Retired in 2010, I was in banking for over twenty years and a business consultant for another eighteen years. With over 30 years in trading, I'm neither bullish nor bearish. I'm a disciplined trend-following equities and options trader.
I am a value investor interested in learning more about the market and various trading strategies. I have been investing in stocks for over a decade now, and learned a lot about myself and investing in general. I believe in individual rights and free markets (therefore limited government), but have been around the block long enough to know that capitalism is not perfect and the market is subject to corruption and manipulation. I also believe it is possible to profit in any market - the key lies in your decisiveness, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Several books that inform my investment philosophy are:
1) William O'Neill - How to Make Money in Stocks
2) Edwin Lefèvre - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
3) Michael Sincere - Understanding Options
4) Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
5) Robert Hagstrom - The Warren Buffett Way
6) Ken Fisher - Markets Never Forget (But People Do), The Only Three Questions That Still Count
7) Pat Dorsey - The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing
8) Heather Brilliant & Elizabeth Collins - Why Moats Matter
9) Jim Rogers - A Gift to My Children
10) Ray Dalio (video) - How the Economic Machine Works
I have also taken graduate courses in Strategy, Investments, Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Valuation.
Some of my favorites quotes:
when we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. -rachel naomi remen
the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. - j.m. keynes
it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. if you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside. -richard branson
i have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it. -richard branson
entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. - howard stevenson
don't optimize a melting ice cube. - kevin efrusy
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - f. scott fitzgerald
the dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. - archibald macleish
it ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so. - artemus ward
if you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? the things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. - oliver wendell holmes
Working as an Analyst in Information Technology for the federal government, where I am an early adopter of new technology, such as cloud computing. Recommending enterprise-wide policy, process, and best practice for IT governance. Also writing about space, science, and technology for AirCacheBlast.com online magazine, and previously for Blast.com. I make financial and investment decisions from the perspective of the small, family investor. I "buy what I know", investing long term in technology or consumables that I understand and use myself.
US Air Force Academy, 1967 (Honors); Hastings Law, Univ. of Calif., 1972; California Bar, 1972;
Military defense counsel and felony prosecutor; Armed Forces Staff College,1979; Air War College, 1986; Military Assistant to the General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon; Staff Judge Advocate of Andrews AFB, MD;
Staff Judge Advocate of USAF Fighter Weapons Center and USAF Thunderbirds
Nellis AFB, NV. & F-117 Stealth Fighter Wing, Tonopah, NV;
Staff Judge Advocate of 2nd Air Force (all worldwide strategic reconnaissance);
Retired USAF, Col., 1993;
House Counsel for Radiology, California Department of Health Services; Retired Senior Counsel, California Department of Health Services, 2006.