I graduated from the University of Washington in Business Administration with an Accounting Major. In the early 1970’s, I was employed by the brokerage company Kidder Peabody & Co. (a subsidiary of General Electric Co. at that time). I became a Certified Public Accountant and worked as a state examiner on the financial audit team of the Washington State Auditor’s Office. In 1978, I formed my own CPA firm and later became the managing principal of a regional CPA firm. My area of practice was tax preparation, tax planning, investment planning, financial and life planning. I also audited small public companies and brokers.
For the last 3 1/2 years I have been the president and CEO of a small oil exploration company with leases and operations in Eastern Kansas.
I have been an investor for over 50 years and have invested in just about every type of financial investment: partnerships, stocks, options, ETF's, mutual funds, closed end funds, commodities and fixed income investments of all types. The only things I have not invested in are Forex and derivative contracts.
I'm an individual investor. I manage my family assets. I'm a DIY kind of person when it comes to investing. I have strong interest in the markets and have been following the developments in the economy and the markets over the years. I've dabbled in trading stocks and options in the past enough to know that market timing does not work in the short term. These days, I operate at a portfolio asset allocation level, focusing more on tactical allocation of assets rather than individual securities selection. I'm very risk averse and thus gravitate towards achieving the best risk adjusted returns. I mix various uncorrelated strategies that are relatively low risk. More active trading is done on satellite holdings of the portfolio while the core remains invested. I strongly believe in the MPT and investing in passive index funds and ETFs. Only exception to the indexing approach is in the fixed income space where I look for alpha generating fund managers. I also believe in the Fama-French 3 factor model but I find myself just getting equities exposure using a SP500 or an equal weight index fund.