My first bad experience was in Oct 1987, whenI lost my shirt but kept my pants. Every day I learn. Like to give a shout out to Apple for an unpleasant relearning of the importance of margins.
Some trading is based on dividend ex-dates and valuations. Also do a fair amount of trading in energy stocks. Always have a sense of the macro investment environment and look for stocks in the sectors with an advantage.
I like open minded investors, who will buy a stock based on the valuation.
Follow SEC form 4 fillings and keep watch lists based on insider buying - like to see a cluster of insider buying or a lot of insider purchases over a long term. Like lots of cash and no debt on balance sheet.
Will buy almost anything if it is cheap enough and there seems to be a catalyst.
Look at the financial statements very carefully.
I am an engineer in my early 30's living in the US. I am particularly interested in energy, lately natgas and coal, and have a bit of a bias for fearing inflation. Traded stocks and ETF's since 2004, options since 2012.
First off, I am continually amazed at the quality of people on SA and their deep analyses and facts. I enjoy the discussions and appreciate learning from others who have particularly keen insights into certain sectors (especially gold/silver, oil and gas, miners, and, increasingly, defensives).
Lately my specific interest has shifted from the energy sector to the mining sector, particularly precious metals. I have also two added Water Utilities lately and am have started looking at ERII. PCL is also intriguing to me if there's a pullback.
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