one of the pioneers of the pay-per-click search. Martin later held managerial positions at several Fortune 500 companies and also managed his own startup company.
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James Carlini, MBA, is a real estate technology strategist, a certified Infrastructure consultant, and President of CARLINI & ASSOCIATES, since 1986. He is a member of the National Military Intelligence Association.
He is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, Lake Michigan Region.
He just published a new whitepaper on military infrastructure, strategy, and tactics for the War on Terrorism, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG. This is an excerpt of his upcoming second book.
He also has a monthly column at Electrical Contractor Magazine covering Intelligent Infrastructure - http://www.ecmag.com/contributing-authors/james-carlini
His first book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, about technology, Intelligent Infrastructure, and its impact on real estate and regional economic development is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (The ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-44 for the 386-page paperback (List price $39.99)). His conceptual definition of infrastructure, the Platform for Commerce, and its impact on economic growth has also been recognized and referred to in the US ARMY Corps of Engineers' Handbook on "Infrastructure and the Operational Art." (see Page 2, Chapter 1) http://www.academia.edu/9221521/Infrastructure_and_the_Operational_Art He has spoken at several national conferences in 2015 including the Windy City Summit which is one of the largest Treasury and Cash Management tradeshows in the country and the Illinois Municipal League Conference.. His two sessions included, "Aiming for Quality in Technology Investments" and "Smartphones & Mobile Wallets vs. Credit Cards at the Windy City Summit. IN 2016, he has spoken at an IBEW Conference in Detroit, and will be the Keynote Speaker at the Intelligent Buildings & DIgital Home Forum in San Diego in April, speaking on "Intelligent Infrastructure & Cybersecurity".
A whitepaper, "Intelligent Infrastructure and Its Impact on Regional Sustainability" has been published at http://iwcs.omnibooksonline.com/data/papers/2012/1-5.pdf This paper is what he presented in November 2012 at the annual International Wiring & Cabling Symposium in Providence, RI. He also spoke at the BICSI Winter Conference in Tampa, FL in January 2013.
He has also written several articles this year on 5G Networks, Smartphones, cloud computing and intelligent infrastructure. See link - http://jamescarlini.sys-con.com/
He was the Keynote Speaker at the annual (2014) Illinois State Wireless Association luncheon speaking on, "WiFi, DAS, and Smartphones in Next-Generation Real Estate". He recently spoke at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center at the second annual INFORM conference on Big Data and Analytics (Sept. 2014) and gave the Keynote address at the HetNet Expo Conference in Chicago in October 2014. He spoke at the Dept. of Homeland Security's Workshop on Aging Infrastructure in NYC on his white paper "Intelligent Infrastructure: Insuring Security for Regional Sustainability in July 2009 at Columbia University.
He also wrote a follow-up white paper for George Mason University's School of Law's Critical Infrastructure Program Report (OCT. 2009) on "Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability" which discusses the concepts that the infrastructure is the platform for global commerce and that economic development today equals broadband connectivity and broadband connectivity equals jobs. See Page 7 (http://cip.gmu.edu/archive/CIPHS_TheCIPReport_October2009_AgingInfrastructure.pdf ) He recently addressed an audience of 3,300 at the annual BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Services International) Conference in Las Vegas in September 2010 on this topic focusing on the infrastructure and how it relates to regional economic development.
He was also the keynote speaker at the annual LECET Conference in 2011 and Roads & Bridges Live Conference in Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. He has been a keynote speaker at various national and international conferences and has also served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University for two decades in the undergraduate and Executive Masters programs. He has advised on major projects including the Chicago 911 Center (Consultant to the Mayor’s Office), network infrastructures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (trading floor technologies), GLOBEX ( international network), and the DuPage Business Center (800 Acres). He has been an expert witness in both civil and federal court for network infrastructure and mission critical networks (the public network, 911, casinos) His white paper: Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development was published by the International Engineering Consortium in their Annual Review of Communications in 2008.