Upon receiving my Masters degree in Music from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music, I took a job at a local Friendly's serving ice cream, where I perfected the disgruntled, comatose look, as seen in the photo at left. As a first-time participant in the American economy by way of fast-food, I noted the vileness and squalor into which our country was plummeting. Now, as an SA commentator, I look forward to multiplying my earnings, once I get some, and settling down as a prime member of society, living out my remaining years in the luxury every red-blooded American deserves. I currently live in a barn with my saxophones, watching America decline around me.
carefully investing but more often investigating; have had 6 decades of remembered losses in both public markets and private placements. Still a board member of a nonprofit and still holding shares in companies seeded long ago but not yet having reached their investor exits. Trying to be thoughtful about investments and enjoying the experience. Becoming less current all the time, likely finding me to be a doddering old fuddy duddy for anyone reading what I post here.
In my retirement, in Australia, my hobby is poking a stick at the criminal enterprise known as eBay (aka “the eBafia”); a most amoral, unethical, unscrupulous, (and generally incompetent) criminal organization that should be the subject of a serious audit by those authorities that are charged with protecting we simple consumers from such unscrupulous commercial entities. It really is about time some competent authority shone a bright light under this slimy rock and did something about eBay’s deliberate criminal facilitation of the rampant shill bidding fraud being perpetrated by unscrupulous professional sellers on unsuspecting buyers. Ditto to the clunky, unscrupulous PayPal (aka PreyPal).
I am a retired banker who lives on a small farm in Oregon with my wife Pamela. I'm pretty much self-taught in most aspects of life including finance, construction, wiring, investing and golf. I've been successful in all of these areas with the exception of the last one. I enjoy following politics and always try to understand the real reason behind events as opposed to the twisted commentary in the main-stream media. My largest responsibility now is to make sure that our investments carry us through the remainder of our lives.
Licensed CPA for over 20 years. Primarily worked in IT in various industries (as an employee or consultant) including energy, transportation, credit card processing, manufacturing, retail, and insurance.
Gullible, however, by fit apparatus, all Publics are; and gulled, with the most surprising profit. Towards anything like a Statistics of Imposture, indeed, little as yet has been done: with a strange indifference, our Economists, nigh buried under Tables for minor Branches of Industry, have altogether overlooked the grand all-overtopping Hypocrisy Branch; as if our whole arts of Puffery, of Quackery, Priestcraft, Kingcraft, and the innumerable other crafts and mysteries of that genus, had not ranked in Productive Industry at all! Can any one, for example, so much as say, What moneys, in Literature and Shoeblacking, are realized by actual Instruction and actual jet Polish; what by fictitious-persuasive Proclamation of such; specifying, in distinct items, the distributions, circulations, disbursements, incomings of said moneys, with the smallest approach to accuracy? But to ask, How far, in all the several infinitely complected departments of social business, in government, education, in manual, commercial, intellectual fabrication of every sort, man's Want is supplied by true Ware; how far by the mere Appearance of true Ware:—in other words, To what extent, by what methods, with what effects, in various times and countries, Deception takes the place of wages of Performance: here truly is an Inquiry big with results for the future time, but to which hitherto only the vaguest answer can be given. If for the present, in our Europe, we estimate the ratio of Ware to Appearance of Ware so high even as at One to a Hundred (which, considering the Wages of a Pope, Russian Autocrat, or English Game-Preserver, is probably not far from the mark),—what almost prodigious saving may there not be anticipated, as the Statistics of Imposture advances, and so the manufacturing of Shams (that of Realities rising into clearer and clearer distinction therefrom) gradually declines, and at length becomes all but wholly unnecessary!
Len Holliday was a stockbroker in Anderson, S.C. for over 20 years. He is now a stay at home stock market watcher. Len is also a weather forecaster and President of FirstHand Weather. His son Matthew Holliday is CEO of firsthandweather.com who is a Meteorology Major at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Holliday has a passion for the stock market as well as the weather. His address is 831 Mize Road Belton, S.C. 29627 or email@example.com. He and his wife have four teen-age boys. Mr. Holliday has a B.S. Dgree in Mathematics and is very good at stock market charting. We hope you make alot of money in the stock market. Be sure to do your on home-work. It is hard to make money if you expect someone else to pick your stocks for you. I am not responsible for any lost money that might happen to you if you take my advice. You are on your on. Point is; You must make your on decisions with regard to the stocks you choose to buy.THANKS! Len R. Holliday
Mirko Consalvi (Founder and Owner of wikireturn.wordpress.com)
I am italian independent investor and living in Rome.
I have a strong interest in tactical strategies, and have developed quantitative investment methods through rigorous backtesting and numerical analysis.
I retired from elementary school teaching in May, 2011. Today I'm an avid low desert gardener, researching varieties of peaches, plums, pears, apples and tomatoes that can survive and produce fruit in Arizona's 105˚+ summer heat. Now I'm researching dividend growth investing to find ways that invested savings can yield dividends the way orchards and gardens yield fruit. The real question is whether a beginner can successfully select stocks with dividends that can survive the ups and downs of today's economy. To find out, I rolled my tiny 403(b) over into an IRA and bought my first shares of MCD in May 2012.
July, 2013: I've sold most of the mutual funds in my IRA and invested the proceeds into dividend paying stocks: AAPL, INTC, MCD, PAYX, ABT, JNJ, AEP, PEG, CAT, COP, PG, GIS, KO, O, AFL, NSRGY, ABBV, and KRFT. The one year total return is a tad above 6%, the dividend yield is about 3.3%, and the portfolio's Beta is 0.7
In the garden, I'm trying to grow three varieties of blackberries, two papaya seedlings, a pummelo seedling, tromboncino squash, and miniature butternut squash vines.
RE attorney retired. Now receive more interest income than dividends. Began investing in 1970s with RE, bonds and preferred stocks; shifting to dividend stocks in 2010, 11 & 12. No mutual funds. No longer use options. Average 1 hours/day researching (reading SA) where ever I am unless market is active ... then more. Enjoy other hobbies more than investing, but personal management is critical. I am envious of all you young DGIers because of the opportunities out there and your ability to access them via the internet, and evaluate them via your computers. Ever do a spreadsheet in pencil?