I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games. I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2006. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them. In my own portfolio I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies as a bit of an experiment. I have been mostly self taught, but I am also working on obtaining a finance degree. Quadrupled my money in the 2008 crash, by 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started. I was a previous employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation an additional specialty of mine. Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. The current dividend yield, and the number of competitors are strong factors in my decisions. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process. I additionally make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at bandpower.whotrades.com. Live trading data on my purchases should be available at some point in the near future.
I study and play roulette for over a decade. I enjoy the adrenalin rush and I'm interested in the profit potential. But above all, I consider it an intellectual challenge equal to the highest intellectual achievements. Let us share knowledge and camaraderie.
Retired Bermudian (NO DIV TAX), investing for three years in high dividend paying. mostly non USA as I do not like paying any government that taxes me without representation; I thought that was what the Founding Fathers objected to??. Hence I am long on AWLCF (15%), HLSS, KOS, NATDF, NMM, SAN, SDRL (20%), SFL(6%). Long may JF live!
Subhash is a Retired Scientist, R&D Director, Policy Developer and Administrator of multi-million dollar programs with the Government of Canada. He also managed a highly successful Convertible Arbitrage Fund after retirement from the Canadian Government. He holds international patents in amino-resin technology and licensed them to several international companies and published many scientific articles, chaired conferences and edited several publications. He received a large Technology Development award from the Government of Canada for his scientific achievements. He holds an M.SC (McMaster University) in Chemistry and MBA (University of Ottawa).
Academic career centered on Engineering. Spent 35 continuous years at just 2 manufacturing companies that provided products and designs to the commmercial, institutional, residential and industrial construction markets. Currently stepping away from this sector and focusing on other interests.
Began investing in 1975 in simple interest certificates. Followed that by investing in mutual funds (both fixed income and equity) in early to mid 1990s. Proceeded to investing in specific bonds (government and corporate) in mid 1990s and specific stocks in 2002. Over the last  years have sold down a majority of my stock mutual funds and converted them into dividend stocks (both domestic and foreign). Plan to fund entire cost (and then some) of normal monthly living expenses with dividend and interest streams from investments both inside and outside of registered plans.
Starting January 2016 began full retirement and converted 1 retirement savings plan into a required minimum withdrawal plan. Government pension payments commencing March and July 2016.
I am a marketing manager living in Norway born in the fabulous year of 1978. I have spent most my life trying to accumulate $ in various ways. I have bought, redecorated and sold seven apartments with a profit. I have played online poker profitably at a relative high level. I have lived a frugal life. That said I have spent most of the money I have made to pay down debt (student loan, car and apartment) and now find myself at an age of 38 in a position to invest some money. Although a gambler at heart, I am quite risk averse. After researching a bit about various approaches to the stock market I have chosen to invest in a broad diversified index fund, the company I work for through the employee shareholder program, my family's firewood company, as well as dividend paying stocks I believe have a sound business profile possible to last “forever”, a shareholder friendly management and decent cash flow. I am still very much in the learning phase and appreciate all and any tips I pick up along the way. LONG: JNJ, KO, XOM, MMM, VTR, OHI, BNS, CMI, ADM. I will by adding to my current positions as well as invest in new securities in the next 4 years (+/- 30 stocks). After that, I will be adding to my positons to cost average and trimming where necessary for the next 5-8 years. After this I hope to achieve my long-term goal which is to be able to cover all costs and living expenses from dividends (keep in mind I live in Norway!) and retire.