A semi-retired small business owner in the Washington D.C. area. I continue to work to maintain long-standing relationships vital to keeping the business operating and profitable and to help supply employment to 12 other people. In the stock market, through relatively conservative stock purchases I hope to use the knowledge gained through many years of reading books and business magazines, especially Forbes and Barrons, and the lessons I have learned from all of the previous mistakes I have made, to make some profit in the stock market. The last two years have been quite good. We'll see what the future brings. I buy individual stocks and am fully invested in in good solid companies which I am confident will show me good future returns. I manage my own portfolio and am presently invested in about 30 different companies - my own little mutual fund you might say. With all of the tools and information available on the internet it is much easier to do this now than it would have been in the past. I have no interest in options or short-sales but might possibly use ETF's in the future.