I am not a expert when it comes to investing so I pretty much buy stocks that are recommended by others. I have been buying and selling stocks for about 20 years now in my retirement accounts as my non tax deferred accounts. I mainly look for dividend and growth stocks. I have done well over the years buying and holding blue chip stocks. I do some swing trades from time to time to optimize the overall yield of my portfolios. It never hurts to take a profit. I like to read what others are doing especially the "experts". ..
For the past 5-10 years I have been investing in MUNI bonds as well as MUNI CEF's with cash held outside of my 401k. I like TAX FREE investments that yield around 6-8%. For me this makes more sense than holding stocks. .
I started a home based hobby business making signs and games for when I retire. One of my hand made games is featured on my avatar. I figure if the market isn't nice to me I will always have a nice income stream doing what I like to do. Woodworking.
Stock investors are always asking what is the catalyst for value to be realized? I originally thought like this which lead me to take too much risk. I now focus on being patient, controlling risk, and minimizing permanent capital losses. These steps have lead to significantly better returns. Even when there is no clear catalyst, an undervalued stock is eventually its own catalyst.
I think the benefits of communicating on Seeking Alpha are enormous. Many times I have a strong financial view of a company but do not understand the specific industry or industry competitive dynamics. I can often interact and read insightful comments from engineers, scientists, and technology experts. These experts offer great free advice and I try to add value in my specific areas of expertise. One area that I have been specifically helped is the energy sector.
While some investors are very negative of people who short, I view shorting stocks and posting factual information as noble. The focus of course is on truthfulness and accuracy of this information. Anyone who is posting rumors, lies, or other unscrupulous behavior (long or short) to manipulate a stock should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a BS in Finance. From 2002-2006 I worked in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of America. I left Bank of America to manage family/friend money in long/short equity strategies. I also helped start-up two internet retail businesses.
I don't post much on twitter but think it is another great resource. I can be followed at https://twitter.com/jrhUofA
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in the area and are a serious investor, please send me a note as I would be happy to meet and exchange our best ideas.
I am a former analyst from London.
I moved to Japan as a trade.
I speak Chinese, so I thought it would be easy to learn Japanese and become a translator.
I was wrong - it was very hard. But now I'm a translator, and the trade worked out, because the strong Yen means earnings are good.
Twenty five years of market experience. Particular interest in pass through entities such as business development companies, real estate trusts, partnerships, and royalty trusts. Secondary interest in dividend growth principally consumer staples and insurance stocks as well as wealth management companies.
I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor.
"Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet."
-David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"
"In a bull market who needs analysts, in a bear market who needs stocks." Leon Cooperman.
I am partly a value trader, partly a techincal trader, guess I like to find a value stock with good technicals. I also like to trade in and out of a name while maintaining a base position, channel trading if you will, with the objective of lowering my average price per share.
I run a small, private long/short portfolio. I focus on long term value, with a full expectation of showing paper losses in the short-term. Agnostic on the topic of catalysts. Wary of false precision. Usually ignorant of quarterly results and analyst forecasts. Seeking durable insights on business models and industry trends, and general wisdom.
Darren owns ProActive Financial LLC where he provides Financial Planning and Analysis consulting services. Darren's education includes a Bachelors in Economics, an MBA, and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning.
This is a pseudonym. Started my career in structured finance, moved into corporate debt, and now equities. My investment style is focus on the fundamentals and figure out what the company is worth. Writing is a way for me to gather feedback and information, rather than convincing someone else to buy or sell. Please feel free to message me. thanks
I am a CPA, CFE and have a BA in finance. I don't like to lose money.
If there are any bank stocks you would like to have regular quarterly/semi-annual coverage on let me know, I add a lot of names throughout the year but want to provide regular coverage for interested readers.
I am retired. I was academically trained as an Institutional Economist specializing in comparative economic sytems. I am very knowledgeable about the old Soviet style command economies as well as the various types of mixed economies that currently exist.
Retired at 56 in 1993. Worked for 34 years, planning on stretching my retirement out to 34 years as well. Old picture - lost 100 lbs since that was taken. Part-time investor now. 80% of our liquid assets in Roth accounts, and half of those in preferred stocks. Still get excited about some investments - latest two - Brookfield Asset Management, (and 3 of their LPs), and Newtek. Getting interested in options - slowly. Only educating myself now - when I'm comfortable I'll start paper trading. Another update - Anne and I just celebrated 61st anniversary of the day we met - I was the patient, she the nurse. Raised 8 daughters - lots of interesting times. More of the same now with 19, thus far, in the next generation.